Lessons in Artful Argument from C. S. Lewis
Our gentle pushbacks need to be both genuinely gentle and genuinely pushbacks.
C. S. Lewis understood his times well and responded brilliantly. One of his most substantive rebukes—and one that’s particularly relevant today—was his condemnation of chronological snobbery. This view asserts that what we believe today must be true because it’s most recent. It assumes that we’ve evolved intellectually so our beliefs must be better than those... Continue Reading
Doubts About William Lane Craig’s Creation Account
According to Craig, Adam didn’t exist at the beginning of time, but was preceded by billions of years and many varieties of semi-humans.
On the surface, Craig’s argument turns on his non-literal interpretation of Genesis 2-3. He sets up a hermeneutical frame in three steps. First, Genesis shares features with myth. Yet, second, Genesis also has features of history. Therefore, third, Genesis is “mytho-history,” and we determine what Genesis teaches about Adam by mining the nuggets of history... Continue Reading
Mark Driscoll and the Power of “Father Hunger”
Mark’s persona was compelling to younger men confused about the meaning and purpose of manhood.
It’s no surprise the lingo of “boot camp” spread into evangelicalism through Acts 29’s church planter gatherings. The atmosphere of “telling it like it is,” being “confronted by the truth” and “doing whatever it takes for the kingdom” had massive appeal to a generation of young men who came from homes where fathers were hooked... Continue Reading
Pablo Besson – For the Gospel and Religious Freedom
When Pablo (then Paul) Besson received a request from Mathieu Floris, a Belgian emigrant to Argentina, to help him find an evangelist to spread the gospel in that country, he did his best to promote the cause. When no one answered, he understood that the call was for him.
Besson’s greatest impact, however, was through his faithful preaching, constantly pointing his listeners to Christ and clearly distinguishing between law and gospel, and through his translation of the New Testament from Greek to Spanish, which continued to be used for generations. This translation was published as a single volume in 1919 and it was the... Continue Reading
In the Presence of My Enemies
Know what is true. Let the inerrant and living Word of God commandeer your heart and mind and body.
Worship what is true. Give God the holy worship He commands, being ready to join in the fellowship of Christ’s suffering. Repent daily. Be a covenant member of a faithful church. Sing psalms. Feast in the presence of your enemies. If you are in Christ, your enemies are Christ’s enemies. And this means we have... Continue Reading
Dr. George W. Knight, III, Called Home to Glory
Dr. George William Knight, III, 89, passed into glory on Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.
From 1970 to 1989, Dr. Knight served as Professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, then the denominational seminary of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES). The 38th General Assembly of the OPC elected Dr. Knight to serve as Moderator in 1971. In 1976, Dr. Knight transferred his ministerial... Continue Reading
Charles Chao—Translator and Refugee
Chao's travels introduced the world to Reformation Translation Fellowship (RTF).
Chao is mostly remembered for his role in RFT, which, in the words of Bruce P. Baugus, editor of China’s Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom, “helped form a new generation of Reformed leadership within China and throughout the global Chinese church.” From the earliest days of Protestant missions, foreign... Continue Reading
God Never Makes a Mistake
My suffering had meaning. All of it. I was living God’s plan A.
My suffering had meaning. All of it. I was living God’s plan A. Embracing and understanding her words changed my perspective on life, giving me strength to press on through the darkest trials, looking for God’s hand, grateful that my pain had a divine purpose. God never makes a mistake. The phrase has shaped and reshaped... Continue Reading
Authentic Ministry: Servanthood, Tears, and Temptations
The Lord calls pastors to do His will with lowliness of mind and heart, compassion, and faithfulness.
The Lord calls pastors to do His will with lowliness of mind, compassion, and faithfulness. He calls us to serve the Lord in humility, tears, and temptations. That is what we learn from Paul’s words in Acts 20:19. We have this calling from a glorious Lord, who is worthy of our faith and of such faithful... Continue Reading
For Better, For Worse…
Marriage is meant to be a picture of Christ’s one hundred percent, all-in, committed love for his people.
Jean-Pierre Adams was a French footballer in the 1970s and 80s, and he passed away on the 6th September, aged 73. But what makes this story remarkable is that for the past 39 years he has been in a coma, looked after tirelessly by his wife. In 1982 he went for routine knee surgery. The... Continue Reading