Giving Thanks for Mark Driscoll (and Congregational Polity)

Some of you have been following the events related to Mark Driscoll’s publishing plan. It’s been a winding affair, but long story short, according to Warren Cole Smith of World Mars Hill Church essentially bought a best-seller spot for a recent Driscoll book. It was found out, controversy ensued (on the blogosphere, of all places), and [Read More...]

Great Upcoming Conference: “Remembering Carl Henry” by the Henry Center at TEDS

Are you, like me, a serious fan of Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry? Then you will be interested in the “Remembering Carl Henry: Evangelicalism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Conference. It will be held on October 11, 2013 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Paper proposals are due four days from now: July 1, 2013. My TEDS PhD [Read More...]

History Cage-Match: Did Carl Henry or Harold Ockenga “Invent” Evangelicalism?

In a new piece at Christianity Today, historian Timothy George writes of the significance of Baptist theologian Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry. George’s take is that Henry “invented post-war evangelicalism.” He explains himself: Henry did not invent post-war evangelicalism all by himself, of course. He had lots of help from Harold John Ockenga, the Strategist; Billy Graham, the [Read More...]

Evangelicalism is Not Declining: A Response to John Dickerson’s NYT Essay

A young evangelical pastor named John Dickerson just released a head turner of an essay in the New York Times, with the Wall Street Journal America’s paper of record. Wielder of a sharp pen and possessor of a passionate heart, Dickerson is senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Prescott, Arizona. He is a graduate of [Read More...]

What Are the Promise Keepers Up To?

Salon took a look this week at the Promise Keepers.  It’s an interesting read.  Here are some key quotations on the organization that rose to huge prominence in the 1990s and then tanked. Here’s the basic story: In the 1990s, the evangelical men’s ministry the Promise Keepers packed 50,000-seat football stadiums and even stuffed the [Read More...]

When Ordinary Is Extraordinary: A Reflective Review of D. A. Carson’s Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor

This is one of the best books you will ever read about the Christian ministry. That is a dramatic claim. Right now, you’re asking yourself if it’s true. After all, this book written by New Testament scholar D. A. Carson and published by Crossway Books in 2008 is just shy of 160 pages; it doesn’t [Read More...]


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