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Why Evangelicals Should Care More About Ecclesiology

By Tish Harrison Warren A significant way that evangelicalism as an historic movement formed its identity was to unite around a “gospel core” that excluded questions about ecclesiology and church governance. In his (essential!) Democratization of American Christianity, Nathan Hatch...

/ August 29, 2018

God and All Things in God: The Theology of John Webster

By Brad East For a Christian it is enough to believe that the cause of created things, whether in heaven or on earth, visible or invisible, is nothing other than the goodness of the creator who is the one true...

/ August 20, 2018

On Dogmatic Virtue

By Matthew Emerson Much of the current scholarship on theological method concerns itself with prolegomena and/or with practical matters like steps, tasks, and tools. This is right and good – dogmatic inquiry requires right philosophical and theological foundations and right...

/ August 16, 2018

Faithful Suffering and Medicine After “The Baconian Project”

By John Brewer Eberly, Jr., MD and Ben Frush, MD We recently published a case commentary in the AMA Journal of Ethics titled, “What Should Physicians and Chaplains Do When a Patient Believes God Wants Him to Suffer?” which has us...

/ July 31, 2018

The Toxic Environments of First Reformed

By Zachary Holbrook Michael Mensana is in despair. The world is coming to an end, and there is nothing any of us can do about it. Here is the timeline. Here is the graph of the inevitable, the coming judgement....

/ July 25, 2018

Augustine, Concupiscence, and Friendship

By Phillip Cary Denny Burk and Rosaria Butterfield have identified theological grounds for their criticism of the upcoming Revoice conference and the Spiritual Friendship movement, which aim to use samesex desires for good purposes. Burk and Butterfield describe this as...

/ July 18, 2018

Loving Others Theologically

By Brandon D. Smith “How dare you?!” You might remember this phrase from Mark Driscoll, one of my early heroes in the so-called “New Calvinism” movement. His growl was aimed at men during a rant about how they misuse women...

/ July 10, 2018

How Bad Theology Hurts the Anxious, Depressed, and Suicidal

By Joshua Cayetano As Christian journeys from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City” in The Pilgrim’s Progress, he and his companion, Hopeful, are captured by Giant Despair, the king of Doubting-Castle. In the dungeon, Giant Despair tortures Christian...

/ July 9, 2018

A Critical Review of Spiritual Friendship

By Steven Wedgeworth Later this summer a group of Christian writers will meet in St Louis for the Revoice Conference, an event that seeks to make a place for “gay, lesbian, same-sex attracted, and other LGBT Christians” in the conservative...

/ June 12, 2018

Lessons from Valladolid: On Being Decent in an Indecent Age

By Catherine Addington When a Christian is caught between a political economy hostile to human flourishing and a Church all too often comfortable with the status quo, it is demoralizing to have recourse to an ugly, embattled public square. Who...

/ June 11, 2018