Monthly Archives: April 2007

What’s in a Name?

The term ‘evangelical’ has traditionally been applied to Christians and Christian teaching which espouses a high view of Scripture, a belief in the necessity for personal encounter with God through Christ (the need to be born again), of the necessity for true repentance based on faith in the substitutionary atoning work of Christ, and so on. Read more »

Applicable versus Academic Theology

At a meeting of theological college leaders I recently attended, someone distributed copies of an interesting article concerning the failures of academic theology (you can view the article here). Dry, rationalist academic theology, which is heavily dependent on the historical-critical approach, is often wholly inadequate for training people for ministry. Yet sadly, many Christian colleges are allowing academic theology to dictate what they teach their students, when what is needed is a return to church and biblical theology. The re-emergence of biblical theology (which is re-asserting itself once again within academic theology circles, somewhat ironically because the current postmodern Zeitgeist permits any and all approaches as equally valid) is particularly exciting, though the church might well wonder what all the fuss is about, given that this has been its approach for two thousand years! (For further insight into the rise of biblical theology, see my book review published in Evangelical Quarterly last year and available here). Read more »

Partial Birth Abortion

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court finally decided that states could place limits on a parent’s ability to kill a child. While the victory for life and moral decency was a pathetically small one (given the number of child killings in the U.S.), the level of agnst and teeth grinding seen in the advocates for the pro-abortion industry (yes abortion is big business) provided great entertainment.
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