December 24, 2013

Left-Wing Fundamentalism in the Academy

What Are the Best Books of 2013?

Of all the volumes released in 2013 (those I've read that is), I found these to be the most edifying and/or interesting. I had trouble whittling it down to 10, so here are the top 15. Here they are, in alphabetical order, along with a one-line review of each:

December 12, 2013

K. Scott Oliphint Reviews Christian Philosophy: A Systematic and Narrative Introduction

Review: A Reasonable Response by William Lane Craig and Joseph Gorra

Craig, William Lane and Joseph E. Gorra. A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible (Moody, 2013). 429 pp.

Over the years, Christian philosopher William Lane Craig has received hundreds of questions from his readers, both believer and non-believer alike. In A Reasonable Response, many of Craig's answers to these questions are collected together and organized in a helpful and readable manner.

December 09, 2013

Why Is So Much Preaching So Awful?

Here is a good explanation of why most "Evangelical" preaching is actually sub- Christian.

In the last two churches of which I was a member (one Southern Baptist and the other Pentecostal), I received a steady diet of this sort of terrible preaching, and my visits to other churches have confirmed that this sort of preaching (all three types) is, unfortunately, quite common within contemporary Evangelicalism.

Two Reviews of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

The Problem with Spufford's Unapologetic

My Seminary Experience - Systematic Theology Overview

Course: ST 15 - Systematic Theology: A Biblical and Confessional Overview (3 hours)
Professor: Dr. Sam Waldron
Texts: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession by Sam Waldron

December 08, 2013

They Went Out from Us . . .

. . . but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us (1 John 2:19).

December 06, 2013

Some Thoughts on Identity, Insecurity, and the Pressure to Conform

Christians are those who have been given a new identity in Christ. This new identity comes with a new outlook and a radically different set of priorities and puts the Christian in complete opposition to to the unbelieving world. The believer's new identity is grounded in a renewed relationship with God, a relationship characterized by love and obedience—the way man was meant to relate to God. At a very fundamental level, unbelievers are aware (albeit unconsciously) of the gaping hole left by the absence of fellowship with their Creator. In fallen man's rebellion, he refuses to find his identity in joyful submission to the lordship of Christ and searches for it in lesser things—things like careers or money.

Unbelievers, then, simply cannot understand why the Christian does what he does and lives the way he lives. This does not mean that the unbeliever does not know (at some level) that something is missing—that something is terribly wrong. Though he won't admit it (not even to himself), the unbeliever knows that he is building his life on a faulty foundation, and this makes him feel deeply insecure. Consequently, when he sees a believer—someone who has built his life on Christ the solid rock, someone with a radically different, God-honoring set of priorities—he is reminded of his sorry state. He feels terribly guilty, and, often, he will take it out on the believer. The unbeliever wants the believer to conform to the world rather than Christ. Why? Because it makes him feel better about his own worldliness.

Friends, they don't understand us, and, apart from the grace of God, they never will. When they try to pressure us to live and think like them, we shouldn't be surprised. And we shouldn't become angry or bitter. We should pity them, and we should pray for them.

What Is Analytic Philosophy?

Death of a Snake Oil Salesman

December 05, 2013

Jesus or Santa?

Review: How to Talk to a Skeptic by Donald J. Johnson

Johnson, Donald J. How to Talk to a Skeptic: An Easy-to-Follow Guide for Natural Conversations and Effective Apologetics (Bethany House, 2013), 268 pp.

In How to Talk to a Skeptic, author Donald Johnson attempts to help his readers "share [their] faith effectively in a cynical and skeptical age." In order to do so, he advocates "a natural, relational approach to evangelism."

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