As we know from the stories in Scripture and the stories in church history, the gospel is often not well received. The apostle Paul did say that some view the gospel as foolishness. For others, the gospel is a stumbling block (1 Cor. 1:18-25). Sometimes people will get defensive, upset, and angry when they hear… Continue reading The “Countercultural Strangeness” of the Gospel
It's no secret that our culture's leading and loudest voices refuse to call evil what it is. Killing a baby in the womb is called a choice. Hostile rioting and violent looting are called protesting. Sexual sins are called rights. Vicious and murderous words on social media are called freedom of speech. And the list… Continue reading When Evil is Cool (Guinness)
I've been working through Exiles on Mission by Paul Williams. So far I'm enjoying it - it's getting me to think about living as Christians in a post-Christian context. I don't agree with everything I've read, but it is surely a good resource on this topic. Here's a paragraph I read this morning that I marked… Continue reading Exiles in a Post-Christian Society (Williams)
As many of our readers know, I (Shane) always enjoy reading Os Guinness. One of his books that stands out for me is The Last Christian on Earth (the original 1983 title was The Gravedigger File). This book is something like C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters - only better in my opinion because it deals… Continue reading Operation Gravedigger (Guinness)
I’m very skeptical about “Christian” patriarchy and the Family Integrated Church movement for biblical and (Reformed) theological reasons. I’m also skeptical of these things for social (or sociological) reasons. I agree with many of the points made by the authors of Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life. Here’s an excerpt from… Continue reading Masculinity and Family Values: The Cure to Society’s Ills?