Do No Harm: Paul in Context, pt. 1

In the wake of a strong debate revolving around the neo-Reformed teaching of human "brokenness" as a form of "deep" total depravity, and how this teaching affects children, I wanted to look at a couple of the fundamental biblical issues at work.Really, I've been thinking about how modern Reformed theology so egregiously takes Paul out of context in communicating its systematic message. How the "doctrines of grace" as they are called, or the TULIP, or even the bedrock doctrine of … [Read more...]

Prophetic Recoil & the Need for Boldness

I have this tendency, and maybe you do too.It's the tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice or an area of dishonesty or hypocrisy that is causing others real harm or pain. It's the tendency to act on a conviction - not out of unrighteous anger, but out of urgent passion - and write that post or respond to that tweet or preach that message or interrupt that conversation where almost everyone seems to be agreeing about all the wrong things. It's the … [Read more...]

Boz Tchividjian on SGM

Boz Tchividjian is a law professor and founder of GRACE, an initiative that responds to abuse in the Christian environment.Last night, Together for the Gospel broke their long silence with this statement about the SGM lawsuit. They initially posted it on their Facebook Page as well, but critical comments abounded (including my own) and the post was soon removed. However, my friend Bill Kinnon saved the thread, so all the original comments will remain viewable. (TGC added their own statement … [Read more...]

A False Gospel of Reconciliation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled t … [Read more...]

Fathers Be Good to Your Daughters (i.e., don’t sell them)

We all know John Mayer is like the biggest hypocrite of all time for writing this song, but it's still totally wonderful:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZLbUIa7exEAnd it's especially wonderful to me because I'm the father of two daughters, Gemma and Pippa - 3YO and 1YO, respectively. And my primary goal in life is to be good to those girls. And I have a throbbing ache in my heart for fear of not being good enough to them.For this very same reason, Exodus 21 is decidedly not wonderful … [Read more...]

SGM and the Counseling Cliff

 illustration: Marion BolognesiBy now, most church folk (and lots of others) have heard about the trouble facing CJ Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries in regard to allegations that child sex abuse in the network of churches was covered up by pastors who allegedly counseled family members to avoid reporting to the police and forgive the abusers.And now, they are resisting the lawsuit and investigation by citing the First Amendment.Great.Rather than a journalistic dig i … [Read more...]


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