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The intolerance of the “tolerant”

Our strange world seems daily stranger. For decades the call for tolerance has been preached by “progressives.” We must be tolerant of folks who are different from us. Fine—we should. The sexes are to be treated equally. Good, although that used to be simpler back in the ancient history of three decades ago when we were so silly to think there were…

“Don’t question my faith!”

One of the forbidden things in Western culture is to question the reality of a person’s faith. “How dare you? I say that I’m a Christian,” he protests, as though an assertion settles the matter. This has come to light recently with another minor flap concerning President Obama’s religion. The president claims to be a Christian, and those who question his assertion…

The deadly gospel of moralism

When you hear the term “moralism” and it is used as a negative thing, what is your reaction? After all, what can be wrong with morals? Isn’t a lot of the problem with our culture due to a catastrophic slide in morality? There is, of course, nothing wrong with good morals and, yes, we have witnessed a tragic decline in morality in…

“Stop Obsessing about Heaven”

Mike Wittmer’s post, “4 Reasons to Stop Obsessing over Heaven,” is incredibly good. I’ve come to the conclusion that so many prophetic passages which people assume to be describing a future millennium are actually describing the new earth. Dr. Wittmer’s conclusion is thought-provoking: The Christian faith is earthy, physical, and, in the best sense of the word, materialistic. Our story begins in…

The Fear of the Lord: God Matters

Ours is quite the secular age. The mention of God has been all but removed from the public square. One who truly believes in the God revealed in the Christian Scriptures and has a vibrant faith in him is looked upon as, at best, an odd duck in politics and academia. While that makes for a sad state of affairs, what is…

Will we seek God?

By the time this column is published, the midterm elections of 2014 will be almost over. There will doubtlessly be runoffs to determine the eventual winner in some states, and the television and broadcast stations in those states will reap continued political advertising dollars. For most Americans, however, the never-ending political season will transition towards 2016. And on and on it goes.…

In a world of death, the promise of life

The older we become, the more aware we are of the specter of death. When we are young, relatively few people whom we personally know die. As we grow older, that number increases. Many of us grow more aware of death because we realize we have fewer days before us than we have behind us. Youth sees death as little more than…

“A National Coming Out Worship Service” at Presbyterian College

I learned that Presbyterian College is sponsoring a celebration of depravity tomorrow: “A National Coming Out Worship Service.” Promoting the service is an image of a cross with the words “In the Image of God” above the horizontal beam. The implication, it seems, is that homosexuality is beautiful, good, and God-blessed, that homosexuals as homosexuals reflect the image of God. The apostle…

Why do we believe in the doctrine of election?

If there is a doctrine which makes many Baptists apoplectic, it is the doctrine of election—that God sovereignly chose who would repent and believe on Christ. Suffice it to say, preaching the doctrine of election does not positively arouse the interest of the pastor search committee from a larger church seeking to fill its pulpit. “Why, that’s not Baptist—that’s what Presbyterians believe!”…