Category: Christianity

Issues and opinions about Christianity

Speaking of Tongues

I am arguing that the correct understanding of the miracle of tongues, broadly speaking, is the transmission of the gospel into one’s native language. That transmission can come in a variety of ways, through both extraordinary (Acts 2) and ordinary…

Degenerent Orthodoxy

About the book, Generous Orthodoxy, by Brian McLaren. Tim Challies’ review of this book in December, 2004, is worth reading. According to the site www.generousorthodoxy.net, this is another instance of what is known as “Progressive Christianity,” formerly known as Liberalism.…

What is a Christian?

What makes a person Christian? It sounds like a simple question, but it has been complicated by sin and history. Jesus’ first sermon set the standard — “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Clearly, Christians…

The Day of the Lord

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a rushing noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. And the earth and the works in…

Root & Fruit

Scot McKnight writes in a Christianity Today article, Five Streams of the Emerging Church, “the emerging movement is radically Reformed. It turns its chastened epistemology against itself, saying, ‘This is what I believe, but I could be wrong. What do…

Emergence

Fads have become the engines that drive culture in the 21st Century. Corporations chase fads in order to profit from them in various ways. Corporations also create fads as a means of marketing their products. The ideal marketing program is…

History

The story of the Bible is the story of God’s work in the world. It is His (God’s) story, that is the fundamental and original understanding of history. It is only in the post-Enlightenment, modern, secular, humanistic world that God…

Campaign 2008

The fact that the Democratic Party is awash in Presidential candidates provides a rare opportunity for Christian mission and apologetics to take center stage in public debate. How so? Because the anticipated campaign issues fall in the heart of Christendom.…

Snow

I understand that Colorado is being deluged with snow. Here’s a poem I wrote following an overnight four foot snow (average) in December 1996 in Central Pennsylvania. The Lord Also Snows by Phillip A. Ross Thus says the Lord: I…

Forever Called

A 2006 Christmas Message Isaiah 42:1-13 Annunciation – The word refers to the announcement given by the angel Gabriel to Mary about the birth of Jesus. While Mary was called to play a special role in the birth of Jesus…