How Theology Drives Spirituality (Thinking and Doing Are Inextricable!)

It’s very common in evangelicalism to either be a “thinking Christian” or a “doing Christian.”  I think that these divisions are bunk.  I think that thinking drives doing.  Theology drives spirituality.  I recently had the opportunity to say as much at Highland Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, a church featuring a thriving discipleship ministry led [Read More...]

One of the Most (Honestly) Uplifting Songs of 2012

http://youtu.be/78MXG7NEE2M I blogged last month about Portland, Oregon rap group Beautiful Eulogy, part of Humble Beast records.  Here’s my favorite song from their album, also titled “Beautiful Eulogy.”  Both verses are powerful; the second, by the rapper Braille, hits hard, because Braille is referencing the difficulties he’s experienced after his marriage fell apart due, it [Read More...]

Why Tipping at Restaurants Speaks to Your Walk with Christ

Raymond Johnson, a PhD student at Southern Seminary, just published a very helpful essay on tipping and the gospel at Baptist Press, the official media outlet of the Southern Baptist Convention.  It’s worth reading and considering.  Here’s a snatch: Whether Christians are aware of it or not, a subpar tip is a stumbling block in [Read More...]

Sexual Hysteria: Douglas Wilson Gets Shouted Down at Indiana University

Justin Taylor blogged this yesterday; Denny Burk, my colleague at Boyce College, then posted it on his own blog.  It is nothing less than shocking.  Watch the full lectures for free here, and witness how Douglas Wilson, pastor from Moscow, Idaho, is treated.  Here you see where the cultural elite are going in terms of [Read More...]

Redeem Us from Gluttony: A Personal Trainer Speaks Up

You know how there’s a ton right now on “The Gospel and X?”  Not all of those pieces are helpful, because some of them don’t move from theology to practice.  Good thinking and preaching always bears down on everyday life. I was deeply encouraged, then, to read this excellent post on “How the Gospel Overcomes Gluttony.” [Read More...]

Media Is Here from the Mohler-Wallis Debate (Link)

Audio and video has been posted from the Mohler-Wallis debate hosted by the Henry Center of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (HT: @carlhenrycenter).  I just checked the video and it looks great. A basic question at the heart of the debate is this: Is social justice an essential part of the mission of the church? The [Read More...]

This Week at TEDS: Mohler-Wallis Henry Center Debate & Alistair Begg

(Update: Post corrected thanks to Tyler Wittman) Thursday night at 7pm CST (8pm EST), the much-anticipated (and widely-covered) debate between Al Mohler and Jim Wallis takes place.  The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is staging the event.  Anyone and everyone can watch the live-stream here starting at [Read More...]

On the Trinity, Gospel, Local Church and More: Christianity.com Videos

What is the value of church history?  I attempt to answer this very important question here in a video interview with Christianity.com conducted at the 2011 national conference of The Gospel Coalition.  I reference the doctrine of the Trinity–currently a hot-button issue due to the matter of modalism raised in light of the Elephant Room [Read More...]

Shame on Us if We Ever Neglect the Unborn

The NYT has just released a heart-rending story about “pregnancy reduction,” a euphemism for selective abortion.  Read the whole story here.  This is a snatch from the article, which made me sick to my stomach: As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead [Read More...]


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