Posts Categorized: Cultural Issues

I Can Do All Things

Originally posted on April 29, 2015 In today’s post, I would like to briefly consider one of the most well-known and often-quoted verses in the New Testament. In fact, it is one of the most popular verses in American evangelical culture today. It has been printed on posters and inspirational wall art. A quick internet … read more »

Controversies and Christmas

Mention “Christmas” and “controversy” together in the same sentence, and most evangelicals will assume you’re talking about Santa Claus, Christmas trees, or the secularization of the winter holiday season. But, from a historical perspective, a much more significant controversy surrounded Christmas for the first five centuries of church history; and its effects still linger in … read more »

Holiness and Halloween

As a church history professor, October 31st is one of my favorite holidays. That’s because it is Reformation Day; and this year will mark 499 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. Watch Jamie Jackson’s interview with Dr. Nathan Busenitz concerning how … read more »

Trivializing Truth

Today’s article is a continuation from yesterday’s post, as Dr. MacArthur concludes his discussion on how Christians engage with social media. You can find the previous posts in this series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Trivializing Truth None other than National Public Radio recently lamented the growing trivialization of values in American society. In … read more »

Social Media and the Me Monster

Today’s article is a continuation from yesterday’s post. In this post, Dr. MacArthur cautions believers against using social media to foster sins of pride and self-promotion. Putting the ME in Media If there is one word that perhaps best describes social media it is this: self-promotion. The narcissism fostered by status updates and tweets is undeniable. And … read more »

Wasted Words and Wasted Time

Today’s article is a continuation from yesterday’s post, as Dr. MacArthur provides a pastoral perspective on how Christians can think discerningly about how to use social media. Every Careless Word The book of Proverbs tells us that, “He who spreads slander is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who … read more »

Social Media and Christian Discernment

* Editor’s note: This article was originally penned in 2010 for Pulpit magazine. Though written six years ago, it provides timely reminders for those who minister in a media-saturated society. Twenty-five years ago Neil Postman observed that television had become an American “necessity” and lamented its effects on society. He correctly described the culture of the 1980s as … read more »

Clouds without Water

For more than four decades, our seminary president has led the fight for the supremacy of the truth and of sound doctrine—not only within the walls of this institution, but also throughout the evangelical church at large. Surrounded by other defenders of biblical teaching, Pastor John has devoted his ministry to safeguarding the inerrancy of … read more »

Review: Transforming Homosexuality

Book Review: Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says About Sexual Orientation and Change, by Denny Burk & Heath Lambert (P & R Publishing, 2015) Perhaps no subject is more hotly debated in today’s society than the issue of homosexuality. This topic has dominated political debate and public discourse for much of the past decade, if … read more »

A Reminder to Pray for Our Nation

Paul’s instruction in 1 Timothy 2:1–8 is a needful reminder for believers in the United States, especially today as our nation celebrates its independence. 1 Timothy 2:1–8 — First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so … read more »