Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation

Jesus is Lord of every domain, not merely the church.

Daniel Doriani is known as a preacher, a seminary professor, and an author of several excellent commentaries. This book may be best understood as a passion project, an area of particular interest for which he has been formulating his thoughts over a long period of time. “In this book,” he says, “I hope to engage... Continue Reading

Reforming Apologetics

Retrieving the Classic Reformed Approach to Defending the Faith

From the perspectives of systematic and historical theology, Fesko seeks to recover a classical Reformed approach to defending the faith, with a special emphasis on the use of natural theology in apologetics.   J.V. Fesko, Reforming Apologetics: Retrieving the Classic Reformed Approach to Defending the Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019. 250pp. Paperback. Christians... Continue Reading

The Christian’s Creed

Even if you are familiar with the teaching in the Creed, it’s a great reminder that can be used devotionally.

I love to hear my pastor ask us what we believe. So often in my own teaching, I have found many Christians have a hard time articulating their faith well. The Apostles’ Creed helps us. There is something beautiful in answering as a congregation, joining with the church historic in confessing our faith together. “The... Continue Reading

Patricia Polacco Gets Woke

As our kids get older, it’s going to come down to talking through this propaganda to equip them to see through it.

While we parents should know what our kids are reading, if you have a child who reads a lot this becomes harder and harder to keep up with as they get older. But, as the Adversary knows, you are what you eat. And if he can sneak in a diet of “homosexuality is normal,” he... Continue Reading

A Review: “The Final Race” by Eric Eichinger with Eva Marie Everson

A warm-hearted retelling of Eric Liddell’s unusual journey into the limelight of international fame to a life of relative obscurity as an overseas missionary.

Liddell won Olympic gold in 1924 for the 400-meter race and remained an elite short distance runner with a most unorthodox style and surprisingly little training. But it wasn’t athletic prowess that occupied the heart and mind of “The Flying Scotsman.” Rather, it was the love of God, a passion for the lost, and serving... Continue Reading

What Role Does Natural Theology Have in Reformed Thinking? (A Review of Reforming Apologetics by J.V. Fesko)

Fesko sees apologetics functioning in a threefold manner: to respond to intellectual challenges, to clarify the truth, and to encourage believers.

The Gallican Confession (1559), The Belgic Confession (1561), the Canons of Dort (1618–1619), and the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) affirm ideas like the book of nature, innate knowledge in terms of common notions, or the light of nature. And in particular, Anthony Burgess, a framer of the WCF, penned a work affirming natural theology... Continue Reading

The Color of Incomplete History: A Review Article

The story of the American church’s struggle with racism is a multi-faceted painful story and it needs to be told in its fullness as much as possible.

A critical part of writing sound history is citing evidence of contrary perspectives from the era under review for an objective telling of the story. A complete history will acknowledge both the evil and the good. Historian Douglas Sweeney offers a balanced appraisal of evangelical history on race relations: “… despite such undeniable moral failure,... Continue Reading

A Censorious Spirit

How can we check our spirits so that we rid them of this censoriousness?

In what is arguably one of the most important books ever written, Charity and Its Fruits, Jonathan Edwards sounded the theological alarm about a censorious spirit being contrary to Christian love. In the course of his sermon on this subject, Edwards set out three ways “wherein a censorious spirit or a disposition uncharitably to judge others... Continue Reading

Classical Theism in the Pastoral Key

These are truly fascinating times in which to be living when the classical, orthodox doctrine of God is gripping the imagination of the church.

Some may still wonder why such things as simplicity, immutability, and  impassibility, and distinctions such as that between God’s incommunicable and communicable attributes are so important.  Clearly, Barrett’s book will be useful to such, as will Peter Sanlon’s Simply God and James Dolezal’s All That Is In God — very helpful, straightforward guides.  And Todd Billings’ Rejoicing in Lament has... Continue Reading

The Logic of God – Ravi Zacharias

How good philosophy contributes to effective apologetics.

The Logic of God is the newest offering by Zacharias. This book contains 52 Christian essentials for the heart and mind. The book is targeted to Christian readers but it would be an excellent resource for skeptics to consider as well.   Ask students of apologetics, “Who has wielded the weightiest influence in the 20th... Continue Reading