Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Bird's Eye View

Article by   December 2007
Michael Bird has written to say that he has made a constructive response to my essay on justification and union with Christ -- an essay in which I mention Dr. Bird as someone who in my view collapses imputation into... continue

Award of Merit

Article by   December 2007
True Confession: I have a growing stack of materials near my computer -- items I intend to blog about, sometime, but haven't managed to get to just yet.In flipping through the stack today I noticed something I wanted to make... continue

Singapore Youth for Christ

Article by   December 2007
I am leaving Monday for a ten-day trip to the Far East.  The main purpose of the trip is to speak at the annual Bible conference of Singapore Youth for Christ (SYFC), an effective evangelical ministry for training disciples to... continue

On Reading Non-Christian Authors

Article by   December 2007
As the son of an English professor and a firm believer in common grace, I would be the last person to say that Christians should not read non-Christian literature.I do believe, however, that Christian parents should exercise cautious oversight of... continue

In Defense of Criticizing Pullman

Article by   December 2007
To my surprise, a number of readers have written to challenge my critique of Philip Pullman's theology.  I say "to my surprise" because in recent years I have read a number of articles by or interviews with Philip Pullman in... continue

The Darkness of His Dark Materials

Article by   November 2007
While I believe Carl Trueman is right to caution against an overreaction to Philip Pullman, I still believe that his books, particularly, must be distinguished from Harry Potter, the Arabian Nights, and most other secular literature for children.  Here is... continue

A Category Mistake?

Article by   November 2007
In criticizing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I fear that Carl Trueman may be committing a category mistake.  It is true, of course, and widely known, that C. S. Lewis did not have a fully Reformed theology of... continue

The Loveliness of Christ

Article by   November 2007
Banner of Truth has republished a nice little book of selections from Samuel Rutherford's marvelous pastoral letters.  The book is called The Loveliness of Christ, and it looks to be ideal for devotional use.  Here is one of Rutherford's gems:"If... continue

The Foundation of Sanctification

Article by   November 2007
Writing in Five Views of Sanctification, Sinclair Ferguson explains that in Reformed theology, sanctification is "rooted not in humanity and in their achievement of holiness or sanctification, but in what God has done in Christ, and for us in union... continue

Giving Thanks, Even in the Church

Article by   November 2007
In his masterful little book The Elder and His Work, David Dickson writes: "Let people avoid getting into a grudging, grumbling way about church matters, but rather take a hearty, kindly interest in them. Many things in this world, both... continue
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