The Conduct Our Master Commands (Calvin)

In 1558 John Calvin wrote a letter to Nicholas Zirkinden, a friend of his. Zirkinden had criticized Calvin for being too rigid and severe in his writing and meetings. Calvin admitted that Zirkinden had a point: I confess that I am irritable, and though this vice displeases me, I have not succeeded in curing myself …

Need Some Christian Encouragement? (Carlson)

Need some encouragement in life? Don't look within! Look outside yourself to God's promises and truths. Here's how Lindsey Carlson put it: Encouragement based on self-confidence has produced a world of underencouraged Christians. Our confidence is too often in our own desires and feelings, both of which are subject to change. When our confidence is …

Media, Commercialism, Technology, and Manipulation (Schaeffer)

In 1979 Francis Schaeffer teamed up with U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to write a book that reflected on humanity and the inhumane aspects of our American culture: Whatever Happened to the Human Race? This book is over forty years old. Yes, it is dated in a few ways. But much of it is …

Following Christ through Your University Years (Kruger)

Michael Kruger's new book, Surviving Religion 101, is a book written for Christians going through college. It is no secret that many campuses today in the United States and elsewhere are rather hostile to the claims of Christianity. In fact, it's not uncommon for Christian students to be singled out and ridiculed for their faith …

J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir (A Brief Review)

(Today's post is by Elisabeth Bloechl, a friend who is part of the church family I serve as pastor. You can read her blog over at "Who Am I".) This is a time of increasing tension between Christians and secular culture. More and more Christians (and churches) are either paying homage to secular culture or …

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