Ghost Churches

Introduction A new term in ecclesial nomenclature is “ghosting.” It denotes church members’ dropping out of their congregations without informing their church leadership, simply disappearing. In our age that increasingly…

The Creed of Leftism

1. There are no absolute, transcendent standards for this world and, therefore, humanity must create them. 2. The central standard humanity must create is the widest possible human autonomy. There…

Gospel or Salvation?

Many Christians calls themselves “evangelical,” but actually they’re soterians. They’re not Gospel Christians, but soteriological Christians. These two aren’t the same. Read the article here.

Let the Right One In

“If we open our heart to the ungodly, we are opening our heart to ungodliness. It is impossible to separate the person from his moral condition, as much as we…

The Un-Toned-Down Gospel

First-century apostate Judaism and the ancient Roman Empire did not feel threatened by a theological interpretation of the death of Jesus Christ, vital though it is to the health of…

We’re All Progressives Now

“One of the leading 20th century Christian philosophers to have outlined the development of progressivism is Augusto Del Noce. He declares that progressivism can be identified by the ‘today it is no…

The 2020 Political Victory

“The 1619 Project and BLM are right — you must get rid of the United States as we’ve known it to produce ‘The Good [i.e., Godless] Society.’” Read the article…

CCL November 7 Symposium

2020 Vision for a Blurry Year Topics: The upsides of a downside year Presidential election as chaos The political ideology of the COVID-19 drama Cultural Marxists in the streets The…

Our Promissory God

Several decades ago a Canadian schoolteacher Everett Storms read the Bible through 27 times specifically counting God’s promises. The number he came up with is 7,487. We might dis‐ pute…

The Actual Culture War, October, 2020

Today’s progressives are in line with Marx’s vision…. They support radical egalitarianism in family and church and the wider society, because God’s order is based on benevolent hierarchies. They start…

What Whites Owe Blacks

Fledgling editor Timothy Dalrymple of Christianity Today (Astray?) has called for the evangelical church to pay blacks reparations for the Unites States’ history of slavery and 19th century ministers’ defense…

The Cultural Tail Wags the Political Dog

“Politics is downstream from culture.” To my knowledge, this truism originated over 20 years ago with conservative social commentator Don Eberly, but most political conservatives, including many Christians, seem not…

Reductionist Christianity Gets Its Comeuppance

Three discernible schools have emerged among conservative Protestants since the 2000s with respect to Christianity’s relationship to culture. Richard Niebuhr’s standard five-fold classification (Christ against culture, Christ of culture, Christ above culture,…

Christian Counterpunching

It’s profoundly unsettling for devout Christians to contemplate the possibility that the faith they practice might be defective in any major particular. I’m not referring to orthodox belief, which is…

Boisterous Irrelevance

Theological hyper-specificity and theology without Christian worldview are two hazards leading to irrelevance during the great battles of the time. Our calling is to fight where the “battle rages,” where “the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battle-field.”

Unaddressed Insensitivity Will Doom MLB Mascots

Now that the NFL’s Washington Redskins, shamed by their many-decades’ racial insensitivity, are unveiling their new mascot, it is clear that Major League Baseball cannot avoid the virtuous mascot-toppling that will make our world a safer, kinder, gentler, more understanding place.

America’s Exceptional Greatness

In hearing the increasingly pervasive and sometimes hysterical and violent criticism of the United States, it might be helpful to consider the other side of the ledger. No nation or…

A July 4 Worldview Clash

During no July 4 of my lifetime have the cultural stakes been as momentous as they are in 2020. The Leftist protests of the late 60s, motivated by the Vietnam…

“We Are the Destroyers”

Several years ago my wife Sharon and I were visiting our son Richard at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he was launching his Ph.D. program in philosophy…

Cultural Gravediggers

The paradox of free societies is that they carry in their DNA the capacity for their own destruction. Free speech and press and assembly; religious, political, and economic liberty; and…

The Marxism in the Mayhem

Behind the violent riots in the wake of the reprehensible killing of George Floyd is a pernicious web of ideas known as Cultural Marxism. Not that one in a thousand…

The Great(est?) Easter Poem

Seven Stanzas at Easter John Updike (1932–2009) Make no mistake: if He rose at allit was as His body;if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the moleculesreknit, the amino acids…

Jesus Christ in Three Acts

The sin-bearing, weary, suffering, grief-filled, and broken Jesus of Nazareth was transformed the first Easter Sunday into the splendorous, Spirit-supercharged, evil-crushing, risen and reigning King of kings and Lord of lords.

COVID-19 and Technology: An Interview with Kevin D. Johnson

The epidemiological models that have been used to estimate the impact of the virus have received a lot of criticism in the last few weeks mostly because of the consistent overestimating that has been done in terms of the suggested mortality risks to the United States and the rest of the world. However, the models themselves are not really the problem. Highly developed and constantly improving statistical epidemiological models have been in play since the early twentieth century and in fact simple mathematical models have been in use for things like smallpox mortality since at least 1766.

Our Lord’s Crucifixion as Exaltation

It seemed that Jesus was one lowered and humiliated at the crucifixion. What the watching world — and Satan himself — did not yet know is that it was Satan and his entire usurping empire that was dispossessed and humiliated at the Cross. The Cross inaugurated the new (and final) world order.

COVID-19 and Theology: An Interview with Brian G. Mattson

Christians … are equipped to understand that God has purposes; that he is not a cold, distant, silent, and mute machine dispensing what we’ve got coming, but a merciful Father who calls us to cry out to him in our need; and that in Christ Jesus we have no ultimate existential fear of death. I think that is quite a distinct way of viewing this crisis.

Easter Against the Gnostics

The earliest heresy afflicting Christianity was Gnosticism. The followers of our Lord, committed to the Bible, believed that God created a good world but that man’s sin had corrupted it,…

Social Justice Isn’t

We hear a lot about social justice these days. The January 21, 2017 Women’s March in Washington D.C. and Atlanta was billed as championing social justice. We even hear the…

A Christian and a Patriot?

May a Christian be a patriot? May a Christian in the United States be a patriot?  He may, he should, and in many cases, he must. The primitive Christians sent…