Category Archives: Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight

The Un-Christian Option

A Man for All Seasons Paul Scofield

The maker of the videos producing so much outrage about Planned Parenthood conducted an interview with Christianity Today. Among the statements made: How did you get people to talk to you? There have been other undercover videos about Planned Parenthood in the past, so you would think they’d be more skeptical. It’s reasonable to think… Read More→

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Politics of Inclusion

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Matt Tuininga calls for the gospel politics of inclusion even while excluding some — ahem — from the Reformed camp. But let’s not go there. Let’s go instead to an apparent confusion of categories that invariably happens when you make the gospel (Jesus Christ died for sinners, there’s not one square inch, man’s chief end… Read More→

Also posted in Being Human, Book of Nature, Neo-Calvinism, Novus Ordo Seclorum | Tagged , , , , , | 39 Responses

Not Universal, Parochial

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Ines San Martin thinks that local circumstances may affect papal interpretation/teaching: Just as Pope St. John Paul II’s papacy was shaped by Poland’s experience under communism, and Benedict XVI’s by Western European concerns such as relativism and secularism, Francis’ pontificate is defined in large part by the problems he encountered over several decades as a… Read More→

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Rev. Kev, Bring ‘Em Home

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Kevin DeYoung, on the threshold of becoming Presbyterian, lists 10 reasons he is thankful for the PCA. The last one goes like this: 10. Opportunity. The PCA is a young denomination. I’ve moved from the oldest Protestant denomination in the country to one of the newest. There are always challenges that come with youth (who… Read More→

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Trending: Counter-Cultural, TKNY

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If the Gospel Allies have this much trouble interpreting their council members, how reliable are they on matters more important? Dan Olson (thanks to our southern correspondent) tries to raise funds for The Gospel Coalition by trying to portray Tim Keller and Redeemer NYC as one of the better examples of the Benedict Option: The… Read More→

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Troubling

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Rod Dreher continues to acquire material for his next book — the one on the Benedict Option. (Make that Benedictine Option and I’m there — like yesterday.) And he posts this from a Protestant pastor who supports the notion of some kind of cultural resistance: I just wanted to let you know that your writings… Read More→

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Al Mohler To the Rescue

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I have often thought of the PCA as Southern Baptists who sometimes baptize infants. The autonomy of PCA congregations, the convention-like atmosphere of the General Assembly, and the original southerness of the PCA are reasons for the comparison. To be fair, the OPC is likely the Presbyterian equivalent of Reformed Baptists. Our assemblies work twelve… Read More→

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How Others See U.S.

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They sound a lot like U.S. The Good: America is a blessed nation. Visiting New York and seeing Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is a great reminder of how much blessing has been brought to and through America. For many decades, with all its faults, the USA has been a bastion of liberty… Read More→

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The Gospel According to Mark

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No Mary immaculately conceived, no gospel: In light of the Incarnation, it is profoundly mistaken to think that humanity is necessarily or naturally sinful. It isn’t. Sin is normal, but never natural. Nature is not corrupt; corruption is corrupt. Sin is precisely what is contrary to our human nature. It is damage to nature, not… Read More→

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What’s Missing?

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The visible church, preaching, worship, and the Lord’s Day, for starters. These are what are missing from a summary of “Reformed-Evangelical” spirituality from Peter Adam (lots of redemptive historical heft there) via Justin Taylor: Christ is the mediator of the revelation of God, so this spirituality is Christ-centred, responding with faith in Jesus Christ, and… Read More→

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