Category Archives: History

Should Ecclesiastes Be in the Biblical Canon?

My question will likely startle some. It seems obvious to others. Count me among the latter group. I have read the book many, many times but it has never seemed clearly apparent to me that it belongs, even among the … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Theology, Current Affairs, God's Character, History, Spirituality | 24 Comments/Likes

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between January 18 and 25. It is actually an octave, which means the observance lasts for eight days. The observance began in 1908 and was … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Church History, Current Affairs, History, Prayer, Protestantism, Renewal, Roman Catholicism, Unity of the Church | 11 Comments/Likes

The Signs of Love Should Not Be Obscured

The world roils in bad news and the story of immense tragedies. These painful realities are quite real. But the great danger we Christians face in 2016 is to focus our attention on this “bad news.” In his final public … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Christ/Christology, Current Affairs, History, Love, Spirituality, The Future | 6 Comments/Likes

Jimmy Carter: A Full Life

Like so many I have had a mixture of feelings and responses to President Jimmy Carter over the years. It seems to me that most critics, left and right, have freely attributed to him the label of “poor president” or … Continue reading

Posted in America and Americanism, Books, Civil Rights, Current Affairs, Ethics, History, Leadership, Personal, Spirituality, The Church | 30 Comments/Likes

Reading Maya Angelou

I owe a debt of profound gratitude to my friend Vill Harmon (second from left in this photo with my good friends and two ACT3 board members). Vill is the secretary in the office of Ecumenical and Interreligious for the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Affairs, Freedom, History, Marriage & Family, Personal, Race and Racism | 6 Comments/Likes

Nature’s God: The Origins of the American Republic and Why It Matters (Part Two)

Matthew Stewart’s Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic is, at least to my mind, one of the most interesting, readable and important books I have read in 2014. I could hardly put it down. It reads easily … Continue reading

Posted in America and Americanism, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Culture, Current Affairs, History, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, Renewal, The Church, The Future | 26 Comments/Likes

Nature’s God: The Origins of the American Republic and Why It Matters (Part One)

The American patriots who were directly responsible for the founding of our nation were considered, by almost all orthodox Christian ministers at the time, to be “radicals” and “atheists.” So goes the essential claim of philosopher/author Matthew Stewart in his … Continue reading

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Westminster Theological Seminary – Can Institutions Respond to Controversy in Radical Love (Part Three)

There have been a number of previous controversies at Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). In the middle of the last decade there was one that many believe is linked (in some way) to the “retirement” issue of Doug Green. The Enns … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Church History, Current Affairs, Education, Hermeneutics, History, Personal, Reformed Christianity, The Church, The Future | 8 Comments/Likes

Westminster Theological Seminary: Can Institutions Respond to Controversy in Radical Love? (Part One)

In early June I commented on my Facebook wall about the “retirement” of Old Testament professor Dr. Douglas Green at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia (WTS). You can read the official Westminster announcement online. The seminary says that Dr. Green is leaving … Continue reading

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Jefferson and Hamilton: The Greatest American Rivalry

John Ferling, professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia, is a wonderful writer of history and biography. I know his name through his evocative treatments of major figures in early American history. His special interest has always … Continue reading

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