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“Christless” Christianity? Or is it…

December 11, 2009
“Christless” Christianity? Or is it…

The latest Pew Forum survey found out that American Christianity is closer to Buddhism, Hinduism, and New Age than Christianity. Here are some "surprising" (really?) findings...

What 1 Corinthians 10:2 means

September 5, 2008

Paul, therefore, is saying that as Israel crossed the sea, they were united into Moses, who had authority over them from God and who led them in their escape from Egypt and in the crossing of the sea. Continuing with his commentary on the Exodus narrative, Paul points out that Israel partook of the one spiritual food and drink which God gave them through their "baptism" into Moses.

Does one become a believer by his own decision?

August 7, 2008
Does one become a believer by his own decision?

How did the dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-10 arise to become "a great army"? How did Lazarus come out of the grave and hear Jesus' command? Did they give life to themselves so they could respond to God's call?

Hagee: a Minor Player in Evangelical Zionism

June 3, 2008

Many who oppose evangelical Zionism rejoiced in the recent McCain-Hagee debacle. It can't get better than this, they think. But evangelical support for Israel is rooted way beyond Hagee, Hal Lindsey, and Tim Lahaye. Back in 1998, Timothy P. Weber wrote a thorough historical and theological analysis of the reasons why evangelicals love Israel in a Christianity Today article entitled "How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend." Here are a couple of his points...

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 […]

“God has a terrible plan for your life, if…”

October 19, 2007
“God has a terrible plan for your life, if…”

Jeremiah 29:11 then is not a promise to the man on the street that God loves him, that God has “a wonderful plan” for his life, and that “God hates his sin, but loves him the sinner.”

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, […]

Donatist, Anabaptist, and Presbyterian Confusion

March 23, 2007

For a printer-friendly version (PDF) of this article, click here. Infant Baptism Among Evangelicals In the classes I’m teaching at a Presbyterian school, the discussions frequently turn to the question of infant baptism. The questions and comments are interesting, to say the least, and sometimes shocking. One pastor described how his church baptizes an adult […]

Calvinist? Reformed? Who are They?

March 15, 2007

In 1993, Dr. Richard Muller, Professor of Historical Theology at Calvin Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI), published an essay entitled “How Many Points,” republished in: http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/how-many-points/ Here, he demonstrates the fallacy of the claim that believing in the so-called “Five Points of Calvinism” makes one a Calvinist. This reminds me of a controversy in our former […]

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