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Month: July, 2017

July 28, 2017 Resources: White Privilege; Economics & Freedom; Denominations & the “RPW”

A five-minute video by Matt Chandler on “White Privilege” has been making the rounds on Facebook. I don’t care for it. Not because I disagreed with his conclusions, but because he didn’t seem to have any. It is hard enough to have a real conversation on race in America with so many banal cliches and generalities being tossed around, and too many white evangelicals are satisfied to have the discussion at this level. If you expect to be heard on an important topic, then by all means, please say something. Give us logic, facts, even an occasional syllogism complete with clear propositions and a defensible conclusion. In an article from 2012, I think Doug Wilson gives us a better base from which to have a serious conversation on the topic.

I’ve referenced this before, but Leonard Reed’s classic essay, “I, Pencil” is worth your time. A correct understanding of economic principles is imperative to the survival of a free society. In other words, economics is directly tied to freedom. How so? Leonard helps to explain. If he is correct, economics is an area that everyone should work to understand well. The introduction and afterword are also worth a read.

More and more I am becoming convinced of two things which at first seem unrelated: the necessity of having different denominations in a fallen world, and the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW). Both of these things are rooted, in some way, in the Reformation. Scott Aniol does a great job connecting (and defending) the two. If this brief primer piques your interest, check out the rest of the series as well.


July 18, 2017 Resources: Thinking Well; Elitism; Costly Believism; Stretchy Pants; Common Myths

David DeBruyn has been putting together a fantastic series that is nearly concluded.
These two recent posts are especially helpful:

When we talk about “right thinking” as Christians, what do we mean?
And on a related note:
How do we respond to the idea that robust thinking is nothing more than “elitism”?

The alternative to a Gospel presentation that is guilty of propagating “easy believism” looks something like this.

When I see obviously ridiculous behavior passed off as legitimate worship practice by those who purport to be sane Christians, I usually want to throw an epic tantrum on facebook. Tim Keller having a bunch of dudes in tights performing “liturgical dance” at his church gets me in such a mood. But occasionally wiser, cooler heads respond in wisdom and grace, and I take a deep breath and walk away. (But don’t get me wrong…..there’s still a place and time for a Doug Wilson or Carl Trueman flavored response to such frivolity).

We’ve been talking about apologetics and evangelism quite a bit lately at my church. Here are some common myths about early Christianity.


July 14, 2017 Resources: Fundamentalism vs. Ecumenicism; Information Overload; Three Great Conservatives

This is a fantastic summary of the history of the rise of Christian Fundamentalism to meet the challenges of theological liberalism in the early 20th century, and the rise of the ecumenical movement that undermined Fundamentalism and the Gospel in the mid- and late-20th century.

This article addresses the idea of judging the trustworthiness, or ‘authority,’ of the information we are exposed to every day. Cut adrift in an endless sea of information, how does a person living in our age judge what is true, and good, and beautiful?

Here is a very good introduction to three great conservatives of the 18th century, written by perhaps the best one of the 20th.

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