[I wrote this for the sake of a discussion with friends. It got longer than I expected.] Every command in Scripture is either a direct explication of natural law, including the general moral principles embedded in the way God has made humanity and the world and related them to each other and Himself, or positive … Continue reading "A Reformed Analysis of Whether Women May be Ministers"
Throughout the ages, Christians have struggled with marriage. More than a few writers and pastors have taught a pretty negative view. For example, in some times and places, people have taught that marriage is basically a sadly necessary control for sexual passion. Sexuality is fundamentally corrupt, they imagine. So God had to find a way … Continue reading "Is It Better to Be Single?"
Christianity doesn’t have the place it once did in the West. This has raised a lot of questions for Christians, particularly those who actually believe in the historic faith. Some people think Christendom was a bad idea to begin with, others think it was good in principle but worked out badly, and still others lament … Continue reading "Christendom and Cross"
In Screwtape’s second letter, he recounts the unfortunate development that the “patient” has become a Christian. We might think of this as their complete defeat. They don’t, however, see it that way. The demons maintain hope that they can destroy this man’s soul. Let’s put the question of eternal security to the side: we might … Continue reading "Screwtape Stings: The Convert's Pride"
A Demonic Adventure A couple weeks ago I read C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters for the second time. If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s an imaginary collection of letters from a demon named Screwtape to his “nephew” Wormwood. Wormwood has the task of destroying his “patient’s” soul, and the experienced Screwtape offers … Continue reading "Screwtape Stings: Lewis' Gut Punches"
In debates about penal substitutionary atonement, one of the occasional charges against the doctrine is that it fails to serve justice. Guilt, some argue, is not transferable. If an innocent man takes the punishment for someone who actually committed a crime, it isn’t justice. The criminal hasn’t paid his due. That the innocent man has … Continue reading "Repentance and Atonement: Making Substitution Work"
[This series is going very long. Here are parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.] The Big Picture (Continued) A New Exodus With Jesus in the grave and the disciples scattered, times looked for dark for God’s people. Indeed, God’s entire plan seemed in disarray. How could God win back the nations? The Messiah was … Continue reading "Story’s End: Eschatology and What the Bible is About, Pt. 6"
The moon landing was a hoax. Chemtrails are poisoning our brains. Roswell is covering up an alien spacecraft. Obama is a secret Muslim. Jet fuel doesn’t melt steel beams. The Illuminati run the world. Everyone knows about conspiracy theories. Most of us don’t believe most of them, of course. (Though most of us do have … Continue reading "The Conspiracy of God"
[This series is going long. Here are parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.] The Big Picture (Continued) The Son of David and the City of David Everything that Jesus was up to led Him to Jerusalem at the climax of His ministry. The royal city of David with the Temple of Yahweh: a fitting destination … Continue reading "Story’s End: Eschatology and What the Bible is About, Pt. 5"
[This series is going long. Here are parts 1, 2, and 3.] The Big Picture (Continued) Jesus Arrives The climactic stage of God’s plan to reclaim the nations from idols finally arrived. By God’s Holy Spirit, the virgin Mary conceived a son. She named Him Jesus, Yahweh saves, for He would save His people from … Continue reading "Story’s End: Eschatology and What the Bible is About, Pt. 4"