Five Reasons to Grant Religious Groups “Special Privileges” in Society

Wilfred McClay recently wrote an excellent cover-page essay for Christianity Today on the civic goods that religion provides to America. Many friends of mine might profess some level of skepticism about so-called “civil religion”; I understand and share some of those concerns. Nonetheless, Christians who encourage the secularization of the public square are falling for a [Read More...]

How Charles Finney Trumped Jonathan Edwards in America

In the just-published 9Marks journal, I published an essay on the trajectory of conversion in America over the last 250 years.  It is my argument that in the evangelical scene writ large, conversion came to be seen more as a process to be engineered than as a miracle to be prayed down. Here’s a bit [Read More...]

New 9Marks Material on Conversion

The new 9Marks eJournal is out, and as usual it offers much to chew on. In lieu of discussing it, I will list the contents below and encourage you to give them a read.  It’s on conversion, and I think it looks great. The Beauty of Conversion By Jared WilsonHow beautiful art thou, O Conversion? [Read More...]

New IXMarks: Pastoring Women

The new IXMarks eJournal is out, and it’s on pastoring women and honoring and understanding distinctiveness.  Below is a listing of the Journal’s contents. I. Pastoring Women: Understanding And Honoring Distinctness  Why Complementarianism Is Crucial to Discipleship  By Jonathan Leeman If God created men and women differently, discipleship should not be one-size-fits-all. It should cultivate their [Read More...]

God, Evangelicals, and Advertising: Expanded Blog from 9Marks

I just posted my first piece on the 9Marks blog, Church Matters.  Here’s the piece, albeit with a few tweaks.  I attempted to make some changes to the original but have had some challenges with Typepad. The piece is on “God, Evangelicals, and Advertising” (here’s the original). ****************** Let me quickly say that it is [Read More...]

Deep Church Shallow: Greg Gilbert’s 9Marks Review

The new 9Marks eJournal just arrived, and it’s on–take a deep breath here–church discipline.  I know, right–why don’t they settle down and pick a single issue to focus on already?  Good grief. I’m just kidding.  In actuality, the new issue looks typically helpful.  Some of you will know that I have a particular affection for [Read More...]

One of the Most Helpful Posts on Guidance I’ve Read: Dever on Subjectivism

Update on 2/21/08: Apparently I linked to the wrong blog yesterday. Thankfully, Mark Dever caught my error and corrected it, as you can see in the comments. I’m pretty sure that this is the first time he’s ever seen this blog, so I’ll have to err more often. I came across a very helpful little [Read More...]


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