[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"
Few topics are as controversial as politics. For Christians in particular, we sometimes argue almost as much about how, or even whether, we should be involved in politics as we do any specific views. Some Christians think that we need to fight political battles to stand up for the Bible. To others, politics is a … Continue reading "The Two Kingdoms and Christian Politics: 5 Keys"
Yesterday, on the r/Reformed subreddit, I was given the opportunity to participate in a debate on one of my favorite idiosyncratic topics: is regeneration new to the New Covenant? I depart from the standard Reformed view by saying it is. So for anyone who may, for some reason, be interested in my initial argument, I’m … Continue reading "Was There Regeneration before the New Covenant?"
Chaos and a Gaping Hole Once upon a time, evangelical Christians were all against the LGBT movement. Times have changed quite a bit. Every day you can find another evangelical convert to the new view. The idea that there’s no real conflict between Christianity and LGBT practice is constantly gaining ground in circles that otherwise … Continue reading "Natural Law and Sexual Amnesia"
Intro: The Latest Battle in the Social Justice Wars Once more the evangelical sphere of the Internet is on fire. As with many recent kerfluffles, this one is about social justice. I’ve not said much about the social justice movement so far. I’ve posted a little bit, as some may remember. But I’ve largely stayed … Continue reading "Regarding the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel"
I have had some interesting discussions lately pertaining to the topic of Christian pacifism. By this, I mean the view that Jesus requires that all Christians forsake all violence in all (or nearly all) circumstances. This can include self-defense, defending others, participating in the coercive power of government, and military service. Now, depending on your … Continue reading "In Opposition to Christian Pacifism"
“Law” is a funny word. It’s one of those words that can be used in a lot of ways that sound fairly similar but really mean something deeply different. If you think much about topics like theonomy, theocracy, the Torah, Christian ethics, objective morality, and all the like, it becomes clear that a lot of … Continue reading "Mental Tools for the Toolshed: Distinguishing Types of Law"
This is something that I wrote elsewhere but thought would be good to share here. Are we mindless robots? We self-evidently have mind, so we can’t be mindless strictly. Also, our minds play a role in the exercise of will. We are differentiated from robots in a number of ways, but the existence of subjective … Continue reading "A Brief Q&A on Free Will"
The Evangelical Justice Movement and the Whole-Life Movement In my first post on the contemporary evangelical justice movement (which I dub EJM), I explained that I am skeptical. Justice is important, sure. And lots of what EJM is fired up about are serious issues. But I doubt that much of EJM possess wisdom. I think … Continue reading "Cautioning the Evangelical Justice Movement: Will the Real Pro-Lifers Please Stand Up? (Part 2)"
My Purpose in Writing Due Compliments First First things first: justice is extremely important to Christianity. The Gospel is fundamentally a declaration of God’s saving justice revealed in Jesus Christ. This justice will also involve Christ’s visible rule over the nations. He will bring them to reflect heaven as increasingly just and Christian societies. So … Continue reading "Cautioning the Evangelical Justice Movement: Justice and Gospel (Part 1)"