WORLD Interviews Denny Burk on the APA’s Controversial New Guidelines on Masculinity – CBMW – Christian Article

Is masculinity harmful to men and boys? Should masculinity be pathologized? According to new guidelines released this month by the American Psychological Association (APA), the answer seems to be yes. In a recent report on the APA’s new guidelines on masculinity, WORLD correspondent Sarah Schweinsberg interviewed CBMW president Dr. Denny Burk about manhood and the APA’s pathologization of masculinity. You can listen to the WORLD report here, or read Dr. Burk’s comments below: “So what do we do about men…

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Is belief the most important thing? – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); “The most important thing in lifeis what you believe about God.”— Unnamed Pastor The church was packed full of holiday worshippers: many attending only for the sake of religious tradition. The pastor (rightly hoping to inspire the people to make a more enduring commitment to Christ) encouraged his audience with this simple proclamation: “The most important thing in life is what you believe about God.” Driving away from the service with my three sons…

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Living Local Fiction | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By S. Dorman On first moving to Maine and seeing a line of tall ledges from a nearby road, I was enchanted, surprised. I’d never seen anything like them before: Mountains like waves of rock waiting to crash over the land. Not long ago, on snowshoes, we broke trail in a field below. In three feet of snow, exhausting ourselves, driven by winds laden with chill factors below zero. Oh that cup of coffee on our return! Home territory is…

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Every Logos Sale Happening Now, in One Post – Christian Article

From free books to discounts on Logos 8, here’s everything that’s free and on sale this month on Logos.com, Faithlife Connect, and Faithlife Ebooks. Free books At the links above you’ll also find books for $2–$4, including two popular Old and New Testament exegesis books. 4 free Bible study bundles To celebrate the new year and all the new opportunities to dig into God’s Word, we’ve put together four free bundles. One is for anyone who doesn’t own a Logos…

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Limited Atonement: Rejecting What Was Never Provided? – Christian Article

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series “Definite Atonement’s Indefinite Inferences” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. We have seen that to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Scripture teaches particular redemption, an advocate would need to show an explicit negation: a denial that Christ provided atonement for the non-elect. Instead of such a negation, we find references to universal provision of atonement. We find application of Christ’s atonement limited to…

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The Burden of Parenting: In Praise of Christian Simplicity – Christian Article

By Myles Werntz North America, in many places, is in the throes of a decadence which it cannot justify, but which it will not live without. For decades, North America has consumed more than its share of resources, and now, for a variety of reasons, this is becoming unsustainable. As housing and medical prices increase, and real wages decrease, the call toward the material simplicity of the Gospels simply makes more sense. But, for much of the North American church—unaccustomed…

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The Impossibility of an Evangelical Conservatism – Christian Article

Rusty Reno has concluded that I am a “respectable evangelical,” an appellation which he does not intend as a compliment. His comments come in response to my article for America Magazine, on the relationship of conservative Catholics and Evangelicals under and beyond Trump. Reno suggests that whatever insights the piece has, the “rank-and-file are invisible” in my description of evangelicalism’s political landscape, “neglecting the obvious fact that [‘old guard’ evangelicals like Jerry Falwell, Jr. are] leaders because so many people follow them,” and…

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Revisiting the Progressive Evangelical Package – Christian Article

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Mere O called, “The Progressive Evangelical Package.” It probably helps to read it before proceeding. Simply put, though, before the language of “tribes” and “tribal thinking” became lingua franca, I tried to point out  that Progressive Evangelicals had a developing orthodoxy of key doctrines just as much as conservative Calvinists did. I did that by identifying seven of them, trying to pinpoint some of the underlying, causal roots funding this cluster…

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The Mere Orthodoxy Holiday Gift Giving Guide – Christian Article

By Matthew Loftus, Jake Meador, and Jon Askonas For the Christian progressive in your life: We recommend a pair of boots with great tread and cleats to help them successfully navigate those slippery slopes. (Numerous retailers, $30-$200.) For the Person in Your Life Who Loves Ethically-Sourced Porn: If you’re an evangelical teenager and you’ve already worked your way through all the dirty parts of the Bible and The Act of Marriage book you stole off the Resource Table at church,…

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The Christ and Pop Culture 25 of 2018 – Christian Article

What were the most-meaningful cultural influences of 2018? The Christ and Pop Culture 25 is a list of our favorite people, works of art, or cultural artifacts from the past year that we feel best represent God’s truth and grace in the world. The list is extremely weird, a meandering, whiplash-inducing product of the diverse perspectives of our writers. We wouldn’t have it any other way. The goal of our list is to illuminate and appreciate the good both in…

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Can We Reject Paedobaptism and Still Receive Paedobaptists? – Christian Article

By Gavin Ortlund (2: Jonathan Leeman’s Response, 3: Gavin Ortlund’s Response, 4: Jonathan Leeman’s Final Response) There are some great discussions happening on Twitter about baptism and church membership (for instance, Jake Meador started this one, which carried on for quite some time). I have enormous respect for people on different sides of the issue, and I am neither settled nor certain on every detail myself. This is a tough topic, and I think we should have grace on each other…

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Book Review: The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By Gina Dalfonzo “The variety of Dorothy Sayers’s work makes it almost impossible to find anyone who can deal properly with it all,” wrote C. S. Lewis in his eulogy for his friend and fellow writer. “. . . I certainly can’t.” To try to accomplish what even C. S. Lewis couldn’t do is a daunting prospect. Yet Plough has boldly set out to do just that with The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers, the latest installment in their series…

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Limited Atonement and Eternal Justification – Christian Article

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series “Definite Atonement’s Indefinite Inferences” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Limited Atonement, also known as definite atonement and particular redemption, is regarded by some as a kind of Shibboleth of Reformed or Calvinistic Orthodoxy. Disavow particular redemption, and you are a closet Arminian, an Arminian in Calvinist clothing, or even an inconsistent Universalist. If your TULIP lacks the middle petal, it’s a disfigured…

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Church Membership and the Definition of Baptism – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By Jonathan Leeman (1: Gavin Ortlund’s Initial Post, 3: Gavin Ortlund’s Response, 4: Jonathan Leeman’s Final Response) Gavin, Thank you for the opportunity to interact with you on this matter. I’m grateful for you and ourpartnership in the gospel, and I remember your time in DC fondly. As I understand it you raise two basic objections to the baptist practice of excluding people baptized as infants from church membership—what I call the definitional objection and the unity objection. You know me well…

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Over 250 Dutch Pastors and Leaders Sign Nashville Statement, Drawing National Attention – CBMW – Christian Article

More than 250 pastors and church leaders in the Netherlands have signed a Dutch translation of the Nashville Statement, drawing widespread criticism in response. The translation, the signers of which come from conservative Protestant churches in the Netherlands, comes almost a year and a half after the Nashville Statement was originally released in August 2017, when a coalition of evangelical pastors, scholars, and other leaders sought to articulate a biblical view of human sexuality. The issues that led to the…

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Baptist Sacramentology and the Concern with Donatism – Christian Article

By Jonathan Leeman (1: Gavin Ortlund’s Initial Post, 2: Jonathan Leeman’s Response, 3: Gavin Ortlund’s Response) Gavin, Thanks for your elucidating and studied replies. Good conversation. Here are some brief responses to the various points you brought up. “The” Baptist View on Membership I was not arguing that my view on baptism and church membership was “the” Baptist position. I was arguing that the necessity of personal faith at the time of baptism is “the” Baptist position. Specifically, I said, “baptists of every…

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