Diving into Controversial Issues

Diving into Controversial Issues

Several years ago, Zondervan came up with the brilliant marketing strategy of a series of books covering controversial issues in the Christian life. They are called the Counterpoint Series. The format is to take a “controversial” topic such as baptism,…

The Danger of Prosperity Theology

The Danger of Prosperity Theology

One of the most dangerous movements on the American scene today is the so-called “prosperity gospel.” This is the teaching, rampant on television, that claims it is God’s will for Christians to always prosper financially and medically. It is sometimes…

What About "Altar Calls"?

What About “Altar Calls”?

One of the most common questions I’ve received over the years is this: “Why don’t you use altar calls?” This is the practice followed by some churches of calling people forward at the end of a sermon to give their…

Thankful for God's Grace

Thankful for God’s Grace

I love the doctrine of God’s grace: His undeserved favor on wretched sinners like us. What a powerful doctrine. What a loving God. A couple of years ago, I heard Bono interviewed about his spiritual convictions. One of the things…

Thankful for an Honest Liberal

Thankful for an Honest Liberal

Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to find someone who radically disagrees with you but is honest about the facts. I’ve found such a friend in a most unusual man: Arthur Cushman McGiffert. Never heard of him? Well, let…