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A Christian in the Secular Academy

When many individuals think of the life of a college professor, the general perception they have formed (fueled by articles such as this) is that we only work for a few days a week and have the entire summer...
Posted May 26, 2017 @ 7:49 AM by Gabriel Williams

In Defense of the Sabbatical

Pastoral ministry often feels like a 24/7 calling. A pastor can't leave the care of the people of God at the door of the office when the clock strikes 5 PM. While pastoring in the First World requires considerably less...
Posted May 24, 2017 @ 12:27 PM by Nick Batzig

These Present Sufferings

As I write, the United Kingdom is still reeling from the latest terrorist atrocity to be unleashed in one of our major cities. It was particularly horrific in that it was deliberately targeted at children and teenagers attending a...
Posted May 24, 2017 @ 7:45 AM by Mark Johnston

How Then Should We Preach?

However well constructed and attractive, a car is useless without fuel. On the flip side, a motor may have fuel without being a vehicle. Likewise, preaching is a vehicle that requires fuel. God designed preaching to bring us to...
Posted May 22, 2017 @ 8:39 AM by Ryan McGraw

Expect the Unexpected

Last night, I had the great privilege of delivering the baccalaureate speech to the 2017 graduating class at Veritas Academy in Savannah, GA. While meditating, in recent days, on the multitude of truths that God has given us in the book...
Posted May 20, 2017 @ 9:01 AM by Nick Batzig

Patriot-olotry: The Intersection of Theology and Politics

In many evangelical circles, it is still assumed that conservative theology means conservative politics. And to be fair, the same could be said of the "Evangelical left" and liberal politics. But when politics and theology are seen as synonymous,...
Posted May 19, 2017 @ 6:32 AM by Donny Friederichsen

Affliction Evangelism

"This light momentary affliction," Paul writes, "is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison" (2 Cor. 4:17). Paul's use of the singular noun "affliction" in 2 Cor. 4:7 is intriguing. Paul doesn't say afflictions (plural),...
Posted May 18, 2017 @ 8:25 AM by Aaron Denlinger

A Cloud of Reformers

Our friends, over at Place for Truth, have recently added Simonetta Carr's blog, A Cloud of Witnesses, to their site. Simonetta is writing about the Reformers and those in church history who have influenced them. Her first post is dedicated to...
Posted May 16, 2017 @ 11:38 AM by Editors

What You're For, What You're Against!

"Be known for what you're for rather than what you're against." This statement--in various forms--has become something of a Christian cliche over the past decade. Nearly every time I hear it, I wonder if those who so often state...
Posted May 11, 2017 @ 7:41 AM by Nick Kennicott

Knowing the Trinity, the latest book from the Alliance and Ryan McGraw

Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Life by Meet the Puritans contributor Ryan McGraw is the latest book from the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.The Gospel is primarily about God. Part of the glory of the New Testament is...
Posted May 10, 2017 @ 5:49 PM by Robert Brady

Giving the Devil His Due

Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky By Jessica Hooten Wilson Cascade Books, 2017 156 pages, paper, $21.00 It is a sad and tragic irony that many private Christian schools...
Posted May 10, 2017 @ 8:02 AM by Louis Markos

Luther and Calvin's Quiet Discussions in Heaven

Those who cherish the Reformation have often sought out what, if any, influence Martin Luther may have had on John Calvin. Did the two Reformers ever meet in person? Was Calvin influenced by the writings or ministry of "the...
Posted May 4, 2017 @ 7:12 AM by Nick Batzig

Geniuses by Enhancement (Part 2)

Discussions of the ethics of human enhancement often invoke a supposed distinction between therapies, which are aimed at fighting disease and overcoming impairments, and enhancements, which are aimed at increasing human capacities. As I observed in my previous post...
Posted May 2, 2017 @ 7:58 AM by Bruce Baugus

The Intricacies of Interracial Marriage

In light of current discussions regarding racial reconciliation, we thought that it might be a benefit to our readers to run a series of videos from a longtime contributor, Rob Ventura, and his wife, Vanessa, concerning a variety of subjects...
Posted April 28, 2017 @ 5:53 AM by Editors

The Regulative Principle of "Liturgical Sameness?"

In the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)--the denomination in which I serve as a minister of the Gospel--quite a number of ministers lament the fact that you can attend five of our churches (all within the same city) only to...
Posted April 25, 2017 @ 7:56 AM by Steve Tipton

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