Fire In The Streets

Douglas R. Groothuis, Fire in the Streets: How You Can Confidently Respond to Incendiary Cultural Topics, (Washington DC, Salem Books), 232 pages. The summer of 2020 was a watershed moment for our culture. If we are honest with ourselves, a lot has changed since then, and very little of it feels as though it has... Continue Reading →

Looking Back to Look Forward

Alexander Solzhenitsyn has been a critical figure for the West for over half a century. We should be aware of at least the outline of his life – his time as a soldier, his political disagreements with the Soviet Union, his artistry, his imprisonment by the Soviet Union in the Siberian gulags, and his exile... Continue Reading →

Letter To My Church On Racism

A friend recently reminded me of this letter I wrote to our congregation in the wake of the protests and death at Charlottesville, VA, 2017. It struck me as something still relevant and important. Letter to LHC After Charlottesville, VA Heather and I have been on vacation trying to “unplug” a bit, but, unfortunately, it... Continue Reading →

Faithfulness In A New Public Square

For a while now, I have been telling anyone who cares to hear that several fundamental shifts are taking place in our culture. The differences that exist between Christians and non-Christians, and even sometimes between professing Christians, are no longer non-political or matters of amicable disagreement. We no longer have the shared values that have... Continue Reading →

Relativism Is Tyranny

You may have noticed a trend when it comes to much of the Left-ward movement of our culture, especially during this year’s Pride Month. The politics and morality of the new sexual and political orthodoxies are, shall we say, inflexible. I believe that what is happening in our culture might have started with ideas we... Continue Reading →

Christianity and Liberalism

J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism, (Moscow ID; Canon Press, 2020), 163 pages. One of the most controversial corners of the evangelical world right now is the place where Christians go to deconstruct their faith. Several former evangelical Christians, some of them well known some of them not, have gone public with their reservations and... Continue Reading →

Pastors in the Public Square

Is the call of God opposed to a Christian or a pastor being a public intellectual? One man on my Facebook page says that calling a pastor a public intellectual is an insult to the call of God. God does not need educated people to speak through them. This is the kind of anti-intellectualism I... Continue Reading →

Biblical Worldview Among Pastors?

A few years ago, I was asked to be part of a brainstorming tour a few of our denominational leaders hosted. The problem that precipitated the tour was the discovery of how few Christians in our pews were biblically literate. Most people who went to church, the study showed, lacked even the basics of biblical... Continue Reading →

Why all the Lies?

In a Start Trek: The Next Generation episode titled, “Chain of Command II,” Picard, captain of the Enterprise, is held captive by a Cardassian inquisitor. Picard is shown four lights and told to say he sees five. Every time he says there are four, he experiences growing levels of torture. The Cardassian torturer hates Picard... Continue Reading →

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