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  • Mark Snoeberger - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 7:42am
    Over the years, dispensationalists have been called antinomian for many reasons. Mostly it’s been because of our tension with the so-called “third use” of the Mosaic Law: the appeal specifically to the Decalogue to inform Christian righteousness. Most Dispensationalists argue that the Mosaic Law in its entirety has been set aside and a new law... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Fri, 06/26/2020 - 8:25am
    Last week I published a short post, encouraging this blog’s readers to pick up a recently released book, Gentle and Lowly. This post will highlight some particularly helpful elements of the book. Before doing so, it would be helpful to express the book’s structure. There are twenty-three short chapters, each is a brief analysis of... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Fri, 06/19/2020 - 8:07am
    As Democrats in the Senate yesterday sought to pass the Equality Act (which would remove some key current protections for religious organizations), Denny Burk highlighted an important point in our culture’s current clash between Christians and those pushing the LGBTQ agenda. Burk pointed to the continued fulfillment of a statement from Robert George six years... Read More
  • Tim Miller - Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:59pm
    C. S. Lewis warned us of chronological snobbery, the natural proclivity to see the newest book as inherently better. Lewis rightly saw that ancient authors often view the world differently than us. By reading their words, we may enter into the way they view the world, often revealing our blindness. But every once in a... Read More
  • Ben Edwards - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 9:39am
    In Monday’s edition of the Briefing, Al Mohler spent some time discussing a recent letter signed by over 1,000 health professionals. One of the letter writers shared the reasoning for crafting the letter as follows: “We created the letter in response to emerging narratives that seemed to malign demonstrations as risky for the public health... Read More
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Religious Affections (about)

  • Jon Pratt and Emmanuel Malone - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:02pm
    Jon Pratt and Emmanuel Malone We welcome back Emmanuel Malone as he answers three more race-related questions with the goal of seeking understanding in regard to race relations and the church. Q: As a part of the majority culture, how do White Christians display racist attitudes toward minorities, particularly Black Americans? A: A resounding argument […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 07/08/2020 - 7:00am
    Our task as churches is to make disciples, and this happens when we use the Word of God to shape the minds and hearts of believers in our congregations. This recognition highlights the significance of corporate worship as one of the primary means through which God forms us into mature disciple-worshipers. Yet because modern Christianity […]
  • David de Bruyn - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 5:48am
    The discussion of beauty among Christians is often stymied before it starts. Some of this is due to a long-standing suspicion towards philosophy felt by many Christians. From Tertullian’s “What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?” to Luther’s denunciation of the Scholastics to evangelicalism’s embrace of Common Sense Realism, there is some considerable water under […]
  • Jon Pratt - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 3:00pm
    Jon Pratt In the most recent Nick of Time essay, Kevin Bauder introduced the subject of race relations based upon a recent conversation he had with his African-American friend, Simon. Kevin ended his article by posing two questions: 1) What should we do with the perceptions that Black Americans have? and 2) What does the […]
  • Scott Aniol - Wed, 07/01/2020 - 7:29am
    Every church has as its mission the making of disciples, but how does that happen? Two weeks ago I made the point that while such discipleship certainly involves teaching truth to the mind, that is not enough since discipleship is more than data transmission. Last week I supported this claim by looking at Scripture itself, […]
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Thoughts on Theology (about)

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Stuff Out Loud

  • Mon, 07/06/2020 - 2:08pm
    I am pro-choice. I have been this way for a very long time and I am tired of those who want to use the power of government to prevent choice. Of course, I mean the choice to drink Coke over Pepsi, though some of you will make the wrong decision. I mean the choice to eat Chinese over Mexican. I mean the choice to drive a car or an SUV or a truck. No one should be trying to take that choice away from you.

    But I go further than that. I believe in choice for women. I think a woman should be in control of her own body. No one should force a woman in to some sort of act against her will. It should be her choice whether to engage in a intimate relationship with another person. I believe a woman should be free to consult with her doctor about her medical conditions and about the best treatment for them. I believe a woman has the right over her own body, to choose from a great number of options.

    "But, but, but," you say, "That's not what people mean when they talk about 'pro-choice.'"

    I agree. And that is why I don't use the term "pro-choice" to describe my position. It is loaded with cultural meaning that I do not subscribe to and in fact that I vehemently...
  • Sat, 06/06/2020 - 6:18am

    The current situation of a national health crisis combined with government mandates about public meetings have created an interesting situation. In recent days, the issue has been complicated and exacerbated by racial tension and rioting in the wake of the George Floyd death.
    Most of the basic facts are known, so I won’t rehearse those here. What I would like to do it lay out a brief outline of issues related to this situation as it relates to the church.
    Most states issued some sort of shutdown orders that included churches. Churches typically took one of three responses, two of which look very similar. Some churches continued to meet in defiance of the orders. Some churches stopped public meetings out of concern for public safety and community testimony. Some churches stopped public meetings in order to comply with government orders.
    What should the church have done? Was this a time for civil disobedience? Should the church have “honored the king” and submitted to the governing authority in line with 1 Peter 2 and Romans 13? Or should the church have obeyed God rather than man in line with Acts 5?
    Among those who claimed we should obey the government,...
  • Mon, 05/25/2020 - 6:42am
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place, and in the sky,
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the dead; short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe!
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high!
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.John McCrae

Institute for Nouthetic Studies Blog (about)

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ChurchWorksMedia Blog (about)

  • Chris Anderson - Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:46am

    I have led a lot of funeral services during my twenty-plus years of ministry. Each one is painful and beautiful in its own way. Each one gives a unique opportunity to comfort the family, honor the deceased, and preach the gospel. But the service I led this last Sunday was an unusual one. It was […]

    The post My First Stillborn Memorial Service appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:49am

    As if our country weren’t facing enough challenges with COVID-19 and the economic downturn it caused, racial tensions have again erupted. I say “again,” because they never completely disappear, and perhaps they won’t on this side of heaven; they just retreat for a time until another event causes them to boil over. Watching the needless […]

    The post Grace > Race appeared first on Church Works Media.

  • Chris Anderson - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:08am

    This reading by Chris Anderson comes from Gospel Meditations for Fathers (Day 16), but it’s fitting for all Christians—perhaps especially church leaders—as we try to emerge from quarantine with our varied opinions, consciences, and fears. Read Matthew 11:25–12:21  “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy […]

    The post The Virtue of Gentleness appeared first on Church Works Media.

Strength for Today (about)

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By Faith We Understand (about)

  • Mark Ward - Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:17am

    The following was written as an appendix to the audio version of Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible. But there’s a longer story: I sent Dr. Jeff Riddle a review copy of my book, and he submitted a review to a theological journal but kindly sent it to me as well (or first—I do not now recall). I suggested a back-and-forth, a review and response in the journal. Brother Riddle liked the idea, and so did the journal’s book review editor. I spent many hours on my response—especially on shortening it after discovering that it was initially far too long! I sent it in, and the book review editor liked it. But the top editor at the journal felt the debate was too touchy for his readership, and he declined to publish either piece. Riddle ended up sending his piece to the Bible League Quarterly (you can read it here at Riddle’s blog). I ended up using my response in the Authorized audio book...

  • Mark Ward - Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:54am

    Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by Alex Berenson

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    For every book there is an equal and opposite book. I read Smoke Signals by Martin Lee in preparation for my own small coauthored book, Can I Smoke Pot? Marijuana in Light of Scripture (Cruciform, 2016). I wish Berenson’s excellent book, Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, had been available then. It was, like Smoke Signals, journalistic in tone and therefore accessible to a non-specialist like me. But what can I say? Unlike Smoke Signals, I found Tell Your Children...

  • Mark Ward - Wed, 04/29/2020 - 6:35pm

    A story in pictures. Because this new ESV Bible—the ESV Heirloom Single Column Personal Size Bible—needs only a one-word review: exquisite.

    Bloggers write words when none are needed, however, because the word-count of the internet is not yet full—so I will oblige with some more words.

    The slip case with velvet wrapping up the Bible is exquisite.

    The gilt embossing is exquisite.

    The goatskin is exquisite. Mmm.

    The gilt page edges are exquisite.

    The single-column, paragraphed layout is, um, you guessed it.

    The Bible stands.

    The type (the excellent Lexicon) is exquisite, and the line-matching and bright paper commend it well.

    The headings are helpful and elegant. I believe in the value and importance of these ESV headings even more now that I have had to write headings for a commentary project.

    The paragraphing and page layout are careful and helpful. They are the exquisite culmination of centuries of tradition combined with the power of...

  • Mark Ward - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:25am

    I have now completed a video series working through Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible—one video per chapter.

  • Mark Ward - Sun, 03/22/2020 - 1:31am

    I recently read a promoter of exclusive use of the King James Version who argued that if anyone has trouble understanding KJV English, they can just go to Matthew Henry’s commentary for all the explanations they need.

    I was skeptical. I still am. It’s just not the job or the concern of a turn-of-the-18th-century commentator to help turn-of-the-twenty-first-century readers understand turn-of-the-17th-century English words that have either died or changed in the last 400 years.

    So I checked one of my false friends passages, Romans 5:8—and sure enough… If you know what you’re looking for, Henry nails it. 1) If you realize you don’t understand the word “commend,” and 2) if you realize that Henry’s use of the word commend is putting on display his knowledge of 17th century English, you’ll hear Henry explain the word to you.

    So stop: what does commend mean in Roman 5:8 in the KJV?

    But God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    Ask ten redheaded Christians what that word means in that context, and I think eight of them will tell you it means “demonstrates...

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