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Entries Tagged ‘Evangelicalism’

Piety vs. Pietism / Confessional vs. Confessionalism

One of the great things about movements is that they can bring together people from diverse backgrounds for a common cause. One of the dangerous things about movements is that they can create artificial positions that undermine the integrity of institutions that have grown organically through the years. In recent discussions, especially in the blogosphere, […]

Sacrificing the Sacred Cows of Evangelicalism

Our friend, Tullian Tchividjian, has a follow-up post to his great article last week, “Why I Hate Accountability Groups.” In it he quotes Mike Horton’s article, “Does Justification Still Matter?” (Modern Reformation Sep/Oct 2007). As you read both Tullian’s post and Mike’s article, ask yourself when was the last time that “doctrine” played a significant […]

This is not your neighbor’s “Youth Group”

The following is by Rev. Michael Brown, pastor of Christ URC in Santee, CA and is used with his permission. Rev. Brown blogs at The Blog of Christ URC The only “youth program” your kids need: some thoughts on family worship and catechesis When my wife and I were introduced to Reformed Christianity, one of […]

An Impotent Symbol of Cinema Secularism

“He who marries the spirit of the age soon becomes a widower.” This sage warning from William Ralph Inge, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in the mid-20th century, is especially poignant with the recent announcement that an Orange County, California landmark, the Crystal Cathedral, has filed for bankruptcy. According to this recent article in The […]

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

I was recently looking at the (very long and detailed) bio page of a pastor of a large church in the Midwest. As I was reading, this struck me as being interesting: In the eight years that Dr. ____ has been its pastor, the First _____ Church of _____ has seen amazing growth, with the […]

The Cult of Personality

The following is by Rev. Kevin Efflandt, pastor of Zion URC in Ripon, CA and is used with his permission.  Rev. Efflandt blogs at Confessions of a Confessional Rev. This morning, I came across something on Facebook that caught my attention. It was a Christian radio station in a place that I formerly lived, asking […]

A Cultural Mirror?

I’ve never watched the TV show Glee. However, a friend forwarded a couple of interesting takes on a recent episode of this teen life series. One character, a gay atheist (Kurt), encounters friends who are evangelical stereotypes. In one poignant scene, a girl invites Kurt to church and says it’s OK if he doesn’t believe […]

Looking Down [A Few Verses] Might Be Good

The theme running throughout the White Horse Inn broadcasts and Modern Reformation issues this year has been “Recovering Scripture.” Such a recovery is needed in many areas of our doctrine of Scripture as has been pointed out many times this year already. However, under-girding all of these discussions is a desire to have Scripture properly […]

Congregationalist Casino Night

How bad is the rot in American Christianity? Is our heterodoxy, compromise, and worldliness a modern problem or does it perhaps go deeper, down into the DNA of a faith tradition formed more by revivalism than historic faith and practice? Over at Steadfast Lutherans, our friend and Modern Reformation contributor Mollie Z. Hemingway posted an […]

Tragic Church Signs

Welcome to a new segment on the White Horse Inn blog: “Tragic Church Signs.” The first installment comes courtesy of the comment string in a recent MockingbirdNYC blog post. If you’ve seen a Tragic Church Sign, send it in!