The New Yorker on Jesus Christ: Messiah as “Dharma Bum” and Crucified Apocalyptist

Adam Gopnik, writer of renown at The New Yorker, has just penned one of the more engrossing cultural pieces on the person and mystery of Jesus Christ that I personally have seen in a good long while.  Entitled “What Did Jesus Do?”, it is rich, rewarding, frustrating, deeply erroneous and a must-read for those who [Read More…]

The Soul and Symphonies of Hip Hop

Looking through the IVP catalog the other day, this title caught my eye: The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs, and a Cultural Theology (IVP, June 2010). Here’s the book’s description from Amazon: “What is Hip Hop? Hip hop speaks in a voice that is sometimes gruff, sometimes enraged, sometimes despairing, sometimes hopeful. Hip hop [Read More…]

An Essential Talk by Bruce Ware on Manhood

The following was just posted at the blog of The Gospel Coalition: Theologian Bruce Ware just gave a noteworthy talk on godly manhood at his church, Clifton Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky.  The talk was entitled “Select Principles on Being a Biblically Faithful Man and Husband”.  I heard the talk and commend the audio to [Read More…]

What Is the Gospel, and Why Care?

Greg Gilbert’s brand-new What Is the Gospel? (Crossway–IXMarks, 2010) is dynamite.  Pick this book up to remind yourself of the essential of the essentials.  A short (127pp), small, readable, punchy text, What Is the Gospel? dispels the cloudiness surrounding the exact character of the gospel today.  Pastors, disciplers, Bible study leaders, and many others would [Read More…]

Johnny Cash’s Vision: The Majestic Son of God

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.  He is [Read More…]

Church Fight Clubs: Good or Bad Idea?

The New York Times just published an article entitled “Flock Is Now a Fight Team in Some Ministries” that bears looking into.  It profiles evangelical “fight clubs” and quotes a number of pastors and young men who participate in them. Here are some key quotations: Mr. Renken’s ministry is one of a small but growing [Read More…]

A Merry “Son of David” Christmas

It’s been quiet around these parts for some time.  Just wanted to pop back on here and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.   Side note: have you thought much about how the Gospels of Matthew and Luke use “Son of David” language in reference to Christ?  I had not previous to this Christmas (like so [Read More…]

The Resurrection as God’s Vindication of the Crucified Messiah

This is a helpful comment for understanding the significance of the resurrection, especially as it relates to the atonement: [T]he Gospels…all agree that when the question was put to Jesus, “Are you the Messiah?” he did not deny it.  It is in the context of those last days in Jerusalem that the royal title emerges [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…]