A Startling Word from Mark Dever on False Conversions

Justin Taylor is live-blogging Together for the Gospel, which is quite a feat given the extensive content yielded by this outstanding conference.  Yesterday, he summarized Mark Dever’s message on “False Conversion,” which included the following.  It’s well worth pondering as a pastor and a Christian. “In reading through the NT, there are five summary truths [Read More...]

John Calvin and Sin in the Life of the Believer: The Gospel Coalition and Evangelical Spirituality

How should we who consider grace the central reality of our life think about God’s response to our sin?  This is a tricky question, one that defies some of the easy answers we offer to it.  Today at The Gospel Coalition, I ask and seek to answer this question in a post entitled “You Can [Read More...]

Evangelical Guilt in Evangelism–and How John 3 Helps

Do you struggle with guilt related to evangelism?  Do you feel like you do very little as a Christian to “draw” lost people?  I sometimes struggle with this feeling–and sometimes, it’s justified.  It’s a very healthy thing to examine one’s evangelistic witness, and to push oneself out of one’s comfort zone (read: the evangelical church/parachurch [Read More...]

Is President Obama the First Female President?

Don’t ask me.  Ask Kathleen Parker.  She just suggested so–in the Post, no less.  However you answer this question, it seems incontrovertible that men have adapted womanly traits and habits in just about every category–dress, speaking, physicality, you name it.  You have to hand it to Parker–she speaks her mind, with no quarter given to [Read More...]

Should We Pray for Tiger Woods?

Nowadays, husbands have countless reminders of the costs of infidelity.  On a regular, almost weekly, basis, we hear of another public figure who has cheated on his wife.  We see the news reports and the pictures of betrayed spouses and bewildered children.  We hurt terribly for the families and grow angry with the men. But [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...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Having watched some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, that most American of Thanksgiving morning events, I want to wish those trolling the blogosphere in pre-game meal preparation a Happy Thanksgiving.  You can read this a thousand different places (which is a good thing!), but I should say it again: it’s terrific that we have [Read More...]

John Piper Tunes in and So Can You: The Henry Center Website Report

An update from the Henry Center on its website.  We’ve been pushing the site in recent days, and it’s great to give a very brief public report: What do folks like John Piper, Justin Taylor, Millard Erickson, and Thabiti Anyabwile have in common? Answer: They all check the HCTU website and listen to its content. [Read More...]

G. K. Beale: God’s Sovereignty in Creation Leads to His Sovereignty in Judgment and Redemption

I recently read this little nugget in the dissertation of Wheaton New Testament scholar G. K. Beale, a work entitled The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and in the Revelation of St. John (University Press, 1984).  Commenting on how the creation motif fits into the general flow of Revelation 4-5, Beale drops this [Read More...]

The Gospel of Sex Vs. The Gospel of Christ

Recently read The Gift of Sex by New Testament scholar Peter Jones of Westminster West (CA). In the text, Jones argues provocatively that in this world two options, in essence, vie for the mental and spiritual embrace of humanity. The first is “pagan monism,” which “abhors the Creator, hates his creation and creation’s structures, and [Read More...]