Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

He Was Humble, Too

Article by   February 2007
In doing a little research on William Wilberforce this week (in anticipation of this week's release of the film Amazing Grace, which marks the 200th anniversary of the slave trade in the British Empire), I stumbled across a quotation that... continue

Shutting People Up

Article by   February 2007
A ref21 reader has written to remind me of another good use for apologetics.  According to Calvin, we need apologetics not so much "to convert the hearts of the ungodly but to stop their obstreperous mouths."  One wonders what Richard Dawkins would... continue

Our Father Bless'd, To Us Bestows

Article by   February 2007
During Sunday evening (!) worship a few weeks ago, I was refreshed to hear again a hymn by Derek Thomas and Paul Jones.  The hymn is entitled "Our Father Bless'd, To Us Bestows."  I believe we may have posted it before,... continue

Apologetics and Discipleship

Article by   February 2007
I don't know if the discipline of apologetics is overrated or not, but one aspect of apologetics seems to be underappreciated.  While apologetics may be useful in the exercise of evangelism (helping give people reasons to believe, which of course... continue

The Dawkins Delusion Revisited

Article by   February 2007
Readers who lament the undeserved popularity of Richard Dawkins's book The God Delusion will be heartened by the sharp criticism the book receives in the January 11 issue of The New York Review of Books.  While generally unsympathetic to biblical... continue

On the Communion of the Saints in Glory

Article by   February 2007
Previous posts have mourned the passing of Al Groves, who taught Old Testament at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia.  I was blessed by a letter Al wrote to his friends, to be shared at the time of his funeral.  The letter... continue

Classics from the 70's, 80's, and Today

Article by   February 2007
Lisa (full disclosure: a woman to whom I have been married for 19 years) received the following email this week from a distant friend: "Tell your husband that he is on my iPOD between the Doobie Brothers and Duran Duran... continue

Valentines for Calvinists

Article by   February 2007
In personal response to Derek's question: by celebrating their wives with tangible expressions of matrimonial affection.  But I hope it's not a day too late to sound a cautionary note arising from a healthy Calvinist doctrine of total depravity: "Many a... continue

Operation Homecoming, Part 4

Article by   February 2007
From Makoto Fujimura's "Refractions" essay on a New York exhibit of letters from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Here Fujimura is reflecting on the declaration of Jesus that wars will happen:"In Jesus' realism of 'these things must happen,' he was... continue

In Appreciation of Richard Muller

Article by   February 2007
It is good to see John Tweeddale introducing the work of Richard Muller -- a world-class scholar who has done much to rehabilitate a healthy understanding of Reformed theology after Calvin.  I read Muller's works on post-Reformation Reformed dogmatics early... continue
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