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I read a lot of good books this year. There are also some books published this year that I have heard great things about which I have not yet read. But the following are the ones that rose to the top for me. Book of the Year Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition by Craig Carter Originally...
If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have probably read my previous piece on the Revoice conference. Revoice has been the source of great division in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the denomination in which I serve. That is because although Nate Collins, the conference...
Once again Midway Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Powder Springs, GA will be hosting their annual Reformation Worship Conference in partnership with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. This years’ theme is “Worshipping God’s Way, Not Ours.” I’m planning to attend...
The Revoice conference is over. But we will continue to hear from Revoice, its various speakers and supporters. It is not my goal here to write a point-by-point rebuttal of the many troubling things that were stated in the conference. I have listened to the addresses from Nate Collins and Eve...
I am often asked whether the PCA is liberal or on its way to becoming liberal. I have not been shy about voicing concerns about certain trends in the PCA that, if left uncorrected could lead eventually to a sad undoing. But before addressing any concerns let me be clear on this point: the PCA is...
Dr. Robert Gagnon, author of what is probably the most thorough study available on what the Bible teaches about homosexuality, has written a helpful piece responding to the upcoming Revoice conference being held at Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis (July 26-28). Gagnon writes: "...
“Beloved the objects we look at are distant, and we are near-sighted.” Charles Spurgeon I am a melancholic; a depressive. I am typically rather sad and in some cases deeply sorrowing. I have never required hospitalization for depression or received a diagnosis. But most days I walk...
Thabiti Anyabwile has stirred up a bit of controversy with an op ed published by the Washington Post . In it he makes some rather serious statements concerning fellow evangelicals who differ with him on certain political issues. In the interest of full disclosure, in the 2016 presidential election...
Thabiti Anyabwile has stirred up a bit of controversy with an op ed published by the Washington Post . In it he makes some rather serious statements concerning fellow evangelicals who differ with him on certain political issues. In the interest of full disclosure, in the 2016 presidential election...
It remains to be seen whether the unity displayed at this year's General Assembly represents an ecouraging trend or something fleeting. There are times when I wonder whether our differences are largely pragmatic or whether they represent something more fundamental. If our differences are more...
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America has concluded and there is good news to report. In my last post I lamented the decision of the Overtures Committee of the General Assembly to answer in the negative the overtures presented to make constitutionally binding the solemnization...
Bad news from PCA General Assembly. The overtures seeking to make Book of Church Order 59 (the solemnization of marriage) constitutional were all defeated by the Overtures Committee. It is a sad, sad day for the PCA. There will be a minority report from the OC which will give the assembly the...
There is a great deal of discussion going on among Christians these days about the moral status of homosexuality and homosexual desires. In my own denomination, the PCA, the latest dustup is swirling around the Revoice conference being held in St. Louis at Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA). The...
There is a new and exciting initiative from Scott Swain and Michael Allen of Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando . It is called the Paideia Center for Theological Discipleship . The Paideia Center will offer regional reading groups of classic Christian texts, monthly gatherings , and an annual...
I am not sure if it is possible for me to find anything I care about less than the royal wedding. I care more about how liver is cooked and I don’t eat liver. So I have no interest in the festivities that took place last weekend at Windsor Castle. At least I did not care until brothers in my...
When was the last time you read a book on Patristic exegesis that was a genuine page-turner? If you have not yet had that experience then you must add Craig Carter’s outstanding new book Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition to your reading. The subtitle of Dr. Carter’s book...
Recently Carl delivered two lectures at Reformed Theological Seminary (D.C.) . They are entitled The Road to Nowhere and are well worth your time. Broadly speaking, the subject is how we have become a people for whom the statement "I am a man trapped in a woman's body" makes sense. Or...
Like many, I was troubled by the response from Sovereign Grace Ministries to Rachael Denhollander's stated concerns about their handling of sexual abuse allegations. I was equally troubled by the number of men who forwarded SGM's response along as "thoughtful" and "helpful...
Like many, I was troubled by the response from Sovereign Grace Ministries to Rachael Denhollander's stated concerns about their handling of sexual abuse allegations. I was equally troubled by the number of men who forwarded SGM's response along as "thoughtful" and "helpful...
The media loves a former Christian. Recent years have seen well-known former believers rise to prominence. Some are scholars like Bart Ehrman while others are are more folksy celebrities like Rob Bell and Jenn Hatmaker. Now, Mrs. Hatmaker still maintains that she is Christian. The problem is that...
I have been challenged politely by some and excoriated by others for writing an open letter to Andrew White , the staunch defender of Roe V Wade, PCA Ruling Elder, and candidate for governor of Texas. I have been called divisive and even unchristian by some fellow Teaching Elders for posting the...
Andrew White is a Ruling Elder in a PCA church in Houston, Texas. He is also running for Governor of Texas. He has recently stated his full support for Roe V. Wade the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which made laws prohibiting abortion unconstitutional. In an interview aired on Texas Public Radio Mr...
The Best thing I have ever found on understanding Covenant Theology is Ligon Duncan's lectures from Reformed Theological Seminary. You can listen to them free on ITunes. If you would like to actually understand Covenant Theology you won't find a better explanation...
I will not rehearse the grotesque acts of Larry Nasser. As you probably know by now, Nassar is the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor whose crimes led to his disgraceful end. Today (January 24) he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. It is estimated that...
In a continuing effort to bring to you the voices of those you will likely not hear in the current race "discussion" I pass along an excellent article on the propriety of so-called "Racial Reconciliation" services by Reverend Sam Murrell. Sam Murrell is an Anglican priest living...
Given the profusion of regrettable things being said about race by those who are members of reformed churches like “repent of your whiteness” it is necessary to actively support those whose voices are aggressively marginalized . It does not take much to be marginalized in the current...
On Friday February 16 our friend Carl Trueman will be lecturing at the Washington DC campus of Reformed Theological Seminary . He will deliver two lectures on the subject of "The Road to Nowhere: How Our Understanding of Human Identity Has Changed and Why It Matters." If you are anywhere...
Imagine a man named A. Davis. Mr. Davis is a white nationalist and a former leader in the Nazi Party in the United States. He has had membership or at least close affiliation and sympathy with various domestic terrorist groups. The groups which he defends have been responsible for an array of...
My pick for book of the year… Sanctification by Michael Allen Michael Allen has contributed the third volume in the New Studies in Dogmatics series. It is a feast and my pick for book of the year. I won’t try to describe the book other than to say that Dr. Allen grounds holiness in the...
The first book I read from a Reformed scholar was The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul. It was 1987 and I was a student at a Southern Baptist University. I had no idea what Reformed theology was or what Presbyterians believed. I picked up the book because the title struck me. Also, it was relatively...
Mark Jones has written a review of John Frame’s review of James Dolezal’s fine book entitled All That Is In God . For good reason, Jones is puzzled by some of the statements in Frame’s review. Jones points out the rather uncomfortable fact that some of what Frame writes simply...
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared...
The dreadful condition of the conversation regarding racial reconciliation among evangelicals is a cause for sadness. Within the denomination to which I belong it has become rather toxic. Dissent from the approved narrative is met either with venom or dismissal. For instance I witnessed a black...
I am a conservative law and order sort of guy. I like the idea of giving police officers the benefit of the doubt. I like it when NFL players stand for the National Anthem. But I also believe that conservatives like myself ought to be intellectually consistent. And I am seeing a lot of...
I respect many of those who chose to sign the Nashville Statement. Some of them are friends. And, as I have stated before, I am in agreement with the substance of the document. However, any suggestion that those who drafted and/or signed the Nashville Statement are like John the Baptist is, to...
Just as we predicted on the podcast, signing the Nashville Statement has become a measure of one’s commitment to biblical sexual ethics and gender distinctions. These sorts of things are inevitable. One group drafts a statement and opens it up to signatures with all the right people and...
I had a few spare minutes so I thought I’d ask… Are the Presbyterian members of The Gospel Coalition Board bothered at all by the fact that TGC’s website employs images of Christ? As Presbyterians they have taken sacred vows to uphold and teach according to the Westminster...
On October 12-15 Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, GA will be hosting the Reformation Worship Conference . It promises to be an excellent time of instruction and fellowship. Among the impressive lineup of speakers are Drs. Robert Godfrey, Carl Trueman, Terry Johnson, and T. David Gordon...
I was happy to pass along some links to African American voices we ought to be hearing. But because they will sometimes ask inconvenient questions or come to conclusions not sanctioned by the elites they are slandered and ignored. The voices of these men and women have become all the more important...
It seems that in the Reformed(ish) world there is only one approved narrative regarding race and racial reconciliation. Indeed, any voice which dissents even mildly from the approved message is ignored and/or vilified by the great and the good. Perhaps the recognized white leaders of big reformed(...
Let's face it. Christians in America have suffered enough. We have, for too long, allowed the world to have all the fun. No longer! It is time Christians enjoy the same sorts of creature comforts the world has been enjoying. Mortification of Spin is finally going to do something about this...
On Saturday August 12, 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia was scarred by violence and hatred as white supremacist groups gathered to rally for their cause. Not surprisingly counter-protestors gathered as well. Some of the counter-protests were peaceful. Others were not. The mix led to an inevitable...
You have no doubt heard the term “intersectionality” by now. It is an idea which is sweeping academia and activism (unfortunately one in the same thing now). Oddly it is also beginning to have an influence among evangelicals, even of the broadly reformed stripe. Elizabeth Corey has...
In recent years several major Christian denominations have been dealing with questions related to race and racial reconciliation. Two of the denominations are the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). At the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist...
There are a lot of conversations going on in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) concerning homosexuality and same sex attraction. A division exists which seems only to be growing wider. On the one hand are those who believe that homosexual attraction is inherently sinful. They deny that it is...
During the week of June 12, 2017 the Presbyterian Church in America held its annual General Assembly in Greensboro, NC. The following is my attempt to summarize my thoughts from the week. 1. I continue to be grateful to the Lord for the PCA. I am grateful that the founders of our denomination had...
Once again I am writing from Greensboro, NC and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. Today was the fourth annual Gospel Reformation Network GA luncheon . If you are not familiar with the GRN you can read about it HERE . The speaker for this year’s luncheon was pastor...
I am currently in Greensboro, NC for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. As a denomination we are facing what I believe is a watershed moment. Overture 2 which was submitted by Calvary Presbytery will grant full constitutional status to Book of Church Order (BCO) 59 which...
Let's face it, General Assembly can be spiritually and emotionally taxing. This is especially true when there are disagreements between us as there are this year. God tends to use situations like this to expose the sins in my own heart. It has been a painful but good process. As we approach a...
There is no avoiding the fact that there are deep divisions within the PCA. When “us versus them” language is used routinely it is clear that we have separated into competing camps. That is sad but certainly not unprecedented. These sorts of divisions and competing visions seem to...