American Gospel: Christ Alone, Film Review

In the U.S. there has arisen a particularly virulent form of false teaching—a gospel which promises cash and comfort to Christ’s followers, and in so doing bilks the poor, the needy, and the ill.

One of the great blessings to the church recently has been the emergence of quality Christian documentary filmmaking. We’ve been blessed by the fruits of the creative labors of folks like Media Gratiae and Stephen McCaskell. The work of Brandon Kimber and his Transition Studios adds to that growing library of excellent films which are educational, entertaining,... Continue Reading

Truth, Idols, and the 9th and 1st Commandments

I first read All That's Good by Hannah Anderson last fall, and I'm rereading it with a group of women from church.

If we ignore truth and the virtues of integrity and honesty, we will be drawn to something else. Hannah writes, “we will find consensus through shared emotional or subjective reality. We will retreat into tribes that validate our own experience and form communities around those biases and tendencies. And when this tribal or party identity is... Continue Reading

…but I Have a Couch

I prayed, and as I sat on my couch, asking God how to do hospitality for Him, a new concept came to me.

Perhaps the most helpful and practical thing to do is to look around and recognize what you have, and then be intentional about using what you do have to obey God. For example, I don’t have a large space, but I do have a couch. So, I now invite women to come share a pot... Continue Reading

Mere Calvinism

In my opinion, Jim Orrick’s Mere Calvinism is one of the finest introductions to Calvinism you’ll find.

Maybe I need to begin by answering these questions: Do we really need another introduction to Calvinism? And should someone like you bother with it? In both cases, I will answer in affirmative. We do need more introductions to Calvinism, not least because there are lots of people who may be associated with this broadly... Continue Reading

Unshackled: The God of WM. Paul Young

The question for discerning readers to ask is whether or not Young’s views measure up to the scrutiny of God’s Word.

It is a great irony that a book which sets out to challenge the so-called “lies we believe about God,” does in fact, promote views of God that fail to match the biblical record. First, Young promotes a soft view of God.Specifically, he argues that God is not in control.   Lies We Believe About God is the... Continue Reading

The Color of Compromise

Outlines a history of systemic racism within the American political system and the American Church—a history of complicity in racism that Jemar Tisby argues remains to this day.

If The Color of Compromise was only six chapters long, it would have been, mostly, a good book. However, at the middle of the book, Jemar Tisby approves of heretical theology from social gospel preachers and liberation theology heretics like Walter Rauschenbusch and James Cone. And when he transitions from slavery and segregation to more modern events,... Continue Reading

3 Thoughts on Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Beyond the general goal of happiness by attaining success, there is not much else.

For Hollis, happiness comes through using faith to contribute to her vision for happiness: namely, success, control, and authenticity. That makes her happy. So she pursues it relentlessly. It is just not clear why this is good. And that is where the religious answer comes into play. For Christians, what is good does not only mean what... Continue Reading

Words of Truth for a New Year

This tract lists seven Scriptures that point toward the good news of Jesus so that readers will be encouraged to place their hope and trust in God in the new year.

Let these Scriptures sink deep into your hearts. Memorize them. Share them with your friends and family. The gospel—or good news—of Jesus Christ is a bright light to an often-dark world. If you believe the truths that you’ve just read, it is only fitting that you would want to share the rich hope of the... Continue Reading

Commentary Connoisseur: The Welsh & English

Here then are three resources on Romans - one from a Welshman and the other two from Englishmen.

If Lloyd-Jones is expansive and voluminous, Stott’s commentary is simple, stays on the line of Scripture, and is sermonically suggestive. That is, he clearly and simply breaks apart any given pericope according to how the text naturally falls apart, giving any would-be-preacher a quick but textually faithful sermon outline. It’s clear he is at once... Continue Reading

Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault On Mind, Morals, and Meaning – Nancy Pearcey (2010)

Clear thinking and warm-hearted devotion are crucial characteristics for anyone who professes faith in Christ.

Pearcey’s newest masterpiece, Saving Leonardo is as the subtitle suggests a call to resist the secular assault on mind, morals, and meaning.  The primary assertion: “The only hope lies in a worldview that is rationally defensible, life affirming, and rooted in creation itself.”   Nancy Pearcey has done it again.  Her book Total Truth captured the attention of thousands... Continue Reading