On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
Author of “Apocalypse Never” formally apologizes for the climate scare he was a part of creating over the last 30 years.
But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power. The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe. Scientific... Continue Reading
Devolution, Not Evolution
The inadequacy of Darwinism can be found at the molecular level.
Two decades ago, in Darwin’s Black Box, Michael Behe flipped the conventional understanding that the evolutionary battle is one of science vs. faith. He showed scientifically that macro-evolution is a satisfactory explanation only for those who are true believers in the words of a 19th-century prophet. Now, in Darwin Devolves, Behe highlights new scientific discoveries that show... Continue Reading
5 Marks Of Contentment
In his book “The Art of Divine Contentment,” Thomas Watson described five characteristics of a contented heart.
Contentment would rather wait upon God than sin against God. “A contented Christian is willing to wait God’s leisure, and will not stir till God opens a door.” The spirit of contentment says, “I would rather stay in prison than purchase liberty by sinning against God.” In his book The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas... Continue Reading
The Gathering Storm
No one can doubt the existence or strength of the great winds of change that are sweeping over us all.
The purpose of Mohler’s book is to identify how secularization has impacted various parts of society. He wants Christians to see the reality of it, then to consider how to stand strong, how to exercise moral courage, and how to honor God as the storm gathers. “One of Winston Churchill’s great virtues was his ability... Continue Reading
A Singing People
How might you tap into this reservoir of lyrical theology, encouragement, and hope?
The hymns that evangelicals have sung—songs originating with Charles Wesley, John Newton, William Cowper, Fanny Crosby, African American spirituals, Horatius Bonar, Ira Sankey, and more—come from different eras, classes, and socio-economic conditions. But these hymns, diverse as they are, still share significant commonalities. Noll sees three threads running through classic evangelical hymnody: The scandal of... Continue Reading
The Plague in Literature and Life
One common feature found in nearly all plague literature, is the “reciprocal resemblance” between the plague as a medical event, and as a metaphorical episode.
There is another, even more disturbing discovery by Girard in his survey of the plague literature. Not only did the medical aspects of the plague play a rather minor role in the background of the narrative, but they served mainly as a disguise for a far more terrible threat—a complete sociological breakdown, and a “certain... Continue Reading
Review: ‘Free to Believe: The Battle over Religious Liberty in America’
A Review of ‘Free to Believe: The Battle over Religious Liberty in America’ by Luke Goodrich
Free to Believe is organized into three sections: defining and defending religious freedom; contemporary threats to religious freedom; and where the battle goes from here. In the first section, Goodrich breaks down what religious freedom is, from a legal, historical, and scriptural/theological perspective. Specifically, he persuasively argues that Christians ought to support a strong conception... Continue Reading
Review: ‘Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science’
Just because something is "natural" doesn't mean it's good. It also doesn't mean it's bad.
Levinovitz’s thesis is that “natural” carries with it a theological valence that smuggles in the idea of goodness. What is natural is willed by God, even for people who don’t seem to care about God’s will. In a secular age, people will still overpay for “natural” candles with scents called “Church”…When we say something is... Continue Reading
A Review: ‘Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’
The book uses the motif of the yellow wallpaper to illustrate how certain beliefs about biblical manhood and womanhood have hidden and obscured what the Bible teaches about men and women in the church.
Byrd’s book is a welcome addition to the current conversations on the importance of women in the life of the church. We need to be aware of the yellow wallpaper in our churches, and we need to peel away these extra-biblical beliefs that obscure the beauty of the Scriptures. The world around us needs to... Continue Reading
Does Anyone Need to Recover from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood?
A review of Aimee Byrd's 'Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.'
We shouldn’t reluctantly affirm biblical manhood and womanhood, nor should we follow it while thinking it seems arbitrary or even a bit illogical. We should love and celebrate biblical manhood and womanhood as good and wise and beautiful and fitting. It’s how God himself designed men and women to flourish. Nobody needs to recover from... Continue Reading