Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

David Brainerd, Part 1

Article by   October 2007
Our friends at Banner of Truth have published an attractive new edition of a genuine classic: The Diary & Journal of David Brainerd.  The book will be of special interest to anyone with a vested interested in missions and evangelism. ... continue

Words and Deeds

Article by   October 2007
A helpful comment from Michael Cassidy, who is one of the leading evangelics in South Africa:"Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that doom them, the economic conditions... continue

Bad Porn

Article by   September 2007
Last month's post on Naomi Wolf's essay "The Porn Myth" provokes many useful lines of practical and theological reflection.  Wolf's basic argument is that, contrary to feminist expectations, easy access to pornography has not been liberating for women, but makes... continue

The Great Exchange

Article by   September 2007
I am very happy to have received a book I have not yet read but do not hesitate to recommend.  It is called The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness, and it was written by Jerry Bridges and Bob... continue

Secret Cathedral Building

Article by   September 2007
The mother in your life will be encouraged and edified by Nicole Johnson's short essay "The Invisible Woman."  The essay, which compares the work of motherhood to building a cathedral, is currently posted under the title "Be inspired: The Invisible Woman" on the website... continue

An Irony Wrapped in an Enigma inside an Oddity

Article by   September 2007
Sydney's Daily Telegraph reports (September 18) that a husband and wife who didn't realize they were chatting each other up on the internet are now seeking a divorce.  Sana Klaric (aka "Sweetie") and her husband Adnan ("Prince of Joy") spent... continue

Out of Pornography's Pit

Article by   September 2007
John Freeman serves as the director of HarvestUSA, a gospel ministry for people struggling with effects of sexual brokenness.  Happily, the Philadelphia Daily News is running a series of John's hard-hitting columns, available online, starting with "There is a way,... continue

Jonah: The Big Picture

Article by   September 2007
Paul Tripp has begun his tenure as the regular evening preacher at Tenth Presbyterian, following such worthies as Rick Phillips and Aaron Messner.  He opened on Sunday with an overview sermon on the Book of Jonah, which he presented as... continue

Football and the Sovereignty of God

Article by   September 2007
As a football fan with a rooting interest for the University of Oregon, I write to ask Rick Phillips whether -- in light of Michigan's disastrous start to the college football season -- he wishes to re-evaluate his position vis-a-vis... continue

Still Homeward Bound

Article by   September 2007
A reader has written to take issue with my post "Homeward Bound."  First the critique, and then my response:Pastor Ryken commends as "good" Thomas R. Taylor's text "I'm But a Stranger Here." I must disagree. I think this text is... continue
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