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Tim Keller in The Atlantic

February 22, 2011


Eleanor Barkhorn gave Tim Keller a nice interview in The Atlantic yesterday (“How Timothy Keller Spreads the Gospel in New York City, and Beyond”). The occasion? Tim’s latest book, King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, is released today. My favorite part of the interview? Pastor Keller’s easy and natural […]

Issues in the new year

December 31, 2010


Don Sweeting has composed a list of cultural trends facing us in 2011. Tidbits include: “the West is still in a heightened phase of anti-authoritarianism” “. . . for the first time a Chinese city (Shanghai) ranked number 1 in the world’s most recognized standardized test for 15 year old students (the 65 country Pisa […]

Mathison reviews VanDrunen

December 9, 2010


To my knowledge, this review by Keith Mathison is the most clear-headed review of David VanDrunen’s helpful book, Living in God’s Two Kingdoms. I can concur with Mathison that I do not necessarily “object” to a two kingdoms view of biblical theology; there is much from VanDrunen (and Stellman) that I heartily applaud. In particular, […]

Barna charting Reformed churches

November 19, 2010


First of all, I never got a call from the Barna folks. Their recent release of stats on Reformed congregations within American Protestantism has been released and it seems to tell us . . . nothing. I suppose the very fact that Barna they are even asking the question, “Is there a ‘Reformed’ movement in […]

If Dr. Seuss led worship

November 4, 2010


Here is a fright from Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh: “Of You and Your Works Are We Always Awed.” In truth, I am not very surprised in light of the quest for relevancy in the church . . . at all costs! Here is the Seusscharist; named such because it utilizes the style of Theodore […]

A New Calvinism timeline

August 21, 2010


This timeline was inspired by sitting down to read Collin Hansen’s, Young, Restless, and Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey with the New Calvinists.  In 2006, Collin wrote a similarly-title article for Christianity Today, but the book was published in 2007 and, in 2010, I finally sat down to read it.  Tsk. Selfishly enough, I wondered throughout […]

McCracken critiqued

August 20, 2010


John Wilson’s (of Books and Culture) challenging review (“Adventures in the McCrackenverse”) of Brett McCracken’s recent New York Times op-ed, “The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity,” is quite helpful.  Brett’s piece received boatloads of comments from Times readers, so it is a worthy topic.  However, I too, was suspicious of Brett’s ability to critically engage the […]