Did the Jeopardy master get the most important question right?
While Alex Trebek may have held all the cards in his hands as he stood at that podium night after night in an Armani suit, it is the Lord, in fact, who says, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you... Continue Reading
The Courage To Live While Not Dying
Too many faces this Christmas seemed tinged with fear; people’s anguish seems deeper than even COVID-19.
Healthiness and pain-free existence is a fool’s dream that disease, injury, or time will inevitably disrupt. A life of meaning, purpose, and consequence does not require the lack of sorrows, loss, and even sickness. One could even say that the fragility of our lives provides an exquisite value to each moment. All too many... Continue Reading
The Isolation of Evangelical Elites
If there is any parroting of the political divide within Christianity itself, the problem of religious elitism is certainly a contributing factor.
Without a doubt, the culture is running a bus over evangelicals at present. And many heartland populists are sick and tired of their own Christian institutions pandering to whatever the culture pushes them to do as they are further marginalized. I hear the concerns frequently: Why do our Christian institutions go theological liberal? More perplexing,... Continue Reading
Samuel M. Zwemer and the Glory of Christ
A merely human Christ, no matter how humane and tender, can not suffice. We need the Lord of Glory.
Samuel Marinus Zwemer wrote this around 1940, after retiring from a long service as missionary to the Middle-East and Arab world, which continued indirectly while he taught at Princeton Theological Seminary. Known as “the apostle to Islam,” he focused on one certainty: Muslims need Christ as he is revealed in Scripture. A convenient, rational, domesticated... Continue Reading
Ann Griffiths and Her Sea of Wonders
Ann didn’t just recognize Christ in all of Scriptures she greeted him with excitement and cherished those encounters.
The word “wonder” appears, in various forms, numerous times in Ann’s writings. Her joy came in knowing that the sea of wonders where she intended to spend her life would continue beyond this earthly state, “with never a sight of a boundary or shore.” These wonders include all the mysteries of God’s love and wisdom:... Continue Reading
Bible Reading and Prayer in the Marriage of Charles and Susie Spurgeon
On their knees with an open Bible, Charles and Susie’s spirituality deepened and steeled them for their journey together.
Whether reading the Bible and praying privately or engaging in family worship, Charles and Susie were not half-hearted in their efforts. Susie encouraged readers of her books not to be content with a “sickly, spiritual life” as such dishonors Christ and hurts oneself.” Charles and Susie simply kept “drinking of that [the Bible] living water constantly,”... Continue Reading
John Bunyan and the Privilege of Fearing the Lord
Bunyan considered the fear of God our highest duty as children of God.
The fear of the Lord is often neglected in contemporary Christianity. John Bunyan’s A Treatise on the Fear of God is a helpful guide for believers, leading us through God’s Word to see just how central this fear is to our faith. And what joy for the Christian to realize all the rich promises that come to... Continue Reading
How Reformed Theologians’ Commitment To Self-Rule And Resisting Tyranny Helped Form America
Four hundred years since the signing of the Mayflower Compact, we should honor the Puritans contributions to the creation of the American republic.
In the final analysis, while the Puritans were not 21st-century liberal democrats, neither were they intolerant theocrats. They created some of the most republican political institutions the world had ever seen and strictly limited civic leaders by law. They valued liberty and had, as David D. Hall puts it in “A Reforming People,” an “animus... Continue Reading
The Character of a Theologian
Witsius sketches a portrait of the theologian as a student, a teacher, and a Christian.
The point of the lecture is to outline the traits of a true theologian (vero theologo). “By theologian,” he explains, “I mean one who, imbued with a substantial knowledge of divine things derived from the teaching of God Himself, declares and extols, not in words only, but by the whole course of his life, the... Continue Reading
A Tribute to the Life of Jay Adams
When you remain faithful, the fruit of that work becomes evident.
The 50 years between publishing Competent to Counsel in 1970 and meeting Jesus face-to-fact in 2020 doubtless had many ups and downs. I can only imagine that periodically, Dr. Adams had to wonder, “How much influence will my life’s work have?” I hope it was satisfying for Dr. Adams to realize that because of his faithfulness, even... Continue Reading