With Christianity and its moral values the whipping boys of our collapsing culture, Christians ought to be pleased that not everyone is walking lock-step (goose-stepping) downward into the void. This is a helpful news article that should encourage our hope, though our hope is not in politics but in Christ. The spiritual, moral, and social values of Christianity rooted in God’s law will one day be the rule rather than the exception. We not only need to be aware of the change that is coming, but of the problem we now face with liberalism and secularism as the dominant cultural outlook.
A Vote Against Anti-Christian Bigotry
by David French (National Review)
Wisconsin supreme-court candidate Brian Hagedorn was supposed to lose. He was running in a state that had just ousted Governor Scott Walker. A year ago, a liberal supreme-court candidate had won her race by almost twelve points. And to make matters worse, the media had labeled Hagedorn as a bigot, a Christian hater outside the Wisconsin mainstream. Business groups had abandoned him. One trade association had even demanded a return of its donation, claiming that his “issues” directly conflicted with the “values” of its members. Continue reading
PMW 2019-026 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In this article I will offer a brief review of an important and helpful new book on the eschatology of Jesus, Jesus and the Future. To paraphrase a well-known biblical proverb, we might say that “the writing of many books on prophecy is endless.” And too many of current prophecy books are downright useless, so that we must confess “that such is wearisome, for the eye is not satisfied with seeing charts and graphs, nor is the ear filled with hearing Antichrist and Rapture predictions.” But this is one of the rare prophecy books that is well worth reading.
Review of Jesus and the Future: Understanding What He Taught about the End Times, by Andreas J. Köstenberger, Alexander E. Stewart and Apollo Makara (Wooster, Ohio: Weaver, 2017). Paperback, 196 pp.
Köstenberger, Stewart, and Makara have written a helpful summary of Jesus’ eschatological teaching that is aimed at evangelical laymen in our confused times. They have designed this small work to “cut through the maze of end-time teaching” that has so befuddled contemporary evangelical thought (p. 17). Continue reading
PMW 2019-023 by Various Writers
Full Preterism is a small, but tenacious Internet phenomenon that has caused a good deal of disruption in evangelical churches. I call “Full Preterism” by the term “Hyper-preterism,” because it is to Preterism what Hyper-Calvinism is to Calvinism: the taking up of a good theological perspective, then driving it beyond its true meaning.
I have mentioned Hyper-preterism from time-to-time in some of my books (e.g., He Shall Have Dominion). I have written a chapter in a Reformed response to Hyper-preterism (edited by Keith L. Mathison, When Shall These Things Be?). I have also recently published a small book containing some of my brief observations on the errors crippling Hyper-preterism (Have We Missed the Second Coming?). And now I have re-republished a book critiquing Full Preterism by Samuel M. Frost (Why I Left Full Preterism). Continue reading
PMW 2018-103 by Stephen Nichols (Ligonier Ministries)
One of the most remarkable stories of Christmas comes from one of the darkest moments of modern history. World War I ravaged a continent, leaving destruction and debris in its wake. The human cost, well in the millions, staggers us. But from the midst of this dark conflict comes the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914. The Western Front, only a few months into the war, was a deplorable scene of devastation. Perhaps as if to give the combatants one day to breathe again, a truce was called from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. Continue reading
PMW 2018-08 by Cody Guitard (Creation Ministries, Intl.)
I remember the first time I saw the movie The Day After Tomorrow.1 I was fairly young, with a wild imagination, so when our community experienced a hailstorm shortly after, I thought we were about to experience another ice age. (I even started planning how my family and I would survive.) Now, years later, with a more informed understanding of the science behind the (actual) Ice Age, I am convinced that there is no reason to fear we will experience another ‘big freeze’. Unfortunately, most people don’t know what caused the Ice Age, and that only the biblical creation model explains it. This has resulted in some (I think unwarranted) panic and confusion on issues like ‘global warming’ and whether or not the earth is heading into another ice age as in the above movie. Let’s put those worries to rest. Continue reading
PMW 2018-086 by Victor Charles Couture
Dr. Kenneth Gentry has asked me to expand on some observations of mine (which first appeared in varied Facebook groups on February 16, 2017) regarding Joshua 9 and how it pertains to immigration and the associated sojourner classifications and obligations of the Pentateuch. Note that all web-source quote referencing is enclosed using the “pipe” character | throughout this study, and that I’ve used Bible Hub throughout for referencing scripture (for KJ2000, YLT, and word studies).
Let us first consider one of the known scripture passages that contains Yahweh’s pertinent command:
17) “You shall not pervert the justice due the stranger ….. 18) But you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you from there: therefore I command you to do this thing.” (Deut. 24:17-18).
God is serious enough about this command that He later has His people swear to keep it (Deut. 27:19). Continue reading
PMW 2018-072 by Brian Mattson (The Calvinist International)
Eastern Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart has written an essay on the Pauline terms “spirit,” (pneuma) “soul,” (psuche), and “flesh” (sarx), maintaining that modern readers are greatly (or perhaps completely) hindered in their understanding of them. He lays blame on a kind of “Protestant biblical scholarship” that is allegedly weighed down with all sorts of wrong-headed theological predispositions—presuppositions that preclude any genuine understanding of the “intellectual and spiritual environment of the apostolic church.” He is indicting an entire tradition of biblical interpretation, so his lone example (N.T. Wright) is but an incidental detail, a mere straw placeholder for what turns out to be a much more sweeping agenda. Continue reading