Re: velation: Seeing Jesus, Seeing Self, Standing Firm
The book of Revelation is not given to help us predict the future but to prepare Christ’s disciples for the challenges they face day in and day out.
The book of Revelation is not primarily about predicting the future or recognizing end-time signs in the morning news but instead prepares Christ’s followers for the challenges we face in light of the glories to come. Re: velation unpacks Jesus’s vivid communication to His church in the first three chapters of Revelation to remind us... Continue Reading
17 New Books for the Thinking Christian
These 17 new books are all well worth being aware of.
Why 17 books? Well, I had to stop somewhere! There is a never-ending stream of new books coming off the presses, and I try to keep up with some of the better ones. Many more could have been added here, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Further additions to this series will keep... Continue Reading
A Review: ‘Live Not By Lies’ by Rod Dreher.
We all need to read Dreher’s important new book.
The importance of Solzhenitsyn and others who have lived under totalitarian regimes is they know how it works. They have been there and done that. Some of their stories are recounted here. And these brave souls who are now living in the West are utterly shocked at how clueless Westerners are as they follow the... Continue Reading
When Doctrine Divides: A Credo Review
The command to love one another cannot be cast aside when we disagree over doctrine.
Putman has produced an interdisciplinary volume that accurately assesses how Christians come to differing conclusions on doctrine and provides a roadmap for how Christians ought to live and interact in light of this doctrinal diversity. Christians, young and old, theologically trained and untrained alike would benefit from reading this volume and assuming the posture of... Continue Reading
The Role of Technology and Media in the Sexual Revolution
We live in a world now where we intuitively think if we can’t create reality from scratch for ourselves, then we can certainly bend it to our will.
The whole LGBTQ+ movement has become deeply enmeshed in those kinds of cultural products that have a very, very persuasive impact on us, not because they intellectually convince us of their cause—they don’t even bother trying to do that—but because they emotionally convince us of the correctness of their cause. Creating Our Own Reality... Continue Reading
How To Be A Racist
Racist policies against black Americans are just ghosts summoned by antiracists to scare black people and to shame white people into submission.
Racist policies have become so nonexistent in America today, antiracists like Ibram X. Kendi are forced to present disparities as the most damning evidence of discrimination today. But that isn’t damning evidence against racism, it’s damning evidence against antiracism. The abolitionists and civil rights leaders didn’t need calculators to present evidence of racial discrimination. ... Continue Reading
The Mystery of the Trinity by Vern Poythress
The doctrine of the Trinity is at the heart of God’s identity; the resurrection of Christ lies at the center of redemptive history.
Overall, I believe that the book, like many other titles from Poythress, is deceptively simple. There’s much richness there for readers who slow down. But for those who don’t, the size of the book shouldn’t be intimidating. Accessibility has always been a hallmark of his theology (along with that of John Frame), and that’s the... Continue Reading
Our Lust Is Furious and Our Greed Limitless
God's blessing by itself finds a way, in spite of every obstacle, to bring all things to a glad and prosperous end to us.
The flesh might seem beautifully sufficient to itself while it strives by its own power, or ascends by its own zeal, or is assisted by the favor of men toward honors and wealth. However, it’s nevertheless certain that all these things will come to nothing and that we will accomplish nothing by our talents or... Continue Reading
Understanding The New Calvinists: Neither New Nor Calvinists
Few of “the Puritans” ostensibly admired by the YRR/New Calvinist leadership would recognize them as heirs of their theology, piety, and practice.
Most of the YRR/New Calvinist leadership and constituency is actually Baptist. Only one of the three churches, Redeemer Presbyterian, studied by Vermurlen is even formally Reformed. One, Driscoll’s, which arguably most closely reflected the character and genius of the YRR/New Calvinist movement, no longer exists. The other is John Piper’s Bethlehem Baptist Church… The YRR/New... Continue Reading
A Mistake Christians Make regarding the LGBTQ+ Movement
Our identity is to be rooted by the fact that we are created in the image of God and united to Christ.
Should we define ourselves in terms of our sexual desires, be those desires gay or straight? Or should we define ourselves using some other register or point of reference? For Christians, of course, our identity is not to be rooted primarily in our feelings or desires, be they sexual or otherwise. Our identity is to... Continue Reading