Category Archives: Adventures in Church History

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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Imagine if Protestants Had Received Such a Hearing

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A report from the early days of the Synod in Rome: The first days of discussions at the global meeting of Catholic bishops have focused partly on how to change “harsh language” used by the church in discussing family life and on acknowledging that people grow in faith slowly, according to Vatican observers of the… Read More→

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What Must I Do to be Left Behind from Evangelicalism?

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I have long complained that evangelicalism is one of those associations from which it is impossible to extricate yourself. Ron Wells, one of the editors of The Reformed Journal, used to joke that he would be glad to return his evangelical membership card but didn’t know where to send it. The bigger joke may have… Read More→

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Calvinism without Charisma

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Donald McLeod makes astute observations about the real danger of the so-called New Calvinism: it is clueless about worship. McLeod writes (thanks to our southern correspondent): . . . just as the grey squirrel threatens our native reds with extinction, so this brash New Calvinism threatens our historic Scottish Calvinism. It will eat us up,… Read More→

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A Pastor on the Verge

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In my few interactions with David Robertson, I have noticed that he does not suffer fools patiently. He also seems to have a patronizing attitude toward Christianity in the United States. Nothing wrong with either of these outlooks, but I do wonder if he sometimes hears himself. For instance, he has been a defender of… Read More→

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