Whether the Southern Baptist Convention decided, on paper, to condemn the “alt right” or not, the black community has packed its bags and moved on from an inhospitable, unwelcoming American Christianity. Anyone who really has their feet or at least their ear to the streets clearly understands that the climate has changed dramatically over the […]
Kevin DeYoung’s brave piece “Stop the Revolution. Join the Plodders” gained considerable attention, but not nearly as much discerning pushback from Reformed folk as it should have. I need to say a few words about it, especially because it concerns a very careless, but common, fallacy that destroys the true meaning and mission of this thing […]
The tyranny of the Welfare States we currently live under (throughout the world, but the West especially) is a direct outfall of “two-kingdoms” style theology. By setting up a false division between heavenly and secular matters, the Church has consistently mismanaged its wealth and abdicated its social responsibilities. Then, when the poor—even the poor within the Church—come into need, they are told, or it is assumed, that their needs shall be met by the civil order (which is presumably not Christian, or quasi-Christian at best). How’s it look for Christian charity when the Christians direct their own to the pagans for charity? And when the pagans got their funds through theft to begin with?
It is entirely possible for the church to look alive, but be dead. It may have all the appearance, sound, and praise of a living church. It may have outreach and programs. Yet, it may be dead, and that death may show in what it avoids, deemphasizes, or neglects—or especially when it starts chastising […]
In his book on New School Presbyterianism, George Marsden cites American historian Stanley Elkins on one reason America failed to end slavery peacefully: Elkins suggests that one of the causes of the failure of Americans to resolve the sectional crisis peacefully was a breakdown of effective national institutions, including the churches. Evangelical reformers, Elkins further […]