Should Christians Be Nice?
Paul did not say speaking the truth is love, rather, he said speak the truth lovingly.
Harshness has its place. But it should not characterize our total life. The world should be able to recognize our love for one another as the sign of our being in Christ. It keeps us in the vine. If we eschew niceness (however we exactly define it) and embrace harshness, we will not be recognized... Continue Reading
Pro-life Critics Say Documentary’s Jane Roe Bombshell Is A Dud
Film claims advocates manipulated the woman who went from landmark abortion case plaintiff to pro-life activist.
“The chances are zero that her pro-life beliefs were fake,” Sullenger said. Pro-life advocate Abby Johnson said Wednesday in a statement that McCorvey called her days before she died to talk with someone else who had a “big number”—abortions for which she felt responsible. “She felt like she owned them all,” Johnson, a former Planned... Continue Reading
Army Controversy Over John Piper’s Book Isn’t About Homophobia — It’s About Jesus
This short book ruffles feathers because it affirms the most offensive message in the history of the world: the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Piper is telling us what the Bible says: God is a righteous judge whose goodness demands he judge our sins. But he also sent Christ to pay for our sins if we are willing to accept him. It’s no surprise our self-satisfied culture is offended that part of God’s purpose for the coronavirus is to... Continue Reading
Faithfulness in the Shadows: The Life and Ministry of Philip Melanchthon
Far from playing a “second fiddle” role to Luther, Melanchthon was first rate in his giftedness and his contributions toward the advancement of the gospel in Germany and beyond.
Melanchthon’s relative obscurity in modern Christian thought is unfortunate. As will be explained here, while temperamentally Melanchthon was certainly more subdued than Luther, this does not warrant the minimization of the significant role he played in the Reformation, or his effect on the advance of the gospel since then. For many Christians, the name... Continue Reading
Hymns Sifted in Satan’s Sieve of Suffering
Pastor Gerhardt sheltered under the wings of the Almighty in times of great difficulty.
Today, on his memorial plaque in Lubben are inscribed the words, “Theologus in cribro Satanae versatus,” which is roughly translated, “A theologian sifted in Satan’s sieve” (compare Luke 22:31). From all we can tell, however, these fiery trials only served to strengthen Gerhardt’s faith in Christ and hope in God. I mentioned Gerhard’s hymns above. He... Continue Reading
Lord, Have Mercy on Us
Christians today should remember Daniel Defoe.
Defoe’s Christianity comes through in A Journal of the Plague Year as it did in Robinson Crusoe. The government encouraged people “to implore the mercy of God.” One mother prayed to God that her child did not have the plague. As the pestilence increased its victims, they “would go praying and lifting up their hands... Continue Reading
A House with Open Doors: Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom
May the Ten Booms’ example encourage us to open our hearts and homes, take action for the needy and the oppressed
Since the Ten Booms were not Jewish, the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands did not present a direct threat to them as a family. Recognizing God’s love for their Jewish friends and neighbors, the family was propelled to care for these innocent lives threatened by the powers of evil. Later on, when the family came... Continue Reading
Ravi Zacharias,74, Called Home to Glory
Famed apologist Ravi Zacharias (1946-2020) has died, following a short battle with an aggressive cancer.
Zacharias began in ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA). His best selling book was Can Man Live Without God?, which sold about 500,000 copies in 1995. His most recent book, The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind, won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2020 Christian book award in... Continue Reading
The Brave Stunt That Brought Down Slavery
How David Livingstone freed East Africa.
“The Publicity Stunt” refers to Livingstone’s internationally hyped expedition to find the headwaters of the Nile. Milbrandt calls it a “stunt” because Livingstone’s deeper motive was not the Nile. “Livingstone was no longer mounting a Nile expedition, but a grand publicity stunt. The Nile quest provided the platform he needed to campaign against the slave... Continue Reading
The Duty & Art of Pastoral Catechizing
At sermons and prayers men may sleep, or wander; but when one is asked a question, he must discover what he is.
“Is not Christianity full of such things, as are not to be seen, but believed? You said, God made the world; who is God? And so forward, requiring answers to all these, and helping and cherishing the answerer, by making the questions very plain with comparisons, and making much even of a word of truth... Continue Reading