Postcards from Palookaville

Postcards from Palookaville

In wake of my product placement post , a correspondent recently drew my attention to the rise of the Reformed celebrity endorsement as a most unwholesome phenomenon. Of course, such things are not entirely new. Book commendations are an example of such. I have done plenty – far too many...
The arrival of a new Christological creed from Ligonier Ministries raises some helpful questions. Over at Reformation 21, Mark Jones seems generally appreciative of the intention while critical of some of the theological shortcomings and wording of the various documents. Yet, while sharing Jones...
For any who missed it, the people at Canon Press have released a statement on the recent plagiarism issues. It should reassure the True Believers, provide fodder for those interested in researching the interconnections of personalities and publishing (but please remember -- do not use an uncredited...
Pruitt and La Diva have, as usual, pointed out the obvious: The problems of a culture where women are expected to have agonies of conscience over whether to give travel directions to a man who is lost, or whether to serve as a police officer, but where it is fine to share a gospel platform with a...
In one of those surreal twists of fate that sounds like the start of a corny joke ('A presbyterian minister, his wife and an Archbishop walk into a bar....), the present Mrs Trueman and I recently found ourselves having dinner in a Philly pub with Charles Chaput, Roman Catholic Archbishop of...
I see there is a book signing in Moscow, Idaho, today and tomorrow. I wonder, which of the authors will be there to put their John Hancocks on the title page? Greg Bahnsen and Ellen G. White are both dead so I assume they are unavailable -- but maybe Iain Murray, Paul Rose, Wayne Blank and Tim...
The redoubtable Rachel Miller has found some fascinating instances of what would appear to be plagiarism. To quote Yogi Berra, 'It's like deja-vu, all over again.' But Rachel's only a woman, so I guess she has no authority to point this out. Back to business as usual, then?...
Seeing Todd’s post yesterday on adultery reminded me of a conversation I had on Sunday night. A student (the one who combines excellent taste in dating with an apparent reckless disregard for his own safety -- hey, I'm still watching you, sunshine....) said he had heard of a pastor who...
Four or five years ago, I pointed out that a certain well-known sociologist who had built his career railing against Moralistic Therapeutic Deism was reviewing his own books on Amazon and giving them five stars. I indicated that I was a bit old fashioned when it came to book reviews and still held...
In reflecting on Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism after nearly a century, it is very clear that it is a work which presents in particular Christian form the pathologies of the modern age. In its prioritizing of experience and psychology, its disdain for history, and its practical...