Democracy, The Individual, and Moral Revolutions (Part 3)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Conservative Progressives and Progressive Conservatives Cultural change, as James Hunter has appropriately reminded us in his provocative work, To Change the World, is often far too complex for us ever to suppose that it was “engineered” by a special interest group. Institutions and ideas intersect at so many […]

A New Publication From Stephen Um

Earlier this year The Gospel Coalition released a number of booklets that both addressed various biblical and theological questions, and fleshed out the Coalition's Confessional Statement. A new group of six booklets has recently been released, and along with contributions from Philip Ryken, Ligon Duncan and more, the new set features a booklet on The Kingdom of God from Stephen […]

Plant New England

  The Center for Gospel Culture is excited to highlight a conference happening near Boston this October. Sponsored by the Gospel Coalition, along with networks like 9Marks and Sovereign Grace, "Plant New England" is a conference devoted to exploring the topic of "Gospel-Driven Men Planting Gospel-Driven Churches." Featured speakers will include Mark Dever and Wes […]

King Solomon – Philip Graham Ryken (Book Review)

Money, sex, and power. Much blood has been spilled over these three temptations. Coming in at a (very) close second is ink. To the latter category, Philip Graham Ryken, president of Wheaton College and former senior minister at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, has decided to add a new book that attempts to get at […]

Democracy, The Individual, and Moral Revolutions (Part 2)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Discrimination Can Cut Two Ways In Al Mohler’s op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on July 1, 2011 (“Evangelicals and the Gay Moral Revolution”), he correctly noted how quickly American moral intuitions have changed on the issue of homosexuality. In contrast to earlier moral transitions which […]

Augustine’s View of Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Part 1)

  Introduction              Scholars attempting to understand Augustine’s views on free will have spilled a significant amount of ink on the subject. Some have concluded that Augustine held to a ‘libertarian’ view of human freedom. Others have argued that he was a ‘compatibilist.’ Commenting on the diversity of scholarly opinion, John Rist writes: […]

The Trinitarian Nature of the Gospel

The Gospel Coalition has just recently made available the new edition of Themelios. It is available to read online here. Aspiring preachers will find Sinclair Ferguson's "A Preacher's Decalogue" helpful in thinking through the implications of and preparations for the task of preaching. I was particularly challenged and encouraged by his reminder that we must […]

The Death of Ideas?

An Op-ed from Neal Gabler, "The Elusive Big Idea," appeared in the New York Times over the weekend. The gist of Gabler's piece is that we are living in a post-idea world. Although we quantitatively know more than any generation before us, we may know qualitatively far less than any of our predecessors. You see, […]

Our Mission and the Kingship of Christ

As of late I've been enjoying Philip Ryken's new book King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power. In classic Ryken style, the book carefully walks through the biblical texts about Solomon, expounds the passages in their historical setting, and then makes helpful Gospel connections. For Ryken, Jesus is "the greater Solomon of the […]

The Theological Significance of Bach’s Lost D-minor Violin Concerto

Today brings the final installation in a phenomenal series from Ben Shute on the way that the Gospel is embodied in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Shute's piece is a supreme example of how deep, thoughtful interactions with art and culture can give us windows into the Gospel, as well as how this same art […]