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James N. Anderson. What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions . Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 112pp. $10.99 To say that books on worldviews are something of a cottage industry in evangelical circles would immediately stand me in good stead for the "Understatement of the Year"...
James N. Anderson. What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions . Wheaton, IL: Crossway. 112pp. $10.99 To say that books on worldviews are something of a cottage industry in evangelical circles would immediately stand me in good stead for the "Understatement of the Year"...
Paul Helm has responded to Scott Oliphint's recent article "Tolle Lege" at reformation21.
In his typically well-informed way, Peter Jones has once again demonstrated the importance of thinking Biblically about issues of gender and sexuality.
Dr. Scott Oliphint responds on ref21 to Dr. Paul Helm.
The Jennings-Garner exchange continues this week. Click here to read the first part and here to read today's exchange.
Looking for an outstanding introduction on how to defend your faith? Regular ref21 contributor Dr. Scott Oliphint's introductory apologetics lectures are now available on iTunes U. Also, be sure to stop by ref21 frequently, as Dr. Oliphint continues his series on apologetics right here. Enjoy!
This coming Wednesday, April 16th, at 7pm Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church a "new, old church" will launch its first public gatherings in the heart of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The church plant is beginning with its Wednesday evening gatherings--a time of teaching through the book of...
Our friend Dr. Peter Jones of TruthXChange has written a timely and helpful piece on the World Vision debacle, which also touches on a number of other hot-button issues. Tolle Lege!
We're excited to announce the latest addition to our blog team here at ref21, Rev. Leon Brown. He is a husband, father, pastor, and author. His recently published Words in Season: On Sharing the Hope that is Within Us . He received a B. A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of San...
The cleansing of the temple by our Lord just prior to his passion and crucifixion is usually seen as a powerful indicator of his deity. While it is certainly that--and not less than that--the episode recorded in Matthew 21:12-13 (Mark 11:15, Luke 19:45, John 2:13) [1] invites further Biblical-...
No doubt, gentle reader, you have thought to yourself, "Where can I read more Reformed articles and find great Reformed resources on the web?" Well, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is happy to answer that question with the launch of Place for Truth . Now, in addition to the Reformed musings...
There is great confusion today about the role and possible influence of ancient Near Eastern texts on the Old Testament, particularly the opening chapters of Genesis. Last fall, Dr. Noel Weeks, expert historian and Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Sydney, did an outstanding...
Prof. William Evans of Erskine College has taken on Al Mohler on the days of creation, among other things. Steve Hays at Triablogue has offered a thorough response here . HT: The Aquila Report
A fascinating and well-done interview with our own Derek Thomas . Enjoy!
After more than six decades at our historic, four-storied brownstone in Center City Philadelphia, the Alliance moved to nearby Lancaster, PA. While we miss the beauty of the craftsmanship at our old location, this move is an example of our commitment to good stewardship. Our new location is modern...
Vern Sheridan Poythress, Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 730pp., $45.00 I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Crossway for their gracious provision of a review copy of this book. The term "polymath" seems to have arrived in...
New Testament scholar par excellence Dr. Michael Kruger reviews Rob Bell's latest book here . If the words "shooting fish in a barrel" come to mind, the reader would be correct! All kidding aside, Kruger is spot-on, careful, and, as always, required reading.
In yesterday's action-packed episode , I presented some ways ministers might deal with criticism. Today, I want to look at those who bring criticism to pastors. If you've been in a church for any length of time, you know the pastor's critics. Sometimes they are many, other times just a few. The...
With due awareness of the liabilities, I would like to venture on to the delicate ice of how pastors should receive - and congregants give - criticism. The reason I feel emboldened to do so is that I have had, in my years as a minister, some very good critics and I pray that others would benefit...
Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt recently sat down to talk about Rosaria Butterfield's book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, which details her conversion to Christ from lesbianism. This is a must-listen!
No, that's not the title of the latest po-mo book on reaching the unchurched. Rather, its intended to draw your attention to the new piece on ref21 by our friend Leonardo De Chirco on the Pope's last encyclical , as well as our resident film critic John Perrit's review of the latest in the Die Hard...
Make sure you don't miss Dr. Bruce Baugus's series on the church in China. It is an absolutely fascinating overview and history of the Lord's work in this great land. Check out the first part here and the latest post here .
Since Trueman's assent to stardom as Augustine redivivus , the requests for copies of the debate have almost crashed our server. Ok, so maybe that's a bit of an embellishment, but either way you can watch the debate here: Part 1: https://vimeo.com/57071226 Part 2: https://vimeo.com/57377467
This Monday, January 14, we will launch a weekly study of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Look for new entries on a weekly basis on each chapter of the Confession from contributors such as Joel Beeke, Richard Phillips, Jeffrey Jue, Philip Ryken, and Scott Oliphint. This series promises to be...
A few years ago, on a warm spring afternoon in Jackson, MS, I detected a note of surprise in the man's voice. He had just finished a PhD on Tolkien and was delighted by the questions of my dear friend and, at that time, elder, Mel Duncan on all things Tolkien. Mel has shared his Tolkien expertise...
Such was the (in)famous reply of atheistic British analytic philosopher Bertrand Russell when asked what he would say if, upon his death, he found out that God really existed. Our own Carl Trueman, eschewing the unbelief of Russell while evidencing the same British snobbery, will engage in a formal...
A friend stumbled across this Dockers ad from a few years ago and sent it on after reading Dr. Trueman's recent piece. Surely the good doctor will be horrified to learn that an American clothing company got the jump on him!
Our friend and fellow contributor, Dr. Dariusz Brycko alerted us to this very important work on Calvin. Dr. Brycko writes: "I have the privilege of volunteering as international secretary at the University of Warsaw's Committee on the Reformation in Poland and East-Central Europe, formed in 2008 by...
Imagine the Brady Bunch, the hit TV show from the 70's, being re-packed for today's viewers. Would the plot identify with the majority of younger couples - or even Boomers? Not according to a recent article at the Weekly Standard (HT: Steve Hays at Triablogue ). The article's author, Jonathan Last...
Now that I have your attention, there actually is a free Puritan book! Click here to download John Preston's The Fullness of Christ . The book is part of a new publishing venture, The New Puritan Press. Check it out!
The recent issue of Ambassador magazine, of the Melbourne School of Theology, features our resident celebrity, Dr. Trueman. Nevertheless, he still has street cred: few celebrity pastors get the title "International Scholar."
Interested readers may follow the continuing exchange between Drs. William Evans and William VanDoodewaard over at the Aquilla Report. Here is the link to Evans's response to Dr. VanDoodewaard's piece, which was originally posted here at reformation21. Here is Dr. VanDoodewaard's rejoinder to Dr...
Editors' Note: The following is a response to William Evans's recent reformation 21 article by Dr. William VanDoodewaard, who is associate professor of church history at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the ARP. William Evans's latest piece on the ARP Synod via his...
Our friends at Christ the Center captured some of this year's PCRT with this interview . Enjoy!
Editors' Note: This post was written by John Perritt (M.Div; Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson), who is the Youth Pastor at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, MS. In addition to his pastor duties, he is currently working on biblical counseling certificates through Christian...
First, thanks to all of our readers for the excellent questions submitted so far! There's still time to email more questions to r21@alliancenet.org Beginning next month, Dr. Oliphint will post article-length replies to your questions. Thank you again!
The editors welcome Pastor Rob Ventura as our newest addition to the reformation21 blog team. He is the pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church in Cumberland, Rhode Island and co-author, along with fellow ref21 blogger Jeremy Walker, of A Portrait of Paul . Welcome Rob!
We here at reformation21 pride ourselves on customer service (for examples, look no further than our (failed?) attempts at toning down Levy and posting doctored pics of Trueman). Pursuant to that end, we are calling for your questions for our resident apologetics expert Dr. Oliphint about...
Our friend Dr. William VanDoodewaard has posted this piece on Witsius on preaching law and gospel.
I am a snowflake father. Those terms may be unfamiliar to many, if not most, people reading this. A "snowflake baby" is a child that was born because of embryo adoption. My wife and I completed our adoption through Snowflakes ( www.snowflakes.org ) in December of 2009 when our frozen adopted...
Our good friend Rev. Andrew Moody will be live blogging the Texas Hill Country Bible conference here . Click to follow along as Derek Thomas, Steve Lawson, and Paul Jones unfold God's truth in Texas!
Editors' Note: Below is Dr. Richard Belcher, Jr.'s reply to Dr. C. John Collins's reply . We give Dr. Belcher the last word. I thank Dr. Collins for his response to my "review" of his book. My response will be limited to what I see as the main issues arising from the substance of his book. I...
Editors' Note: Dr. C. John Collins has offered this response to Dr. Richard Belcher, Jr.'s article recently published on reformation21. Click here to read that article. C. JOHN COLLINS Reply to Richard Belcher, "Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? A review": Reformation21 article, February 2012 Let me...
In our final installment of this series, we will look at Paul's final qualification for us to think about when selecting elders. The Apostle's last instruction has to do not with what the church thinks of the man, but what those outside the church think of the man. Why would it be important for...
Dr. Steve Lawson, one of our speakers for the first Texas Hill Country Bible Conference, will be speaking to KSLR in San Antonio about the conference this afternoon at 2:30 PM local time. Click here to listen!
After reading Dr. Trueman's and Pastor Walker's posts on this topic, the reader will permit me a fair amount of reticence to post on 1 Timothy 3:4-5. My colleagues' thoughts have been very convicting to my own rather green pastoral conscience, so I write with a good bit of trepidation! It is...
Make sure you read Dr. Richard Belcher's excellent review of C. John Collins's Did Adam and Eve Really Exist!
Last fall, Steve Hays of Triablogue, did an excellent article for ref21 refuting the collection of new atheist essays published under the title of The End of Christianity (ed. John Loftus). The book-length refutation of Loftus and company is now available in PDF here. Not only is it a wealth of...
Carl Trueman weighs in on James Macdonald's exit from the Gospel Coalition over at Christianity Today. Also, see Trueman's latest Wages of Spin article and a review of Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshear's Doctrine . A busy day at ref21!