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A Thanksgiving of Fasting and Oysters

November 20, 2007

“Imagine a Thanksgiving Day without Pilgrims. No turkey, no cranberries, no happy celebrations with family and friends crammed around the extended dining-room table. Picture this instead: a solemn day of fasting, meditation and introspection, followed by a light meal of roasted oysters or Virginia ham.”

“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 […]

Hall of Heretic Hucksters (Updated)

November 6, 2007

“CBS News has learned Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, is investigating six prominent televangelist ministries for possible financial misconduct.” Christianity Today also has a report on this investigation. The six hucksters being investigated for “improperly using their tax-exempt status as churches to shield lavish lifestyles” are Paula […]

“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, […]

God’s Friday

April 6, 2007
God’s Friday

"Good Friday" is a national holiday in the Philippines. Ever wondered why this day, a commemoration of the Lord's crucifixion c. A.D. 33, is paradoxically called "Good"? Some say it comes from the German "Gottes Freitag," which means "God’s Friday..."

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 […]

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 […]

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