Category Archives: Evangelicalism

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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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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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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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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Neutrality Beach

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Anthony Esolen gives shelter and clothing to neo-Calvinists in his piece opposing neutrality in matters of public life. As we so often here, it’s impossible: On the impossibility: consider the effects of a permission that radically alters the nature of the context in which the action is permitted. We might call this the Nude Beach… Read More→

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What Does It Profit a Lineman if He Preserves His ACL and Loses His Soul?

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If you want to know what it was like living under King Manasseh, consider the following: evangelical Protestants are more worried about football’s effects on breaking bones than they are about football players breaking God’s law. One of the amazing accounts of Israel’s sorry history is the reform effort of King Josiah. Don’t get me… Read More→

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Does W-w Lack Nuance?

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While paranoid observers are still trying to sort out whether “bless you” is permitted in certain classes at the College of Coastal Georgia, evangelicals are upset about Vanderbilt’s decision to prohibit campus organizations from establishing their own standards for student leadership. Matthew Lee Anderson has come to the following realization in the light of increasing… Read More→

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Are the New Calvinists Green or On Fire?

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Tim Challies engages in a bit of introspection after the most recent kerfuffle surrounding Mark Driscoll. Challies concedes that a problem for the young sovereigntists was their lack of maturity. They were not mature or settled: Bear with me as I artificially divide Driscoll’s ministry into three parts: theology (what he said), practice (how he… Read More→

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