Blog Posts by Richard D. Phillips

The Wondrous "Why" of Christmas

Article by   December 2016
Christmas is a time of mystery and wonder. The Virgin Mary was told by the angel that she would conceive and bear a son: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will... continue

Nothing Like It in All the World

Article by   December 2016
Recently, in my Bible reading, I came to the book of Jonah (I've been working through the Minor Prophets). It struck me how remarkable this message is compared to everything else in the ancient world. Homer was a contemporary of... continue

A Political Paradigm Shift for Christians

Article by   November 2016
With the 2016 Presidential election drawing near, Bible-believing Christians are as divided over their votes as at any time in recent memory. Very few offer support to Hillary Clinton, given her rabid support of abortion and disrespect for religion.... continue

What Andy Stanley Has Forgotten

Article by   October 2016
What Andy Stanley has forgotten is that conversion to Christianity involves a supernatural rebirth that requires the Word of God. Forgetting this essential truth has been the tendency of the seeker-sensitive church-growth movement. This vital truth is forgotten wherever sociology is... continue

Why Complementarianism Remains Important

Article by   September 2016
Recent months have seen considerable controversy among conservative Christians around the topic of complementarianism, arising mainly from a false analogy between the subordination of wives to husbands and that of God the Son to God the Father. Depending on... continue

Should Christians Roar? 5 Questions about the Clemson "WeRoar" Prayer Protest

Article by   September 2016
Last Friday, September 2, 2016, a group of students at Clemson University gathered to protest the suppression of free speech by campus officials. Christian evangelist Robbie Roberts had been removed from campus for sitting in a chair with a small... continue

The World's True Hope

Article by   July 2016
Americans have come to one of the more exciting portions of the quadrennial election cycle in the national conventions of the two main parties. This invariably means non-stop media attention, partisan revelry, messianic symbolism, and the occasional significant speech. Without... continue

2016 PCA General Assembly: Moving Forward Together

Article by   June 2016
Having read a number of assessments of the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), it occurs to me that one's perspective, as usual, has a shaping effect on one's view.  My own perspective arises largely from having... continue

A Survey of Male-Only Ordination in Key New Testament Texts

Article by   June 2016
There can be little doubt that in years to come, when historians look back on our generation, the challenge of cultural pressure on the church will loom large. First, the theory of evolution challenged the Christian doctrine of God as... continue

What Should Christians Think about Cremation?

Article by   May 2016
Over recent years, I have noticed that more and more Christians are opting for the cremation of their bodies after death. The primary reason for this seems to be financial, as cremation is considerably more affordable than the pricey cost... continue
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