PMW 2019-050 by Chris Hume (The Reformed Hope)
We may be surprised by many things when we reach heaven. I dare not contend with J.C. Ryle who said that the thing which will surprise us most is how much more we ought to have loved Christ while on earth. But I think there is another reality which will also greatly surprise us when we reach heaven. And that is this: the depths of the spiritual battle that was waged for the souls of men and women during our lifetime. Take any saint—whether in the first century under the persecution of Nero, or suffering under Rome during the Inquisition in the 13th century, or faced with oppression by the secular government in China today—and behind the scenes in his life, the spiritual battle is of the intensest kind. Continue reading
PMW 2019-043 by R. J. Rushdoony
Is the church obsolete? The answer, clearly, is that many churches are. The basic definition of the word “obsolete” is “gone out of use.” Not too many years ago, a horse and buggy were necessary on most farms; today, they are obsolete, and, for much farming, even a barn is obsolete also. They have no real function or purpose in terms of the necessities of farm life today.
Is the same true of the church? The church is, by the definition of the Bible, the body of Christ, made up of His members, governed by His Word and ordained officers, and called together for worship by the preaching of the Word of God and the administration of the sacraments. Continue reading
PMW 2019-039 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
In his letter to the troubled Corinthian church, Paul lists three Christians virtues while exhorting them to a closer walk with Christ: faith, hope, and love (1 Cor. 13:13). This three-fold cord of holy values provides a strong bond of commitment for the Christian, and has tied the Church of Jesus Christ together throughout the ages.
Faith and love are not only beautiful threads knitting together the fabric of the Christian life, but are easily recognized as such. They weave a strong carpet for the Christian walk; they serve as dual strands tugging us forward in our holy calling. And though hope is certainly not a detached thread from the Christian garment, it has been snagged loose and at best is only partially visible to the eye of faith today. Continue reading
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