The Last Days of William Tyndale
The gifted linguist would suffer greatly for the sake of Christ.
We have in William Tyndale an example of a faithful servant who did not shrink from trying to better his conditions, yet he was nevertheless content to suffer for the sake of Jesus Christ, if necessary. At length, however, we read of the translator’s true desire: “But most of all I beg and beseech your clemency... Continue Reading
Time on our Hands: Jonathan Edwards on the Preciousness of Time
Edwards reminds us that time is the scarcest of commodities.
To spur his congregation to consider the value of time, Edwards wrote two compelling sermons, one called, “The Preciousness of Time, and the Importance of Redeeming it,” and the other, “Procrastination, or, The Sin and Folly of Depending on Future Time.” Edwards understood that how we choose to spend our time reflects our desires and... Continue Reading
A Man on Mission
John Calvin’s gaze was Godward. He was a pious man, driven by God’s majesty and a love for Scripture.
Calvin understood the absolute contrast between the sinfulness of man and the majesty of God, what theologians refer to as the Creator-creature distinction. In a typical lucid moment, the French reformer writes, “… Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty.”... Continue Reading
Another Famous Evangelical Apostatizes: What Does It Mean?
Jon Steingard posted a letter explaining why he was compelled to declare his apostasy from the Christian faith.
The absence of Jesus from his confession must mean something. We all have implicit faith in something. Steingard has placed his implicit faith somewhere other than Jesus (one suspects that he locates it now in himself) and so Christ is absent from his account. God the Son became incarnate. He was born of the Virgin.... Continue Reading
Olaudah Equiano – Waking Up Christians to the Evils of Slavery
In 1788, Equiano sent a letter to Queen Charlotte on behalf of all Africans, asking her to intercede in their favor.
The following year, he published his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. It was not the first book of this kind, but it was unique in many ways. Using the marketing skills he had acquired in his career, Equiano chose to self-publish and to promote the book by finding a large... Continue Reading
Ravi Zacharias: A Tribute
Arguably, no one has done more to advance Christian apologetics during the last fifty years than Ravi Zacharias.
In his numerous books, hundreds of radio programs, and dozens of lectures on college campuses and to religious organizations, Zacharias insisted Christianity provides the most compelling explanation of the origin of the universe and humanity, the meaning of life, morality, and human destiny. He used arguments drawn from logic, emotions, and morality to cogently defend... Continue Reading
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