Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Familiarly Feminist

Article by   January 2007
I see that Rick Phillips has already written a full-length response to Susan Wise Bauer's Books & Culture review of Finally Feminist, a new book by John Stackhouse.  I have not read the Stackhouse book, but based on the summary in... continue

Cricket for Calvinists

Article by   January 2007
Taking some exception to my recent theological slur on his beloved sport of cricket, an English friend has written to correct my athletics and my theology:"I feel moved to defend cricket against the charge of pelagianism recently made on the Ref21... continue

Mainline Decline, Part 4

Article by   January 2007
From Dave Shiflett, Exodus: Why Americans are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity (New York: Sentinel, 2005):"As the mainline has moved closer to flatlining, churches that have maintained allegiance to traditional Christian belief, comparatively speaking, have experienced membership increases." (p.... continue

Standing Up for What You Believe

Article by   January 2007
Here is a juicy paragraph from Charles Spurgeon ("The Dying Thief in a New Light") that couldn't find its way into last week's sermon but was too good not to share:"I believe that many Christian people get into a deal... continue

Preaching Workshop

Article by   January 2007
There is still time to register for the Workshop on Biblical Exposition at Tenth Presbyterian Church February 6-8.  One of last year's participants wrote: "I want to thank you again for the Workshop on Biblical Exposition. It has changed my... continue

Mainline Decline, Part 3

Article by   January 2007
From Dave Shiflett, Exodus: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity:"Most people go to church to get something they cannot get elsewhere. This consuming public--people who already believe, or who want their children to believe--go to church to... continue

Forsyth Queries

Article by   January 2007
Carl, can you tell us again where to get all these provocative quotes from P. T. Forsyth?  With regard to the last quotation in your most recent post, may I infer that Mr. Forsyth had never been to Wales?... continue

Our Loss, Covenant's Gain

Article by   January 2007
Many thanks to Ligon for reporting Aaron Messner's call to Covenant College.  Aaron has exercised a faithful and dynamic ministry at Tenth Church, and we expect him to make a large difference on Covenant's campus.  His weekly ministry of the Word... continue

Genesis 22, Caravaggio, and the Ram

Article by   January 2007
Belatedly, I write to reflect further on Carl Trueman's Counterpoint ("Close, but No Cigar").  There Carl writes about his recent visit to a synagogue and the rabbi's thoughtful homily on Genesis 22, which included everything except the gospel. As I read... continue

Mainline Decline, Part Two

Article by   January 2007
This is the second installment in a series of occasional selections from Dave Shiflett's Exodus: Why Americans Are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity.  To prove his thesis, Mr. Shiflett must first prove that Americans are, in fact, fleeing liberal churches,... continue
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