Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Operation Homecoming, Part 3

Article by   February 2007
From one of Makoto Fujimura's "Refractions" essays, writing in response to the Amish school girl who tried to offer her life for her classmates, with the implications for artists:"Here, in a miracle nobody noticed, is a bugle call also directed... continue

Operation Homecoming, Part 2

Article by   February 2007
More material from Makoto Fujimura's essay "Operation Homecoming: Epistles of Injury."As he read letters from soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, Fujimura was reminded of a bloody event on American soil, and the sacrifice that one person was willing to make. ... continue

China Report

Article by   February 2007
A close friend and ministry colleague reported to me today that the well-known Beijingchurch activist Hua Huiqi and his 76-year-old mother were attacked and woundedby the police in the morning of January 26, 2007:... continue

Operation Homecoming, Part 1

Article by   February 2007
As I may have mentioned in a previous post, Makoto Fujimura is a brilliant New York artist whose deeply Christian work represents a synthesis of ancient Japanese techniques with Western styles.  Fujimura distributes occasional essays on Christianity and the arts under the title "Refractions"... continue

Spurgeon on Selflessness

Article by   February 2007
Especially since we have a feature on Charles Spurgeon in this month's issue of Reformation21, it seems like a good time to quote from that worthy London Baptist once again.  As I have been preaching through Luke over the last... continue

A Church for the City

Article by   January 2007
From Charles Spurgeon, "The First Cry from the Cross":"These places of worship are not built that you may sit here comfortably, and hear something that shall make you pass away your Sundays with pleasure. A church in London which does... continue

Is Patriarchy the Best Term?

Article by   January 2007
I am grateful for Rick Phillips's latest post on feminism.  There are errors on both sides of a biblical view of godly male leadership in the home and in the church.  Authoritarian, domineering men who stifle the gifts of women... continue

Servants and Slaves

Article by   January 2007
Many thanks to Rick Phillips for his helpful comments on slavery, servitude, and manstealing.  The topic seems especially appropriate in 2007, which is the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.  In support of what Rick has already... continue

Reverse Adoption

Article by   January 2007
You can't choose your family . . . or can you? Last week ABC News reported that 40-year old Jenna MacFarlane has adopted new parents.  Feeling estranged from her own family, MacFarlane took out a personal ad that began "Single... continue

Mainline Decline, Part 5

Article by   January 2007
From Dave Shiflett, Exodus: Why Americans are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity (New York: Sentinel, 2005).Shiflett wonders what accounts for the diverging growth rates of liberal (on the decline) and conservative (on the rise) churches in America.  He quotes... continue
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