The more nonsense I see emanating from so-called evangelical Christians, the more I despair. On a daily basis we see the faith once delivered by the saints being ripped to pieces by trendy upstarts. And so much of this is
I have been using the term ‘theological correctness’ now for some years, and when I am asked what it means, I say I just made it up, but it refers to the theological equivalent of political correctness. I just googled
It is a good thing the New Testament canon was long ago recognised. I fear that in today’s PC and TC climate, the bulk of churches and leaders would argue that it must not be recognised as divinely inspired Scripture.
What can one say on such occasions? Tragedies like this tend to render us speechless and numb. And that is not a bad thing. Better to meditate, ponder and pray than start immediately pontificating. A week has now passed and
Whenever I am asked where I am coming from theologically, I state that I am an evangelical Christian. However, since not everyone understands that term, it might be worthwhile to ask just what comprises being an evangelical.
There are two quite wrong ways to come to terms with the biblical teaching on the eternal punishment of the lost. One is annihilationism, which says the lost will simply cease to exist after this life. The other is universalism,
One frustrating thing – of many – about the emerging church folks is their deliberate use of ambiguous, unclear, and equivocal writing. They seem to delight in being obscure, vague and all over the place. Thus it is often quite
With a title like this, I have probably attracted about two or three readers. That is because the first term would send many folks racing to a dictionary, while the second term would strike many as being judgmental or intolerant.
Of all the attributes of God, his love is the one most often held up as fully and compellingly expressing who he is. While all the attributes of God are equally important, and while his holiness might also be a
It is a bit risky to speak about God’s justice today, and here I especially have in mind talking to other believers about it. We have had such wishy washy views of God enter our churches that few want to
We live in an age where people seem to want everything to come in a lite version. Because of busyness, or laziness, or what have you, many people are seeking dumbed-down or radically curtailed versions of all sorts of things.
I have written before about the new development known as Chrislam in which some misguided Christians believe they can somehow combine the two religions (Christianity and Islam) and still have something recognisable as the Christian faith. Sorry, but it can’t
I have written about holiness before, and I have written about J.C. Ryle before, but so impressed am I about the man and his writings, that I must revisit these topics again. The English evangelical has left us a great
The Old Testament book of Esther is much loved by many, especially by Jewish readers. For in it we learn about the remarkable preservation of the Jewish people. It is an altogether providential occurrence, although rather oddly, God never gets
The broad issue of God and his providential rule over his creation is a major theological topic. And with yet another national disaster occurring – cyclone Yasi in Queensland – even more questions arise as to God’s relationship to the
This phrase has a neat ring to it, especially to some Protestants. It certainly sounds very spiritual. It is often used as a kind of religious one-upmanship: ‘You have all your creeds and doctrines, but I am a Jesus-Only Christian’
Baker, 2011. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)
There is nothing really new about the new atheists. They simply regurgitate the same old objections which have been levelled against Christianity for centuries now. Indeed, the idea that the Old Testament
It took me less than five seconds to decide whether or not to keep a flyer I found in my mailbox. The 12-pager came from a local Uniting Church, and was full of descriptions about activities it was offering. This