What The Church Can Learn From the “Fake News” Phenomenon

2016 could be categorized by an increased sensitivity to the reality of "fake news" in our society. It's definitely not a new phenomenon, but perhaps a louder, and more rapid-growing one. Years ago, sites such as Snopes were created and dedicated to helping people discern true from false stories, especially Internet-circulated material. We just thought… Continue reading What The Church Can Learn From the “Fake News” Phenomenon

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A Faithless Israel, A Faithful God

“If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD. Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see!… Continue reading A Faithless Israel, A Faithful God

Learning the Benefits of Affliction With John Newton

240 years ago, John Newton penned a collection of letters to "A Christian Friend." This friend of Newton was addressed as "My dear Madam," so we cannot be for sure to who Newton wrote. What we do know for certain is that the most powerful component of John Newton's ministry was his letter-writing. Thousands of letters… Continue reading Learning the Benefits of Affliction With John Newton

What is Wrong With the World?

Legend has it that once a famous newspaper, The Times of London, ran a cover story addressing the penultimate question, "What's Wrong With the World?" The story goes that the newspaper consulted various philosophers and thinkers for the project, searching for competing answers. They came to Catholic theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and asked him to… Continue reading What is Wrong With the World?

The Not-So-Gospel of Ali

I remember being on vacation as a boy once, enjoying the freedom of the channel buffet before me at the hotel television. I turned to ESPN Classic. It's not something we kids did very often. At the time I was more infatuated with my current sports heroes, guys like Donovan McNabb and Tracy McGrady, and the… Continue reading The Not-So-Gospel of Ali

Sinclair Ferguson on Who Grace Is

It is legitimate to speak of "receiving grace," and sometimes (although I am somewhat cautious about the possibility of misusing this language) we speak of the preaching of the Word, prayer, baptism, and the Lord's Supper as "means of grace." That is fine, so long as we remember that there isn't a thing, a substance,… Continue reading Sinclair Ferguson on Who Grace Is

Book Review: The Things of Earth (Joe Rigney)

It was almost like Joe Rigney (and ultimately God) knew I needed a book like this. Over the past year or so I have been caught exposed and weaponless in the “Battle of the Hymns” Rigney talks about in the introduction to the book. I feel I’ve been maturing in my faith, yet I’ve been… Continue reading Book Review: The Things of Earth (Joe Rigney)