4 Kinds of Fundamentalists

There are four kinds of Fundamentalists: Those who put the “fun” in “fundamentalist,” those who put the “duh” in it, those who put the “mental” in it, and those who put the “lists” in it. I’ll let you decide what Fundamentalists fit into which category. (For my fellow eggheads, here’s a nice overview of what the term Fundamentalist does and does not mean.) Continue reading 4 Kinds of Fundamentalists

“The Horrible Decree” by Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley was a prolific hymnist, with approximately 9000 hymns and sacred poems to his name. Among my favorites are “And Can It Be?” and “O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing!” Welsey–along with his brother John–were also a theological polemicist, however, who wrote his polemics into his songs. One of his most blunt anti-Calvinist hymns is “The Horrible Decree,” which refers to the Calvinist doctrine of limited atonement. Here’s the text of the hymn, not exactly in honor of Calvin’s birthday, but apropos of it nonetheless. [1] Ah! Gentle, gracious Dove, And art thou griev’d in me, That sinners … Continue reading “The Horrible Decree” by Charles Wesley

Mo Sabri: ‘I Believe in Jesus’

Mo Sabri is a Muslim who believes in Jesus. No, he’s not part of the insider movement. He’s a Muslim…who believes in Jesus. It may surprise Pentecostal and evangelical Christians to learn that Muslims believe that Jesus, among other things, was born of a virgin, was commissioned to preach, ascended into heaven, and will return again to Jerusalem. Alongside these orthodox beliefs, which are reflected in Mo Sabri’s song, Muslims deny that Jesus was God incarnate and the atonement for our sins. So, from the standpoint of Christian theology (and of historical truth), the Muslim view of Jesus is deficient. … Continue reading Mo Sabri: ‘I Believe in Jesus’

Review of ‘Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction’ by William K. Kay

 Kay, William K. 2011. Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction. Vol. 255, Very Short Introductions. New York: Oxford University Press. Pentecostal Christianity is the fastest-growing religious movement of the modern era. Over the past 100 years, it has grown from a handful of adherents to well over 500 million. Often associated with white, right-wing, American televangelists in the public mind, it is actually populated by poor, Majority World residents whose political commitments are diverse. William Kay’s Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction ably introduces this movement by sketching an outline of its history (chapters 1–3), theology (chapters 4–5), and sociology (chapters 6–7). … Continue reading Review of ‘Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction’ by William K. Kay

The Creed of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words

The Creed of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words By William E. Barton[1]   I believe in God, the Almighty Ruler of Nations,[2] our great and good and merciful Maker,[3] our Father in Heaven, who notes the fall of a sparrow, and numbers the hairs of our heads.[4] I believe in His eternal truth and justice.[5] I recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blest whose God is the Lord.[6] I believe that it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence … Continue reading The Creed of Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words

9/11 and the Mission of the American Church

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11. As America remembers the enormities of that day and reflects on the State’s response to acts of terrorism, it is appropriate American Christians to reflect on the mission Jesus Christ gave his Church to make disciples of all nations. America’s response to 9/11 and American Christians’ response to 9/11 may not be the same. Dr. Mark Hausfeld, my professor at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, delivered a challenging message today on the Church’s mission. I encourage you to watch it. Continue reading 9/11 and the Mission of the American Church

A Pentecostal Way Forward Through the Challenges of Science*

Every day, it seems, scientists uncover new wonders — both large and small — in our world. These wonders redound to God’s glory, for He created them all. And among those wonders, surely the human mind ranks high. Aside from the angels, only humans are able to perceive God’s handiwork and praise Him for it. Yet many humans do not. Instead, they “suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Romans 1:18). Consequently, “although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened” (1:21). By they, … Continue reading A Pentecostal Way Forward Through the Challenges of Science*