September 21, 2019

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: On Resacramentalizing Evangelicalism

Wednesday with Michael Spencer On Resacramentalizing Evangelicalism Evangelicals have an issue with sacraments. Mention the word to them and they start fidgeting in their seats and thumbing their Bibles. It’s an interesting historical story. A sacrament is something in the physical world that mediates or communicates the presence, power, promises and/or grace of God. Various […]

How We Got the Bible: An Evangelical Scholar Speaks

We’ve talked about (and critiqued) the evangelical view of how we came to have the Bible. I want you to see a video today to show you that I have not given you a caricature of their position. As you watch this, please note how Prof. Grudem completely omits the human side of the process […]

Quotable Quotes: Women in the Church

Welcome to a new occasional series of mine: “Quotable quotes”. I will from time to time pass on some interesting quotes that have been brought to my attention, often as a result of the sermon I watch and hear each week. An argument commonly used by Complementarians is that the church has 2000 years of […]

Where to Draw the Line?

Happy International Women’s Day! The church that I attend has been going through a series entitled “Her Story” which details why it is so important to have women in leadership in the church. The sessions are really worth watching (or listening to if that is your preference). Here is what we have covered so far: […]

What on earth is a “Biblical Worldview”?

About a week ago my cousin Ted drew my attention to an article written by a Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at the University of Oxford. In the article, the author, John Lennox, tells of an experience where “a brilliant scientist [was] trying to bully me into giving up Christianity.” Finding himself at a dinner with […]

It’s 2019 – and I still shake my head at how the church still treats women

It’s 2019 – and I shake my head at how the church still treats women. It’s been… Ninety-nine years since [most] American women got the vote. Ninety-four years since Nellie Ross was elected Governor of Wyoming. Fifty-three years since Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India. Fifty years since Golda Meir became Prime Minister of […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Luther and Today’s Evangelicals

Note from CM: We get back to some posts about the Reformation, which were interrupted by tributes to Eugene Peterson last week. Today, Michael Spencer reminds us of one of contemporary evangelicalism’s genuine flaws — its inability to grasp accurate and complex views of history. Case in point: their simplistic view of Martin Luther. • […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 4 – My Pastor’s not a Heretic… Phew!

Well it’s official. The Gospel Coalition do not consider my Pastor a heretic. I don’t think I would have gotten off so lightly. I haven’t really talked about where I have been attending church the last few years, but what was intended to be a temporary location to place my butt on a Sunday morning […]

Scott Lencke: Can Women Be Church Leaders? The NT Household Codes

Note from CM: Gender issues continue to provoke lively debate within the evangelical churches. Scott Lencke takes up the subject again for us today, reminding us in the process that how one approaches and reads the Bible plays a crucial role in understanding matters like this. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. After reading this, […]

Jonathan Aigner — Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here by Jonathan Aigner It looks like the beginning of the end at Willow Creek. They aren’t saying that, but I feel like that’s what’s happening. If so, good riddance. And you can take the megachurch movement you spawned with you. I’m sorry if I […]