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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 […]

Where Has Church Discipline Gone?

October 5, 2007

“If you were the pastor of a paedobaptistic church, and an unmarried couple asks you to baptize their infant child, would you?” I asked this question to my students at the Bible school. Six out of eleven said no, for various reasons. The other five said they would, also for various reasons which include: if […]

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.

“Lord, please nuke them!”

August 18, 2007

Probably not many Christians will pray a prayer like this, but a Southern California pastor might as well do. He encourages his flock to pray for the death of those who opposed his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee by using his church’s stationery and Internet program. Pastor Wiley Drake of the First Southern […]

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, […]

Decoding the Da Vinci Code

April 14, 2007

“THERE IS TRUTH. THERE IS FICTION. YOU DECIDE. YOU DON’T NEED FAITH … JUST A COMPUTER.” This is what you’ll read in a Website to be launched by Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) on Good Friday, April 14. The Website, http://www.thetruthaboutdavinci.com is dedicated to presenting a factual response to the claims in Dan Brown’s runaway best-seller […]

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 […]

False Prophet: Here We Go Again…

January 3, 2007

Deuteronomy 18:20: But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. Pat Robertson, the Jeane Dixon of evangelicalism, is at it again: he says God told him that there will […]

The Word of God

December 20, 2006

Belgic Confession Article 3 We confess that this Word of God did not come by the impulse of man, but that men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God, as the apostle Peter says (2 Pet 1:21). Thereafter, in His special care for us and our salvation, God commanded His servants, the prophets and […]

The Means By Which We Know God

December 7, 2006

Belgic Confession Article 2 We know him by two means: First, by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe, since that universe is before our eyes like a beautiful book1 in which all creatures, great and small, are as letters to make us ponder the invisible things of God: his eternal power and his […]

That There is Only One God

November 27, 2006

Many Christians wouldn't know what to say when confronted with the question: "What is God" or "Who is God." But we don't have to conjure up vague answers in our mind: the Confession already has a comprehensive one. Let's look briefly at each portion of the Confession's definition of God, and then think about some misconceptions related to that portion.

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