I’m Changing the Way I Teach Eschatology
Good teachers will revise their notes every time they teach the same class. They’re always reading new books, attending seminars, hearing lectures, listening to papers, and perusing articles. Over time these new sources of information add depth to teaching and enable teachers to address current issues within their disciplines. Sometimes teachers make even larger modifications to their approach. That’s what I’ve done with my course in angelology and eschatology. [more]
Horatius Bonar on Trendiness in Religion
Every pastor and Christian leader feels a certain pressure to be relevant. We do not want Christianity to slip away into an oblivion. We do not want the church to go "backward" during our watch. This impulse has led many to the conclusion that Christianity must "keep up with the times." One of the criticisms I most often hear against conservative Christianity is that we must move with the times. Yet the Scriptures make plain [more]
God’s People in Exile
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows there we hung up our lyres. 3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! [more]
A Worship Catechism (13)
84. What are the disciplines of public worship? The disciplines of public worship are recognition, service, discipleship, and corporate worship, which seek to behold, reflect and magnify God's glory in the society of others. 85. What does the discipline of recognition entail? Recognition is repeatedly submitting to the biblical view of our neighbor as a means of loving God, and thinking of all men as such. 86. How is our neighbor a means of loving God? We may behold God's glory in our neighbor as that neighbor reflects and reveals the Creator (James 3:9; Ps 19:1; Jas 1:17), as an [more]
[This essay was originally published on August 8, 2008.] Fundamentalists are notorious for their refusal [more]
A Worship Catechism (12)
76. What disciplines will nurture faith and maintain abiding in God's presence? We must embrace [more]
Ending the Year, Beginning the Year
As of last Monday, I’ve spent nineteen years as a professor at Central [more]