Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Where, O Where Has Theology Gone?

Article by   October 2006
In looking through Christianity Today's list of the most influential evangelical books of the last half century, one can't help but notice the dearth of substantive theology.  There are plenty of experiential biographies, lots of "practical" books for family life... continue

Alaskan Reformation

Article by   October 2006
Bob Brady -- who serves as Executive Vice President for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals -- tells me that the Reformation Society in Alaska recently had a very encouraging first meeting.  One of the visitors was a high school student who has... continue

For Justin's Christmas List

Article by   October 2006
Justin Taylor commented a while back that evangelicalism is no longer capable of parody, it has become so much a caricature of itself.  In the spirit of that comment, I give you "Your Best Life Now--the Game," inspired by Joel Osteen's... continue

Believers

Article by   October 2006
Recently I have been reading Jeffery Sheler's Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America.  Sheler is Contributing Editor for Religion with U.S. News and World Report.  While he would not identify himself as an evangelical, Sheler grew up in an evangelical... continue

Delusions of Deity

Article by   October 2006
The June 2006 issue of ByFaith (the official magazine of the PCA) features a helpful article by Stephen McGarvey on "Technology and the Church."  McGarvey writes:"The head of consumer electronics giant Philips once told the magazine The Economist that 'consumers... continue

The Real Coercion

Article by   September 2006
This week I read the decision in Americans United for Separation of Church and State v. Prison Fellowship Ministries, in which Judge Robert Pratt ruled that state funding for the InnerChange prison rehabilitation program amounted to an unlawful establishment of religion. ... continue

Plain and Simple

Article by   September 2006
Rick's comments about James Boice are confirmed by the title gave to the congregational history he edited for Tenth Presbyterian Church on the occasion of its 150th anniversary: Making God's Word Plain.I am reminded of something that the worthy Puritan William... continue

Chicken Little Scholarship

Article by   September 2006
When possible (I am often hopelessly behind), I try to include the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society in my regular reading.  A week or two ago I quoted from Daniel Wallace's excellent piece in the June 2006 issue --... continue

Mission Mississippi, Part 5

Article by   September 2006
A fifth and final principle from Dolphus Weary: "We must maintain a 'Big Kingdom' perspective. Reconciled relationships can occur when each individual believes and perceives that he or she is an equal partner and in need of the other. Each... continue

Mission Mississippi, Part 4

Article by   September 2006
Another principle for racial reconciliation in the church from Dolphus Weary:"We must develop safe environments for reconciliation to be pursued. Strong relationships can be forged through honest dialogue. Without efforts to reach a shared mutual understanding of one another, efforts... continue
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