Evangelicals Deeply Confused About Core Christian Beliefs

The State of Theology results show that faithful, biblical teaching is needed now more than ever.

Overall, U.S. adults appear to have a superficial attachment to well-known Christian beliefs. For example, a majority agreed that Jesus died on the cross for sin and that He rose from the dead. However, they rejected the Bible’s teaching on (1) the gravity of man’s sin, (2) the importance of the church’s gathering together for... Continue Reading

The Essential Truth

The Lord is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works (Ps 145:9)

When we are feeling sorry for ourselves, we want validation, and sometimes, we secretly enjoy feeling that we deserve to complain. There is definitely a time for allowing someone to express her frustration, but ultimately, we cannot stay there. Complaining infects our thinking, taking our attention away from God to ourselves. We stop seeing God as good,... Continue Reading

The Sins Forbidden by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World

Do you read sites that spread rumors and do you yourself spread them in the absence of facts?

“Do you routinely seek out and read information that causes you to look at other people with suspicion? Do you spread information (online or offline) about brothers or sisters in Christ that might cause others to look at them suspiciously? Do you spread the kind of information that prejudices people against others?”   In an... Continue Reading

C.S. Lewis On Real Happiness And Real Christianity

Search for joy and it will elude you. Search for God wholeheartedly and you will be found by Him and happiness will be thrown in as a by-product.

“The reason why it can never succeed is this. God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were... Continue Reading

There’s Another Kind of Lust to Avoid, and It’s Not Sexual

When blood seizes our attention and affections, we become observers captive to “gory diversion”

There’s another version of lust that can be just as deadening to the senses and just as damaging to the soul, and it’s one that we often overlook, something we often justify for being “realistic.” I’m talking about gratuitous depictions of violence.   In Christian circles today, we talk frequently about the dangers of lust... Continue Reading

How To Avoid Accumulated Fatigue

Accumulated fatigue signals the build-up of circumstantial stresses, mental challenges, and sorrows

“When accumulated fatigue takes hold of us, a night of rest, a weekend get-a-way, or a six-week sabbatical likely won’t help. We are like Elijah among the ravens, wrestling with our doubts in the caves with God (1 Kings 19). We are among David’s crew who must sit this one out.”   Mentally, they’re tangled... Continue Reading

The Statement on SJ&G Explained: Article 1, Scripture

An explanation and defense of the recently released "Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.”

The whole “Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel” is an attempt to take Paul’s admonition to hear and clarify key doctrines that are in danger of being undermined by worldly philosophies. These philosophies, if left unchecked, will undermine the gospel of Christ and lead people away from Him.   [Editorial Note: At Reformation21, we aim... Continue Reading

Revoice and the “Idolatry” of the Nuclear Family

The PCA cannot afford either to endorse the Revoice message or even to stand by inactive as conferences like these are held in our churches.

It is for this reason that the PCA cannot afford either to endorse the Revoice message or even to stand by inactive as conferences like these are held in our churches. If the Bible is true, right, wholesome, and good, then the doctrine of Revoice must not be embraced, nor permitted in the counsels of... Continue Reading

Fragmented Churches in Fragmented Times

How do we extricate ourselves from this mess and begin to rebuild a church culture that can counter our society’s increasing fragmentation?

It is for Christians to walk away from the rock of Jesus’s teaching and build our houses on the shifting sands of political alliances, to be so caught up in culture wars we never realize the whole battle has taken a worldly shape and tone, and to overlook just how infected we are with the... Continue Reading

The Most Damaging Counseling Mistakes

Let’s put aside our pride and listen to the voice of simplicity; learn from our mistakes and quit killing the souls of those who come to us for help.

Excuse me if I weep now and then. Don’t mind me if I get afraid sometimes. Don’t sing “joy, joy, joy” at me when the infirmities of the flesh are sometimes too much to bear. Yes, I know that God is good. Yes, I know that he is coming again. Yes, I know that all... Continue Reading