4 Ways Christians Can Navigate Cultural Confusion around Gender in the Coming Decade
The question of transgender identity looks set to be significant for Christians both in matters of public life and pastoral care for the foreseeable future.
The person struggling with gender dysphoria is someone who, by definition, does not feel at home even in their own body. That sense of dis-ease cannot be eliminated over night. But we should remember that it is, in a sense, just one of the latest idioms for expressing that dis-ease that we all feel in... Continue Reading
5 Idols Revealed Through Hardship
Seasons of uncertainty and loss reveal the vanity of putting our ultimate hope in anyone but God.
By reading books like Lamentations, we are reminded that divine blessing does not guarantee a pain-free life or a receptive culture. Lament helps us to see the way believers persevered while living in a society rampant with idols. But it also allows us to search our own hearts for the ways those idols have invaded... Continue Reading
Justice and Rearranged Bigotries (Dreher)
‘Social justice’ that projects unrighteousness solely onto particular groups is a perversion of Christian teaching.
Without Christianity and its belief in the fallibility of human nature, secular progressives tend to rearrange their bigotries and call it righteousness. Christianity teaches that all men and women – not just the wealthy, the powerful, the straight, the white, and all other so-called oppressors – are sinners in need of the Redeemer. All men... Continue Reading
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
Exploring the Western world’s evolving understanding of the self.
Trueman is convinced that the changes we have seen in sexual mores since the 1960s are symptomatic of the deeper changes “in how we think of the purpose of life, the meaning of happiness, and what actually constitutes people’s sense of who they are and what they are for.” “I am a woman trapped... Continue Reading
6 Ways to Live in Light of the Serpent-Slayer Story
Fight the serpent by believing and speaking the truth.
We fight the serpent by contending for the faith against grace-perverting immorality (Jude 3-4). By excommunicating false teachers from the church because we recognize them for what they are—intruding snakes. By treasuring what is true and rejecting what is false. By loving what God loves and hating what God hates. Taking Action Sometimes the... Continue Reading
3 Observations about Heaven
Jonathan Edwards encourages Christians struggling through the imperfections of life here on earth to experience the perfect love of God in communion with the Holy Spirit.
The whole church, ransomed and purified, shall there be presented to Christ as a bride clothed in fine linen, clean and white, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. Wherever the inhabitants of that blessed world shall turn their eyes, they shall see nothing but dignity, beauty, and glory. There are none but... Continue Reading
Going Through Grief with the Family of God (Sittser)
“A Grace Disguised” by Jerry Sittser is his journaling about his grief on the loss of his daughter, wife, and mother in a single car crash.
The story is beyond sad. But the story has Christian hope in it as well. The book isn’t a theology of suffering. It’s more of a Christian journaling about his grief and letting the reader know what he learned through it. I’ve blogged on this book several times. One of my favorite resources on... Continue Reading
Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives
This robust treatment will introduce divine covenants to serious readers.
Covenant theology still stands at the heart of Reformed theology. Though, as this book shows, Reformed theology is not alone in treating covenant themes, the covenant has a special place in Reformed faith and practice. The doctrine of the covenant is biblical, historical, and contemporary. Despite its size, this volume serves as a good introduction... Continue Reading
Taking on the Revolutionary Program of Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi’s brand of antiracism contradicts sound doctrine. It falls to us to say so.
Kendi’s antiracism entails an overthrow of traditional family norms, Christian teaching about marriage, the American economic system, and indeed the entire social order. In other words, antiracism implies a revolution. Anyone reading this site over the last several years has probably noticed my growing alarm about leftist “social justice” ideologies. I had already become... Continue Reading
A Field Guide on False Teaching
God is pleased to use people like us to share his gospel, and a guide like this one can make us more effective in that task.
This is not a book that we’re meant to hand to a skeptic or to a friend who holds to a different faith. Rather, it’s a book we are meant to read to better equip ourselves to have helpful conversations with them. Christians are to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks... Continue Reading