Category Archives: Piety with Excitement

I Feel His Pain

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And I imagine that Boniface could feel mine even though the Tiber separates us. Boniface explains why conservative or traditional Roman Catholics are worried about Pope Francis and the recent public foot washings are just one example. People prone to view conservatives as folks who don’t care for the poor or oppressed, or who think… Read More→

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Why Aren’t More Americans Gospel Allies?

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According to a recent Pew survey: Americans are more religious and Americans are more hopeful about their ability to improve their future than are other wealthy countries. Americans are more prone to think hard work will uplift, to reject thinking that outside forces control their destinies, to be happy and to prioritize religion. Over half… Read More→

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How Inorganic

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Why do pseudo-Calvinists complain so much about mean Calvinists? If you thought much about total depravity in your own life, you might not be in a nice frame of mind during waking hours. Or if you pondered most of the Bible, saw what happens to law breakers or how Christ interacts with the self-righteous, you… Read More→

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Beware the Adverb

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Adverbs usually reveal the subtext. Tim Challies shows why: There is also a kind of symbolic value to paying taxes. By paying taxes we affirm that we understand the intrinsic value of authority. Paying taxes is one very practical way that we prove our obedience to God and prove our understanding of the authority he… Read More→

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Could This Happen in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod?

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Would confessional Lutherans have ever fallen for the Alex Marlarkey story of dying and going to heaven and coming back to life? (Wasn’t the last name a tip-off?) Would confessional Presbyterians be so gullible for that matter? Here’s one account of what happened: Tyndale House Publishers has stopped production of the book and DVD of… Read More→

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Talk about High Expectations

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Forget about WWJD. Be Jesus. In other words, there is more, much more to being a disciple of Jesus Christ than simply trying to imitate him. How dull is that? Instead we’re talking about becoming Jesus Christ alive in the world today. He wants to do more, much more than we can ask or imagine,… Read More→

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The Burden of Being Presbyterian

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From a recent review of Stonewall Jackson’s biography (thanks to our federal capital’s correspondent): Though Jackson’s soldiers were in awe of him, he was a camp-and-battlefield tyrant who arrested and court-martialed subordinates for the slightest disappointment of his expectations. J. William Jones, an army chaplain and biographer of Robert E. Lee, believed that Jackson “probably… Read More→

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What Would John McWhorter Say?

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For one, he might say that this afternoon’s conversation about race, sponsored by the Gospel Coalition, is not really necessary: Despite frequent claims that America “doesn’t want to talk about race,” we talk about it 24/7 amidst ringing declamations against racism on all forms. Over the past year’s time, I need only mention Trayvon Martin,… Read More→

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A New Calvinist becomes a Regular Calvinist

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Danny Hide Hyde may not detect sufficient earnestness, but Todd Pruitt makes clear the limitations of New Calvinist awakenings among the Babdists (which is a big world but for every Southern Baptist Seminary there are three Furmans, four Baylors and six Wake Forests): As I reflect on the past year as a Presbyterian several things… Read More→

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