Christian Life

Sound Doctrine and Joel Osteen

Dec 10th, 2011 | By

In his Pastoral Epistles (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus), the Apostle Paul argues very compellingly that “sound doctrine” produces godly living. The two are thereby inextricably linked.

“We Gather Together”: A Thanksgiving Hymn in Historical Perspective

Nov 26th, 2011 | By

This is Thanksgiving weekend and it is appropriate in this edition of Issues in Perspective to focus on Thanksgiving. To that end, I want to concentrate on the Thanksgiving hymn, “We Gather Together.”

How Do I Build Bridges to Mormons?

Sep 24th, 2011 | By

Mormonism has a strong commitment to the spiritual world, the realm beyond the physical; it is possible to connect with this spiritual world through the specific activities of the believer. As Bible-centered Christians, we believe that as well, but teach clearly that a relationship with God is possible only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Jesus as a Liberator of Women

Sep 17th, 2011 | By
Women with arms raised in worship

Without question, one of the most hotly debated issues in American evangelicalism is the role of women in the church. One issue that cannot be debated, however, is that the Scriptures affirm the equality of men and women, both in the image of God, in their position in Christ and as joint heirs.

A Model Evangelical Leader: John R.W. Stott

Aug 13th, 2011 | By
John Stott (photo by John Yates)

One of my personal heroes went to be with the Lord in July—the British scholar and Christian leader, John R.W. Stott. He was 90 years old. I will miss his pithy, succinct writing, his gracious style and his deep-seated commitment to genuine, biblical Christianity.

The Importance of a Theology of God

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

Broadly speaking, our evangelical culture in America is dumbing down doctrine and theology. Rarely in the typical evangelical church in America will you hear sermons or teaching sessions on God as Trinity or the importance of the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. In this Perspective, I want to illustrate the importance of sound doctrine to our lives.

The Fad of Reincarnation

Jul 2nd, 2011 | By

In the United States, there is a growing fascination with the belief in reincarnation. In fact, adherence to this belief is a part of psychiatric therapy—something called “hypnotic regression” or “past-lives therapy.” One very famous physiatrist, Dr. Paul DeBell, believes that he was a caveman in a past life and that his eternal soul also inhabited the body of a Tibetan monk and a conscientious German who refused to betray his Jewish neighbors in the Holocaust.

Ayn Rand and Christianity

Jun 18th, 2011 | By

One of the heroes of some Republican conservatives and of radio/TV hosts such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh is philosopher, novelist and fervent anti-communist Ayn Rand. She is often cited at Tea Party rallies and other such gatherings as well. Congressmen Paul Ryan and Ron Paul cite Rand as one of their personal heroes and a reason why they got involved in politics.

Unfaithful Men

Jun 18th, 2011 | By

Over the last few years, a surge of tragic stories about unfaithful men has inundated the media. To one degree or another, each one of these men is being held accountable, some more severely than others. But what should be our response as Christians?

The Spirituality of Oprah Winfrey

Jun 4th, 2011 | By

Oprah Winfrey is leaving her regular TV program and founding a new TV network, which will expand even further her influence on American culture in the early 21st century. She just finished 25 years of syndicated “pastoral work” (a total of 4,561 shows) serving her own “congregation” of true believers throughout America. Joanne Kaufman aptly summarizes this last program: “Oprah’s final show made it difficult to avoid ecclesiastical comparisons.