Blog Posts by Carl Trueman

Ho Hum

Article by   July 2011
If a man doesn't hesitate to use his parents' sex lives to get a cheap laugh and sell a few books, one should not be surprised if he sees yesterday's events in Norway as a great opportunity for puffing his... continue

Judges: Surprisingly Encouraging

Article by   July 2011
It was a relief to finish working through Judges last week.  Preaching to a congregation which needs encouragement, I could think of more obvious books to choose than this one, especially when one considers the last four chapters.  There one... continue

You can take the boy out of fundamentalism....

Article by   July 2011
.... but you can't take the fundamentalism out of the boy.That was the point I made about Frank Schaeffer in his latest book. Apparently incapable of understanding with any degree of sympathy those who do not see the world as... continue

Preaching and Self-Reference

Article by   July 2011
One question that has arrived in the Inbox as a result of yesterday's post on the difference between public figures and celebrities has interesting implications for preaching.  The question is about the legitimacy of self-reference in sermons.  The questioner gives... continue

Public Figures and Celebrities: A Key Distinction

Article by   July 2011
A friend dropped me a note on Saturday to say, somewhat tongue in cheek, that I was becoming a celebrity by virtue of my anti-celebrity writing.   I do not wish to prolong my anti-celebrity rants any more, having said all... continue

Cassandra says, Beware the new Donatism.

Article by   July 2011
Donatism is an early church heresy that seems to be making something of a comeback in the modern church.  Put simply, in its original context, the debates about Donatism in the ancient church swirled around the issue of rebaptism for... continue

Which morality? Whose hypocrisy?

Article by   July 2011
One of the things the non-Christian world does so relentlessly, and often rather accurately, is mock the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the church.  Of course, the Bible does the same, as anyone who has read Judges or any of the... continue

Confessions Can Circumscribe Power - At Least In Theory

Article by   July 2011
I am working feverishly this summer on a short book commending creeds and confessions to evangelical friends whose desire to make sure the Bible rules supreme leads them to what I consider a misguided but sincere rejection of such documents... continue

There's tough and then there's fluff

Article by   July 2011
One of the strange phenomena which blogs have perhaps not created but have certainly helped to propagate is the armchair reformer who mistakes opining about things for actually making a difference.  I have been fascinated over the years to see... continue

Back to Judges

Article by   July 2011
I returned to preaching on Judges on Sunday, after a hiatus of a month.  I made the decision in June that the dismemberment of the end of Judges 19 and the subsequent battle scenes of Judges 20 were not particularly... continue
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