Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Standing Firm in Christ

Article by   October 2006
I just received Rick Phillips's new exposition of Hebrews -- a handsome volume in the Reformed Expository Commentary series that I am helping to edit.  This is a substantial work and I am grateful to see it in print, not least... continue

A 30 Percent God

Article by   October 2006
David Shiflett is the author of Exodus: Why Americans are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity.  Shiflett draws on the work of Dean Kelley and others who have documented the sharp decline in membership of America's mainline Protestant churches.  His... continue

Preaching Today

Article by   October 2006
The fall issue of Southern Seminary's magazine opens with a manifesto from Al Mohler on "The State of Preaching Today."  In his indictment of contemporary trends, Mohler mentions five critical areas of concern:1. A loss of confidence in the power of... continue

A Few More Books

Article by   October 2006
Reading through some other people's lists has reminded me of a few books I should have included.  Under the category of the books that were the most influential, both the Prayer of Jabez and Left Behind both deserve serious consideration. ... continue

Whose Rejoinder Is It, Anyway?

Article by   October 2006
Tell us, Lig -- enquiring minds want to know: who does your quote about the Word of God come from?  I'll guess Charles Spurgeon, but not with a lot of confidence.... continue

40

Article by   October 2006
Special thanks to Rick Phillips for calling me middle-aged.  In my view, middle age begins at 50, a milestone I feel confident Rick will reach before me.  Typically I only comment on my age when my birthday falls on a Sunday, which... continue

Boice on the Cries of the City

Article by   October 2006
In preparing for this week's sermon I came across James Boice's memorable comments on Genesis 18:20-21, in which the Lord says, "Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go... continue

Gelernter on the Next Great Awakening

Article by   October 2006
In doing a little research this week on illiteracy, biblical and otherwise, I came across a provocative statement from David Gelernter ("Bible Illiteracy in America," The Weekly Standard, May 23, 2005, Vol. 10, Issue 34):"My guess is that our next Great... continue

Divine Impassibility and the Passion of the Christ

Article by   October 2006
I have been reading with profit an article by Kevin DeYoung in the Spring 2006 issue of Westminster Theological Journal entitled "Divine Impassibility and the Passion of Christ in the Book of Hebrews."  DeYoung seeks to refute the argument that... continue

Christian Kitsch

Article by   October 2006
Quentin Schultze is an astute commentator on issues in Christianity, technology, and the arts.  In a recent issue of the PCA's ByFaith magazine he writes: "Young people witness some of the cheesy video and computer 'art' in worship and see... continue
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