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The World in the Church 4: Lawless World: Lawless Church?

Article by   November 2015
My first article began with the observation that Satan ambitiously aims to attack the church at the very points that are intended by God for its defence. He seeks to bring the world into the church through its elders, and at the heart of its public worship. Having considered the problems of distractedness, the desire to appear normal, and hostility to religion, in this final article I turn to reflect on how a worldly lawlessness may have infected the church. We live in a lawless age. The modern and post-modern turn inward that I mentioned in my last article is also a turn away from external moral responsibility and any kind of external moral regulation of the self's desires continue

The Seven Deadly Sins in a Digital Age: 2. Gluttony

Article by   November 2014
At first glance, the subject of "gluttony in a digital age" might seem almost a joke. However much gluttony might be a dominant vice in our society (and in one of the most perceptive chapters of The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis reveals it to be far more pervasive than we might have imagined), it can have little to do with the digital side of our lives. If gluttony is a matter of over-consuming food and drink, the things most central to our bodily existence, then our use of digital technologies, which we engage with the eyes and the mind, cannot be an issue of gluttony. continue

The Seven Deadly Sins in a Digital Age: 1. Lust

Article by   November 2014
When the subject of "Lust in a digital age" comes up, our minds are likely to jump immediately to the suffocating epidemic of internet pornography that is sweeping our country--indeed, the world. Although it is still rarely openly discussed, most of us are probably dimly aware of the statistics, which are terrifying, and the anecdotes, which are more terrifying still. More than two-thirds of men now report watching porn on at least a weekly basis, and many report full-blown addictive behaviors, watching porn daily, for hours on end, and seeking out ever more perverse and degrading videos. continue

A Response to Rod Dreher's "Sex After Christianity"

Article by   April 2014
We live in a time of open opposition to the Christian faith in once "Christian America." Millennial Christians, raised in the church, are leaving us in droves and if the church does not begin to think clearly and cosmologically, a whole generation could be lost. Rod Dreher, a Roman Catholic journalist associated with the John Templeton Foundation, has written a must-read article entitled "Sex after Christianity: Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one." Dreher identifies the essence of the collapse of the "Christian" West; considers its dubious future, and suggests a way forward. continue

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

Article by   March 2014
George Marsden, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief. New York: Basic Books, 2014, pp. 264. $19.99/£14.99After World War II, a consensus about truth gave way to a consensus about the importance of... continue

Augustine: For Professors, Poets and Pastors

Article by   March 2013
I remember the first time I read Augustine. I was a final year undergraduate at Cambridge on the Classical tripos but taking the course, Christian Life and Thought to A.D. 451 from outside my faculty. Those were the days: university courses could actually use the term 'A.D.' to refer to exactly the same start date as 'C.E.' but without risk of being accused of oppressing anybody and thus standing on a line of obvious continuity with every crime against humanity of the last 500 years. A lost age of almost unimaginable Eloi-style innocence, untouched by the Morlockean mindset of political correctness. continue

Augustine vs. Russell

Article by   December 2012
The cultural and intellectual influence of Augustine of Hippo is indisputable. In his own day, he was bishop of a relatively insignificant town in North Africa but his writings impacted not only the world of his day but the world ever since. His City of God remains a standard text in the history of political theory; his theological writings set much of the agenda for both Catholicism and, later, Protestantism; and his autobiography,Confessions, represented a brilliant fusion of classical culture and Christian theology and, in setting out his life as an internal psychological struggle, was a very early precursor of the modern novel. continue

Much Better Than The Daily Mail

Article by   August 2012
With the exception of Augustine's Confessions, I am not a big fan of Christian testimonies and autobiographies. Generally, they exhibit one of two problems (sometimes both). The first is the tendency towards a simplistic formula as shaped by the expectations of the specific Christian community to which the author belongs. So experiential Calvinist autobiographers tend to suffer long periods of conviction of sin followed by blessed, if sometimes mystical, assurance. I imagine the current trendy manifestations of reformed hipster theology will probably produce its fair share of people who found that conversion liberated them to watch exactly the same derivative and crass movies they did before, but now with an uncanny, Spirit-filled capacity to spot the redeemer figure in The Dark Knight Rises or The Expendables II. continue

Art, Nakedness, and Redemption

Article by   January 2011
A few weeks ago I learned the distressing news that a couple I know is divorcing; the husband has pursued pornography, and beyond, for a decade.  His sin has not only ravaged his wife's life, but in violating that covenant... continue

Making Exhibitions of Ourselves

Article by   April 2009
A couple of months ago, I drew attention to the phenomenon of Facebook that (to me, anyway) weird internet sensation where everybody and anybody can connect to (or, to use the jargon, `friend') anybody else in the world of virtual... continue

No Text Please, I'm British!

Article by   February 2009
Despite the rumours, I am not a technophobe. True, I am no good at technology; but I do not particularly fear it, as I might fear, say, the revival of disco music as a popular cultural phenomenon or a government-enforced William Shatner season on Turner Classic Movies. continue

Why Are There Never Enough Parking Spaces at the Prostate Clinic?

Article by   January 2009
One of the modern shibboleths of the evangelical church, particularly the evangelical church in the West, is that of culture.  One must be interested in culture, or one is simply irrelevant.  Books and organizations abound on Christian approaches to various... continue

Don Carson Talks About Culture

Article by   May 2008
For better or worse, I suppose I am commonly tempted to question arguments positions that can apparently claim a verse or two for support, or that simply relies on inherited tradition, without wrestling with the massive biblical themes that are relevant to the discussion. continue

Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity

Article by   April 2007
In Real Sex: the naked truth about chastity, Lauren Winner addresses a gap she perceives in how Christians think about and the Church addresses sexual chastity. The work is readable and well-organized. The writing style is "confessional" as indicated in... continue

The Freudom of the Christian

Article by   January 2007
Christians often strike me as the most Freudian of people. Say what you like, I have a sneaking suspicion that Freud, rather than Augustine, Luther, or Calvin, probably offers the best insights into the way that Christians really think and... continue

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

Article by   September 2005
I had intended to start my writing this year by waxing eloquent about Bruce Springsteen; but events have overtaken me, and meditations on `the Boss' will have to wait for a month or two. In fact, it was another icon... continue

Cybersin

Article by   August 2005
 I want to speak with you about the single greatest threat to romantic love in America today, and possibly in human history. I refer, of course, to the ready availability of internet pornography. Nearly ten years ago, before I had... continue

Results matching “pornography” from Reformation21 Blog

Hollywood, Capitol Hill and the Human Heart

Article by   November 2017
As more women bring to light the heinous sexual misconduct of male celebrities and politicians, it would do us good to remember two all-important truths: First, God's word testifies to the pervasive depravity of all men and women (Rom. 3:10-18);... continue

Game of Dethroning Sexual Sin

Article by   August 2017
Yesterday, Kevin DeYoung kicked the proverbial hornet's nest when he wrote a post titled, "I Don't Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones." That post was swiftly met with a tirade of social media attacks, such as, "The Bible has many,... continue

Wise Technological Parenting

Article by   March 2017
It is the apex of foolishness for parents to allow their children to have free and unaccountable access to technology-- smart phones, tablets, iPods, computers, etc. Before I explain the reasons why I believe this, I want to make clear,... continue

Two Words for Seminarians

Article by   August 2016
Seventeen years ago this fall I began my studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. It feels like just yesterday, though the bare skin on my head and the gray in my beard would tell otherwise. Classes begin again... continue

Tuned in Parents on the Technological Frontier

Article by   August 2016
I am a child of the technological frontier--the brave new world of exciting potential and seemingly limitless possibility. I learned how to type on a typewriter; but, how to spell on a Speak&Spell. As a young boy, I played video... continue

Zero Sum Game

Article by   June 2016
A recent blog post by Sammy Rhodes, a minister in the PCA and RUF chaplain, has caused something of a storm. Pitched as an apology by a theological conservative to the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Orlando massacre,... continue

A Plan for the Problem of Pornography

Article by   May 2016
Before I had my own email address (remember the good old days?), I warned in one of my Windows on the World that the internet would make pornography pervasive. Now we are living a depraved new world, in which sexually... continue

Teaching Our Children the Raw Parts of Scripture

Article by   August 2015
Sometimes it's difficult to teach our children the more raw parts in scripture. Pastor Nick Batzig covers this sensitive topic in his latest article at The Christward Collective.  One of the things that I realized the first time that... continue

Congratulating Planned Parenthood

Article by   July 2015
The release of a video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Planned Parenthood's Medical Services Department, allegedly speaking of how to extract the body part of aborted children for commercial purposes is shocking but should not shock. Indeed, if... continue

"Respect the Authorities": introduction

Article by   June 2015
It was recently my privilege to have published a new book with the title, Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness. The fundamental premise of the work is that the church needs to recover its pilgrim identity, and from that... continue

Marriage (and the Church) in America

Article by   June 2015
I have little idea what challenges American churches (and other institutions) that refuse to recognize same-sex "marriages" may soon face in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, announced today. The Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib says this feels... continue

Two-Kingdoms Pastoring [part 3]

Article by   March 2015
This is the third in a series exploring the theology of Two Kingdoms across a variety of topics. The first article can be found here, and the second here - EditorIt's tough being a pastor. I know because I've never dared try, but... continue

PCRT Q&A: Why So Many Singles?

Article by   March 2015
Here is a second of the questions from the PCRT Q&A that we did not get to during the conference: Why so many singles?  Why does it seem that God withholds marriage for so many when he clearly upholds it, encourages... continue

Angst About Religious Liberty in America

Article by   January 2015
The litigious assault on bakers, florists, and photographers who have convictions against serving same-sex wedding planners is a sad cause of much angst these days. Noticing this, Frank Bruni of the New York Times devoted his Jan 10 column to... continue

Pornography: Why Internet Accountability Software Doesn't Work

Article by   November 2014
I recently heard one man say, "If you don't have accountability software on every internet-accessible device, you're a fool." His comment was in the context of how pornography, particularly one's usage of it, is ravaging the church. Men and women,... continue

A Courteous Pause

Article by   October 2014
I've been asked by the cabal of nameless puppet masters who run Ref21 to take a time-out while Dr. Jones formulates his response to my first two parts of the "Just Add Water" series, and I'll be doing that.  I... continue

Other people's pornography

Article by   July 2014
There is little doubt that an appetite for pornography is endemic in the modern West. That this is the case was driven home on a recent voyage. On my outward journey, I settled in to my seat for what was... continue

4 Reasons Why Marriages Suffer

Article by   July 2014
There are many reasons why marriages suffer. Here are four.1. You have fallen in love with someone else.Adultery, pornography, and all manner of lusts provide a third party to an otherwise two-party marriage. Intimacy decreases, the closeness that you once... continue

The Difficulties Of Being Honest About Our Sin

Article by   June 2014
We confess, along with Christians throughout the ages, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Even from our earliest age, we are sinners (Ps. 51:5; Eph. 2:1). As the Westminster Shorter Catechism 18... continue

Why is Heaven Forever?

Article by   June 2014
In a previous post I asked, How do you know that Christ loves you? Pastors and Christians need to do better than just assume this truth. I gave a trinitarian grounding for why Christ must love his people. But what about... continue

Let's Talk About Sex

Article by   March 2014
In 1991, Cherly James and Sandra Denton, also known as Salt-n-Pepa, released a song titled, "Let's Talk About Sex." In the opening stanza, they recorded, "Let's talk about sex for now to the people at home or in the crowd.... continue

Don't Believe the Lie: Email Is Not the Best Option

Article by   February 2014
According to this 1995 commercial, "American Online is making it easier for people to live, work, and play." In part, this is true. Ordering roses for our spouse, checking the weather, arranging family vacations, and watching the news is much... continue

Statement from Wheaton College President Philip Ryken on Chapel Demonstration

Article by   February 2014
Our friend and Bible teacher from Every Last Word broadcast, Dr. Philip Ryken, offers a clear view of struggles and reasoning to Wheaton College's view of recent protesting over a recent visit by Rosaria Butterfield.The statement can be found... continue

The Church: The Place for Those in Perfect Health

Article by   February 2014
On numerous occasions I have been told that the church is like a hospital for the sick. The illness is sin; the remedy is Christ. We, therefore, attend church to receive our diagnosis and to gladly hear and embrace its... continue

A Question of Character (7)

Article by   February 2012
In our final installment of this series, we will look at Paul's final qualification for us to think about when selecting elders. The Apostle's last instruction has to do not with what the church thinks of the man, but what... continue

On Being Afriad of Virginia Woolf (and art pastors)

Article by   February 2011
In the Lord's gracious providence, I recently had the opportunity to travel with my family to my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina to participate in the ordination service of a dear friend (a thrilling experience, by the way). While escaping... continue

Why Are There Never Enough Parking Spaces at the Prostate Clinic?

Article by   January 2009
One of the modern shibboleths of the evangelical church, particularly the evangelical church in the West, is that of culture.  One must be interested in culture, or one is simply irrelevant.  Books and organizations abound on Christian approaches to various... continue

How We Define "Crisis": A Perspective from the Book of Micah

Article by   October 2008
I have been seething in shame and indignation since the beginning of our banking/Wall Street crisis.  For one thing, it seems that the President's proposal, now made law, amounts to taking out a credit card to pay out-of-control credit card... continue

The Idolatrous Worldview of Porn

Article by   October 2007
Great comments on porn, Phil and Carl.  My pastoral experience dealing with this issue has taught me that this issue is tied to a broader issue of idolatry that becomes practically an entire worldview of porn.  Time after time, men... continue

Bad Porn

Article by   September 2007
Last month's post on Naomi Wolf's essay "The Porn Myth" provokes many useful lines of practical and theological reflection.  Wolf's basic argument is that, contrary to feminist expectations, easy access to pornography has not been liberating for women, but makes... continue

Out of Pornography's Pit

Article by   September 2007
John Freeman serves as the director of HarvestUSA, a gospel ministry for people struggling with effects of sexual brokenness.  Happily, the Philadelphia Daily News is running a series of John's hard-hitting columns, available online, starting with "There is a way,... continue

A Barry Bonds Primer on Sin

Article by   August 2007
Like most Americans, I've been trying not to think about Barry Bonds and his impending achievement of breaking Hank Aaron's home run record.  But the story is just too compelling.  Bonds is a truly Shakespearean figure - of the tragic sort,... continue

The Ravages of Sinful Fantasy

Article by   August 2007
Tim Challies has written a review of Naomi Wolf's article on the dangers of pornography on his blog.  Not only are her comments worthwhile, coming as they are from a third-wave feminist, but Challies own comments are important.  It is... continue

The Freudom of the Christian

Article by   January 2007
Christians often strike me as the most Freudian of people. Say what you like, I have a sneaking suspicion that Freud, rather than Augustine, Luther, or Calvin, probably offers the best insights into the way that Christians really think and... continue

I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues

Article by   September 2005
I had intended to start my writing this year by waxing eloquent about Bruce Springsteen; but events have overtaken me, and meditations on `the Boss' will have to wait for a month or two. In fact, it was another icon... continue

Cybersin

Article by   August 2005
 I want to speak with you about the single greatest threat to romantic love in America today, and possibly in human history. I refer, of course, to the ready availability of internet pornography. Nearly ten years ago, before I had... continue
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