Category: Christian Life

Persons or Personality, and Why it Might Matter

Are we persons, or do we have personalities? The distinction seems trivial, but in fact cuts to the very core of our (theological) anthropology. In an excursus in Resurrection and Moral Order,, O’Donovan writes: In modern idealism the term ‘person’...

/ October 17, 2007

RMO: Eschatology and History

***Note: I am precising Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics this week here at Mere-O. I hope you will work through the challenging and provocative theological ethic that O’Donovan articulates.*** Chapter Three: Eschatology and History...

/ October 17, 2007

Resurrection and Moral Order: The Created Order

***Note: I am precising Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics this week here at Mere-O. I hope you will work through the challenging and provocative theological ethic that O’Donovan articulates.*** When Christians talk about the...

/ October 16, 2007

Resurrection and the Moral Order: Series Intro

These are challenging times for Christians who want to live out the full Gospel, especially for those who seek to understand how their faith intersects with the public realm. On the one hand, Christians must understand and distinguish themselves from...

/ October 15, 2007

On Christian Dejection

How should Christians mourn their sin? For many of us, especially we Protestants, it’s tempting to say we shouldn’t.  After all, we’ve received the imputed righteousness of Christ–our sins are covered. On the other hand, we cannot ignore Jesus’ words:...

/ October 10, 2007

Resurrection and the Moral Order

I am going to be blogging through Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics next week. If anyone wishes to buy a copy and read through it while I post, let me know in the comments....

/ October 8, 2007

The Patience of God

Sometimes, it is difficult to not be frustrated with God.  After all, if he could change me into a saint in the twinkling of an eye, why wouldn’t he?  In the words of the Psalmist, “How long, Oh Lord?”  How...

/ August 7, 2007

Responding to Readers: Finding Clarity in the Worship Wars

When I offered three cheers and a jeer for evangelical worship music, I thought it might require some clarification and qualification. Like anything, this is a difficult issue if only because it’s not clear what worship songs–or hymns–are under consideration...

/ July 6, 2007

Three Cheers and a Jeer: In Defense of Praise Songs

Since they are obviously in need of defending. Lawrence Henry has made the classic case against modern praise songs–they have trite lyrics and bad music. They are “whitebread,” lacking the soul of gospel. In short, they have virtually nothing to...

/ July 3, 2007

Blink and the Subconscious Christian Life

First impressions matter. It’s been a truism in business and sales circles, but no book has demonstrated it as clearly as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. In the first two seconds of seeing someone, we have already disposed ourselves toward them in...

/ June 25, 2007