Obligatory Corey Haim Post

From First Thoughts

So I was driving in to work today, and the news/traffic/weather station I listen to on the commute every day comes up with this story about the 9-1-1 call Corey Haim’s mom made to the police when she found her son unconscious and not breathing. They actually played the tape the police . . . . Continue Reading »

Modern Man [2.5]

From First Thoughts

This is just sort of an excursis, given the progress of my discussion with Dr. John Mark Reynolds. As I was reading today here at Evangel about this and that, the point about abortion seemed to be very well made by Dr. Beckwith in the comments — and good on him for getting it essentially . . . . Continue Reading »

Modern Man [2]

From First Thoughts

Continuing with my reply to JohnMark Reynolds’ original response, JMR said this:My view of the forms of government described in the Bible follows this pattern. The Bible gives us no sanctified form of government for this life.See: I think that JMR has made a somewhat-obvious oversight here: . . . . Continue Reading »

Modern Man [1]

From First Thoughts

Just to keep things interesting, I’m posting my response to JMR on the front page here. I thank him for his engagement on this issue, even if he is actually wrong about a lot of things.I think the heart of our disagreement is the Bible and how to read it.I think that’s unquestionably . . . . Continue Reading »

Guest Post: Formula for the Evangelical Mess

From First Thoughts

To sort it all out in a godly way, cutting a straight path through the wreckage of evangelicalism, several old-fashioned, Christlike virtues are absolutely essential: biblical discernment, wisdom, fortitude, determination, endurance, skill in handling Scripture, strong convictions, the ability to speak candidly without waffling, and a willingness to enter into conflict.

Let’s be honest: those are not qualities the contemporary evangelical movement has cultivated. Continue Reading »

Exceptional

From First Thoughts

My friend Doug Wilson has a great post today about American Exceptionalism. Here’s a piece of it:If anyone could believe in exceptionalism, and have actual verses to point to, it would have been the Hebrews. And yet note that God warns them of this pattern, which is as old as dirt. He included . . . . Continue Reading »

Bailing out the Problem of Evil [6]

From First Thoughts

The last time we mentioned that if Joseph had never been sold into slavery, he would have never been in a position to become what he became.And the wily atheist — the one who admits, btw, that even he might be willing to suffer for the sake of something, like being part of the 60 million who . . . . Continue Reading »

they might accuse him?

From First Thoughts

From John Knight:God does not fit into easy categories because only God is free and righteous and just and holy – all in infinite proportions. When he says he creates some who are disabled, he is speaking and acting out of his infinite depths of knowledge and righteousness, not our . . . . Continue Reading »

My Hero, Kevin DeYoung

From First Thoughts

I hate to admit it, but God built me up to be a blogger. I’m really at my best when I am at 3 pages or less in final content (about 1500 words) and I try to stick to one subject — even by analogy.Kevin DeYoung may be my fellow blogger here at Evangel, but he’s not really a blogger. . . . . Continue Reading »