Consumer Sex and the Crumbling of Society

For quite a few years Jennifer Morse has been saying that if sex is separated from man-and-wife marriage, committed relationships, and procreation, and if it is reduced to a consumer product, it will lead to the weakening of a free society.  One of the places she argues this point is in her 2005 book, Smart… Continue reading Consumer Sex and the Crumbling of Society

Jesus and the Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama lived around 2,500 years ago in the area that today is called India and Nepal.  The story goes that Gautama was a very wealthy man who became disillusioned with temporary happiness.  He tried asceticism, but didn’t find happiness in it.  Then one day he was meditating beneath a tree where he purged his… Continue reading Jesus and the Buddha

The Church’s Collapse Into Worldliness

Quite often a church’s quest for relevance ends up in unfaithfulness to Christ and his Word.  In Os Guinness’ terms, it is a “collapse into worldliness.”  The question is, how does this happen?  Guinness gives four steps of this downward spiral that starts with a desire for relevance and ends in unfaithfulness.  (Note: I’ve edited… Continue reading The Church’s Collapse Into Worldliness

What Confessions Are…and Are Not

God Transcendent is a collection of some sermons preached by J. Gresham Machen in the 1920's and 1930's.  It is really a gem; priced at under $10, it is a solid addition to any Reformed library.  Anyway, one message in this book that stuck out for me was the one called "The Creeds and Doctrinal… Continue reading What Confessions Are…and Are Not

Christian Missions: The Message

 In 1933 J. G. Machen gave a brief radio address called "The Christian View of Missions" (the manuscript is found in his Selected Shorter Writings).  In this address he mentioned the biblical truth of God's wrath against sin.  As the Christian church continues to go forth and make disciples of all nations, this is a good note… Continue reading Christian Missions: The Message