Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America

Here's a helpful resource to for studying and understanding the history of Presbyterian and Reformed churches in America: Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America (ed. D. G. Hart and Mark Noll). It's a three hundred page dictionary that includes articles on important people, events, doctrines, and denominations of Reformed and Presbyterian churches… Continue reading Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America

Evangelicalism’s Popes (Lints)

(This is a slightly edited re-post from December, 2015) It’s ironic and humorous when Christians mock or discredit creeds and confessions while at the same time firmly attaching themselves to some well-known preacher, podcaster, or blogger. Many Christians who are anti-creed are pro-celebrity pastor. This anti-confessional and pro-popular leader mindset is not new. It was… Continue reading Evangelicalism’s Popes (Lints)

The Bible and America’s Founding Fathers

Many of us have heard the argument that America needs to get back to its biblical (or Christian) roots which our founding fathers established.  But it isn’t quite that simple.  We have to ask this twofold question: what did our founding fathers think about the Bible and about Christianity? Noll, Hatch, and Marsden answer it… Continue reading The Bible and America’s Founding Fathers

The Impossibility of Returning to ‘Christian’ America

A few days ago I promised to return to this outstanding book: The Search for Christian America.  Here are a few paragraphs from the latter part of the book.  These words will be a tough read for those of us schooled with textbooks that exaggerated the “Christian” influence in America’s formative years.  I’m still amazed… Continue reading The Impossibility of Returning to ‘Christian’ America

The (Futile?) Search for Christian America

Here’s a book that deserves to be brought back into our discussions and onto our reading lists: The Search for Christian America by Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch, and George Marsden.  It was first published in 1983 and then expanded in 1989.  But the message is completely relevant for Christians today. Here are some questions the… Continue reading The (Futile?) Search for Christian America