If people are encouraged and empowered to be independent, responsible, critical thinkers in the church, they are more prone to be independent, responsible, critical thinkers in the state. On the other hand, if church members are in a system where they are governed from the top-down, they are far more likely to be disengaged in the civil sphere, abdicating their responsibility to those “over” them. … More The Connection Between Church Polity and Civil Engagement
It isn’t just important that we look back at history. We must look back at history and ask the right questions. The church today is flooded with teachers who are promoting a view which causes Christians to look to the days ahead with little more than doom and gloom. The future, it is proclaimed, will … More Post Tenebras, Tenebras?
The Eighth Commandment forbids theft. When this law is followed in society, there is justice. When it is disregarded, there is injustice and further theft. … More Thou Shalt Not Steal
Some of the polls are saying evangelicals voted for Trump at record numbers. As someone who has been urging Christians to apply Christ’s lordship to the political sphere for some time now, I’d like to take this opportunity to urge all those evangelicals who voted for Trump to consider one of the implications of supporting … More Trump, Christians, and Local Politics
My view is that the good news of Jesus impacts every area of culture. When salvation comes to a family, for example, the family dynamics change. Even if not everyone in that family is saved, things change—especially if the head of the family is saved. There is the possibility of hostility against the gospel within … More The Good News and Economics
An impressive rendition of a society drunk on political correctness is portrayed in the 2014 film, The Giver. This sci-fi film is about a community that seeks to sanitize human existence by suppressing emotions and “free thought.” The residents are assigned their jobs for life during an annual graduation ceremony. Older residents are “released” when … More Movie Review: The Giver
[Dr. Kenneth Gentry graciously published my article on his site, PostmillennialismToday.com. You can read the full article here.] One of the practical implications of a robustly postmillennial theology is the need to transform our society according to the Word of God. To the great detriment of our nation, the church in America has largely embraced … More Did Paul Try To Transform Society?
[Dr. Kenneth Gentry graciously published my article on his site, PostmillennialismToday.com. You can read the full article here.] Peace. It is illusive, yes, but it is not unattainable. The best of human rulers can only give thanks to God if his kingdom or country is characterized by peace. To say a kingdom is characterized by … More The Effect of Righteousness
Many of you have heard about Arnold Abbott, a man who was arrested for feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is not the first time something like this has happened in America. These sorts of things are fast becoming the norm in our nation, not the exception. Laws that criminalize good conduct seem … More Decreeing Wicked Decrees
Let me say, first of all, that this post is not a comprehensive treatment of what is occurring in Iraq today. The violence of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) is by no means unique. There are hundreds of situations around the world today (and in history) that are examples of injustice and violence. … More America, ISIS, and the Pride that Goeth Before Destruction