Evangelicalism is Not Declining: A Response to John Dickerson’s NYT Essay

A young evangelical pastor named John Dickerson just released a head turner of an essay in the New York Times, with the Wall Street Journal America’s paper of record. Wielder of a sharp pen and possessor of a passionate heart, Dickerson is senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Prescott, Arizona. He is a graduate of [Read More…]

You Can Buy: 4 Gospel-Driven Books on Jonathan Edwards for $4 Total

This is a sobering day by any stretch. If you are like me processing the horror in Newtown, CT, the fruit of freshly stunning evil–the same evil that lurks in all of us–here are two resources from Al Mohler that may be of help: blog and podcast. In an unusual circumstance, friends have just let [Read More…]

Five Reasons to Grant Religious Groups “Special Privileges” in Society

Wilfred McClay recently wrote an excellent cover-page essay for Christianity Today on the civic goods that religion provides to America. Many friends of mine might profess some level of skepticism about so-called “civil religion”; I understand and share some of those concerns. Nonetheless, Christians who encourage the secularization of the public square are falling for a [Read More…]

Dear Discouraged Christian: Here’s Some Gospel Encouragement

If you are feeling discouraged from events in recent days, you may need some encouragement. You have come to the right place, my friend. Two recent articles in secular media have offered surprising testimony to the vitality of Christianity in dark places. The first, from the Guardian, is on the rise of Calvinism in Chinese churches. [Read More…]

Jonathan Edwards on the 2012 Presidential Election

Christians disconcerted by the 2012 election results have invincible comfort and hope.  From his History of the Work of Redemption, here’s what Jonathan Edwards had to say about our ultimate hope, which triumphs over every obstacle, every Caesar, every hindrance of the preaching of the gospel: Thus God is called in the beginning of this [Read More…]

What Is the Good Life? On Trip Lee’s New Book

This looks like a really helpful book: The Good Life by Trip Lee (Moody, 2012).  Moody has a nice website up at which you download the book’s first chapter.  Also, watch the video above to see Trip’s heart for this topic, which he rapped about in his most recent cd of the same name. This [Read More…]

Are Leaves & Twigs Heating Your Inner Spiritual Life?

I recently had the opportunity to publish a short piece on Jonathan Edwards and his seminal Religious Affections in Ligonier Ministry’s excellent Tabletalk devotionalmagazine.  Any magazine, by the way, that is named after something Martin Luther-related is a-okay by me. My piece focused on how theology is intricately connected to our religious “affections,” the emotions [Read More…]

Jonathan Edwards: The Infinite Highness and Condescension of Christ

One of three favorite sermons of Jonathan Edwards is “The Excellency of Christ.”  If you have not read the sermon, print it out and read it over the course of two weeks in your devotional time or your lunch hour.  You won’t be the same afterwards.  Jonathan Edwards was brilliant, but he was primarily a [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…]

Rap You Must Listen To: “Through Hymn” on Church History

[bandcamp album=3968476305  bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti] Steve Forst, one of my students at Boyce College, just clued me in to a rapper I had never heard of: Through Hymn.  He specializes in hip-hop on church history.  You never know what to expect with under-the-radar rappers.  It took me one listen, though, to know that Through Hymn [Read More…]