30 Jul 2021

Is It Dangerous to Let Individual Christians and Local Churches Decide When a Specific Government Ruling Does Not Need to be Obeyed?

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I suggested in a previous post that something like the following is a good foundation for determining the limits of governmental authority over the church: Christians/churches must submit to every government regulation unless it would mean disobeying God (i.e., cause them to sin) or the government is seeking to regulate something outside its sphere of...
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7 Jul 2021

What Are the Limits to Governmental Authority over the Church?

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As Christians in North America continue to transition from governments that were largely favorable or neutral to Christianity to governments that demonstrate an increasing animosity toward traditional Christianity, believers and churches will be forced to wrestle more and more with the relationship between church and state (and family and state). When churches faced public opposition...
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29 Jun 2021

Government Regulations and the Gathering of the Church

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With Tim Stephens’s[1] recent arrest in Calgary, Alberta under the charge that his holding church worship gatherings outdoors was a violation of current health regulations, many have been arguing rather vociferously that Tim and other pastors in Alberta (like James Coates) are in clear violation of Scripture and, thus, deserve their current situation. The most...
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11 Jun 2021

On Originalist Hermeneutics

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A few years back I made a proposal that we replace the label “literal translation” with a better one—originalism­—a term that has been robustly defined away from competing hermeneutical ideas in the secular/legal sphere.  For decades the dispensationalist has dealt with snickering ridicule from naysayers who believe that being a “literalist” means disavowing all linguistic...
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7 May 2021

Legitimate Care and Concern vs. Anxiety and Worry

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Dr. Doran recently preached a series of sermons addressing a significant problem in our day: anxiety. This was a timely series and the sermons are filled with biblical and practical guidance for fighting against the sin of worry. You can listen to the sermons here: The Roots of Anxiety from Matthew 6:24–34 The Right Response...
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29 Mar 2021

The Wisdom Pyramid: A Review

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Brett McCracken has written a helpful, short book on managing our information-overload world. He rightly notes that though we live in a world of exponentially increasing knowledge, such knowledge has not done much to make us wise. The book breaks into two unequal parts. They are unequal both in terms of length as well as...
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24 Mar 2021

When Your Authority Becomes Your Enemy

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Post-Christian society is full of deniers—Christians unwilling to cede the loss of Christian influence and often unaware that this loss has irreparably occurred in American culture. These deniers are still agitating to restore Christian privilege: getting the Bible and prayer back into public schools, getting the Ten Commandments back into courthouses, getting a real Christian...
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19 Mar 2021

Wisdom from Spurgeon: On Re-qualification for Ministry

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This semester Dr. John Aloisi and I are co-teaching a class called “Great Books.” We are working our way through various books that have had a significant impact for one reason or another. Recently we read a healthy portion of Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students. If you have not read these lectures, you are doing...
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