Choosing a Religion for your Child?
Recently, I’ve been wrestling with the idea of religion – specifically whether to impart any to my daughter. A neighbor of mine told me that though she was indifferent to religion, she converted from what she considered a dreadful Catholic upbringing to Judaism when she got married, not because of pressure from her husband, but... Continue Reading
One meets closed minds
For those who missed it, Clifford Longley’s column in the November 28 issue of the Tablet does a good job of teasing out the absurdity in Richard Dawkins’s insistence that it is wrong to “indoctrinate tiny children in the religion of their parents, and to slap religious labels on them” (as Dawkins puts in The... Continue Reading
Is Christmas a dirty word?
When I was a child in the 1950s, the magic of Christmas was promoted in the schools. We sang Christmas carols in the classroom. There were cutouts of the Nativity scene on the bulletin board, along with the smiling, chubby face of Santa and Rudolph. We were all acutely aware that Christmas was more than... Continue Reading
The Uniqueness of PCA Polity
Church polity, like worship, (WCF I-6) is affected by a complex of several factors: · Christ is the Head and King of the Church (contra papacy and secular monarchs) The Bible Biblical commands – We trace the beginnings of Presbyterian polity to the biblical commands given through Moses (Numbers 11) and the Apostle Paul (Titus... Continue Reading
On complementarianism and the environment
At the 61st annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society last month in New Orleans, Russell D. Moore presented a paper analyzing John Frame’s recent book Doctrine of the Christian Life, the third in Frame’s incredible “A Theology of Lordship” trilogy. Within that paper, Moore applauded Frame’s link between gender roles and biblical environmental stewardship.... Continue Reading
The Infallibility of … Science?
Most of us have now heard about emails discovered at the University of East Anglia pertaining to the research and “science” of global warming. The Wall Street Journal recently had an interesting statement pertaining to Al Gore, the ostensible apostle of global warming: “Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you... Continue Reading
Is ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Too Religious?
If you watch the Emmy- and Peabody-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas and compare it to other network Christmas specials, you’ll see a clear one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other situation. It comes at the point when Linus, spotlighted on a stage, solemnly tells the story of Jesus Christ (specifically, the second chapter of the King James version of the Gospel... Continue Reading
John and Idelette Calvin
The following is fourth in a series of editorials. If Martin Luther was the pioneer of the Reformation, his younger contemporary, John Calvin (1509-1563), should be regarded as the Reformantion’s systematic theologian. For nearly all of his ministry, from 1536 till his death in 1564, Calvin was in exile in Francophone Geneva. These years in... Continue Reading
When Sorrow Strikes Home
By the time most people reach 60 or so (like me!), they are reasonably familiar with setbacks, personal and financial losses, the deaths of parents and elderly relatives, disappointments and other disquieting news. This is especially so if you have a large family (I have eight children and six grandchildren) and many friends. As believers... Continue Reading
Three questions with Stephen J. Nichols
Stephen J. Nichols is research professor of Christianity and Culture at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School in Lancaster, Pa. The following interview was first printed in Tower News, the magazine of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is used with permission’ Question: Do you see more history being written well and written with an... Continue Reading