Partying Like It’s 1648: Why Muslims Are So Different

Depending on who you listen to, Muslims in the U.S. either want Sharia law to the be the law of the land here, or they don’t. They are either seeking to transform North America into the next caliphate, or they’re not. They either want to impose on us a culture that seemingly hasn’t progressed much beyond a medieval mindset, or they don’t. Seemingly endless arguments abound on the Internet over whether it’s possible to practice … Continue reading

Joe Bidens’ and Nancy Pelosi’s Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage

[Trigger warning: statements that might qualify in some minds as offensive hate-speech will be quoted in this post. Heck, I might even throw in a few of my own!] You know Joe. He’s the VP whose favorability ratings go up every time he puts on Ray-Bans. And you know Nancy: the 76-year-old former (first female) Speaker of the House to whose face the years, and allegedly plastic surgeons, have been kind. Okay, then. You certainly … Continue reading

What Bill Gothard and His Followers Still Don’t Get About Grace

When debating Gothardites on the topic of grace, often the first text they cite is James 4:6b: “‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble,’” (ESV). It is also usually the one text they keep coming back to in support of their assertion that grace is not freely given, unmerited favor, but rather is a desire and power to do God’s will that is earned or merited. When someone rightly tells them that … Continue reading

What the Evangelical Haters Are Really Saying

When I became an evangelical Christian 40 years ago this past December, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was only sixteen. So what were “evangelicals” to me? People who liked to run hospitals and rent out their churches for free? How should I know? It took a few months for me to realize that not only had I become one of them, but that—hey!—now it was 1976! This was the year … Continue reading

Wither Evangelicalism?

Was I the only one who was both frustrated and disappointed by the recent interview of Robert H. Gundry in Christianity Today?1 For those who missed it, the eminent Dr. Gundry has come out with a new book on the Apostle Peter in which he claims that “Matthew portrays Peter as a false disciple of Jesus, a disciple who went so far as to apostatize.” Just about everything most people would want to know about Kevin P. … Continue reading

An Invitation to Disaster

He sang in our church’s choir. His wife was part of our musical accompaniment. Week after week they helped lead our Sunday morning worship, and week after week they participated in the small group Bible study we held in our home. They were solid, mature Christians. They listened to all the right Christian teachers. They read all the right Christian books. They said all the right things. Until that one evening… I don’t remember how … Continue reading