This paper was originally presented at the 2018 Covenant Theological Seminary's annual theology conference. That paper was then revised and used in the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society's 2018 meeting where it received a runner-up in the student paper competition.
"Between 1987 and 2015, approximately one million children were born through the use of IVF or other reproductive technologies averaging about 62,000 children per year. Seeking to fulfill the desire to have children is laudable impulse though the means have come into question."
"A church plant is building a house from the ground up - laying the foundation, adding the structures, piping, electrical and so on. Replanting is akin to gutting an older house to remodel it. The foundation remains intact as does much of the skeleton of the home but the plaster walls are taken out, the electoral is updated, and new windows and roof are installed. And lastly, revitalization is making only minimal changes to the house. A paint job, new appliances, and fixing older plumbing and electrical rather than replacing it, but the vast majority of the house remains as it was before."
This excerpt is from Spurgeon's small and final manifesto, "The Greatest Fight in the World." As it strikes me, it is an apt critique of what "Christian Deconstructionists" and the so called, "exvangelical" moment is guilty of.
"There’s more than ample evidence that this narrative, this combat-PTSD-suicide chain, is mistaken. What’s more, if we assume suicide is mostly related to combat and PTSD, we may fail to help those most in need."
"As Christians, we are confessing Trinitarians. This means we profess that the Bible teaches there are three distinct persons in one God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But practically speaking, many of us are probably more bi-nitarian than we care to admit."
Have I been called to ministry? Such a weighty question deserves a considerate and thoughtful answer. This isn’t the kind of thing you would want to answer on a whim, make in haste, or without seeking the wisdom of others.
"In this video I walk through the biblical foundations, duty and elements of family worship. You will see my family do their evening worship time after supper (warts and all!) that we hope provides a template, encouragement and training to spur parents on to take up this mandate."
"The United States possess 3% of the world’s population and 20% of the world’s prisoners. There are more people in prison in the U.S. per 100,000 people than under authoritative regimes like China and Russia."
"I receive reports of thousands of these humans who now think they are free because they are, as they call it, “accountable” to someone. This is no matter for us because we still have their devotion. "
"The answer, among a longer list the moon-hoaxers would cite, is that the moon-landing was filmed in a bunker. Thus, the inconsistent shadows are but a small part of a body of damning evidence that we never landed on the moon."
"In a fascinating inconsistency, the average person who possesses this view of the bible does not hold this view in regard to the exploding comic canon which they tend to more passionately discuss and engage with, indeed, as if it were inspired."
"Any reasonable person knows that disarming a law obeying populace will only leave the criminals armed. That argument does not need to be repeated again here. Any person who is set on trading his life for another can accomplish it with or without guns."