Reconsidering Calvin and Calvinism

The following editorial is first in a series of five about John Calvin. Please check back for follow-up articles. It is much easier to mock and ridicule John Calvin than it is to read him and seriously consider his insights in the light of Scripture. That is why today there is no shortage of disinformation... Continue Reading

What exactly are atheists so scared about?

As I was leaving church yesterday, a nice chap called Andy called to see if I would go on Radio 2 to talk about a new billboard campaign enjoining us not to “label” our children with religious tags such as “Catholic child” or “Muslim child”. Beside pictures of bonny toddlers (all white, as it happens),... Continue Reading

Abortion Politics and its Discontents

On Saturday, Nov 7, the House of Representatives passed a health-care-reform bill with an amendment sponsored by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak restricting any of the new government-supported health-care options from covering abortion. Sixty-four Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the amendment. I spoke to Jon Shields, an assistant professor at Claremont McKenna College and the... Continue Reading

The Coming of Caesar

We have a problem. This could be “the big one”—bigger than coping with the Ahmadinejads, Kims, and Chavezes of the world and bigger than our current economic woes. Our republic, our society, may be heading for a crackup. We are bankrupt, both financially and politically. The source of the problem is democracy. Decades of so-called... Continue Reading

Changing Guards or Changing Standards?

I read Dr. Bryan Chapell’s piece on the 2009 Presbyterian Church in America’s (PCA) General Assembly in ByFaith Online with great interest. Dr. Chapell has been very helpful to me since I first attended the General Assembly some years ago, encouraging my involvement and speaking on the floor on a variety of issues. I have... Continue Reading

The Holy Spirit’s illumination of the truth of God’s Word

Scripture teaches that we can only correctly understand the truths of Scripture’s teaching when the Holy Spirit illumines God’s truth and enables us to see it for what it is: glorious and wondrous spiritual truth. To see this, let’s start at the most basic level and acknowledge that people who do not truly know Christ... Continue Reading

Paul’s Letter of Joy & Peace 2

Paul and Timothy, (bond) servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Phil. 1:1-2.) The Theme of This Book In our last article, we began looking at some of... Continue Reading

The Nation of Futurity

When European settlers first came to North America, they saw flocks of geese so big that it took them 30 minutes to all take flight and forests that seemed to stretch to infinity. They came to two conclusions: that God’s plans for humanity could be completed here, and that they could get really rich in... Continue Reading

Communion: Making a Meal of It

“There is actually not that much debate about the Lord’s Supper these days, even in very conservative circles. It is not one of the hot topics we find regular articles about in Christianity Today or Interpretation or Christian Century.” So writes Dr. Ben Witherington in his wonderful book, “Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the... Continue Reading

7th Circuit Nominee & Nidal Hasan – PC Run Amok

This week, the Senate votes on President Obama’s nomination of District Court Judge David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit. Because of Hamilton’s fundraising activities for ACORN, his leadership positions with the Indiana branch of the ACLU, his statements supporting judicial activism, and most importantly, his rulings putting liberal ideology above the rule of law, he... Continue Reading