Have American Evangelicals Become Secularized? Some New Year’s Reflections on Changes during a Lifetime

Have American Evangelicals Become Secularized? Some New Year’s Reflections on Changes during a LifetimeEach year as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day arrive I feel more ambivalent about them. I admit it; I even feel weary of them. They seem so anti-climactic after Thanksgiving and Christmas. And, unlike other holidays, they are, to me at least, devoid of any special significance. Memorial Day is at least a time to think about my deceased mother even if I cannot visit and decorate her grave (w … [Read more...]

A Letter from a Young Christian Reader of “Against Calvinism”

I recently received this e-mail letter. It's the best recommendation of Against Calvinism I've read yet. I hope you, my faithful readers and blog visitors, will pass this good word around so that more people like this young Christian will read Against Calvinism to counter the arguments of their YYRM friends:"I purchased a copy of Against Calvinism after reading your article from Relevant Magazine's website a few months back.  I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your time and effort … [Read more...]

Calvinism and the God-as-author analogy

One of my faithful visitors here pointed me to the following recent essay posted to the Desiring God blog by one Joe Rigney (professor at John Piper's Bethlehem College and Seminary) entitled "Confronting the Problem(s) of Evil." The link is: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/articles/confronting-the-problem-s-of-evil.I am not sure whether Rigney is the author of the essay; the "voice" is Piper's in many ways. It's unsigned, but the "by" box at the top says "Joe Rigney." So I will … [Read more...]

Karl Barth’s “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know….” Answer: Can Anyone Verify It?

Most Christians have heard it as a sermon illustration. I've heard and read many variations of the story. According to the story, Karl Barth was fielding questions from the audience after a lecture in Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University Chicago in 1962. A student stood and asked him if he could summarize his life's work in theology in one sentence. According to the story a gasp went up from the audience--responding to the student's perceived audaciousness. Also, according to the … [Read more...]

End of the World or World without End?

Sometimes I wonder why so many people (but especially the media!) are fascinated, even obsessed, with the end of the world. Today, of course, is December 21--the date supposedly identified by an ancient Maya calendar as the end of the world. The build up to it has been years long. Some people have traveled the world to be in just the right place either to greet the world's end or survive it. (What would it mean to "survive" the end of the world?)I have to admit, I haven't paid much attention … [Read more...]

What Does “Supernatural” Mean? Can a Person Be Christian and NOT Believe in It?

What Does “Supernatural” Mean? Can a Person Be Christian and NOT Believe in It?Augustine said it about “time”: When you don’t ask me, I know what it is, but as soon as you ask me, I don’t know. When you don’t ask me what “supernatural” means I know; as soon as you ask me, I don’t know. At least I find it difficult to define—in a way that will draw wide agreement among philosophers and theologians, anyway.I’m writing a book in which the concept of “supernatural” plays a role. (It’s a theol … [Read more...]

The Almost Completely Unknown Difference that Makes All the Difference….

The Almost Completely Unknown Difference that Makes All the Difference (between Christians and Culture and between Christians and Christians)We talk endlessly about differences among Christians: Catholic versus Protestant, Calvinist versus Arminian, liberal versus conservative, neo-fundamentalist versus postconservative, premillennial versus amillennial, pedobaptist versus credobaptist—to name just a few of our favorite divisions.But over the past few years I have become convinced t … [Read more...]


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