Why Papa of The Shack Is not Aslan of Narnia

It’s hardly theological novelty or historical oddity to suggest we should be wary of presenting the immaterial God in physical form. This was the point of my recent article on The Shack movie in which I expressed my concern that its portrayal of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is a violation of the second commandment. I was surprised by the scope and tone of the response. Yet amid many retorts and accusations, I received one thoughtful question …

A La Carte (February 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include one book for parents and three books for kids or teens. A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon This is an interesting insight into a text. You’ve probably never really noticed it before. Making Planet Earth (Video) Now that Planet Earth II is available in North America, I can finally begin to enjoy it. Here’s a little video on some of the new technologies they took advantage of. Do We Really Have …

Deadly Doctrines: Facing Evil Like Snakes and Doves

Since its earliest days, the church has been plagued by false teachers and deadly doctrine. Never has there been a period of rest, a time when Christians could relax their guard. Satan has opposed the church since the day of its founding, and he will continue to oppose her until the day of his destruction. Naturally, then, Paul was seriously concerned about false teachers and deadly doctrine, warning of them in almost every one of his letters. As he comes …

A La Carte (February 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include several solid titles you’ll want to consider. The Biggest Lesson I Learned from my Grandpa I thoroughly enjoyed reading Jordan Standridge’s tribute to his grandfather. Then and Now Stacey Hare tells of some of the ways the mission field proved to be far different from what he had expected. That was especially true in the realm of the miraculous. Six Biblical Responses to Sex Trafficking “Here I’d like to simply ask the question: What does the Christian …

For The Church, With The Church

This sponsored post was provided by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It’s a common dilemma for every young student considering residential seminary education. You know God has called you to vocational ministry, and you’ve been eager to begin putting some mileage into answering that call for a while. After 4 years of college studies, though, you’re reluctant to further delay getting in-the-field ministry experience for another few years of ministry study. Unable to disrupt or delay local ministry commitments, this is …

O NSA, You Have Searched Me and Known Me

Edward Snowden changed the world. His disclosures proved that multinational corporations and the U.S. government have been working hand in hand in an expansive program designed to surveil American citizens as well as vast numbers of foreigners. Working for Dell but assigned to an NSA facility, Snowden gained access to the deepest details of this operation. He collected hundreds of thousands of documents, fled the country, and passed them to hand-picked journalists. The rest, as they say, is history. Snowden …

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A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books by John MacArthur, including a couple that made a huge impact on my life. Logos users will want to take advantage of a $25 credit for any purchase. It’s yours for the taking to help celebrate Faithlife’s 25th anniversary. Jesus is Coming! Quick, Look Busy. I think Stephen is on to something here. “The busy habit at church is hard to break. It’s almost as if the wide empty space of not being too …

Letters to the Editor (The Shack, Christian Coloring Books)

Not surprisingly, I suppose, my comments on The Shack led to an outpouring of letters—literally hundreds of them. I will share a selection from readers who agreed and who disagreed with my position. The most common question I received is “What about Narnia?” and I hope to address that next week. Also, my comments that “It’s wrong to portray Father and Spirit as human beings” were interpreted by some to say, “It’s fine to portray Father and Spirit as a …

Sex on the Silver Screen: What Would a Victorian Christian Say?

Regular readers of this site will know that for some time I’ve been writing articles under the banner of “Sex on the Silver Screen.” These articles grapple with the morality of scenes of nudity and sexuality in film and television. While there has been a long association between sex and the silver screen, only in recent times has it become almost a foregone conclusion that a new film or television series will display it. Meanwhile, more and more Christians are …

Weekend A La Carte (February 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include just one lonely little book. But it’s a good one, at least. The True Friendship That Saved Abraham Lincoln’s Life I’m quite sure I don’t agree with all of Charles Strozier’s reading of the friendship between Lincoln and Speed, but he does draw out some interesting details and interpretations. A Just Silence I consider this a very important article, and I’m glad someone has finally said it well. “We’ve all felt the pressure to speak out about …

Free Stuff Fridays: MacArthur’s Systematic Theology

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway and they are giving away a brand new book that I think you’re going to enjoy a lot—John MacArthur’s new systematic theology Biblical Doctrine (which was co-written by Richard Mayhue). There will be 5 winners this week, and each will receive a copy of it. Here’s how Crossway describes the book: “Doctrine isn’t just for theologians—it’s important for every Christian because it shows us who God is and how we should …

6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs

Lin Bian, a psychologist at the University of Illinois, wanted to understand how and when gender stereotypes develop, and especially the old stereotype that boys are smarter than girls. The results of her study were stark. “Among the 5-year-olds, both boys and girls associated brilliance with their own gender. But among those aged 6 or 7, only the boys still held to that view. At an age when girls tend to outperform boys at school, and when children in general …

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A La Carte (February 17)

Today’s Kindle deals include a new title from GLH Publishing which is discounted for the first week. You’ll find a couple of other interesting titles as well. Westminster Books has deals this week on Reformed confessions and a few other noteworthy works. Why Joel Osteen Is So Appealing Nautilus asks this: “What is it that makes Osteen different from the rest of us? What is the source of his magical magnetism?” Surprising Advice From Two Older Saints Darryl Dash: “I’m fascinated by the …

Your Calling: Bring Order from Chaos

Every afternoon at 3 PM, the house is calm and quiet and orderly. It is neat and tidy, the front entranceway is clear, the coat hooks are organized, the horizontal surfaces are clear. But by 3:30 it is approaching the status of a full-out disaster area. Backpacks, hats, and mitts leave a trail down the hall and into the living room. The kitchen is cluttered with snacks and lunch bags. People are sprawled out all over the furniture. The whole house has been transformed. …

A La Carte (February 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles, but they may be worth a quick look. Sam Allberry on the Life-Giving Message of Jesus You’ll want to cheer for Sam Allberry after hearing him here at the Church of England synod. Eat, Pray, Lent Here’s what American abstain from during Lent. Also, don’t observe Lent—you’re a Protestant, silly! 12 Trillion Locusts In one year, 12 trillion locusts devastated the Great Plains—and then they went extinct. The Evil of Sin “Deeper …

Why I Won’t Be Seeing (or Reviewing) The Shack Movie

The day The Shack sold its hundred thousandth copy, it became likely there would be a movie adaption. The day it sold its millionth, it became practically guaranteed. And, sure enough, it comes to theaters March 3, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw. For some time, I have been considering whether I should see and review it. I am quite sure that watching and reviewing The Shack would prove to be a wise business decision. I could get …

A La Carte (February 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of Sproul, a bit of MacArthur, as well as some other good picks. When Assurance of Salvation Is Fleeting “Assurance proves to be one of the greatest benefits of the Christian faith and the rightful inheritance of the child of God. In its enjoyment is found peace, hope, and joy unsurpassed in this fallen world.” The US President’s $2,614 Per Minute Transport System (Video) This video is one President out of date, but still …

Final Call

Welcome to Final Call, a brief, hand-picked selection of news, articles, videos, and curiosities from the Internet and beyond. Mini-Review: A Time for Confidence It is clear that we are living at a time of seismic societal change. Things we recently considered the highest good are now considered the greatest evil; things we used to consider aberrant we now declare normal and noble. “Enormous pressure to cower, to capitulate, and to cave closes in on us like the unstoppable walls of a …

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