It Is Good To Thirst

Every soul thirsts. It may not be felt every moment, but to some degree every soul thirsts after something it does not have. We are rarely content in our current condition and it seems that this is the way we have been Divinely wired. But while we all thirst, we do not all thirst in the same way. A couple of years ago I read Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health which was written by Don Whitney. I posted …

Is Emergent the New Christian Left?

Tony Jones, one of the more prominent leaders within the Emergent church movement has recently posted a pair of articles at the “Out of Ur” blog responding to the charge that Emergent is the new Christian left. “[I]s Emergent a new camp for Christian liberalism? In this post Tony Jones, the national coordinator for Emergent, responds to critics by championing Emergent’s conversational purpose and celebrating the group’s diversity.” There are three things that struck me in these articles. First, these …

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Book Review – Love Your God With All Your Mind

I have never read beyond the first sentence of Mark Noll’s book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. The first sentence was so perfect, so cutting, so convicting, that I felt the rest of the book could only be a let-down. “The scandal of the Evangelical mind,” he writes,”is that there is not much of an evangelical mind.” It is the perfect opening to a book. I do wonder how the book ends, so at some point I will have …

Total Depravity and Divine Knowledge (Part 1b)

The bulk of this article was published on this site in November of 2004, but I am going to repost much of it in response to discussion about my article from earlier today entitled, Total Depravity and Divine Knowledge. There has been discussion about whether the act of regeneration – the act whereby those who are spiritually dead are made alive – precedes or follows a person’s expression of faith. While there are many proof-texts that can be offered, I …

The Soul’s Thirst

Every soul thirsts. It may not be felt every moment, but to some degree every soul thirsts after something it does not have. We are rarely content in our current condition and it seems that this is the way we have been Divinely wired. But while we all thirst, we do not all thirst in the same way. I recently read Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health which was written by Don Whitney. I posted a review of it …