Why Are There So Many Versions of the Bible?
We have different translations—for different uses of the Bible.
We have different translations—for different uses of the Bible. Sometimes a stricter, more word-for-word translation of the original language is exactly what you need. But at other times, you want something a bit more readable, a bit more readily understandable, and so some translations offer a more phrase-for-phrase (or even thought-for-thought) approach, smoothing out word... Continue Reading
Book Review: Puritan Reformed Theology: Historical, Experiential, and Practical Studies for the Whole of Life
Joel Beeke interacts with the best of Puritan theology.
The image of the Puritans as dour, legalistic killjoys is a caricature that does not line up with the experience of actually reading the Puritans, to say nothing of the historical record. In the new volume on Puritan Reformed Theology, Joel R. Beeke adds to his growing body of evidence setting the record straight about... Continue Reading
A Review, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents
The most ominous warning sign of the increase of soft-totalitarianism is simply the unspoken demand to believe lies. Affirming obvious lies by silence is required in order to conform.
Hard-totalitarianism is the absence of liberty produced by a totally brutal civil government. Any refusal to conform to state-mandated rules, especially in regard to speech, results in an arrest and being sent to the Gulag (the prison for non-conformists) …. Soft-totalitarianism is much more subtle. Rather than escort you off to prison, the civil-government... Continue Reading
Judge Denies Christian College’s Request for Religious Protection Against Biden’s LGBT Order
The directive violates both women's sex-based rights and the school's religious liberties.
The lawsuit argued that the rule forces religious schools to violate their religious beliefs and said the order was issued “without notice or the opportunity for public comment.” It further contended that the policy was issued without considering alternative policies that “respect the interests of private religious colleges.” A federal judge rejected a Missouri Christian university’s... Continue Reading
Putting The COVID Crisis In Context
History is a vital tool for policy making, and a sweeping study of past catastrophes offers lessons for this pandemic and the ones to come.
Particularly interesting is Ferguson’s analysis of how information is suppressed, especially with regard to how Taiwan confronted both the pandemic and the infodemic. When bombarded by Chinese propaganda, the Taiwanese produced their own viral content ruthlessly mocking it. They managed to avoid lockdowns by contact tracing, rapid testing, and empowering the public to gather and... Continue Reading
Pastors Get Depressed Too
These pastors take the view that mental illness may be the experience of followers of Christ just as physical illness is, because we live in a fallen world.
It might seem strange to some readers that pastors suffer from depression. After all, you might think, surely they are supposed to have it all together mentally as well as spiritually… Reading the stories of these men is sobering. It is difficult, isn’t it, to read about someone harming themselves or even attempting suicide. But... Continue Reading
Brave by Faith
Begg suggests we turn to the book of Daniel to learn how to live in a society that is directly opposed to us.
Though Brave by Faith is only a short book, it packs a punch. It calls Christians to live in a distinctly Christian way in a distinctly unChristian culture. It gives us the wisdom we need and the confidence we may lack to face the challenge of a society that is turning not only away from us, but... Continue Reading
Three Scientific Discoveries that Call for a God Hypothesis
Tracing science from its theistic beginnings, Meyer shows how it gradually lost its way and became tethered to materialism.
Simply put, Dawkins got it wrong. The universe we live in has properties one would expect if it were, in fact, designed by a God who had us in mind when He made the place. As Meyer’s book shows, this assumption was an original conviction of many who launched and drove the scientific revolution. It’s... Continue Reading
Why Sanctification Is Not Passive
Sanctification is absolutely essential to the life of faith—so much so that Scripture frequently treats holiness as the identifying mark of a true believer.
The New Testament is filled with exhortations, instructions, encouragements, commandments, and reminders for believers to strive toward holiness. Despite what you may have heard from the purveyors of popular deeper-life doctrines, we are never encouraged to be passive in the process of sanctification. Scripture does not tell us to “let go and let God.” The... Continue Reading
The Unbiblical – and Common!! – Way to Handle Reports of Abuse in the Church
On abuse in the church, “A Cry For Justice,” gives an outline of what typically (and sadly!) happens when a victim goes to her pastor or church leadership for help.
The authors note that they have seen this scenario played out in real life more than a few times. And I believe them because I’ve seen it before and/or heard of it before. Please, don’t take reports of abuse lightly! Take them seriously – and get this book to help you walk through these tough... Continue Reading