October 31, 2016

“Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of Heaven as a short cut to the nearest chemist’s shop. Fortunately it is quite easy to coax humans round this little corner. Only today I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that ‘only such a faith can outlast the… Read more

October 24, 2016

A while back, my friend Steven Wedgeworth wrote an outstanding essay over at The Calvinist International on the origins of Halloween. It’s an annual must-read. The gist is that Halloween is not some ancient pagan festival or even Christian subversion of demonic shenanigans (as a lot of Christian writers have claimed over the years). The truth is far more boring. Halloween as we know it is really little more than a 20th century invention designed to sell stuff. After I posted… Read more

October 7, 2016

It’s tough to express how strange it is seeing pastors and columnists hawk theological liberalism as the solution to Christianity’s troubles. Why? Because we’re standing in the ruins of theological liberalism. The new soup de jour is luring Christians away from the Bible and doctrine, toward a way of living allegedly modeled after Christ’s. But “Christianity as lifestyle,” or the increasingly popular “living the Gospel,” isn’t a new idea. It’s just warmed-over late 19th-century mainline Protestant gruel. And it’s being… Read more

September 13, 2016

Like probably most of you, I read Josh Harris’ “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” as a rite of passage when I entered my teenage years. Harris, a single young adult at the time his book was published, became a bestseller because what he pointed out–that the modern dating scene had become “a training ground for divorce”–was unarguably true. Kids in the 1990s (and today) pursue exclusive romantic relationships with the opposite sex from the time they’re in middle school and easily… Read more

August 31, 2016

What shapes our fate, most? For many people in world history, the answer was unarguably outside forces. For the hundreds of thousands brought to North America in chains from Africa, it was the will of European slave traders, not personal decisions, that most shaped their lives. Likewise, for the vast majority of women born in the Islamic world, life is a script written by fathers and husbands. And for nearly a million babies in the womb this year, personal choices are… Read more

August 5, 2016

My friend, Seraphim Hamilton, has prepared an outstanding list of reasons he believes in Christianity–not just as the true faith, but as the story of reality. He’s given me permission to reprint them here in full: Somebody asked me why, given the inference to design, I held Christian theism to be superior. This is my response. The inference to design is not going to carry a person all the way to Christianity. Personally, I am very impressed by a consilience… Read more

July 28, 2016

When I was growing up, I thought that Romans 10:9 was the Gospel: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Excepting the bit about the Resurrection, that is not the Gospel. That is the Apostle Paul telling a convert what to do in light of the Gospel. Believing is not the Gospel, either. Nor is justification by faith. And contrary to… Read more

July 25, 2016

As some of you will already know, I’ve consistently refused to support or vote for Donald Trump on moral grounds, even now that he’s secured the GOP nomination for president. I’ve heard very few remotely convincing reasons to “hold my nose” and pull the lever for The Donald. The sole exception is the “Trump says he’s pro-life, so you have a duty to support him over Hillary and save lives” argument. Let me just make it clear that I don’t find this argument finally… Read more

July 5, 2016

The New Testament calls Jesus “the last Adam.” The Apostle Paul repeatedly sets up the parallels between the two, as covenantal heads of the human race. Adam failed to obey God, and brought death on all his children (us) in his role as representative or High Priest. He transmitted this consequence through natural descent. Jesus obeyed God, and by suffering the consequences of Adam’s sin on behalf of His people and defeating death, brought them life. Paul explicitly teaches as… Read more

June 27, 2016

A few days after Jerry Falwell, Jr. was photobombed by Trump’s prized copy of Playboy Magazine, Dr. James Dobson, who’s on Trump’s faith advisory committee, claimed that The Donald has “accepted a relationship with Christ,” and is now a “baby Christian.” Am I skeptical? No more skeptical than I am about the authenticity of this famous marine biology photograph. Matthew Lee Anderson has this basically right. We shouldn’t be so cynical that we absolutely refuse, in an a priori kind of way, to believe that a… Read more

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