Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

The Dreaded Christian Table

Article by   November 2006
Writing in relevantmagazine.com, Daniel Holland describes his traumatic experiences as a waiter in a small restaurant (location unknown), serving the "Christian table" on Sunday nights:"I'd heard from counteless others that the 'Church crowd' is hands down the worst group of... continue

Reasons for Faith

Article by   November 2006
Westminster Seminary's K. Scott Oliphint has just published a book with the very promising title Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology.  Bill Edgar writes: "This is a wonderful book. If given the attention it deserves,Reasons for... continue

Lost at Sea?

Article by   November 2006
Last week a New Jersey fisherman found a plastic bag full of letters in the surf off Atlantic City.  There were about 300 letters in the bag -- some dating back to the early 1970's -- all addressed to the... continue

Is It Really a Setback?

Article by   November 2006
A correspondent with much closer first-hand knowledge of missionary work in Kazakhstan has written to say that although he shares my frustration with Borat, he is not convinced that the film will prove to be much of a setback for... continue

The Latest Evangelical Scandal

Article by   November 2006
Some readers may be aware that the President of the National Association of Evangelicals resigned yesterday over accusations of secret liaisons with a homosexual prostitute.  Sadly, since Ted Haggard of New Life Church in Colorado Springs has been an outspoken... continue

A Setback for Kazakh Missions

Article by   November 2006
I have been loosely aware of the hype surrounding Borat, the mockumentary starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.  However, it was only today that I learned the film's subtitle and cultural context.  The full title is Borat: Cultural Learnings of... continue

A Good, Dutch Death

Article by   November 2006
Reuters reported this week that a 65-year old Dutch widow died of a heart attack right next to the grave where she planned to be buried.  She was carrying a bag that contained her will and the full details for... continue

Overcoming Sin and Temptation . . .

Article by   November 2006
. . . is the title of a new book edited by Kelly Kapic of Covenant College and our own Justin Taylor.  It is a fresh collection of three classic and practical works by John Owen on the doctrine of... continue

Landmark Legal Decision

Article by   October 2006
Yesterday New Jersey's highest court ruled that "the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state constitution."  While the court also said it "cannot find that a fundamental right to... continue

Atheism on the Charts

Article by   October 2006
Writing for Reuters, Michael Conlon reports that a "fresh wave of atheistic books has hit the market this autumn, some climbing onto best-seller lists in what proponents see as a backlash against the way religion is entwined in politics."  Among... continue
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