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Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Have Testimonies in Worship

May 23, 2013
Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Have Testimonies in Worship

Testimonies are popular because preaching Christ and the gospel has become not just unnecessary, but "boring" to many evangelicals.

“Tongues are a Sign Not for Believers” (1 Corinthians 14:21-22)

September 10, 2008
“Tongues are a Sign Not for Believers” (1 Corinthians 14:21-22)

There is no doubt then that Paul was also connecting the phenomenon of tongue-speaking in the church in Corinth to Moses' prophecy of an invasion by "a nation whose language you do not understand." He understood the double fulfillment of this prophecy in...

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?

Sin: according to the Pope, Osteen, Warren

March 21, 2008

I wonder how Joel Osteen and Rick Warren preach the death and resurrection of Christ without mentioning sin, God's wrath, and judgment. Here are some quotes from USA Today:

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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