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Horton Theology

April 7, 2008

No, this is not a post about Dr. Michael Horton's theological mind. Instead, I'm delving into the movie "Horton Hears a Who," an adaptation of Theodor Geisel's (better known as Dr. Seuss) 1954 book with the same title.

Pastor Mike as President?

January 10, 2008

Now that former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is doing well in the presidential primary campaign, it is well for Christians to think about the relationship between church and state. Kim Riddlebarger’s “Mike Huckabee and the Two Kingdoms” is a useful read on this matter. I also have two other posts related to this subject. The […]

5 Reasons Why “Christmas is Pagan” is a Myth

December 17, 2007
5 Reasons Why “Christmas is Pagan” is a Myth

Every Christmas, Christians debate whether it should be celebrated or not. Reformed believers in particular question whether this celebration violates the regulative principle, a principle that upholds the primacy of Scripture in worship, doctrine, and practice: The acceptable way of worshiping the true God has been instituted by himself, and so limited by his own […]

Santa Claus and Other Myths

December 8, 2007

Or is “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” real? How about the Christmas tree, mistletoe and Rudolph? I just stumbled upon a review of a new book, Christmas: A Candid History, written by Bruce David Forbes. Forbes is a Methodist and a professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College and the co-editor of Religion and Popular Culture […]

“Wise Mormon vs. Foolish Christian”

November 14, 2007

“I’d rather be ruled by a wise Turk than by a foolish Christian,” so goes the saying wrongly attributed to Martin Luther, a saying that’s not too far removed from the present presidential pursuit of Republican Mitt Romney, a Mormon. Would Romney be a wise “Turk,” a ruler wiser than the other “Christian” candidates? A […]

“Using God”

November 11, 2007

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger’s article, “Using God,” in the latest Modern Reformation issue has caught my attention, since it is somewhat related to my post about televangelist hucksters. In the article, Riddlebarger writes that man’s sinful pride results in a couple of ways in which he diminishes God: First, there are those who see the power […]

Joel Osteen and “Itching Ears”

October 15, 2007

With the evangelical focus once again on Joel Osteen after this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, I received a comment about Joel Osteen from one of my friends. He said that last spring, a high-ranking government official from a prominent Islamic nation mentioned to him that he and his wife watch Osteen regularly on television. He found […]

The Malling of Evangelicalism

September 7, 2007
The Malling of Evangelicalism

Non-threatening. Relevance. Love. Coffee shop. Fun and games. These are the code words for today's evangelical churches. But what about church words like these: Offense of the cross. Sin. God's wrath. Liturgy. Sacrament. Suffering. None of that irrelevance - the Bible is out, Starbucks (or Purpose-Driven Life) is in.

“One Nation Under God”?

May 8, 2007

I’m re-posting this article I wrote back in May 2007. In view of the May 14 midterm elections in the Philippines, and of the current presidential campaign in the United States, I have been pondering the age-old question of how a Christian should relate to the culture around him. What must the Christian’s response be […]

The Reason for So Much Mindless Christianity?

May 3, 2007

“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:13-14) What do students, professionals, […]

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