Update on The David Barton Controversy

Christian critics challenge WallBuilders president on America’s founders

A full-scale, newly published critique of Barton is coming from Professors Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter of Grove City College, a largely conservative Christian school in Pennsylvania. Their book Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President (Salem Grove Press), argues that Barton “is guilty of taking statements and actions out of context and simplifying historical circumstances.”

Is Relational Evangelism Enough?

Alister McGrath may be downplaying the power of old-fashioned logical demonstrations

McGrath's strong emphasis is on sensitive, artful, and personalized discourse, built on careful listening for the deeper layers of concern in the hearts of those whose spirits are grieved by the brokenness of humanity. It's a strategy we might describe as "pastoral apologetics."

‘Lost confidence’

Publisher Thomas Nelson decides to pull David Barton’s controversial book on Thomas Jefferson’s faith

“…in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported. Because of these deficiencies we decided that it was in the best interest of our readers to stop the publication and distribution.”

Tolerance—Or Else: Coercive Attempts to Impose Secular Beliefs

Secularists, D.A. Carson says, want to drive their opponents from the public square.

Tolerance has undergone a change in meaning. What once meant recognizing other people’s right to have different beliefs and practices now means accepting the differing views themselves. Vestiges of the old tolerance—conscience protections for medical professionals, religious liberty, and open discussions—are on the way out. A review of The Intolerance of Tolerance, D.A. Carson, Wm.... Continue Reading

Derek Thomas’ Commentary on Acts Finalist for Prestigious Christian Book Award

All volumes in the REC series are written by pastor-scholars, and the content is scholarly but not academic.

In his exposition of Acts, Thomas points to evidence of the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. He applies biblical truth in contemporary context as he presents lessons for missions, church growth, and Christians’ engagement with postmodernity.

The Pitfalls and the Promise of Expository Preaching

Review of Derek Thomas' chapter in 'Feed My Sheep'

In his chapter, Thomas outlines several bad homiletical models. Surprisingly, every model indicts our heroes. Thomas is quick to say that the model itself may not be the problem, but the use of it often is. Even our favorite preachers or favorite kinds of preaching carry with them great dangers, especially when they are held up as the way to do things.

A Better Conversation about Homosexuality

Three recent books expose the cultural captivity of the church to Western ideas about sexuality

What if there’s no such thing as a homosexual (or heterosexual)? In that case, Albert Mohler and others like him are posing a question—“Is our purpose to make homosexuals into heterosexuals?”—that has little or no traction whatsoever. The pastoral question—“How does God make sinners into saints?”—eclipses the therapeutic one. Just at the point of exhaustion... Continue Reading

‘The most accessible commentary to the average Bible reader today’

A Review of Matthew Henry: His Life and Influence, by Allan Harman, Christian Focus (2012)

Harman brings out quite a few interesting tidbits that are not widely known. Henry worked on the the last half of the book of Ezra for his commentary in the middle of the night when his wife was in labor!! He also brings out the fact that Charles Wesley's hymn "A Charge to Keep I Have" is based on Henry's comment on Leviticus 8:35.

New Bible translation has screenplay format

"The Voice" helps people to "fall in love with the story of the Bible."

"For example, 'John the Baptist' was really like 'John the Dunker,'" Hoffman said. John was doing something new by submerging people in water to cleanse them of their sins, but that is lost on people 2,000 years later, Hoffman said. Today, people hearing John's title might think it refers to a Baptist denomination rather than his then-strange behavior.

Reflections on a Curious Book

“The Decline of African American Theology,” by Thabiti Anyabwile

As I read Thabiti’s book there was something that I was feeling that I couldn’t immediately put words to, and then it hit me. Thabiti, a black man himself, writes of the black church and culture as if he was a visitor to a land he’d never been to before. Granted his work is historical by nature, but it comes across as if it’s written by an outsider.