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Hugh Hefner, the Logic of Porn, and the Homosexualization of Sex

After the death of Hugh Hefner, the founder of <i>Playboy</i> magazine, many people have been reflecting upon his cultural significance. Several of us …

Sexuality

Sneaky Squids And Sola Scriptura

When I saw Chris Rosebrough tweet something about a “sneaky squid spirit doctrine” I thought it must be something from The Onion or the Babylon Bee. …

Theology

I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body and Life Everlasting

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Michael Horton discusses the relationship between a bodily resurrection and the Christian’s call to glorify God in their ordinary work.</i> …

Why We Do What We Do: THE CHURCH CALENDAR

Policing

Screwtape On Being On The "Wrong Side of History"

“You’re on the wrong side of history.” You’ve heard it from politicians, read it on Facebook, and have seen it on the signs of activists. This phrase …

Faith

Why There Is No Righteousness Like Christian Righteousness

This post is adapted from <i>Galatians</i> by Martin Luther.Many Kinds of RighteousnessSt. Paul sets about establishing the doctrine of faith, grace, …

Theology

Always Ask What They Mean by “God” | Stand to Reason

When people tell me they don’t believe God exists, I have a specific question for them: <i>What do you mean by “God”?</i> That is, I want to know what the …

On Emotionalism and the Gospel

Many Christians have likely experienced emotionalism - the moments at various worship services and events when excessive focus is placed on a …

Jesus

Is My Desire Sour? 4 Questions To Consider

As people living in a fallen world, we know what it is to have desires. We experience physical pain, witness injustice, suffer under various trials, …

The Most Dangerous Man in Christendom?

A phone call last week from a pastor friend brought this strange report: One of the leading figures of American Evangelicalism had described me to …

Catholicism

We have lost the sense of God

After my last blog post in which I addressed the issue of believers abandoning going to church on a Sunday in preference for watching a football …

How to Be a Good Christian With Minimal Effort

It was such a blessing to receive your note and to hear that you’ve decided to follow Christ! Sometimes it takes many years for those Sunday school …

Unshackled: The god of WM. Paul Young

WM. Paul Young, <i>Lies We Believe About God,</i> New York: Atria Books, 2017, 273 pp. $13.48<i>Lies We Believe About God</i> is the latest book from the author of</i> …

Theology

How The Church’s Anti-Intellectualism Will Be Her Jailor

<b>By</b> Michael SherrardReligious freedom is on the decline. There is no doubt about this. Social sexual issues will slam the prison’s door on religious …

Dear Pastor: Apologetics is a standard operating feature of Gospel-centered ministry

Let me begin by making a claim that many will find rather contentious: Apologetic ministry—the ministry of commending and defending the “faith which …

Faith

What Does ‘The Shack’ Say About Your Pain?

<i>The Shack</i> movie releases in theaters this weekend, as this year marks the tenth anniversary of Paul Young’s self-published novel of the same title. …

The Problem of Delaying Marriage by Albert Mohler

Adulthood is not just a function of age—it is an achievement. Throughout human history, young people have aspired to achieve adulthood and have …

Demographics

Use Your Catechism, Silly

This ongoing Reformed resurgence is an exciting, unexpected development. It has been a joy to watch people from all backgrounds, cultures, and …

Theology

A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon

Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold …

To Be A Diaper Changer (Nick Batzig)

I recently happened across a picture online, in which a group of young adults were linking arms at a well attended Christian Conference. The person …

Evangelical Christianity

Why You Don't Read Your Bible (Bruce Baugus)

According to Søren Kierkegaard's analysis of spiritual despair in Sickness unto Death, in terms of faith (see the first post in this series) and …

Faith

The Belgic Confession: Article 4

Having a Bible is a relatively common thing for us but historically it is an oddity. It isn't until the invention of the printing press that books …

Theology

The Five Tests of False Doctrine

T.D. Jakes says that God eternally exists in three manifestations, not three persons. Greg Boyd says God knows some aspects of the future, but that …

Theology

Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture in Our Lives

The words are in quotation marks because they are borrowed from Mike Ovey’s column in a recent issue of <i>Themelios</i>.11 This is the stance that insists …

Theology

About That Error-Filled New Testament… - Logic & Light

The Codex Sinaiticus, a handwritten Greek manuscript written in the middle of the fourth century. It is the earliest existing complete copy of the …

When Bible Translations Disappoint

Late modern Americans face a plethora of choices in English-language Bible translations: The King James Version (KJV), the American Standard Version …

Which Classic Reformed Works To Read In English?

Rob writes, Listening to you on the Heidelblog/Heidelcast and Office Hours, you have given me a enormous desire to read more “classic reformed …

No Little Women

Many years ago, I was part of a church that developed a particularly troubling women’s ministry. It had been founded with noble intentions and was …

Evangelical Christianity

The Myth of Influence

In the March 7, 1998, issue of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i>, the Religion section featured an article entitled, "L.A.-Area Seminary Teachers Gather to Ponder …

Theology