The Prayer of a Weary Black Woman – Vistas in Woke Theology
Some commendations and some criticisms of “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman” while also exploring the insights that it gives us into woke theology.
Finally, this prayer does nothing to help race relations. It casts nearly all white people as the enemies of God. It casts nearly all black people as friends of God. But the Bible tells us that those who have faith in Jesus Christ—no matter their ethnicity—are friends of God. We should not think that God... Continue Reading
A Review: Rejoice and Tremble
One of the most reoccurring themes in Scripture is the command to fear the Lord.
The fear of God as a strong biblical theme thus stands as a superb theological guard dog. It stops us from thinking that we are made for either passionless performance or a detached knowledge of abstract truths. It backs us into the acknowledgment that we are made to know God in such a way that... Continue Reading
Book Review: Reparations—A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair
The authors' theological paradigms of the Church's mission are fundamentally flawed and weaken the Church and its spirituality.
It may be the case that Church’s that have held slaves or participated in slavery should engage in the work of restitution and restoration. But to draw this out to engaging every church in social work and public policy is distracting and weakens the spiritual mission of the Church. Reparations: A Christian Call for... Continue Reading
The Enneagram Goes to Church and the Angels Are Not Rejoicing
The effort to Christianize an occult pagan tool demonstrates there is no truth, objective, biblical or otherwise, at the heart of the Enneagram.
So how does the statement, “All truth is God’s truth” apply to something like the Enneagram? It cannot do so because there are no grounds to believe there is any worthwhile truth in the Enneagram. What lies at the root of the Enneagram are teachings of Gnostic, occult, and New Age teachers and information from... Continue Reading
The Elect: The Threat to a Progressive America from Anti-Black Antiracists
The Elect harbor a religion that harms black people in countless ways.
Social history is complicated. It’s why people spend eons in training in it, and doing it well requires more than simply identifying how whites have been racists and leaving it there. The real social historian gets, for example, that a meme can be especially tenacious when it happens to be useful for other purposes. Teens... Continue Reading
Is Your Doctrine of the Trinity Novel?
Listen to the living voices of the dead. If we do, we might just rediscover something intimate, immensely old.
C.S. Lewis once lamented that “a great many of the ideas about God which trotted out as novelties today are simply the ones which real Theologians tried centuries ago and rejected.” Today, that trotting continues. It is now up to you to decide whether or not the church going forward will continue that trotting or... Continue Reading
God’s Calling for George Müeller
Müller was led to embrace the doctrines of grace—the robust, mission-minded, soul-winning, orphan-loving Calvinism that marked William Carey.
In his book, “21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitfu,” John Piper explores the lives of 21 leaders from church history, offering a close look at their perseverance amidst opposition, weakness, and suffering—inspiring readers toward a life of Christ-exalting courage, passion, and joy. This excerpt is about George Müeller. An Invitation George... Continue Reading
The Luck O’ The Hobbit
I believe that Tolkien is using the device of luck or chance to make a point, but it isn't mere fate.
We get the first substantive indication that more than luck is involved on the very last page of the book when Gandalf says to Bilbo, “You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit?” So after all the references to luck and... Continue Reading
Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracism Can’t Heal Us
Right from the start of the book, Kendi is clear: at all times we’re being either “racist” or “antiracist.” There is no neutral or in-between terrain of “not racist” we can occupy.
Kendi writes of our underlying and shared humanity beneath the construct of race. Yes and amen. Where do we find this common humanity? What is it? I invite Kendi to turn back to the church from which he has turned away. Instead of the construct of race, I hope Kendi discovers that he is stamped... Continue Reading
When Panic Attacks Me (Broken Heart Syndrome)
No matter what your anxiety looks like, the Bible speaks truth and peace into your mind and heart. Scripture directly addresses the anxious heart in helpful ways.
Not only is our physical frame custom-made by God, but so is our emotional makeup (see Ps. 139:13–14)! We are so amazingly designed by God that he should be exalted and praised— though the full interplay of our bodies and spirits, as well as the understanding of our beautiful and yet complicated emotions, remain mysterious... Continue Reading