Should Historians Read Providence in Historical Events?

In a word, no.Although I am sure about what I think, providence is an issue of importance to religious historians. To explore the issue, Justin Taylor at the Gospel Coalition published a helpful post yesterday on the subject which teases out some of the issues and players.He examines the views of six historians which believe Christian historians should describe God's hand in human events and those who don't.If you enjoy the history posts here, you will want to read the entire … [Read more...]

Pop Quiz: When You Buy a Goat from World Vision, Who Gets the Goat? UPDATED

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Pop quiz, gentle readers.When you donate money to buy a goat from the World Vision catalog, who gets that goat?Answer in the comments section; base your answer on the screen capture of this online page from the World Vision website.If you provide any more information about this appeal, please provide your source. More to come this afternoon...UPDATE:I asked World Vision for an answer to this question. Amy Parodi, spokeswoman for the organization, told … [Read more...]

The David Barton Cover Up: More on Gregg Frazer’s Critique of David Barton’s America’s Godly Heritage

On Monday, I wrote about a time in 2012 when David Barton was confronted by historians. I linked to a devastating critique of Barton's America's Godly Heritage by Gregg Frazer, professor of history at The Master's College.  Much of the critique is helpful even if one has not seen Barton's DVD because Frazer includes enough of the context to make the critiques clear. However, there is one section which might not be as clear as the others. To help readers use the critique well, I want to provide … [Read more...]

Mars Hill Bellevue Elders Will Remain in Place for Six Months Past Soma Transition

Yesterday, we heard from Jeff Vanderstelt about his move to Bellevue. Today we hear from Jason Skelton, pastor at Bellevue (now being referred to as "Eastside church"). Probably, the most interesting aspect of the communication is that the elders are committed to stay in place for six months. Vanderstelt said in his letter that the elders were willing to resign, but apparently that is not how it will happen. Somehow they will be assessed but the goal is to affirm each other (either oddly worded … [Read more...]

Research for Mark Driscoll’s Delayed Book — The Problem with Christianity — Available to the Masses

This is an interesting development.The research which formed the foundation for Mark Driscoll's now postponed book, The Problem with Christianity has now been made available for free download on the Mars Hill Church website.The way the description of the research report closes makes me wonder if Driscoll is going to release his book: Our hope is this valuable research can be helpful for you as you prepare content such as sermons, books, or blog posts. When he took his six week "focus … [Read more...]

Soma’s Jeff Vanderstelt Answers Some Questions Regarding Mars Hill Bellevue Transition

Last week, I asked Nick Laparra several questions about the transition from Mars Hill Bellevue to Bellevue Soma (or Soma Bellvue). Laparra just emailed to say that many of those questions have been answered in an open letter, which I am reproducing here. Jeff Vanderstelt, the Soma pastor tapped to possibly take on the preaching duties at Bellevue, wrote on the Soma website: In light of the recent announcement that I am considering replanting a new church out of Mars Hill Bellevue which will … [Read more...]

Historian Scott Culpepper: When the Church Spreads Propaganda

Dr. Scott Culpepper currently serves as associate professor of history at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. His Ph.D. is from Baylor University and he has a M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Culpepper is the author of Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence: The Bishop of Brownism’s Life, Ministry, and Controversies (Mercer University Press, 2011). When he read my post earlier today, he had the following reaction: Two very disturbing realities are revealed i … [Read more...]

The Great Confrontation of 2012: David Barton and the Evangelical Historians

In August 2012, Thomas Nelson (now part of Harper Collins Christian) pulled David Barton's book The Jefferson Lies from publication. This rare move by Thomas Nelson took place in the midst of efforts by several people to confront Barton with his errors. While I cannot tell the whole story (in part because I don't know it and in part because the main players are not willing to discuss it completely), I can provide a little more insight into the situation. The door was opened to this by a footnote … [Read more...]


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