Category: Contemporary Trends

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Sermons and Secondary Literature

John Piper lets pastors know what it’s important to study the Bible for themselves and carefully: We must be like Jonathan Edwards, who resolved in his college days and kept the resolution all his life, “Resolved: To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Pastors and Secular Power

Richard Baxter saw the dangers of cozying up to political power. Ministers of the gospel, if they aren’t careful, will not only sacrifice original thought but also Biblical truth in order to avoid being ostracized, mocked, or disagreed with. Social media has made this quite apparent in the current year. For instance, as the pro-life …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Common Misconceptions Concerning Christian Discipleship

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains that knowing a bit of theology is important for Christians now, in a way that it was not in the past: …In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

John Wesley on Foreknowledge and Election

Below, you’ll find 1 Peter 1:1-2 and John Wesley’s comments on vs 2. Over all, I find what he says to be convincing. The idea that the descriptions of God’s fore or after knowledge in the Bible are metaphorical is perfectly reasonable. It is just as much true that predestination is a metaphor as it …

Contemporary Trends, Book-Review, Christianity

Sanctification, Repentance, and the Habit Loop

Introduction to Concept: In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains something advertisers have known for quite some time: human beings can be trained to respond to cues with routines as long as there is a reward. He calls this the habit loop. It looks like this: The idea is that when we …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Sola Scriptura

Edward Feser has three posts on the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura (only the Bible) over at his blog. Here is Feser’s summary of a summary of the Jesuit critique of sola scriptura: You’ll recall that the early Jesuit critique of sola scriptura cited by Feyerabend maintains that (a) scripture alone can never tell you what counts as …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Culture

Pornography is Cultural Subversion

While at the most obvious level pornography exists as either an alleged celebration of the human form or as a trangressive method of making money by playing on a constellation of psychological issues and needs: insecurity, loneliness, depression, beauty, degradation, hatred, and our need for immortality, the genre is less obviously meant for something else. …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Self-Esteem

A former student sent me a link to a video about self-esteem last week. She asked for my comments. I finally made time to watch it today. Here’s the video:   Matt Walsh is certainly correct here. Confidence, defined essentially as known competence in the face of difficulty is superior to self-esteem (see note below).  But …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Jung and God

In Man and His Symbols, Jung attempts to tackle the topic of religious experience: Christians often ask why God does not speak to them, as he is believed to have done in former days. When I hear such questions, it always makes me think of the rabbi who was asked how it could be that …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

The only word for this: heh

Here is what happens when you believe that ultimate reality is class-conflict between men and women: You have to subvert truth to believe that worldview because it is observably true that cooperation between the sexes makes new humans. You have to subvert goodness to believe that worldview because one must assume that any apparent good …