Six Anti-Church Evangelical Trends (Hughes)

 This is a re-blog from February 2011. As I mentioned a few weeks back, this is a great book: Set Apart by R. Kent Hughes.  I liked his section where he gave six anti-church trends among American evangelicals (found in chapter 10).  Here they are. 1) Hitchhiker Christians:  These people say, “You go to the… Continue reading Six Anti-Church Evangelical Trends (Hughes)

Critical Calvinists and Pride (Hughes, Bridges)

  One thing I've noticed over the years is the fact that some Calvinists are also very critical of others.  I know that some people in general are critical by nature, but to me it seems worse when someone who holds to the doctrines of grace is always super critical about others.  Maybe you've seen it:… Continue reading Critical Calvinists and Pride (Hughes, Bridges)

Culture’s Bipolar View of Violence

 Our culture has a bipolar view of violence.  On the one hand, we are completely against it.  The media is constantly pointing out all the violence in our culture: rape, shootings, homicides, etc.  Our culture is always speaking against these things and the media highlights them as bad news. On the other hand, our culture… Continue reading Culture’s Bipolar View of Violence

Modesty

In the first century, Paul said that Christian women “are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense” (1 Tim. 2:9 HCSB).  Speaking more broadly of sexual purity, all Christians should dress decently and not in a sexually immoral or suggestive way.  Kent Hughes talks about modesty in chapter seven of Set… Continue reading Modesty

Profaning Money

  Kent Hughes’ chapter on materialism and money in Set Apart is a great discussion of Christian stewardship.  In our wealthy Western culture, this is for sure worth thinking about. “Along with this understanding that our money is not our own, we must give it away joyfully.  Theologian Jacques Ellul says that the only way to… Continue reading Profaning Money