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 →

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 →

Is it Deconstruction?

One of the more dynamic corners of the evangelical world right now can be found by searching for the hashtag, #deconstruction. Over the past few years a few relatively famous Christians have announced that they are deconstructing their faith or have left the faith altogether as a result of the process. A tour through the... Continue Reading →

The IRS Weighs In

The last four to five years have been tumultuous for Christians and their politics. As much as any time in my adult life, Christians have argued about the dynamic of holding to the Christian faith and voting one way or another. Taken to another level, we have watched the tendency of Christians of different theological... Continue Reading →

An Incarnated Church

On the Primacy of Embodiment, Against the Online Instructors is a wonderful essay at The Public Discourse. It deals head-on with the clear shortcomings of online education from the point of view of human nature. We have known for a long time that long term disembodied education is not only a disservice to both teacher... Continue Reading →

Leaving False Teaching

When the Old Testament nation of Judah split into two kingdoms, the fallout included more than just a split of kings and courts. It involved a split of priests and worship as well. Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, was far from a righteous king, but he did keep the Temple in Jerusalem and worship to... Continue Reading →

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