The Politics of Jesus, Message Four: Greg Thornbury’s “Marriage: If Not Sacred – What?”

Just moments ago on Friday afternoon, October 10th, Dr. Greg Thornbury of Union University in Jackson, TN gave an address at “The Politics of Jesus” conference at the First Baptist Church of Durham, NC entitled “Marriage: If Not Sacred – What?”  The young theologian of rising renown spoke with characteristic eloquence and punch in his [Read More...]

Spider Webs of Our Own Making: Pride and the Christian Life

A little while back I blogged about Stephen Altrogge’s book on sports.  I recommended it to my readers and noted as I did so some illumination it brought me about the condition of my heart.  In reflecting more on that condition, I’ve found a resonant image playing in my mind related to my pride.  Like [Read More...]

The Suffering and the Glory: Phil Ryken and Pastoral Ministry

Today, on October 1, 2008, at 3pm in the ATO chapel in Deerfield, IL, my employer, the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, will sponsor a Scripture and Ministry lecture by Dr. Phil Ryken, Senior Pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA. The lecture is entitled “The Suffering and the Glory: Pastoral Ministry in [Read More...]

Tim Keller on Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

Found this over at the Christianity Today site.   Tim Keller, whose recent book The Reason for God took flack from some for what was viewed as a light treatment of the evangelical doctrine of hell, wrote “Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age” in 1997.  Leadership Journal just reprinted it, and I’m thankful that they did. [Read More...]

A Blueprint for Manhood in a World That No Longer Provides One, Pt. 2

Yesterday, I started a blueprint for Christian manhood. I want to note today that I do not intend this to be seen as the blueprint for this subject, as if I have received a direct revelation from God on how this all should take place. Rather, I am trying to do what all Christian parents [Read More...]

A Blueprint for Manhood in a World That No Longer Provides One

I’ve wanted to write this blog series (and another on womanhood) for a good long while but haven’t found the time. I’ll do this over a couple of days in order to adequately cover the subject on an introductory level (note that tomorrow I’ll talk more about men called to singleness or who struggle to [Read More...]

“The Politics of Jesus”–An Exciting October 2008 Conference

I’m excited to let you know about an upcoming conference sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. It’s called “The Politics of Jesus” and it will be held as a one-day event on Friday, October 10th, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Durham, NC, an important SBC and reformed church. Some of [Read More...]

Excerpt Provocateur: Stephen Nichols’s “Jesus Made in America”

Stephen J. Nichols’s new book looks worth a read. Nichols is a historian at Lancaster Bible College who is fast emerging as a scholar of note in the evangelical movement (and even beyond it). He’s just published Jesus Made in America, which includes this little gem: “Some, such as David Wells, have argued rather persuasively [Read More...]

Important Essay: Michael Horton’s “Beyond Culture Wars”

I like theologian Michael Horton‘s writing.  He’s often provocative and helpful.  Even if one doesn’t always agree with him, one generally finds him a stimulating read.  The latest issue of Modern Reformation has reprinted a column entitled “Beyond the Culture Wars” published fifteen years ago that bears out a reading.  Horton’s burden in the piece [Read More...]

Comments on God Delighting in Small (New England) Churches

From Paul Buckley in Methuen, MA (check out his excellent, Christ-exalting blog)– “I pastor a Sovereign Grace Ministries Church in New England, King of Grace Church. Thanks for your encouraging post! Pastoring in New England has been a wonderful adventure of learning to glory in Christ and the precious folks he does give us and [Read More...]