9Marks Journal – The Mindset of the New Evangelical Liberalism

January 15, 2010

9Marks has their January/February eJournal available now on the subject of “The Mindset of The New Evangelical Liberalism.” Writers include Carl Trueman, Al Mohler, Russ Moore, Greg Wills, Michael Horton, D. G. Hart, and Phil Johnson. This looks particularly helpful as pastors and churches continue to understand the theological and cultural milieu that they find themselves in. What is an evangelical? What must someone believe to be an evangelical? Who should churches cooperate with? These are excellent questions and I highly recommend this series of articles on the subject.

You can access this material here.

Michael Horton on Joel Osteen

May 4, 2009

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, Michael S. Horton, has written a brief but excellent critique of the theology of Joel Osteen. Read and be edified by “Joel Osteen and the Glory Story: A Case Study.” Horton’s conclusion:

My concern is that Joel Osteen is simply the latest in a long line of self-help evangelists who appeal to the native American obsession with pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps. Salvation is not a matter of divine rescue from the judgment that is coming on the world, but a matter of self-improvement in order to have your best life now.

White Horse Inn on Biblical Ignorance

April 28, 2009

My readers will know that I think a major problem in our churches today is not too much Bible teaching but not enough. People lack real basic knowledge of God’s program and the progress of redemption through the Scriptures. Even worse, they do not even know the basics like the books of the Old and New Testament, the 10 commandments and other basic things you learn in Sunday School.

You can see my thoughts about all this here in my previous post, Is Too Much Bible Teaching the Problem or the Solution?

Michael Horton and the White Horse Inn deal with this issue in this week’s broadcast called “Biblical Ignorance.” I highly recommend this broadcast and the ministry of White Horse Inn in general. The description reads:

In our own informal surveys conducted over the years, the majority Christians we’ve interviewed cannot name the Ten Commandments or define crucial biblical doctrines such as justification or imputation. So why is biblical ignorance so common among Christians today? That’s our discussion on this edition of The White Horse Inn (Originally Broadcast April 1, 2007).