Today we commemorate St. Nicholas of Myra, whose resume boasts enough miracles for him to be called the “Wonderworker” in some parts of Christendom. Even before he became the Coca-Cola chugging world-traveler and reindeer master, he was known for his compassion for children and his sacrificial generosity. According to one story, he saved three daughters […]
This past week has provided a wide-range of free excellent articles, proving the beneficial side of the internet. A strong body of content has been published that merits the thinking Christian’s attention. First off, a secular historian is gaining quite a lot of attention for her compassionate, intricate, yet challenging analysis of American evangelicalism. Molly […]
In bringing ecumenical greetings to the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting last week, a bishop of the Episcopal Church bizarrely defended the alleged theological orthodoxy of his denomination.
Is it possible for a declining, theologically liberal, very mainline seminary to transform into a thriving, growing seminary firmly committed to biblical orthodoxy and church renewal? Look at what God has been doing at the United Methodist Church’s United Theological Seminary!
Bill de Blasio presented his loyalty to FDR, Western European leftist politics, and liberation theology as a way to alleviate any worries of potential voters. Of course, religious outlooks only relieve fears of extremism and Communist radicalism if those outlooks are not themselves extremist and ideological.
Before writing his famous book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis was told by many advisors that ordinary Christians would not be interested in theology, that “dry old stuff,” but rather in plain, practical religion. He countered that he really didn’t think such ordinary readers were so foolish. He thought they would welcome the study of theology, which means “science of God.” “Any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available. You are not children: why should you be treated like children?”
The Rev. Ryan Barnett is senior pastor of St. John’s UMC in Corpus Christi, Texas and a member of the board of directors for the Confessing Movement within the United Methodist Church. This article originally appeared on his personal blog ( http://pastorryan.com/) under the title “Wishing God were more like Jesus.”
by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) Last week, young classical Anglicans gathered at the Church of the Holy Communion in Dallas to learn about “Creeds, Councils and Christ.” Aimed at Christians under thirty and clergy, the Anglican Way Institute highlights deep theological teaching and extensive liturgical worship. This year’s featured speaker was the Rev. Dr. Gerald Bray, […]
by Caleb Nelson Rene Girard pretends to be a mere literary critic who dabbles in anthropology. Actually, he is a full-blown theologian with a central dogma of non-violence. Despite the Biblical coloring Girard gives his doctrines, they are blacker than hell, for they proclaim a different gospel. In attacking violence, Rene Girard has attacked the […]