Review: Naomi and Her Daughters: A Novel by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Most Christians are familiar with the story of Naomi, and her famous daughter in law, Ruth. Naomi is one of the few women whose story is told at some length in the pages of the Christian Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible. But as with so many other stories, many a reader has often wondered what... Continue Reading

A Review of Kenda Creasy Dean’s ‘Almost Christian’ – Putting the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) into Laymen’s Terms

The cancer underneath, according to the NSYR, is not that our kids have become detached from the faith of their parents and elders, but rather they are swallowing it whole. Dean goes a long way to clarify this assertion. Kenda Creasy Dean’s ‘Almost Christian’ is a response to a longitudinal study by Christian Smith and... Continue Reading

2010-2011 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff released

Every church and its employees want to feel confident that their compensation plan is reasonable and fair. Now you can know for sure by comparing your plan with those of thousands of other church workers nationwide. Based on a national survey of nearly 5,000 churches, the 2010-2011 version of the well known and highly respected... Continue Reading

How To Avoid Christless Christianity

A Review of Justified: Modern Reformation Essays on the Doctrine of Justification, Michael Horton, Editor This past Thursday I got to spend the day with my friend Mike Horton and others at Westminster Seminary in Escondido. Mike Horton asked if I would come and speak in chapel, meet with the faculty, and have a time... Continue Reading

Complete, Detailed Review of Justification by N. T. Wright – 28 page document available for downloading

White Horse Inn has published this blockbuster review on the web for downloading in a PDF formatting. Read the conclusions in this article and then download the entire document for further reading. Conclusion Reared in a pietistic evangelical environment, I recall the revolution in my own faith when the eschatology of the prophets and apostles... Continue Reading

Faith issues grab the starring role in mainstream movies

The New Testament warns about trying to serve two masters. But Hollywood moviemakers would prefer to have it both ways. And so multiplexes have been crowded with films that wrestle with spiritual questions even while battling for box-office attention. These aren’t tiny indies, like the evangelical films that sprang up after “The Passion of the... Continue Reading

A Review of James Davison Hunter’s To Change The World: The Irony, Tragedy, and possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

…it contains a plethora of thought that is sorely needed… Sadly, I also think the book falls short in a number of areas. My objective…is to highlight both the strong points and not-so-strong points There is no subject that invokes as much passion in me as that of a Christian’s interaction with culture. I was... Continue Reading

Review: Jonathan’s Franzen’s novel, Freedom

The novel should prompt us to ask whether we’re living as if Christ is our real freedom, or whether we’re putting too much hope in political or relational freedom. Just as the tsunami of attention for Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom began, I was looking for a topic for a Christian Legal Society talk at... Continue Reading

Max Lucado on Compassion: The Best Apologetic

How would you address some critics who suggest your writing is simplistic? I would give them a good John Stott book or a John Piper book. I realize that I’m kind of nightstand reading. Some people write lullabies; I write lullabies. Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, by Max Lucado –... Continue Reading

Review: The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality

Particularly helpful were the chapters on the history of the gay rights movement in America…. Most people sitting in the pew have no understanding how homosexuality has become so normalized in our society Authors Joe Dallas (Desires in Conflict, The Gay Gospel, When Homosexuality Hits Home) and Dr. Nancy Heche (The Truth Comes Out) team... Continue Reading