The Perils of Contextualization

February 5, 2009

"As a result, many American pastors, missionaries, and evangelists today may know more about their target market than they do about the 'one Lord, one faith, and one baptism' that they share with the prophets and the apostles, the church fathers and reformers, or their brothers and sisters in China, Malawi, and Russia." - Dr. Michael Horton, Modern Reformation Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009.

Great Commission “Fulfilled” in 2010s?

January 28, 2009

Dr. Scott Clark asks, "Really? How would anyone know? What constitutes “fulfilling” the Great Commission?" It seems that some people like Douglass have special knowledge (gnosis) of God's eternal mind and plan.

Christless Christianity – a Smorgasbord

January 13, 2009

Many people are now "their own theologian-in-residence," and embrace an "unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs," mixing eclectic and syncretistic Christian and non-Christian views. Feelings and emotions are now king, while preaching and Bible study are disliked, resulting in even more Biblical illiteracy.

The Lost Thousand Years

January 9, 2009
The Lost Thousand Years

The Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matt 25:31-46) gives the clearest evidence of a single, general resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. "When the Son of Man comes in his glory" together with all his angels, he will sit on his judgment throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, the righteous sheep on his right, the cursed goats on his left. Where's the millennium in this text?

A trilogy of Christian false witness (Updated)

December 15, 2008

Having been a teen when the peace emblem became a symbol of the hippies and the peace movement, I searched the Internet for clues on its origin. And while sleuthing about the peace symbol, I also "snoped" around regarding a couple more "Christian" myths: the Eagles' mysterious "Hotel California" and Procter & Gamble's infamous "man in the moon" logo. Here's what I found.

Are We Living in the “Last Days”?

December 12, 2008
Are We Living in the “Last Days”?

"We are the generation that will see the end times... and the return of Jesus," Hal Lindsey wrote in the 1980's. Like all false prophets dating back 2,000 years ago, from Montanus (150) to Melchior Hoffman (1533) to William Miller (1843-4), all of the current false prophets believe that ours is the "terminal generation."

What’s common between U. S. military prisons and churches? (updated in comments)

December 10, 2008

CBSNews.com reports that U. S. military detention centers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay systematically used loud music on hundreds of suspected terrorist detainees. The tactic was designed "to create fear, disorient ... and prolong capture shock." What does this have to do with churches?

The Tragic Aftermath of the First Protestant Thanksgiving Service

November 27, 2008

In 1564, a group of French Protestants (Huguenots), in order to flee persecution by French Catholics, landed near present-day Jacksonville, Florida, and set a day of Thanksgiving on June 30, 1564. Their leader, René de Laudonniere wrote, "We sang a psalm of Thanksgiving unto God, beseeching Him that it would please Him to continue His accustomed goodness towards us." Whether there was a Thanksgiving fellowship meal afterwards is not known; what is known are the tragic events that followed this joyful Thanksgiving service.

Philip Yancey’s Three Marks of a “Healthy” Church: Way Off the Mark

November 20, 2008

In contrast to Philip Yancey's three qualities of an "alive" and "healthy" church - diversity, unity and mission - are the three marks of a true church - gospel, sacraments, church discipline - set forth by the Protestant Reformers.

Christless Christianity News Bytes

November 15, 2008

In his new book "Christless Christianity," Dr. Michael Horton says, "Jesus has been dressed up as a corporate CEO, life coach, culture-warrior, political revolutionary, philosopher, copilot, cosufferer, moral example, and partner in fulfilling our personal and social dreams," but rarely as the crucified and resurrected Redeemer of a powerless people dead in sin.

Waldensians: Medieval Reformers

October 31, 2008

Who were these Waldensians who, with their small numbers and poverty, defied powerful Rome for five centuries with their firm and clear message of living the Christian faith only according to God's Word? Who were these faithful believers who would put today's evangelicals, with their gospel of prosperity and happy-clappy worship, to horrible shame?

Rock Bands as Holy Spirit

October 20, 2008

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently weighed in again, this time with a profound thought that "Beatles songs are as likely to explain Christianity as the Bible." Essentially equating rock bands with the Holy Spirit, he says, "They [rock music] are able to open our imagination to a way of thinking about God that we've become deaf to in church language."

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