Spurgeon’s Advice about the Study of God

Commentary By August 9, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

In his Knowing God, J. I. Packer begins with a quote from the great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon: “It has been said by someone that ‘the proper study of mankind is man.’ I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian…

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John Frame Describes the Nature of Revelation

Book Review By August 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

In his The Doctrine of the Word of God, John Frame presents what he calls a “thought experiment.” “Imagine God speaking to you right now, as realistically as you can imagine, perhaps standing at the foot of your bed at night. He speaks to you like your best friend, your parents, or your spouse. In the Bible, God often spoke…

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The Distanciation of Ernest Christian

Book Review By July 7, 2016 Tags: , , , 1 Comment

In his Exegetical Fallacies, D. A. Carson presents the parable of Ernest Christian. Ernest, who represents the typical new seminary student, experiences the unpleasant phenomena of “distanciation.” Distanciation refers to the act of distancing oneself from a matter for the purpose of looking at it more objectively. For many students this is a new–and disturbing–way to approach the Bible. Carson…

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Hiroo’s Dilemma and the Problem of Belief

Book Review By May 10, 2016 Tags: , No Comments

“On March 9, 1974, Japanese Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda walked out of the jungle of on a remote island in the Philippines, finally convinced that World War II was over–29 years after it had ended. Trained as an intelligence officer in guerrilla warfare, he was told to survive at all cost. No matter what happened, his superiors would come for him….

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And Can I Get a Hot Tub?

Commentary By February 26, 2016 Tags: No Comments

I overheard an interesting discussion recently. A group of students were talking about music, and as the conversation progressed – no matter what point one of them made – one fellow would wade in to deliver the authoritative opinion. The most amusing moment occurred when one student dared to disagree with this pontiff. “Well,” he sniffed, “I happen to be…

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Thumbs Up for “Risen”–Way, Way Up

Movie Review By February 23, 2016 Tags: , , No Comments

Most people know Joseph Fiennes for playing William Shakespeare in Shakespeare in Love. Lately he has been playing significant religious characters. In 2003, Fiennes portrayed Martin Luther in Luther, and he will play Eric Liddell in The Last Race, which is scheduled for release later in 2016. The Last Race is a sequel of sorts to Chariots of Fire, and…

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Should We Pray for ISIS to Be Converted or Defeated?

Commentary By December 1, 2015 Tags: , No Comments

“We sometimes forget that we are called to be a people of both justice and justification, and that these two are not contradictory.” Recently Russ Moore wrote an excellent article discussing the proper Christian attitude towards ISIS. Like many other American Christians, at times I feel conflicted. ISIS is a malignant, evil organization, yet it is made of men (and…

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An Ordinary Life Lived to the Glory of God

Commentary By November 30, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

This time last year I had the honor of preaching Joyce Knodell’s funeral. She was my mother-in-law. We’ve all heard lots of mother-in-law jokes. None of them applied to her. She was an encourager and a prayer-warrior. I entitled the message “An Ordinary Life Lived to the Glory of God.” I meant the descriptor “ordinary” as a high compliment. Last…

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So What Is Molinism?

Book Excerpt By November 24, 2015 Tags: , , No Comments

Named after its first proponent, Luis Molina (1535–1600), a sixteenth-century Jesuit priest, Molinism holds to a strong notion of God’s control and an equally firm affirmation of human freedom. In other words Molinism simultaneously holds to a Calvinistic view of a comprehensive divine sovereignty and to a version of free will (called libertarianism) generally associated with Arminianism. As Doug Geivett…

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America’s Campuses Are Getting Weird

Commentary By November 13, 2015 Tags: , No Comments

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. … In June, a professor protecting himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. “I’m a…

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