Heresy hunters

I recently joined the Reformed Baptist Fellowship & Theology Forum group on Facebook. This group exists ostensibly to foster theological discussion between Reformed-minded Baptists. A wide array of topics is discussed and, for the most part, discussion is civil and friendly. However, just a…

#WorstYearEver

As we approach the end of another year, one trending topic on Twitter has been #WorstYearEver. No doubt, a good many people have reasons to think that 2016 was a particularly disagreeable year. But the aforementioned hashtag has little to do with difficult economies,…

An ancient Christmas: The virgin

The prophet Isaiah ministered in Judah around six hundred years before Christ. His ministry spanned the reigns of at least four Judean kings: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Three of those kings were godly, but Ahaz was a particularly despicable character. Second Kings 16…

An ancient Christmas: The offspring

Every year around Christmastime we are reminded that there is a good segment of the wider Christian community that vociferously objects to the celebration of Christmas. They point out that the birth of Christ is nowhere celebrated in the Bible or in early Christian…

The greatest

Every year, BibleGateway.com, which bills itself “the world’s most visited Christian website,” publishes a list of the most read Bible verses on its website. Every year, the list includes a number of well-known and beloved verses, such as Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 23:4; 1 Corinthians…

Don’t panic

There is a popular series of science fiction novels that centres around a fictional book titled The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Guide is “a wholly remarkable book” and “a highly successful one,” having “already supplanted the great Encyclopaedia Galactica as the standard…

The Bible tells me so

A little over a month ago, Andy Stanley created controversy throughout the evangelical world by comments that he made in a sermon regarding the Bible. He questioned the Bible as the foundation of the Christian faith, and argued that it is “next to impossible…

Mind your language!

I recently listened to an interview of a woman who had for a long time run a popular Christian website and podcast, but who has since left the theological realm for politics. She has not left the faith, but simply moved from religious to…

Four views on hell: Everlasting conscious torment

Series introduction: I recently had opportunity to read the second edition of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell. This series of posts will form my personal evaluation of each of the arguments presented in the book. I, like probably most Christians, was raised in a…

Four views on hell: Terminal punishment

Series introduction: I recently had opportunity to read the second edition of Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell. This series of posts will form my personal evaluation of each of the arguments presented in the book. Back in 2011, when I read the first edition…