‘Taking God at His Word’ by Kevin DeYoung

Few Christians would pick up a book entitled Doctrines of the Holy Scripture.  And that is precisely why Kevin DeYoung's latest book is entitled Taking God at His Word.  With ease and clarity, DeYoung spends 144 brief pages explaining why the Scriptures are sufficient, clear, authoritative, and necessary for the Christian life.  Ultimately, DeYoung demonstrates his own submission to … Continue reading ‘Taking God at His Word’ by Kevin DeYoung

‘The Art of Biblical Narrative’ by Robert Alter

Some books you read straight through from cover to cover in one sitting.  Some books you struggle through over the course of several months, eventually giving up long before the end.  Some books require that you consume them in small chewable amounts. The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter is of the last variety.  … Continue reading ‘The Art of Biblical Narrative’ by Robert Alter

Child Abuse: The Greatest Argument Against God’s Existence

Two nights ago, I struggled as I read the chapter entitled "Rebellion" from Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.  I didn't struggle in that I had a crisis of faith, but I struggled because I was confronted with the fact that the question of evil is not merely an intellectual exercise but an engagement with a broken … Continue reading Child Abuse: The Greatest Argument Against God’s Existence

Mark Twain and “Unconscious Plagiarism”

Over the past couple of months I have been reading Mark Twain's Autobiography in parts.  The work lends itself to being picked up and put down in intervals, considering the work itself was written in that very manner--dictated in various countries, at different times, and in pieces.  Besides being thoroughly entertaining, the book also contains … Continue reading Mark Twain and “Unconscious Plagiarism”

A Depressingly “Ecclesiastical” Perspective by Mark Twain

As I was drawn into the Autobiography of Mark Twain, the following paragraph nearly drove me to despair...then I remembered the Gospel... A myriad of men are born; they labor and sweat and struggle for bread; they squabble and scold and fight; they scramble for little mean advantages over each other; age creeps upon them; infirmities … Continue reading A Depressingly “Ecclesiastical” Perspective by Mark Twain

Youch! Putting the Spurs to Students…

To be brief, I am wrestling with Dr. T. David Gordon's heavy arguments in a small book entitled Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns.  As my mind to this point has spent much energy trying to justify my current views and to find exceptions to the author's arguments, he made this statement about contemporary educational methods: Not … Continue reading Youch! Putting the Spurs to Students…

Getting Knocked Out by a German Youth Pastor

(photo credit) Have you ever been dissatisfied with your church?  Have you, pastor, ever wished your church was more...awesome?  Are you astounded by how far your church falls short in the "obeying the Bible" category?  Do members of your congregation let you down--over and over and over again? Meet Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  He's about to take … Continue reading Getting Knocked Out by a German Youth Pastor