Rediscovering Theopedia

I have spent a bit of time over the last few days rediscovering Theopedia. It is not quite so frenetic and unstructured as Wikkipedia. This is probably due to its requirement that you acknowledge a statement of faith and be registered before editing items. They are keen for more contributors and if you have good quality material you have blogged and are willing to adapt, they are happy for it to be included in their articles with the appropriate acknowledgments. Would be great to have a few more … [Read more...]

Sam Storms, John Piper, and John Bunyan vs. Wayne Grudem, Al Mohler, and Mark Dever

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 4th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 5th most-read post was "Steve Chalke and the Lost Message of Jesus."The 4th most widely-read post was one in a series of posts that catalogued a major debate about baptism and church membership, and took place online between such theological heavyweights as John Piper, Sam Storms, Wayne Grudem, Lig Duncan, and Mark Dever. The posts listed below were all so popular they … [Read more...]

The Atonement – Packer on Penal Substitution

This morning on his blog, Al Mohler reminded us of Jim Packer's eloquent defense (in 1973) of penal substitution in a post entitled "The Logic of Penal Substitution." In light of my ongoing series on the atonement, this is well worth the read. Mohler says this about Packer's historic lecture: "Packer starts by describing that the penal substitutionary understanding of the atonement 'by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the world-wide evangelical fraternity.' It is noteworthy that Packer … [Read more...]

The Atonement – An Attack on Penal Substitution

A couple of days ago, in the first of my posts on the atonement, I quoted Jeffrey John from an article in the London Telegraph. Today, I want to share more from the transcript of his talk, which is now available on Radio 4’s website. You can also listen to him for yourself here. The words of this talk are not really any different to those controversially aired by Steve Chalke. If you want to hear Chalke for himself, there is an interview in the archives here. Dr. Albert Mohler has come out s … [Read more...]

Shepherds Conference V – Al Mohler: Preaching the Cross, Not Human Wisdom

Dr. Al Mohler is next up at the Shepherds' Conference. I just can’t get over how similar the line-up is at all these different conferences these days! You may notice a discrepancy in the numbering between my blog and Tim's. This is because Tim has numbered one of his posts that discuss things that have been happening outside of the sessions. Go over to Tim’s blog to read the rest of this, but I found this quote stood out for me in our current age. I do value Mohler's prophetic way of assessing th … [Read more...]

The Inverse Power of Praise and Psychological Research

Al Mohler pointed us the other week to an article in New York Magazine which puts forward a fascinating argument that counteracts the prevailing view that our greatest need is for increased self esteem.Basically it seems we have been wrong all along about self-esteem and praise. Kids need to understand that effort is required, and should be praised for specific achievements rather than being given indiscriminate praise. This gives them the determination to keep going even when they experience … [Read more...]

Should We be Optimistic or Pessimistic About the Future?

Mark Dever over at Together for the Gospel has written about how we should expect persecution. He may well be right. As I read his post, however, and also a few of his buddy, Al Mohler's, cultural observations, I wonder if I detect a more general note of pessimism about the future of the church.I may very well be wrong about that in the case of the individual people I mention, but I'm sure there are many Christians who are, indeed, very negative about the future. It certainly seems that … [Read more...]

Church of England Proposal to Unite with Catholics Under the Pope

If today was April 1st, I would be sure this was a hoax. An article in today's Times suggests that the Anglican Communion may sweep hundreds of years of history (and the little matter of the Reformation) under the carpet and go back to Rome. Quite how they propose to take a union that is at the brink of collapse over issues that the Catholics are quite clear on and steer it intact back to what they call the Mother Church is beyond me. Phil Johnson is, of course, right—doctrine comes before u … [Read more...]

FILM – The Nativity Story, a Review and Personal Reflections

Living in the UK as a Christian in 2006 is a strange experience sometimes. Some fellow believers point to a number of events that seem to suggest that we are entering days of hostility to Christians. Events that have come to my attention in the last few months include:The growing hostility to the use of the word "Christmas" or Christian images - bizarrely this has led to a statement from something called the Christian-Muslim Forum reminding the politically correct brigade that Muslims (and … [Read more...]

FILM – The Nativity Story – A Must-See This Christmas

Albert Mohler gives The Nativity Story, to be released in the US and UK on 8th of December, the thumbs up - he says it is "In Season and On Message." I have only seen this trailer, and some other video clips, but I have seen enough, together with Mohler's praise (he has seen the whole thing) to strongly recommend that my readers take their kids to see it this Christmas. There is both a The Nativity Story, UK and The Nativity Story, US official sites for more information. I think the least we can … [Read more...]