Scripture and Tradition Again: What John Calvin Said

Scripture and Tradition Again: What John Calvin SaidI hoped my quarrel with Gerald McDermott had ceased, but apparently that is not the case. I often receive e-mails informing me that he contends in blogs here or there that my view of Scripture and tradition is dangerous. He does not claim that I am liberal but that my view of Scripture and tradition (sola or prima Scriptura) leads down the slippery slope to liberal theology and that evangelicals can only avoid following the path toward … [Read more...]

“Strange Fire?” Fundamentalists and the Holy Spirit

"Strange Fire?" Fundamentalists and the Holy SpiritJust this month fundamentalist-Calvinist pastor John MacArthur, host of the "Grace to You" radio program and author of numerous books (including Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship [2013]) hosted an anti-Pentecostal, anti-charismatic conference in Southern California called "Strange Fire." You can check it out by simply googling that phrase and visiting the conference web site.To be sure there … [Read more...]

A Guest Post: “Three Reasons Why I Preach An Arminian Theology”

“Three Reasons Why I Preach An Arminian Theology” by T. E. Hanna (Guest Post)I think it is fair to say that our contemporary Christian subculture is saturated in a Reformed theology.This isn’t necessarily bad. Many of these voices hail from brilliant scholars whose knowledge and wisdom adds powerful depth and vibrancy to our understanding of God and scripture. D. A. Carson’s commentary on the New Testament use of the Hebrew Scriptures, for example, is always within reach when I dig throug … [Read more...]

A Modest Proposal for Fixing the World: Let Women Run It

A Modest Proposal for Fixing the World: Let Women Run ItI take it most people are aware by now that women are morally superior to men. Few would argue that women actually have greater value than men—in some ontological sense (whether in the eyes of God or simply in terms of value to world). However, evidence has been piling up for a very long time that women are simply better human beings than men—overall and in general. Of course, one has to be very careful not to globalize. Some men are bet … [Read more...]

“Mr. Smith” Goes to Church, but Should He Be Allowed To? (When Should Churches Exclude People?)

"Mr. Smith" Goes to Church, but Should He Be Allowed To? (When Should Churches Exclude People?)             Raise the possibility of excluding anyone from church in the circles I move in and you'll get push back immediately. "Church is for everyone; we welcome all." That's the attitude of a lot of well-meaning Christians in America today. Even membership is often held as "open"—to anyone who affirms Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior—regardless of other beliefs or lifestyles or practices. The resul … [Read more...]

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer a Would-Be Assassin? (Review of a New Book)

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer a Would-Be Assassin?We're in the middle of another Dietrich Bonhoeffer renaissance. A new wave of interest in the German theologian is being lifted by new biographies and examinations of his theology. Everyone seems to want to claim Bonhoeffer for their own causes. This was the case, of course, in the 1960s when radical theologians such as John Robinson and Harvey Cox attempted to appropriate him for secular theologies. And it has happened every few years since.I … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Football

The Ethics of FootballThis may be one of the most controversial blog posts I've written yet. Who in their right mind takes on football in America today? Especially while living in the most pro-football state in America? And yet, that is exactly what an ethicist should do—challenge sacred cows. No, not kill them, but challenge them. Attempt to get people to think reflectively, critically, about them. And certainly football is one of America's most precious sacred cows.So why question f … [Read more...]


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