Category Archives: Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight

Hard or Soft?

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Yesterday I participated in an ETS panel on The New Calvinism. (Here is one of the presentations. Here is evident of another ETS sighting.) One thing that I kept asking myself and then asked everyone in open discussion was why so few New Calvinists ask hard questions about the movement. People talk a lot about… Read More→

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That Funny Thing You (military) Do

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Is it wrong to be ambivalent about the U.S. military, or at least about the ways that Americans manipulate empathy for soldiers to produce a faux patriotism? A couple of recent incidents rekindled this question (which given its length may need a lot of kindling). During halftime at the Crisler Center at the University of… Read More→

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Piece o’ Cake?

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Not only can Christians put sin to death, they can also take charge of email (and more and more and more). Tim Challies explains how. Here’s point 7 out of 9 on the sin front: #7. BATTLE Battle hard against the first awakenings of that sin. Never, ever allow yourself to play with sin. Never… Read More→

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Is This What A McDonald’s “Chef” Says To Himself?

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That’s the analogy that Kevin DeYoung and Ryan Kelly’s brief for the Gospel Coalition brought to mind. They begin by asking: Should Christians who share many of the most important theological commitments partner across denominational lines for mutual support and collaborative ministry? Are there historical precedents for the kind of gospel networks we see flourishing… Read More→

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Preparation for Worship

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I had to scratch my head after reading this one: Why are you part of a church community? Why are you a member of a church? Why do you go to the public gatherings of the church on Sunday morning? Broadly speaking there can be two reasons: You go for the good of yourself, or… Read More→

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Mark Driscoll is to Ray Rice . . .

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what Tim Keller is to Roger Goodell. At least that’s how TKNY’s quotation in the New York Times story about Driscoll occurred to me: A front-page story in The New York Times on August 23 had suggested that Driscoll’s empire was “imploding.” “He was really important—in the Internet age, Mark Driscoll definitely built up the… Read More→

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Creatures of Habit

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Just watch students over the course of a semester. They have free wills to choose whichever seat they want. After the first week of classes, they have found the seat from which they will not depart for the rest of the semester. It is “his” seat. We have no need for assigned seating. We create… Read More→

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What To Do about Church Law

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If you are worried about antinomianism, then what do you do with those rules and structures that regulate the ministry of the word? In the OPC, for instance, ministers must answer in the affirmative to the following questions (among others): (3) Do you approve of the government, discipline, and worship of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?… Read More→

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