ETS Live-Blog: Bruce Ware’s 2009 Presidential Address

I am live-blogging the 2009 Evangelical Theological Society Presidential Address by Dr. Bruce Ware, professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).  Dr. Ware’s message, entitled “The Man Christ Jesus,” looks to be customarily rich and insightful. It is an honor to attend this address in New Orleans and to share [Read More...]

Christianity and Money: Two Recent Stories from The Atlantic

The Atlantic has recently published two stories that touch on Christianity and money.  The first, “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?” by Hanna Rosin, covers the prosperity gospel.  Here’s a snapshot from the piece that touches on Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now, which has fueled a TV show that Osteen claims is now seen in [Read More...]

Hunter Baker on Sex, Science, and the Left

Hunter Baker is a sharp dude out of Houston Baptist University who just published a piece on the Salvo magazine website entitled “Facts Evasion: When it Comes to Sex, the Left Hates Science.” I commend the piece to you–it’s apologetically quite useful.  Hunter just published The End of Secularism, I might add, which will make [Read More...]

The Pleasures of Tea: A Brief Essay on Life’s Finer Things

Now that it’s nearly fall and turning cold, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate a comfort of life that we might easily pass over: tea. Now, let me just say that I did not begin life as a tea advocate.  I paid no attention to tea until very recently.  Now that I spend [Read More...]

Unknown E. P. Sanders Video on Jesus and Judaism

A friend tipped me off to this: emeritus Duke New Testament scholar E. P. Sanders discussing Jesus and Judaism.  Included in the roughly nine-minute video are Sanders’s view that Christians have needlessly pitted Paul and Jesus (who are “about love” in the eyes of conservatives) against Pharasaic Jewish thought, his pronouncement that people often think [Read More...]

Owen’s Story: A Life-Affirming Piece from Men’s Health

I found this searing piece in Men’s Health–not the typical source for articles filed under “searing.”  But this essay by Hamilton Cain about his physically challenged son, Owen, is one of the most life-affirming stories I have read in a long time.  It’s entitled “My Son, Solved” and it comes highly recommended from another Owen. Note [Read More...]

What Is Wisdom? Solomon: “Listening!”

From Proverbs 1, an elegant and important passage by Solomon: 20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will [Read More...]

Cinnabons, “Conditioned Hypereating”, and Christian Faith

New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert has just published “Why Are Americans Fat?“, a fun and somewhat morbid review essay of a number of recent books that tackle the national and international obesity epidemic.  Here are some selections from the essay, followed by a few comments from me. (Picture: New Yorker) The state of the matter: [Read More...]

Phil Ryken on the Pastor-Theologian

Phil Ryken just published a piece from Ligonier’s Tabletalk at Ref21 that covers how John Calvin was a pastor-scholar.  It’s a solid article worth reading. Ryken distills Calvin’s goal in preaching: “Calvin’s goal in all his preaching and writing was to teach the Word of God faithfully so that the Holy Spirit could use his [Read More...]


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