Matthew Barrett is the editor of the “5 Solas Series.” He writes this one on Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone). The others are on grace, faith, Christ, and glory to God alone. Barrett traces the Scriptures as our only final (and therefore inerrant) authority to the Reformation and then brings that doctrine home for today. Of the almost 400 pages in the book, the reader would do well in reading the first 150 pages. There Barrett walks the reader through the Reformation, to Modernism, to Postmodernism. He shows that we are again at a crisis of authority. Whereas the crisis in the 1500s was whether the Church and Pope were equal authorities (which Luther stood bravely against), to Modernism when science was exalted above Scripture, to today where individual opinion is supreme above all other authorities. The rule of any law, but especially God’s law, must not trump the individual’s “right” to do whatever he/she wishes. Barrett continues the book to establish that God still speaks with ultimate authority, in inspiration, inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture, whether the current culture accepts it or not. A much needed book today.
- Natural Disasters — A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far [...]
- Human Nature, America, and the Church — America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. [...]
- Morning Noon and Night Bible Reading — Here is my daily Bible Reading schedule in two formats. I hope this is a help to you to this year as you begin your Bible reading. These schedules will take you through the Old Testament once, the Gospels 3 times each, and the rest of the New Testament 12 times. Accept the challenge to [...]
- Corrupting Good Manners — Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who [...]
- The Culture In Which We Live — “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Peter 2:11-12) Have we [...]