If you have been around any sort of American Evangelical circle in recent years, you know using the word “gospel” to describe nearly every aspect of the Christian life is in vogue. Gospel this, gospel that. Who knew you could make “gospel” an adjective or a verb? There are “gospel issues.” We claim to be… Read More What is the Gospel?
There is an unfortunate misunderstanding among Christians and non-Christians alike that Christianity makes us somehow less human and that our humanity is what we must escape. At its worst this has lead to the Gnostic heresies in the early church and the withdrawal from culture of the fundamentalists in early to mid-twentieth century America. On… Read More Why the Gospel Makes Us More (Not Less) Human
Usually when I read a book, it is pretty good. I like a lot of things that are said and learn a few new things and disagree with a couple of things. Very few books dramatically change the way I think. Currently I am reading Far as the Curse is Found: The Covenant Story of… Read More Yahweh: God’s Personal Name
I was reading through Michael Horton’s book Ordinary, when I was stopped cold by the following words: “We cannot please God as a judge, but we can please Him as our father.” Of course I had known this in my head, but it was not existentially real to me. This book has very little to… Read More Adoption: The Greatest Christian Doctrine
I happen to be in the generation known as the millennials, all of whom seem to be naïve and egotistical enough to think they can save the world. There are more “movements” and non-profits, often based on bad economics, than we know what to do with. We don’t volunteer in nursing homes anymore, because why… Read More You Probably Won’t Change the World and That’s Okay: Finding Beauty and Meaning in the Mundane and Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations as an Ordinary Christian
I recently finished the new book Help My Unbelief by Barnabas Piper, son of famed pastor and author John Piper. I became familiar with Barnabas (we will pretend we are on a first name basis. He responded to a Facebook message I sent him once and he follows me on Twitter) through a podcast that… Read More Embracing the Tension of Faith and Doubt and the God I don’t Understand
I saw on twitter recently a picture that said “we are dust this is true, but we are God’s dust. The dust of glory.” I have noticed a slightly disturbing trend in my wonderful world of Reformdum lately. We do a great job at emphasizing human depravity (which is good and necessary) but a poor… Read More Total Depravity and the Image of God