Is The Church’s Officer Class Surrendering?
They have declared that the purpose of the Gospel is racial reconciliation rather than reconciliation of sinful man to a holy and righteous God.
So now even the Gospel is subverted to meet the needs of the gods of Diversity and Inclusion. They have pimped the Gospel to to appease people who will never be appeased. They have declared that the purpose of the Gospel is racial reconciliation rather than reconciliation of sinful man to a holy and righteous... Continue Reading
The Well-Trained Theologian
Essential Texts for Retrieving Classical Christian Theology
As students begin courses and prepare for seminars, as pastors are trained for the pulpit, they are not required to engage the wisdom of the ancient past firsthand or what many have labelled classical Christianity. Such chronological snobbery, as C. S. Lewis called it, is pervasive. Over the last several decades, evangelicalism’s lack of... Continue Reading
I’m Not Hateful, You Are
Judge me? You don’t even know me!
Across the great American political divide, the two warring tribes have made an identical judgment about the other—“I’m not hateful, you are.” Or, to put it even more precisely, “I may not hate you, but you hate me.” One of the first and most elementary things a young Christian learns in Sunday school is... Continue Reading
A Gasp of Pain, A Sigh of Relief
In God’s sovereignty, he has interrupted so many of our habits, both good and bad.
It is my sincere hope we will all think carefully about our church-based commitments before returning to all of them. I said in the early days of the pandemic that it isn’t often we get a do-over in life, but this situation has given us one. Doesn’t it make sense to take it? The... Continue Reading
Home, Church, and State—God’s Good Gifts and Satan’s Evil Attacks
We need a biblical analysis of what we are seeing, feeling, and experiencing together in this great national unrest.
As the world rises up in desperate rage against the police departments of our world in a broader sense, calling out for their defunding and in some cases abolishment, we are seeing the work of the great conspirator. Make no mistake, Satan’s aim is to ensure sin rules the day, and to remove any and... Continue Reading
Judas, John & Jesus
It is good to ask the question "Why did Iscariot betray Christ?"
Were God to withhold (common but especially) saving grace from us, remove the guard by which He shields our souls through faith, and retake or not bestow the regenerating and sanctifying Spirit that resists war-waging flesh, all of us would succumb to Satan like Judas. Introduction Of all the characters in Scripture, the most... Continue Reading
Small Decisions Matter: Discernment for Everyday Life
Who among us can walk in wisdom?
The distinctions we make between good and evil are paramount. Scripture pleads with us to be alert to these decision points. And then there are micro distinctions we must make between what is good and what is better, what is bad and what is worse. In the best of times, all of these decision points... Continue Reading
Beauty, Ethics and Worship
Both truth and goodness, lacking beauty, do not have the power to convince and save.
The significant exodus from Protestant Evangelicalism to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy in the last few decades is at least partly due to aesthetics: the perceived barrenness of beauty in the average Evangelical or low-church. Sometimes throwaway lines leave a deep impression. One of those were words written on a blog I avidly followed... Continue Reading
Guarding Against Heresy and Holding Fast to Sound Doctrine
The ancient historian Rufinus tells us (Church History 10.15) that the eminent bishop of Alexandria, named Alexander, was sitting by the sea one day when he glanced up to see some boys playing a game on the beach: not tag, nor chasing after a ball, nor swimming. These Christian boys were mimicking the actions they had... Continue Reading
The Neoliberal Counter-Revolution
We’re witnessing a counter-revolution of the neoliberal class—academe, media, large corporations, ‘experts,’ Big Tech—against the nationalist revolution launched in 2016.
But when national institutions bow (or kneel) to the street fighters’ demands, it should tell us that something else is going on. We aren’t dealing with a Maoist or Marxist revolt, even if some protagonists spout hard-leftish rhetoric. Rather, what’s playing out is a counter-revolution of the neoliberal class — academe, media, large corporations, ‘experts’,... Continue Reading
Is God Judging the World?
How the Book of Revelation Explains our Crises
Are all the troubles the world is currently facing punishments from above? The simple answer is yes . . . and no. Charles Spurgeon once quipped that “only fools and madmen are positive in their interpretation of the Apocalypse” (The Sword and the Trowel, October 1867). Perhaps you will bear with me in a little... Continue Reading
A Guidebook for the Coming Christological Civil War
Christology has lost its twofold basis.
Many Christians no longer affirm the key to classical Christology doctrine, namely, that the infinite, immutable, impassible one unites to finite, mutable, and passible humanity. Some Christians even affirm neo-apollinarianism. And rarely do churches proclaim Christology from the pulpit (at least in its more theological form). As we have debated the doctrine of Trinity... Continue Reading
What Do You Mean by Evil?
Also known as “the rock of atheism,” the problem of evil argument intends to show an internal contradiction between the nature of God and the story of reality.
There’s a reason why we all wrestle with this issue at one time or another. It’s because everyone experiences evil to some extent, and certainly everyone experiences suffering at some point in life. Keep that in mind for a minute. It was standing room only as people lined the back of the packed room.... Continue Reading
Cloaked Cowards: A Theology of Conflict
If ever a theological discussion escalates beyond a placid tone of “agree to disagree,” observers begin shifting their weight, clearing their throats, and contemplating the carpet.
I’ve had Christians with me while I was explaining the gospel to someone, and the Christians seemed more uncomfortable with the situation than the person being evangelized. So, while their apprehension may or may not lead them to physically climb onto your shoulders, the prospect of potential conflict makes many believers nervous. Growing up, I had... Continue Reading
Why Augustine on Creation?
There is much more, but hopefully this will give you a sense of Augustine's incredible relevance.
For me personally, engaging a significant pre-modern theologian like Augustine has been an enormously helpful way to engage the doctrine of creation, both with a view to shoring up the neglected areas as well as with a view to calming and directing the contested areas. Several people have asked about my book on Augustine’s doctrine... Continue Reading
Defining Heresy as “Damnable Error”
“Heresy” is one of those words that some Christians misapply.
This definition is helpful. It provides a framework to help you evaluate whether the teaching you don’t like is from a sheep that you disagree with or a wolf who needs to be ignored or rebuked or both. Let’s break down the definition a little more. Occasionally, I’ll see a social media post about... Continue Reading
Sometimes It’s Best To Express Your Wisdom in Silence
True wisdom is not only knowing your subject well, but also knowing the limitations of your knowledge.
The words “ultra crepidam” have been combined and anglicized, then passed to us in the term “ultracrepidarian.” An ultracrepidarian is someone who goes “beyond the shoe.” He is “one who is presumptuous and offers advice or opinions beyond his sphere of knowledge.” Or “someone who has no special knowledge of a subject but who expresses... Continue Reading
A Godless Great Awakening
Identity politics is an American Awakening without God and without forgiveness.
Identity politics is the great affliction of our times. It addresses the curse of death not by looking for divine redemption, but by attempting to construct an Edenic world without death. That is why our debates about quarantines and vaccines are so supercharged. We are not arguing about medical science. We are arguing about whether... Continue Reading
Augustine of Hippo
A Life Marked by a Deep Commitment to Orthodoxy and Sovereign Grace
Converted from a life of cosmopolitan self-pursuit, Augustine was marked by a deep awareness of God’s sovereign grace to him in Christ. His unexpected calling in the community of Hippo bore tremendous fruit, multiplied through his writing. Among these, his Confessions and The City of God provide enduring lessons for pastoral care and Christian discipleship. The fires of... Continue Reading
We have made the affirmation of the Bible's inerrancy almost meaningless.
As I grappled with the nature of Scripture, its authority, power, and sufficiency, and the implications for my life and ministry, my world was rocked. I had been raised by a godly mother who taught her children to believe the Bible but I had never thought deeply about the nature and implications of divine revelation.... Continue Reading
The Resurrection: Historical Reliability
Twelve facts that amply prove the resurrection of Christ.
Outside the Bible and the writings of early Christians, there are very few other references to Christ from the late first and early second centuries. Should that bother us? No, not at all! For two reasons: first, the total extant literature from this period would fill a very small section of one ordinary bookshelf, so... Continue Reading
Living Holy in the World
The Spirit-filled believer is filled with the wind of the Holy Spirit to move in obedience through each day as directed by God.
Living in this age, prior to the age to come, is the proving ground for the believer. God uses this life to mature His children, growing them in Christlikeness. We err when we become so temporally focused that we view what is going around us now as if the eternal is not awaiting us. How... Continue Reading
What Sin Will Never Quench
Why We Trust in Broken Cisterns
Scripture makes clear that God wants us to understand what it means for us to commit evil. The whole Bible, from the fall in Eden onward, is one long account of the catastrophic fallout of evil’s infection of the human race and God’s unfolding plan to ultimately overcome that unfathomable evil with an even more... Continue Reading
Relying on the Spirit
The Holy Spirit must and will also bless faithful preaching both to the conversion of unbelievers and to the growth in grace of believers.
Especially as a young minister, Timothy, you need to be persuaded that the Spirit’s regenerating action is, as John Owen wrote, “infallible, victorious, irresistible, and always efficacious”; it “removeth all obstacles, overcomes all oppositions, and infallibly produces the effect intended.” All modes of action which imply another doctrine are unbiblical. J.I. Packer writes: “All devices for... Continue Reading
Looking for the Lost
The sovereign Saviour of the world uses the agency of his redeemed children scattered throughout that world to seek the perishing and, in his own words, ‘compel them to come in’ (Lk 14.23).
The very same Bible that sets out the aforementioned truths about God also sets out God’s declared means of bringing these people from being elect to the point at of actually receiving this salvation for themselves. And the means God sets out in his word is the spiritual equivalent of a search and rescue mission... Continue Reading
Engaging Culture With A Clear Vision
Whatever comes of any cultural revolution, believers engage the present age remembering where their true home and citizenship are.
Our children are facing and will continue to face a turbulent and hostile culture. They are being exposed to anti-Christian thought and arguments (implicitly and overtly) everywhere they turn. I would submit that instead of focusing so much on the culture, we should focus on our children. Many of you are well familiar with... Continue Reading
Is There a ‘Right Side’ of History?
We ought to yearn to be on the side of God and of the good, the true, and the beautiful, and to stand on the last day.
The next time someone challenges your biblical convictions on law, morality, society, or salvation as repressive or troglodytic, consider three presuppositions that underlie the colloquialism “the right side of history”: Objective morality. If there is a “right” side of history, there is a wrong side as well. But who determines this standard? Who stands as... Continue Reading
A Theology of the Home
This side of heaven, home should be a place where faith, hope, and love flourish. Faith in the sure work of Christ crucified and resurrected.
The home is not a neutral zone for acting upon baseless desires, nor is it simply a bastion for maintaining traditional values. One of the primary purposes of the home is to cultivate Christlike virtues that animate who we are in private and facilitate what we do in public. When the Apostle Paul addressed the... Continue Reading
Beauty, Ethics and Worship
If beauty exists, and if the human being is made in God’s image, a dearth of beauty must produce both a thirst and an eventual demand.
The neglect of beauty within Christian liturgy and practice in the last century have had visible effects on Christian worship. The last one hundred years or so have been a less fruitful era for Christian expression in terms of music, poetry, literature, architecture, and the plastic arts. This lopsided emphasis on propositional truth may have... Continue Reading
The Quiet Powerhouse of Christian Hospitality
Let us open the earthly homes we have now that more may enter into the Kingdom.
The Bible shows us a God who is holy, just, faithful and true—and who opens his arms in a wide invitation to all who call on him through faith in Christ. If hospitality is the generous welcoming of others and seeking to supply their needs, then hospitality is right at the center of the Gospel.... Continue Reading