Doh! Archbishop of Canterbury forgets what it means to become a Christian

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

While undertaking a revision of the traditional christening (or baptismal) service, the Church of England has pretty much negated the whole enterprise.Whereas once parents and godparents were asked if they "reject the devil and all rebellion against God," along with "the sins that separate us from God and neighbor," the new language prompts disavowal of "evil . . . and all its empty promises." It's a fine thought, but hardly an adequate baptismal renunciation.The revisions are, as the … [Read more...]

Angels, demons, and C.S. Lewis

I'm profoundly honored to be featured in this week's Breakpoint with John Stonestreet. Cornelius Plantinga leads off with a discussion of the understanding of Satan in our post-Englightment culture. I follow with a similar discussion of angels, keying off my book Lifted by Angels. Listen to the interviews here.If you're interested in more, you can listen to part of chapter 1 of Lifted by Angels here:Belief in the angelic realm -- including the demonic -- might seem farfetched to … [Read more...]

The real story of the Christmas angels

Angels

Luke tells us that on the night Jesus was born, shepherds near Bethlehem were watching their sheep. Suddenly, an angel appeared before them -- radiant, shockingly luminescent, and bright. Awash in the otherworldly light, the glory of God pooling around them, the shepherds were terrified. “Do not be afraid,” said the angel, “for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (2. … [Read more...]


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