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EVANGELICAL

A Winged Creature
by Ryan Welsh

The Homiletical Cart & The Hermeneutical Horse

It’s as ironic as it is frightening—a biblical text that preachers are suitably familiar with, as well as celebrate, is also one they are tempted to butcher weekly. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be [Read More...]

Adrian Warnock
by Adrian Warnock

Raised for our Justification Romans 4:25: the forgotten verse?

“…delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25) I first got arrested by Romans 4:25 when writing my book Raised With Christ (also available in Logos Bible Format). To me, this verse is the pivot on which the whole of the epistle to the Romans turns. Everything so far in the letter has been building to this point, and these words summarise what has gone before. [Read More...] The rest of this article is available by following the link above

Andrew Farley
by Andrew Farley

Thinking Outside Theological Boxes

I recently heard a popular teacher of Calvinism argue that unlimited atonement (“Christ died for all”) cannot be true, because such a notion cannot include eternal security for the believer. This teacher did not seem to realize that it is possible to believe that Christ died for all and that, after one is born again, [Read More...]

Anxious Bench
by Various Authors

People Like Us

Earlier this year, President Trump complained about the media’s failure to pay due attention to Islamist terrorist attacks, and the administration offered a specific list of such events. In some cases, his complaint was unfair, but the list did include many overseas attacks known only to experts, and largely ignored by media. In turn, critics [Read More...]

Bible News Radio
by Stacy Lynn Harp

A Very Cool “Chance” Meeting with Jamie Grace

Have you ever had a situation that frustrated you and you finally just rolled with it because there was ultimately nothing you could do about it? That’s where I was recently when I was staying at a hotel in Los Angeles for a Livestreaming Summit for Periscope. To make a long story short, I had [Read More...]

Born to Reform
by Stephen McCaskell

It Was Nice While It Lasted (In Light of #StrangeFire)

Editors note: Below is a guest post from Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaches at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida where he also serves as a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. He is the founder of Highlands Ministries and former editor of Tabletalk magazine. It is a sure sign that sin messes things up that we keep watching [Read More...]

Black, White and Gray
by Bradley Wright (and others)

Bill Nye, the “not-so-science” Guy

When Bill Nye became the co-chair of the March for Science it brought on controversy due to his being a white male. That is really a shame. The real controversy should have been over the fact that Nye is not a scientist. He’s an entertainer with one earned degree, a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He [Read More...]

Church Grammar
by Brandon D. Smith

The Gospel Is Bad News for Bad News

The gospel's eternal good news will one day be the eternal death of bad news.

Chorus in the Chaos
by Various Authors

Bill Nye Spotted in Dumpster Looking For His Next Scientific Thesis

Los Angeles, CA - According to a local news source in Los Angeles, CA, several witnesses claim to have spotted Bill Nye “The Science Guy” in a dumpster. When someone approached him to see if everything was OK, he told them he was just looking for his “next scientific thesis.”

Christian Crier
by Telling Ministries

How Can A Christian Glorify God At Work?

Is it possible to glorify God, even in the work place? Glorifying God There is one reason God created the heavens and the universe, and of course that includes us, and it was that He would be glorified. The psalmist understood that “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is [Read More...]

Cranach
by Gene Veith

“Wednesday is the new Sunday”

More and more churches are holding church services on Wednesday evenings. And for more and more Americans, that is the day they go to church. Though many conservative Protestants have long held midweek services as an “extra” day to worship, this new trend of worshipping on Wednesday alone is becoming especially common in mainline Protestant denominations.  (Though [Read More...]

Dry Bones
by Kathleen Mulhern

Hangs My Helpless Soul on Thee

It is a mystery, unsolved and unsolvable, why some people believe and others do not, why some hear an odd echo of a forgotten voice within and some do not, why some see Jesus and others do not. “Why do you reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” asked one of his disciples. [Read More...]

E-Squared Media Network
by Jeff Drex and Joel Fieri

Story Team Weekly: Filled With Grace and Peace

Grief became a three letter word: God. McCartney Piper Lee Coleman was born on April 25, 2014 at 2:47a.m. She weighed 3.47 pounds. She died two days later.

Eidos
by John Mark Reynolds

Learning from Old Elizabeth: to New Orleans

A Prophet to America: Old Elizabeth In 1863, Old Elizabeth (the pen name she chose) published her life story. You can read it for free, it is not very long, blunt, and full of the Holy Ghost. If you wonder why many of us rejoice that monuments celebrating rebellion and slavery are being taken down [Read More...]

Eternal Perspectives
by Randy Alcorn

The Doctrine of the New Earth Is Central to Our Future and Present Happiness

A character in the movie Pirate Radio says, “You know, a few months ago, I made a terrible mistake. I realized something, and instead of crushing the thought the moment it came . . . I’m afraid it’s stuck in my head forever. These are the best days of our lives. It’s a terrible thing to know, [Read More...]

Euangelion
by Michael F. Bird

Salvation by Allegiance Alone – Interview with Matt Bates (Part 3)

Matthew W. Bates, Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) MIKE BIRD: For obvious reasons, I like how you tie Christ’s resurrection to justification and prefer “incorporated righteousness” to “imputed righteousness.” How do you differ from standard accounts of justification? MATTHEW BATES: Well, [Read More...]

Everyday Ethics
by Jeremy Neill

3 Criticisms of Pascal’s Wager

Last week I shared a way of modeling Pascal’s Wager, which Pascal offers as an argument for God’s existence. This week I want to share three common critiques of Pascal’s Wager. 1st Critique: the Wager does not work as a demonstration of the advantages of Christianity, over other religions. I agree with this critique. Think about [Read More...]

Faith & Chelsen
by Faith J. H. McDonnell & Chelsen Adair Vicari

Not Just Men, Evangelical Women Guard Our Marriages Too

However those boundaries may look, we should be careful to judge. It's not about you. It's about human nature.

Faith and Finance
by Bob Lotich and Tim Fraticelli

Creative Giving Ideas: 10 Better Ways to Give

Have you ever given a gift and it just didn’t have the effect you desired? Maybe you’ve given one too many gift cards and you’re ready for something different – something creative! There are better ways you can give – the Bible even has something to say about it!  Below are some better ways you [Read More...]

FaithWalkers
by Bill Blankschaen

Take the 7-Day Family Challenge from Ziglar

You know the name—Zig Ziglar. A beloved, motivational genius who helped millions of people around the world experience unprecedented success. He also spoke extensively on the subjects of marriage, faith, and family. I’ve been working for the last year on something really cool for families with my Ziglar friends. Now Ziglar Family continues Zig’s legacy [Read More...]

Felix Culpa
by Brenda Renee Coats

Dance of the Cod Fish, Bizarre Happenings, and Bunny Longings

Are you ready to hear that story I promised about fainting? And a few other stories? 1. It’s not exactly a fainting story, as I didn’t exactly faint. But I did come close in Wal-Mart a few weeks ago. Typically, if I faint or nearly faint, it’s at Target or King Soopers. Although, there was [Read More...]

Frank Viola
by Frank Viola

Drew Marshall Interview

Here’s my first interview with Drew Marshall some 8 years ago. Time flies. We discuss the pagan origins of many of our Protestant church practices. Warning: It’s not for the faint in... **Click the title of this post at the top to read the rest of the article on the blog. Once you're on the blog, you may also post a comment at the end if you wish.**

Give Us This Day
by Charles Erlandson

Luke 17:11-19 – The Leper Must Return

We expect God to heal us without our having to lift a finger.

Hawkeye
by S.J. Masson

On Easter Sunday the Buried Question Remains Did Jesus Die and Live?

The news of Easter Sunday does not hinge upon vain speculation of whether Jesus lived and died, but the vital matter of whether he died and lived.

Hedgerow
by Bethany Blankley

Find Out What This Stethoscope Reveals [video]

This video is worth watching for two minutes. Listening to the stethoscope offers great insight into how we look at life and ourselves.

Hispanic Evangelicals and The Lamb's Agenda
by authors from the NHCLC

Q&A with David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board

In an exclusive Q&A with David Coleman, President and CEO of the College Board and one of the most influential voices in all of education, we explore how his organization is reaching out to help hispanic and other minority students and families succeed as they strive toward college.    English: http://www.univision.com/univision-news/opinion/a-q-a-with-david-coleman-president-and-ceo-of-the-college-board   Spanish Version: http://www.univision.com/noticias/opinion/entrevista-con-david-coleman-presidente-y-director-ejecutivo-del-college-board 

Imago Christi
by Kenneth Tanner

At the Heart of Worship

You can don ancient vestments, light candles, and chants prayers amid clouds of incense; you can preach like Martyn Lloyd-Jones, sing great hymns accompanied by pipe organ, and love the dappled rainbows the stained glass throws; you can put up the largest LED screens, hire musicians that rock, get the stage lighting just right, and [Read More...]

Jackson Wu
by Jackson Wu

Newest “mission and culture” book reviews in Themelios

Themelios just published its April 2017 issue. The assortment of book reviews concerning mission and culture are excellent. They touch on a diverse range of topics. Click the links below to read the reviews. Created and Creating: A Biblical Theology of Culture Review by: Marvin J. Newell Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical Review by: Kevin Halloran [Read More...]

Jesus Creed
by Scot McKnight

Weekly Meanderings, 29 April 2017

Unfortunately, this has become far too often the experience of coaches (and I coached HS basketball for ten years — sophomore level): A Michigan high school basketball coach, who earlier this year was named best coach in his class, has resigned. And he calls parents the No. 1 reason for his departure…. Here are Castor’s [Read More...]

Joe Carter
by Joe Carter

So Say We All: Why Battlestar Galactica Was the Best Sci-Fi Series Ever on Television

A shockingly large segment of the population suffers from the delusion that all artistic judgments are subjective. For instance, when confronted with a claim such as “John Singer Sargent is the greatest portrait painter of the 20th century,” they believe what is being presented is an assertion of opinion rather than a statement of fact. They [Read More...]

Jim Erwin
by Jim Erwin

5 Forms of Deliverance That God Provides His People

God delivers. He is not just a delivery man that brings good things to you. Instead, God provides ways to deliver His people through difficult circumstances and situations. God delivered His people Israel and He will do the same for you.

Jonathan Storment
by Jonathan Storment

Leaving Church: Before You Go…

So last week I started a short series responding to a great article in the Atlantic called “America’s Empty Church Problem” I loved this article, because it’s written to and by people who have previously assumed that America’s Empty Churches weren’t a problem, they were the solution! I’ve grown up hearing religious leaders like me lament [Read More...]

Just and Sinner
by Jordan Cooper

Why I Now Embrace the Two Kinds of Righteousness (a Review of Jordan Cooper’s Hands of Faith)

Post by Nathan Rinne In his book Hands of Faith, Pastor Jordan Cooper makes a convincing case that the concept of the two kinds of righteousness is not only inherent in Lutheran theology (4, 11, 31, 70, 109), but that it is an important biblical concept with much to offer “the entire Christian world.” In [Read More...]

Love is an Orientation
by Andrew Marin

Don’t Let Your Anger Turn Into Their Hate

Andrew's reflection upon yesterday's LGBT massacre in Orlando. There is a time for anger and activism; healing and hope. Now is a time for mourning. Don't let your anger for what happened turn into their hate.

Mark D. Roberts
by Mark D. Roberts

It’s the Second Day of Lent. Why Does This Matter?

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Mere Breath
by Abra Carnahan

The Gift of Depression

  Truth be told, I haven’t been doing well. Depression weighs heavily on me, and the worst part is that I know I’m not really. It is just a feeling, suffocating the life out of me. Don’t tell me to read my Bible more, I already do. Don’t tell me to look for sin in [Read More...]

Narrative and Nuance
by Dan Chappell

Christianity, Disney and A Better Way Forward

The body of Christ continues to need a reasoned and consistent response to the reality of homosexuality in our culture and society. The hand-wringing surrounding Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the latest example of this glaring need. Pastors and leaders, your people do not need you to join the culture war, they need you to shepherd [Read More...]

New Wineskins
by josh daffern

The Church Bubble is Real — And Worse Than You Think

Much as a media bubble caused the journalistic world to miss the rise of Trump, a church bubble is having a devastating effect on American Christianity.

PaterFamilias Today
by C. R. Wiley

Liberalism & the Curse of Debt-Free Living

Liberalism is only honest when men spontaneously generate. Any other way of coming into being lands a man in debt. If we are social animals, as Aristotle taught, then we owe just about everyone and everything for the existence we enjoy. It is this innate sense of our indebtedness that makes modern people to pick [Read More...]

Paul C. Maxwell
by Paul C. Maxwell

Q&A With Louie Giglio About “Comeback”

I recently read a book by Louie Giglio — The Comeback: It’s Never Too Late and You’re Never Too Far. My “inner lawyer” was riled (as Paul Tripp might say). I object to the notion that God offers his people “comebacks.” There is too much suffering. Too much pain. Too many stories of defeat that end in [Read More...]

Philosophical Fragments
by Timothy Dalrymple

Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns

This post is part of a larger conversation on the subject of Christians and guns at Patheos around the new documentary, The Armor of Light.  For more responses to the film, click here. Is there any contradiction between a culture that celebrates the sanctity of human life and a culture that celebrates the instruments of death? [Read More...]The post Open Letter to Sarah Palin: We Need to Change Our Tone on Guns appeared first on Philosophical Fragments.

Pilgrim's Road Trip
by Michelle Van Loon

Introducing: Long Days Of Small Things

When writer-friend Catherine McNeil told me she was writing about the spiritual formation embedded in the baby-toddler-preschooler years, I was anxious to read what she had to say. I well remember discovering that the discipleship model I followed before I had children (hours of uninterrupted Bible study, reading, prayer, and service to others) needed an overhaul [Read More...]The post Introducing: Long Days Of Small Things appeared first on Pilgrim's Road Trip.

Ponder Anew
by Jonathan Aigner

Why I Don’t Listen to Contemporary Christian Music for Entertainment

  It’s Not Just Because I’m an Old Curmudgeon After my post on why most people don’t sing in church anymore went viral, a fellow by the name of Ted Perlman shared it. I don’t think I’d ever heard of him, but apparently Mr. Perlman’s name is familiar in the music industry. Here is his [Read More...]

Preventing Grace
by Anne Kennedy

Saturday on the Run

Oh my word, I slept too late, and I need to be at the church right now in order to run around in a circle and wave my arms around in a hysterical way. Sort of kidding. There’s just a lot on my mind and none of it is interesting enough to put on the [Read More...]

Putting the Protest in Protestant
by D. G. Hart

Don’t Tell Marshall Bruce Mathers, III

Apparently when Eminem performs, by Rev. Jemar Tisby’s logic, the white rapper is guilty of putting on black-face. In the context of a controversy over Baptist seminary professors who dressed up as gang members, posed for a photo later tweeted, to send off a white colleague who sometimes performs Christian rap, Pastor Tisby argues the [Read More...]

Rebecca Florence Miller
by Rebecca Florence Miller

Does the Bible Approve of the Sexual Violence in The Handmaid’s Tale?

As I write, streaming service Hulu has just released the first three episodes of the much-anticipated, critically acclaimed adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. In this story, America has become a fundamentalist authoritarian state, Gilead. The authoritarian state is established in response to the widespread national infertility of women, which is [Read More...]

Red Letter Believers
by David Rupert

Do you really need a bucket list?

Fly fish in New Zealand. Kayak in the San Juan Islands. Eat lunch in Istanbul. I have a list of things that I want to do — one day. The Jack Nicholson – Morgan Freeman movie, The Bucket List was about two men with terminal cancer nearing the end of their days. They escaped their [Read More...]

Re-Generación
by Arlene Sánchez-Walsh

The Tragic Sense of Historical Illiteracy

What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it. –Miguel De Unamuno The Tragic Sense of Life President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast noting several historically accurate examples where Christianity was used to justify terroristic amounts of violence means that as a historian of American religion, [Read More...]

Religion Q&A
by Richard N. Ostling

Why do Hindus believe cows are sacred?

THE QUESTION:  What’s the background on Hinduism’s belief in “sacred cows”? (Posed by The Religion Guy himself, not a reader, because the topic is in the news.) THE RELIGION GUY’S ANSWER: Press reports from India say street vigilantes and the government in Uttar Pradesh state are campaigning against Muslim slaughterhouses accused of processing cows, which is [Read More...]

Return to Rome
by Francis J. Beckwith

Please consider helping newborn Jackson Yancey

My graduate assistant, Hilary Yancey, and her husband, Preston, need our generosity. They are proud parents of Jackson, born on September 28th with a craniofacial microsomia.  Little Jackson requires a series of expensive surgeries. Please consider donating at gofundme.com.  Hilary arrived at Baylor in Fall 2014 as a PhD student in philosophy. She has served as [Read More...]

Roger E. Olson
by Roger E. Olson

What It Means If You Remember…

What It Means If You Remember…. What were you in the 1950s/1960s if you remember: 1) Backyard Clubs 2) Singspirations (“Stop and let me tell you…”) 3) The Four Spiritual Laws 4) The Sugar Creek Gang 5) Flannel Graphs 6) Chalk Talks 7) “Tips for Teens” 8) The Palermo Brothers 9) Campus Life Clubs 10) [Read More...]

Soapbox Redemption
by Andrew Murtagh

The Heart of Nick Givas

Imagine you are young man in high school. Excellent grades, aspiring young basketball star – the world is your oyster. Enter the back pain, the initial medical consults, and the first cancer diagnosis. Surgery and redo surgery. Basketball career over, in and out of hospitals, a new reality takes form. Repeated spine surgeries not only have the [Read More...]

The Bible and Culture
by Ben Witherington

Adam and the Genome– Part Thirteen

On p. 113 Scot suggests that the authors of Gen. 1-11 were familiar, at least at the level of ideas, with some of the concepts found in other ANE creation and flood stories. In an age before there were many texts, and mostly oral traditions, one wonders how the authors of Genesis would have come [Read More...]

The Christian Revolution
by Taylor S. Brown

Bauckham on the Book of Revelation

INTRODUCTION The Book of Revelation is one of the most commented upon texts in the New Testament. Unfortunately, due to the book’s complex matrix of visual symbolism, intertextuality with the OT, and allusions to historical events in late first century, an unhelpful share of the commentaries and monographs written on Revelation over the centuries have [Read More...]

The Evangelical Pulpit
by Bart Gingerich

How to Trust God When Bad Things Happen – and Keep Happening

Don’t allow your trials to hinder your trust and faith in what God is capable of. You are the example of His faithfulness.

The Doxology Project
by Bradley Roth

4 ways Christians can love the soil on Earth Day

Earth Day is a great time for Christians to show our love for God’s green earth. Of course, the challenge of loving the earth is knowing which part of the earth to love.  There’s so much of it, after all–from continents to calla lilies to cyanobacteria.  And while all of  it is God’s earth and thus [Read More...]

The Fuller Blog
by Reed Metcalf

Bono & David Taylor: Beyond the Psalms

“We don’t have to please God in any other way than to be brutally honest. That is the root not only to a relationship with God but the root to a great song . . . or any work of art of merit.” —Bono + One year ago, we launched FULLER studio with a premiere [Read More...]

The Great Divide
by Adrian Crawford

Tolerance Isn’t the Answer

Tolerance. We toss the word around like a bouncy ball in a playground and offer it up as our penance for prejudice, hatred, and violence. Tolerance. We read about it in stylish op-eds and festoon our tweets with its hashtag. Tolerance. We grasp our newfound antidote to narrow-mindedness and accept anything and everything as true. [Read More...]

The Liturgical Theologian
by Porter Taylor

On Being An Alcoholic

I have been engaged in a new liturgy recently. This liturgy has changed me profoundly. I arrive a few minutes early to each gathering and sit in a room amongst like-minded people. We definitely do not look the same, each coming from different walks of life, but we are all committed to the same principles, [Read More...]

The Northampton Seminar
by Gerald McDermott

Liturgy and eucharist – Part XV

The letters of Ignatius (early 2nd c.) provide the earliest clear evidence for the threefold order of deacon, priest, bishop. By the end of the 2nd c., that threefold ministry gained pre-eminence everywhere.

The Toolshed
by Timothy Willard

C.S. Lewis And The Value of the Imagination

I am guilty of an elaborate plot. And that is: to let me daughters (hereafter affectionately referred to as my “pixies”) actually use their imaginations. My daughters believe in the Tooth Faerie, Jack Frost, and Santa Clause. I have the film Rise of the Guardians to thank for that. Years ago, after they watched the movie, when [Read More...]

Troubler of Israel
by G. Shane Morris

Purity Culture on Trial, Part 1 – The Backlash to the Backlash

This week a friend sent me a piece by Rebecca Calhoun at Christ and Pop Culture entitled “Moving Past the Purity Movement.” I’ve got to say, it’s one of the best and most insightful articles I’ve read on the subject. I found myself nodding in agreement and admiring Calhoun’s maturity and fair-mindedness. If anything, she [Read More...]

Uncommon God, Common Good
by Paul Louis Metzger

How Often Do You Take Prayer Requests for Mental Health?

I begin each class with prayer. I also take prayer requests. On one such occasion this year, a student asked for prayer for her mental health. I was struck by the student’s courage and transparency. Rarely, if ever, have I heard someone ask for prayer for one’s own mental health in a seminary classroom or [Read More...]

Warren Throckmorton
by Warren Throckmorton

Former Mars Hill Church Elder Disputes Mark Driscoll’s Account of Church Demise

On April 6, Mars Hill Church founder Mark Driscoll claimed to Randy Robison and Sheila Walsh on the Life Today TV show that he left Mars Hill Church over a “governance” conflict which lasted eight years. At the time, I surveyed former Mars Hill Church elders and not one of them remembered it that way. [Read More...]