What it Means That Only 41% of Americans Are “Pro-choice”

This from Politico: The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as “pro-choice” is at the lowest point ever measured by Gallup, according to a new survey released Wednesday. A record-low 41 percent now identify themselves as “pro-choice,” down from 47 percent last July and 1 percentage point down from the previous record low of 42 percent, [Read More...]

Wisdom & Prayer Are Not Opposed

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). I think many evangelicals know that they should pray.  They rightly expect that God will lead them as they do so.  But they might struggle to affirm how important wisdom is.  Learning from situations, being trained in godliness [Read More...]

“I Wouldn’t Think So Much of the Gathering:” Engaging Francis Chan on the Church

Francis Chan offered some surprising thoughts at the Verge 2012 conference recently.  Speaking on the church gathering, he said the following at the conference in Austin: If I just read the Scriptures, I wouldn’t even think so much of the gathering.  You know–Like, my first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.”  Out of the [Read More...]

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...]

Monday Night Pre-T4G: SBTS Panel w/Trueman, Bethke, Harris, Moore

Just heard from the SBTS brass that this killer dinner/panel at Southern Seminary in Louisville on Monday night (two days from now) has, due to popular demand, added 100 extra seats.  Here’s the info: Dinner & Dialogue Monday, April 9, 6:00-8:00p.m. Dinner in Heritage Hall, Dialogue in Alumni Chapel $15.00 Join us for a pre-conference [Read More...]

Things You Should Read: The New Themelios Journal

Just saw that the new Themelios is out.  You will want to give this one some time.  Oodles of good pieces and reviews geared at thinking Christians of all types. The new issue includes a nice piece from D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on the imperative behind missions.  Here’s a snatch: But [Read More...]

Do Academic Papers Matter, or Are They Pointless?

I just submitted a paper proposal for the 2012 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.  In the course of doing so, and after seeing a Tweet from a friend indicating a stronger desire to preach than give a paper, I thought I would say something brief about this. In short, academic papers matter.  Too often [Read More...]

Shaka Smart & How Athletic Coaching Is Like Pastoring

Shaka Smart is the basketball coach of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond.  For two years in a row, his teams have made it to the national tournament and overachieved.  He’s coveted now by many larger schools who can pay him a great deal more money than VCU. But he just surprised the college basketball [Read More...]

How to Learn from a Demon: Panel on Screwtape Letters

This from Theolatte, the blog of Dan DeWitt, the dean of Boyce College: Today at Boyce College we hosted a panel discussion on the impact of Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters in light of the seventy year anniversary of its publication. The participants included: myself; Dr. Jim Orrick, Professor of Literature and Culture; Dr. Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor [Read More...]

C. S. Lewis on Submitting with Patience

From The Screwtape Letters, number VI: Your patient will, of course, have picked up the notion that he must submit with patience to the Enemy’s will. What the Enemy means by this is primarily that he should accept with patience the tribulation which has actually been dealt out to him—the present anxiety and suspense. It [Read More...]


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