Not Everything Called “Christian” Is

Not Everything Called “Christian” Is

There has always been a great temptation to append the adjective Christian to whatever one favors in order to justify it. Recently we have seen the phenomenon of so-called “Gay Christians” in an apparent attempt to synthesize homosexuality and...
The Guy On The Screen Is Not Your Pastor

The Guy On The Screen Is Not Your Pastor

At AGR we are passionate in our commitment to the local church. We do not want listeners and readers to substitute AGR for the local, visible church. Unless you are in our congregation we are probably not going to be able to visit you in the hospital, nursing home, or...
Is Christianity For Suckers?

Is Christianity For Suckers?

Someone once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Who first said it is disputed. It has been attributed to P. T. Barnum, to a banker, and to other possible sources. Whoever said it first, it captures the spirit of skepticism perfectly. The skeptic, i.e., the...
Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (2)

Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (2)

In part 1 we looked at the what of the problem of evil and at the way Psalm 73 talks about it. Now we want to think about who is talking about the problem of evil in our time. The number of those in the world who subscribe a Reformed confession (e.g., the Belgic...
Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (1)

Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (1)

Recently, a well-meaning “New Calvinist” (more on this nomenclature in part 2) posted some very blunt language on Twitter about the relationship between divine sovereignty and various ways in which people suffer in this world. He wrote that if you experienced X trauma...