I mentioned that Waltke was wrong in his assessment of how Christians should view evolution. Evolution is a dangerous compromise yet, many evangelicals have been allured to the prestige evolution brings. Another more radical example of this comes from professor … Continue reading
To say that the root of our problems is religious is to say a great deal, but also to say rather little. Compared with the heredity and environmental reductionism popular in modern (and in ancient) thought, a confession that human … Continue reading
For all the respect I had for Dr. Waltke at RTS/Orlando and even today, I can’t help but agree 100% with Doug Wilson’s summary.
It took us a while, but my wife and I finally watched Fireproof. I am a firm supporter of evangelicals pursuing every field of life, including movies, and bringing a distinctly Christian perspective to it. For instance, Brian Godawa has … Continue reading
The spiritual depth of the Psalms exceeds by far anything that was afterwards composed as a church hymn. The psalms have always echoed the enduring, eternal keynote of the pious heart, while hymns usually had a temporary quality and were … Continue reading
Sermon Excerpt What are we then to make of this passage? I would like to make three observations, which are not exhaustive, but it will bring us closer to understanding Paul’s words in this letter. First, Paul is making a … Continue reading
I have slowly been reading through Rev. Craig Higgins’ excellent dissertation on baptismal efficacy in the Reformed tradition. In my reading this morning I came across a Leithart quote worth mentioning: In Reformed theology, baptism is the watery gateway to … Continue reading
Quoted in Higgins’ Dissertation: I encounter such constant and widespread lying about reality each day and meet with such skilled and systematic distortion of the truth that I’m always in danger of losing my grip on reality. The reality, of … Continue reading
Hoedemaker did not win the day with his theocratic principles, as Reuben Alvarado demonstrates in his 1992 lecture at the BH Conference. Hoedemaker stood firmly against Abraham Kuyper’s political pluralism. Even though Kuyper has been immensely helpful in bringing a … Continue reading
Douglas Wilson introduces his case for “historical optimism” by asking that the reader willingly suspend unbelief (10). Tolkien was once asked if he believed Middle Earth was real, to which he replied: “one hopes.” Wilson’s Heaven Misplaced is a call … Continue reading
Richard Pratt writes: The Bible is both the foundation upon which our defense must be built and one of our beliefs which must be defended (Every Though Captive, 4). The apologetics’ task is like the relation between a king and … Continue reading
Mansfield’s terrific biography of Arthur Guinness is filled with intriguing historical insights like this one: You see, the yeast that is used to brew beer is unique. It is not like the yeast used for bread, which dies at high … Continue reading
We, in the CRE, are certainly in the minority when considering the question of children in worship. With children’s church curriculum abounding in typical evangelical and presbyterian churches, our message seems to be only a drop in the vast ocean … Continue reading
Butler Shaffer recounts: I just returned from our local grocery where, as I was about to enter the store, I was greeted by two young women (probably in their early 20s) who asked me if I wanted “to save the children.” … Continue reading
Brother and Sisters, the prophet Isaiah declares in Psalmic nature the care of Yahweh for His people. In chapter 43 he writes: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not … Continue reading
I agree with my friend Mike Bull when he writes: There’s nothing better than theologians who basically agree on lots debating the finer points. Jordan and Wilson have different ideas on what a classical education should consist of. Somehow, I … Continue reading
On this second episode, we continue our discussion of New Covenant Theology with Baptist author Richard Barcellos.
One of the main issues I face every week in preparing hymns and psalms for Providence Church is what hymn/psalm is most suitable for closing the service. The Cantus Christi provides several beautiful tunes with richly adorned theological lyrics, and … Continue reading
No Christian should come to God’s house thinking anything else but that everything necessary for life and for happiness and for satisfaction and for fruitfulness is given to him or her in this worship service.
I have been listening to the Calvin and Theocracy Conference (BH, 1992). If anyone is interested in the history of the theonomic debate and some of the finer differences among advocates of biblical law this is a great series to … Continue reading
Paul says that it is “shameful for women to speak in church” (14:35). Of course, this is a perfect excuse for some evangelicals and liberals to feel ashamed of Paul for making such a shameful comment.
How Should Christians observe Lent? What are the major themes present? Rich Lusk of Birmingham, AL and Doug Roorda of Pella, IA answered these questions and addressed the focus of the Lenten season for the Christian.
Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson Jane Austen by Peter Leithart Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Joel Garver writes: Posture in worship is important. If we don’t permit our teens to slouch, shuffle, and stare at the ground when we are addressing them, how can we say posture is unimportant when we come into the presence … Continue reading
There is a familiarity, an ease, almost a glibness toward God in this worship that communicates to no one that he is a consuming fire, or that he is angry with the wicked every day, or that his eyes are … Continue reading
Rev. Robert Rayburn writes: But, that is true also even in the matter of congregational participation. The new contemporary service of American Protestantism is more a service to be watched by the congregation than even the traditional Protestant service of … Continue reading
Brothers and sisters, God is among us as we eat and drink with His beloved Son. The gospel heard and now the gospel eaten. Herein in is prophecy and truth, that Christ has provided eternal food and drink for his … Continue reading
Performative signs & what it means to receive in faith And therefore, when the faithful, believing theses words and not doubting that they are addressed by the Lord to themselves (that they were in fact spoken only to them is … Continue reading