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As C. S. Lewis' oft-repeated line has it, "God likes matter. He invented it." Christianity has always affirmed God's own verdict concerning the work of his hands. Human work (vocation) was established before the Fall as an expression of the image-bearing status of the Great King's royal servant. The principle of flourishing, which God had […]

Michael S. Horton
Saturday, May 2nd 1998

It seems that humankind has always lived in a tension about the presence of God, especially the physical presence. We have continually "sought signs and wonders" (John 4:48), physical evidence, as it were, of God's activity and presence. On the other hand, we also suspect that such a thing as the actual presence of God […]

Ronald Feuerhahn
Tuesday, July 31st 2007

Controversies over evolution excite every bit as much passion in the late twentieth century as they have ever done. Christian believers who seek humbly to understand the means by which God directs the natural world as well as honest scientists who seek to deal responsibly with what their researches reveal are regularly shouted aside by […]

Mark Noll
Tuesday, July 31st 2007

God’s revealed truth can be attacked outright by those who deny cardinal biblical doctrines on the basis of supposedly new revelations or through spurious skeptical arguments against the supernatural. The most insidious challenges to Christian orthodoxy, however, often insinuate themselves into the fabric of culture so that their presence subtly undermines crucial Christian perspectives on […]

Douglas Groothuis
Tuesday, July 31st 2007

It is a striking fact that one particular sentence from St. Paul occurs in three foundational documents of the Reformation. And it is not Romans 1:17! Moreover, each document uses this sentence to highlight some aspect of the doctrine of justification. (1) The sentence is from Romans 4:25. Martin Luther places it at the head […]

Paul F. M. Zahl
Tuesday, July 31st 2007

Neil Postman begins his Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology with a retelling of Socrates’ tale of Thamus and Theuth. Thamus is the king to whom the inventor Theuth comes to show all of the latest, cutting-edge technology. Among his many creations is writing, and Theuth proudly proclaims that he has thereby improved memory. […]

Benjamin E. Sasse
Tuesday, July 31st 2007

The student of the New Testament should be primarily an historian. The center and core of all the Bible is history. Everything else that the Bible contains is fitted into an historical framework and leads up to an historical climax. The Bible is primarily a record of events. That assertion will not pass unchallenged. The […]

J. Gresham Machen
Tuesday, July 31st 2007

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

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