Justice for Assyrian Christians

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Dear Friend,I just returned from a 4-day trip to Jordan where I met Iraqi refugees, heard their stories, and witnessed the misery of their current situation. It was a heartbreaking experience and one that has pushed The Philos Project to work even harder on behalf of these suffering believers.I sat in a crowded living room and listened to Ban, a young […]

The Bible, Homosexuality, and Shellfish

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One of the more common assaults against the conservative “one man, one woman” definition of marriage is to make the Biblical position affirmed in our Scriptures to appear outlandish, strange, and untenable to modern minds. The strategy to make the traditional view of marriage seem obsolete runs as follows (with some slight variations): Yes, the […]

Frank Wolf asks ‘What is Caesar’s? What is God’s?’

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Former Congressman Frank Wolf pondered “What Is Caesar’s, What Is God’s?” with attendees at the 2015 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference “Law, Religion and Health in America,” held May 7 at Harvard Law School. Wolf, a tireless defender of the religiously marginalized around the world, opened by quoting James Madison, who “once opined, ‘Conscience is the […]

Bye-bye to B.B. King

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Compared to Elvis Presley, far fewer people today could recognize the name of rock and roll pioneer Carl Perkins. But in 1956, just before Presley sold ten million copies of his 45rpm with “Hound Dog” and “Don’t’ be Cruel” on opposite sides, Perkins sold a million copies of a song he wrote (later covered by […]

Just What Kind of Corner?

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The phrase, “at the corner of Church and State” was meant to convey the idea that issues of Church and State will, in fact, intersect; that the idea of the “separation of Church and State” can never be understood as parallel realms or separate realities. However, it would appear that there is a new possibility […]

Separate or Transforming?

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Some of our church’s choir will be taking a trip to Germany this summer to sing in some churches and cathedrals.  It will be a mission trip, since Germany, like so many countries in Europe have become places where church attendance has dropped to below 25% of the population.  What happened in Germany, which was […]

The “authenticity” bluff — why our lack of self-knowledge undermines our claims to be authentic

AUTHENTICITY. WE LOVE IT. We love the gritty, stripped down personality who says it like it is. We love the person who bares their soul. We dig musicians who reveals their innermost thoughts and hurts. We flock to pastors who calls a spade a spade. But here’s the problem. We’re all pretty good at faking authenticity. I […]

Architects and Broken Homes

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Certainly you have heard the clichés before- a mechanic with a perpetually broken car, the carpenter with a leaky roof, the dentist with bad teeth, the doctor who is overweight and smokes, the hairdresser with bad hair. The irony makes us chuckle a bit, and provides good fodder for the jokes we tell at parties, […]

Book Review: A Theology for the Church, Revised Edited by Daniel Akin

A Theology for the Church Revised Edition

A Theology for the Church – Revised Edition edited by Daniel Akin. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2014. 770 pp. $54.99. Purchase at Amazon or Kindle for less. Introduction Daniel Akin is the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written 1, 2, 3 John in the New American Commentary series and is also collaborating with David […]

Review: Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (DVD Documentary)

I had an opportunity to review the brand new full-length documentary entitled Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones over the weekend, and I can say that I recommend it wholeheartedly (with one reservation which I will discuss in a moment). After viewing the film, I was motivated to climb back […]

Book Review: Commentary on Hebrews by Thomas R. Schreiner

Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation – Commentary on Hebrews. Thomas R. Schreiner. General Editors, T. Desmond Alexander, Andreas J. Kostenberger, and Thomas R. Schreiner. Nashville, B&H Academic, 2015. 400 pp. $39.99. Purchase at Amazon for less. Introduction Thomas R. Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology […]

Ask the Panel: How do we think and prepare for a SCOTUS redefinition of marriage?

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The Supreme Court of the United States began hearing arguments this week in the cases involving same-sex marriage. Though it will probably take several months for the Court to render their decisions in the matter, we here at AChristianManifesto.com wanted to begin the conversation–“How should individual Christians and the church respond to a SCOTUS decision […]

Pastor, the Gospel is for Everyone

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When was the last time you shared the gospel with a fellow believer? Not accidentally, but intentionally. I believe many of us, especially pastors, assume most, if not all, of those who regularly attend weekly services are believers in Jesus Christ. This is to our detriment for at least two reasons. First, it is beyond […]

Book Review: Experiencing the New Birth by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Experiencing the New Birth

Lloyd-Jones, Martyn. Experiencing the New Birth – Studies in John 3. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2015. 400 pp. $30.00. Purchase in print at Westminster books for less or on Kindle for $9.59. Introduction I have reviewed a number of Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ works published by Crossway Books in the last few years. You can read those reviews here […]

Individual rights, community values, and E. Pluribus Unum

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I recently picked up a slim paperback/pamphlet of less than fifty pages, first published in 1977 by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Authored by Peter L. Berger and Richard John Neuhaus, the title is, To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy. Below, I excerpted four paragraphs which I […]

An Open Letter to a Stay-at-Home Christian

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Note: The following fictitious letter is addressed to the growing demographic of self-professing Christians who prefer to worship at home, rather than publicly in a local fellowship of Christian believers at church. Eugene and the others named below are completely fictional.  Dear Eugene, I want to thank you for the kind email that you wrote me recently after […]

Banksy & Pastoral Fame

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Be very careful what you wish for. In the world of pastoral ministry (especially the evangelical variety) what seems to be wished for with an increasing frequency is fame. Despite the fact that it is often shrouded in more spiritual terms like “influence” or “maximizing capacity,” there is but a razors edge difference between them […]

The Essential Bookshelf: John Frame’s “Doctrine of the Christian Life”

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John Frame’s The Doctrine of the Christian Life is a massive volume, at approximately one thousand pages, and weighing in at nearly half as many pounds! As the third installment of the Theology of Lordship Series, this volume written by the Reformed Theological Seminary stalwart is an extremely important contribution to the field of Christian ethical […]

The Selfie and Self: What Do These Say About Human Nature?

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Perhaps it is merely a sign of the times or, as David Goldman writing for CNN Money dubbed it, “the latest sign of the Apocalypse,”[i] but it deserves some consideration:  Apple is forbidding selfie sticks from its upcoming WWDC Developers Conference. A year ago a similar article appeared on huffingtonpost.com entitled “White House May Prohibit […]

A Glorious Dark

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  “Maybe it’s not stories that we love; maybe it’s the storytellers themselves we love.” A.J. Swoboda With reflections from Holy Week still looming in our hearts and imaginations it is fitting to offer a review of a book that is suitable reading for the myriad of lenten-like seasons each of us may journey through in […]

PCUSA Church “celebrates” abortion & Planned Parenthood

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Pro-life Presbyterians should protest, but is there a more effective response? “A rally in support of abortion giant Planned Parenthood took place inside a Presbyterian Church in Louisiana last month,” reportsCarole Novielli of LifeNews.com. “Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast organized the “Stand with Women” rally in support of a new abortion facility in Crescent City. The rally took place at […]

The Essential Bookshelf: John Frame’s Systematic Theology

John Frame Systematic Theology

Several weeks ago,  I began an intermittent series on “The Essential Bookshelf” in which I will attempt to recommend some of the most important tools in which a pastor, Bible student, or diligent churchman should invest. In that article, I began with excellent Bibles (of course). This afternoon, I am going to carry on with the […]

Iran and the Resurrection

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Just days before Easter, Western diplomats concluded a preliminary nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Christians who were busy pondering the resurrection and its relevance to the modern world were suddenly forced to ponder negotiations with a regime committed to spreading revolutionary Islamist ideology — and to suppressing the gospel. Making treaties with foreign […]

Secular humanism: “Sounds good to me”

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I found this humorous anecdote tucked away in Randall Balmer’s excellent faith & politics biography of Jimmy Carter, Redeemer. The context is the birth of the Moral Majority and their looking for the right candidate for the 1980 election. Herein is a description of former Texas Governor John Connally–a man who carried bullet fragments in […]

Is Easter a Pagan Holiday?

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Every year Easter and Christmas are assailed by a small, but very vocal group of very sincere and pious Christians that allege that many of us are participants in paganism. Some of those persons are my close friends. What follows is a response I once wrote to a dear friend that holds this position. Here, I […]

The crowning proof of Christianity

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Today, Christians around the world will gather and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will do so because the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the cornerstone of our faith. Without it, Christianity would be relegated to the dusty halls of museums alongside the numerous world religions and […]

Ten Practical Ways to Serve Jesus on Resurrection Sunday

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This coming Sunday is huge. This is the day that the Christian church traditionally celebrates the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. But did you know that it is also an extraordinary opportunity to honor Him with your practical service? Here are ten ways that you can glorify Christ be serving Him this weekend.  1. […]

The Last Words of Jesus

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My friend Stu Epperson recently published a book titled, The Last Words of Jesus. Here’s the gist: You’ll experience a fresh encounter with Christ as Epperson recounts the last seven statements uttered by Jesus on the cross, providing unique, thought-provoking insights, and interspersing additional commentaries from many of Christianity’s leading theologians and authors. Earlier this […]