The Year of Living Safely: A Review of ‘The Price of Panic’
It is natural to crave safety in the face of a pandemic, but Christians know that the only place of perfect safety is in the shelter of the Most High.
The authors of The Price of Panic contend that a key factor was the argument that said that those who dutifully follow the emergency measures are acting in their neighbors’ best interests. While most people want to be good neighbors (or at least want others to be good neighbors to them), this argument did not... Continue Reading
Why White Fragility Fails
The errors of this work are deeply antithetical to Christianity itself.
One can challenge racism but one can never really be rid of it, much less saved from it. There can be no repentance from this particular evil. As long as you are white, you will be a racist. There is nothing to be done about it. Earlier this week, I finished Robin Diangelo’s New... Continue Reading
A Lesson on Prayer from a Depressed Charles Spurgeon
The act of prayer, by bringing us into communion with God in His throne room, does indeed destroy such things as doubt, ruin, and anxiety.
All our perils are nothing, so long as we have prayer.” The simple reason for this is that Spurgeon believed, “The essence of prayer lies in the heart drawing near to God: and it can do that without words.” In other words, prayer is the vehicle by which we commune with God Himself, not in... Continue Reading
“Conservative Liberalism” after Christendom
VanDrunen sees the Noahic covenant as the proper basis for establishing both political communities and civil government.
VanDrunen recognizes the reality of pluralism not just as a matter of sociology, but of theology itself—beginning with the “common” nature of the Noahic covenant. No meaningful society enjoys uniformity in terms of religious identity and beliefs. And there is no need to pretend otherwise or to use the state to coerce specific beliefs. Instead,... Continue Reading
Review of “An Introduction to John Owen” by Crawford Gribben
The use of contemporary diaries and notebooks make the oft romanticized figure of Owen more concrete.
Owen’s career was carried on in tumultuous times and in the midst of much personal trouble, ill-health, grief, and even fear for his life. He achieved much in his lifetime, but Gribben explains that by the end he was surrounded by the scent of failure. Crawford Gribben is a professor at Queen’s University in... Continue Reading
What Goldilocks Got Right
Not everything is meant to give lasting happiness. Rather, temporal things are meant to point toward eternal happiness.
Goldilocks understood something that we often miss: happiness is found in the sweet spot between too much and too little. Happiness is found in expecting the right things of the right things. She tried the extremes but found contentment in the third option. So must we. It’s not easy to take a step back and... Continue Reading
Knowing God and Taking Action
Pray that the Lord will make more of His people willing to take action in the face opposition to Jesus Christ.
The action taken by those who know God is their reaction to the anti-God trends which they see operating around them. While their God is being defied and disregarded, they cannot rest. They feel they must do something; the dishonor due to God’s name goads them into action. This is exactly what we see happening in... Continue Reading
What About B.O.B.s?
Read Big Old Books and find your Christian life enriched.
Not all Big Old Books are spiritually beneficial, but most classics have survived because they plunge the pen deeply into the reality of human life. As we spend hours observing the life of another—be it Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment, or Churchill in the The Last Lion, or Pierre in War and Peace—we cannot help... Continue Reading
Portraits of Christ
There is no-one more worthy of our contemplation than the Lord Jesus Christ.
In a new book, two pastors in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America – Gordon Keddie and David Whitla – have compiled a ‘photograph album’ or ‘picture gallery’ of forty of these portraits of the Lord which I want to commend to the readers of Gentle Reformation. What photographs adorn your walls, shelves, tables... Continue Reading
New Religions for a Godless World
It should be no great surprise that the tide has once again turned and is sweeping people away from institutional faiths in favor of intuitional alternatives.
All of these new religions locate meaning within this world rather than outside of it. Their narratives, from origins to anthropology to soteriology to eschatology, are immanent rather than transcendent, and therefore ultimately doomed to disappoint and to fail. They offer utopian visions that cannot and will not be realized. We’ve all heard by... Continue Reading