Who was Henry Alline?

First Great Awakening As part of my orientation into the Baptist Church, I started doing some research on the early Baptists in Canada and rediscovered the importance of spiritual revivals.   Though Baptists had an even earlier history in Europe, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many early Baptists in  Canada and the American colonies …

What’s a Lutheran? Let a traditional Lutheran explain it

If you're an Evangelical, have you ever wondered how a traditional-orthodox Lutheran might feel about him or herself?  Or how a traditional Lutheran pastor might feel about Evangelicals? I just came across an interview posted at The Gospel Coalition blog titled "Those Dern Lutherans".  Blogger and Reformed pastor, Rev. Kevin DeYoung (RCA), interviewed Rev. Paul T. …

Evangelical disconnect between Jesus and Paul

In Scot McKnight’s article in the December issue of Christianity Today [ HatTip: TC ] I think he is really onto something big here.  He is bringing up an issue that is just on the cusp of really becoming a major issue within evangelical Christianity, especially amongst younger evangelicals.  People are finding that they can resonate more …

Christians are leaving church in record numbers

Leaving Church series: Intro 1, Intro 2, Part 1, Pt 2, Pt 3, Pt 4, Pt 5, Pt 6, Pt 7. Author and journalist, Julia Duin, says that people are leaving church in record numbers.  I believe this is true, especially in North America, and it has been happening for decades in Europe already. Duin, …

What if Prof. Bart Ehrman hadn’t gone to Princeton?

I was just reading a very interesting blog post on Parchment and Pen (HT: TC & Joel) posted by Daniel Wallace (a dispensationalist at Dallas Theological Seminary) where there's an excellent exchange of ideas and views.  Wallace's beef is with liberal theologians who regard themselves as open-minded but their behavior is less than open-minded when …

Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Mary and the evangelical mind

In the November 2009 edition of First Things, a Roman Catholic journal on religion, culture, and public life, the Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) article: "Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life" addressed the issue of Mary, which is an important to our Roman Catholic brothers …

All Saints Day: any saints today deserving of recognition?

In the earliest days, St. John the Baptist and the early martyrs were honoured by a special day. The earliest day was traced back to Sunday after Pentecost. During the persecution under Diocletian's rule there were a great number of Christians martyred so this common day was appointed by theRoman Catholic Church (RCC). Gradually, more …

New book: “A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church”

I've been blogging about the evangelical church recently. Here's a related post. Tim Challies recently commented on the new book (see his post here): A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church.  It might be a good book we should pay more attention to because it offers constructive criticism and advice for those who have been …

The evangelical church in the UK is on the rise

In mainline Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian churches, we are seeing a constant and continual drop in church attendance.  Something has got to change! But when we look at evangelical churches, attendance tend either remain stable or are flourishing.  What is the difference?  What are evangelical churches doing that is different? In relation to my previous …

Will evangelicalism decline or continue to expand?

Phil Johnson at the Pyromaniacs blog has a recent post called Whither Evangelicals. He says that: "The average evangelical today couldn't even tell you what the original doctrinal distinctives of classic evangelicalism were.  In fact, post-modern evangelicals don't really have any clear doctrinal identity." I would agree with this.  But this is so because it …

A new wave of the Holy Spirit’s work in the church has emerged

This is my response to the recent posts at InternetMonk.com on the “Coming Evangelical Collapse” (Part 1 and Part 2) and comes as my personal response just after I made my first post (here). I'm sitting here on Sunday night thinking: "Okay, the church seems to be waning" but I ask myself if Christ is …

A theologian #3: Rev. Carlton Pearson

Recently, I have been doing more reading and I have just finished reading The Gospel of Inclusion: Reaching Beyond Fundamentalism to the True Love of God by Carlton Pearson (ASUZA Press/Council Oak Books, 2007). Today, Bishop Pearson is considered a heretical pentecostal preacher who no longer believes in hell and believes that everyone will be …

A theologian #2: Rev. Francis Schaeffer

Duriez, Colin. Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008. Pp. 240.Francis Schaeffer is one of the great evangelical theologians of our modern day. I was already familiar with some of his books and his published video series: How Should We Then Live? Having just read this biography of this great man of …

Ancient-future: does the future really lie in the past?

In the emerging church, some people have been rediscovering the ancient church. I consider myself evangelical, but not emerging, but have also discovered the past, and have been reading a little of some of the early church fathers like Iranaeus, Basil, Clement, Origen, Tertullian, etc. The emerging church movement should be more careful about completely …

Erasmus’ influence on evangelicalism

Erasmus of Rotterdam was the first great religious humanist. He translated the Textus Receptus and was hugely influential in the philosophy of the 16th century reformers. His ideas of the “freedom of the will” introduced new liberating ideas into the center of the Reformation in Geneva, Switzerland and Wittenberg, Germany. You could say that his …