November 22, 2017

Archives for February 2006

What’s In A Name?

BHT Fellow leif rigney abandons the name “Christian,” but holds onto the faith once delivered. One of my finest friendships is with OBI graduate, former OBI teacher, former member of the church where I preach, current English professor and BHT fellow lief (eric) rigney. He’s a top ten friend who I was always honored to […]

A Perfect Paul?

Are evangelicals blind to the obvious faults of the Apostle Paul….and, consequently, to many of their own? I’m reading Charles Freeman’s book “The Closing of the Western Mind.” It’s not exactly an unbiased presentation of Christianity, though Freeman’s thesis that established Christianity squelched the rational tradition of the Greeks is interesting and worth discussing. His […]

Video Games and Christian Maturity

I just finished reading the current edition of the Highland Study Center’s monthly publication, Every Thought Captive, with the theme “Revolt Against Maturity.” It’s a good issue, and it will eventually be on the net, but not yet. Several of the articles, such as “Theologians in Diapers,” are excellent, and I would welcome access to […]

The Deconstruction Project: My emerging church talk

I am speaking at an emerging worship service this weekend. I’m pretty excited. I figured out the other day that in the last 15 years, I have spoken to the same audience (different people) over 2,000 times. So any opportunity to speak to a new audience is exciting for me. In preparing, I try to […]

Andrew Jones: An Emerging “Apostle” and His American Epistle

Andrew Jones- a.k.a. the Tall Skinny Kiwi– is a missionary spokesmen to and for the global emerging church. Andrew wouldn’t like me saying this, but I see him as an apostle for the movement and the absolutely must-hear voice to understand the emerging church. He is the type of emerging church leader our Truly Reformed […]

Romeo Is Better Off Dead

Some of my BHT posts have me in the usual trouble I get in around Valentine’s Day. Here are a few thoughts that might clarify things….or make them worse. Try to remain calm. As best I can tell, romance is our poor imitation version of the love of God that is ours in the Gospel; […]

The End of the Debate: Gene Bridges on Baptists and Baptism

UPDATE II: Gene Bridges addresses the issue of the universal church, and reprints Dagg on that subject. (J.L. Dagg was Southern Baptists’ first writing theologian.) UPDATE: Tom Ascol adds some more historical material that further demonstrates Baptists have never rejected Baptism on the basis on Arminianism. More from Ascol here: The Philadelphia Association accepted Free-will […]

A Generous Catholicity

We like the creeds….except for the catholic parts. “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…” -The Apostle’s Creed “And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;… Amen.” – The Nicene Creed I’ve been in probably 3000+ Baptist led […]

Three Questions About a “Secret” Rapture

UPDATE: Jason Boyett’s “Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse” is a great book for anyone interested in the basics of evangelical apocalyptic eschatology. Advocates of the rapture make much of the texts in Luke and Matthew that speak of “one taken, one left.” Luke 17:34-35 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two […]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? V: “More stories please!”

The series to this point: Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon?: It’s Too Long. Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon? II: It’s Boring. Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon? III: “I don’t understand it.” Whatâ�?��?�s Wrong With The Sermon? IV: “It isn’t practical.” While an appreciation of stories is essential to understand and communicate the Bible, Biblical preaching […]