A Christian education website

Many public schools no longer teach Christian education. It’s good to see a website like this: Request (based in the U.K.) designed to teach basic Christianity in the education system. Depending on the school system, Christianity is rarely taught or not taught at all.  Personally, I've lost hope in the secularized public education system in …

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 …

Why learning the catechism and bible is important

These day, I don't know if many people take the catechism very seriously.  Most Lutherans have heard of Luther's Large and Small Catechism; some have even heard of the Book of Concord.  Reformed and Presbyterians know of the Geneva, Heidelberg, Larger, Smaller catechisms, including the Westminister Confession of Faith.  But many do not even know …

Are pastors an obstacle to the priesthood of believers?

TC Robinson has a post "The Pastor: Obstacle to every member functioning". He has raised a question in the blogosphere that has more of us thinking.  It provoked something in me that saddens me because I think it is true.  For many of the pastor-centric churches/congregations, the pastor has been an obstacle to a properly …

Going to Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit

Willow Creek Church is one of the megachurches that understand church growth but sometimes I wonder if this is real evangelism.  Maybe it is. Maybe it isn't.  Some people have a tough time accepting this church-growth movement because they say it really isn't evangelism. It's just people moving from one church to another. Either way, …

UnChristian: Change the Perception

UnChristian: Change the Perception (DVD) Publisher: Baker Books ISBN: 9780801003172 Based on Barna Group’s research on 16 to 29 year-olds, here’s how people outside the established church perceive Christians: 91%  anti-homosexual 87%  judgmental 85%  hypocritical 78%  old fashioned 75%  too involved with politics 72%  out of touch with reality 70%  insensitive to others The presentation …

Is rising trend of Calvinism in SBC seminary graduates long-term or just a passing fad?

Why is Calvinism making a comeback?   According to data presented at the opening session of a conference on Reformed theology in the Southern Baptist Convention, a survey found that nearly 30 percent of recent Southern Baptist seminary graduates identify themselves as five-point Calvinists.  This trend is rising.  Most recently, this figure was 34 percent! Full …

The bible belongs in public school classrooms

The teaching of the bible in our public classrooms has been reduced to “nil” in my country of Canada. I remember the last time the bible was ever publicly read in the classroom was in the second grade (in the Province of British Columbia). The loss of bible reading in public schools across our nation …

The Pope’s call is a return to Christian roots – not a fusion of church and state

The Pontiff is currently in France and he has made a statement concerning church and society, stating: “The roots of France—like those of Europe—are Christian....History itself offers sufficient proof of this: From its origins, your country received the Gospel message.” Good for the Pontiff because this is a gutsy statement. It’s something that secularists do …

Today’s great need for Christian education

I am a great believer in Christian education and have always valued quality Christian teaching in Sunday School. I appreciate the dedication of my previous teachers throughout all the years of being taught by my Christian educators. It is important that we honor them and show appreciation to them because they may be one of …