Category Archives: Adventures in Church History

Reformation Day Sobriety Test

The Killing (Season 1)

Travels and responsibilities from a former life have taken me to Wheaton College this weekend for the closing public events of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. I directed the place from 1989 to 1993 and learned much from the Institute’s senior directors and many programs. In reflecting on my time at the… Read More→

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Evangelicals and Catholics Sixteenth-Century Style

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Brad Littlejohn reflects on the contribution of Peter Martyr Vermigli and the consequences of the Colloquy of Poissy (among others): One more tantalizing opportunity was to present itself in 1561, however, and Vermigli once again was involved, after an illustrious career through the Protestant centers of northern Europe. In France, a nation that, while devout,… Read More→

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Can We Reach Them (and Can We Afford To)?

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Are sounds of doubt and uncertainty beginning to echo out of the Big Apple? First, Tim Keller writes a book notice on Matthew Bowman’s The Urban Pulpit: New York City and the Fate of Liberal Evangelicalism. Although he sounds confident that New York City now has churches who teach “historic orthodox doctrine” and are “also… Read More→

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How Are You Going to Get them to Read John Mbiti once They’ve Read Ben Carson?

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Ever since Philip Jenkins’ (at least) The Next Christendom, people have found it fashionable to assert that the churches in the Southern Hemisphere are leaving the Christian West in the dust (of death?). The odd thing about this logic is that it missed how much Southern or Global Christianity had learned (for good or ill)… Read More→

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Woman Up

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While love was hoping all things, the BBs have piled on the situation in Houston in a way that raises a number of interesting questions about persecution. Tim Bayly himself insists that the difficulties contemporary Christians confront increasingly resembles what Chicken Little faced: . . . the persecution suffered by Christians in this country is… Read More→

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The Protestant Dilemma Writ Catholic

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Devin Rose thinks he found all the dilemmas that haunt Protestants (and that led him to Rome). But has he along with Jason and the Callers really escaped the thicket of difficulties. On the one hand, having a written basis for determining church teaching really comes in handy (as opposed to the slippery way that… Read More→

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But I Have Stopped Beating My Wife, Really!

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I don’t know which is more annoying, Yankee fans or Christians arguing that their religion is the basis for all good things. Here are a couple recent iterations on Christianity and the West from opposite sides of the Tiber. First, the pastor who would turn the world upside down (even though like it when beverages… Read More→

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Love Hopes All Things

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So I hope the BBs won’t accuse Brian Lee of being a sissy preacher for the way he reacts to the recent news of Houston’s civil magistrates wanting to inspect pastors sermons (don’t you think they are simply doing what Geneva’s city council did to Calvin and the Company of Pastors?): “The city of Houston… Read More→

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If You Invoke Israel, Can You Deny Exile?

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Over at Unam Sanctam, Boniface faces up to the difficulties that now confront the bishops in Rome. Will God let the true church go? He says, of course not and invokes the parable of Isaiah 5:1-7: This is what God means when He says that He gave the vineyard over to grazing. A landowner cannot… Read More→

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