What Should We Teach About Creation?

So that has the advantage of saying that the earth is billions of years old if it wants to be—whatever science says it is, it is—but man is young, and he was good and he sinned How far should we go in teaching creationism in the church? How important or unimportant is it? I assume... Continue Reading

Whither or Wither? The Trials and Tribulations of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Rather, the ARPC must recover the riches of its own heritage–a winsome ecclesial sensibility, a commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ over his church (the Covenanter legacy), and to the free offer of a gracious gospel (the Seceder legacy). The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC) is one of the smaller and lesser known Presbyterian... Continue Reading

Three things Christians say about pop culture scandals

“I would write about Calvinism and whether Christians should drink beer. I’d call it the “5 point pint”” If I wanted to start a huge Christian blog I know exactly which two subjects I would write about: Calvinism and whether Christians should drink beer. I’d call it the “5 point pint” and it would be... Continue Reading

The Future of the PCA

The PCA will probably continue to decline in the decade to come. Some of the reasons are sociological and demographic; others are theological. Some are intrinsic to our PCA identity, and cannot be changed. I Chronicles 12:32 describes the men of Issachar, who had the ability to understand the times in which they lived. Can... Continue Reading

John 14:6 For Dummies

G.K. Chesterton said it best when he said that tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions. It might also be said that tolerance is the virtue of a man without salvation I cannot imagine why someone would dedicate himself to a religion that provides just one of many equally valid paths to salvation.... Continue Reading

SC Court Actions in the ARP Synod Appeal from Injunction; An Analysis – ‘Synod wins more than a little’

First a disclaimer. I am neither a lawyer nor the son of a lawyer. So this is an Opinion/Commentary, not a news story. This analysis is simply one person reading the Appeal Court decision and the words in the Appeal Petition which asked for the Appeal Court to take action and trying to make some... Continue Reading

Is it Safe?: Thoughts on the PCA Strategic Plan

The question is whether the Plan recognizes who it is that we are supposed to be keeping safe, and whether what it proposes will better help them stay that way. The first theme proposed by the PCA Strategic Plan is “How to Provide Safe Places to Talk about New Ideas to Advance the PCA’s Faithfulness... Continue Reading

‘Ger’ – The immigrant in the Hebrew Bible

Allow me to enter the debate about the use of our English word “immigrant” to translate the Hebrew Bible term ger and to apply it to our situation in the United States today. As a Hebrew Bible scholar, I would agree that “immigrant” is just as good a translation of the word ger as the... Continue Reading

WormTape #9: LOST

Here is one alternative ending for the blockbuster series LOST. We refer to this as BUREACRACY LOST. Sayid: “OK, I’ll take the blame for the juvenile, self-serving ideas in the StratPlan bomb. I’ll gather it up and run to the exit of the submarine and jump out to my own death. Someone has to fall... Continue Reading

Freeing the PCA from white, Western (and Southern) Cultural Captivity: A Rahian Analysis

The secret to the PCA’s multi-year decline may be primarily external to a denomination that is losing its ability to connect and lead an American culture that is increasingly multi-ethnic and non-white, as many are now arguing. The internal issues of new generations, missional emphasis vs. traditionalists, and so on may, in fact, be more... Continue Reading