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Brauns’ Bound Together: Bound To Be A Positive Influence

(Last updated on 18 June 2014) Brauns, Chris. Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 208 pages. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-310-49511-6.On balance, this is an excellent book: well organized, theologically Reformed … Continue reading

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Connecting Church 2.0: Merits (Cautious, Critical) Reading

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) Frazee, Randy. The Connecting Church 2.0: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 978-0-310-49435-5. Cover price $16.99. Something is wrong with the contemporary church in America. But what? Where did the … Continue reading

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Packer’s Puritan Portraits: Solid Reading, Not Entirely New

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) J. I. Packer. Puritan Portraits: J. I. Packer on Selected Classic Pastors and Pastoral Classics . Ross-shire, Scotland, U.K.: Christian Focus Publications, 2012. Kindle (Mobi) Format. ISBN 978-1-78191-076-4. (Location numbers in the review are … Continue reading

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What Would The Lone Ranger Do? Wrong Question.

(Last updated on 10 July 2014) John Crotts. Loving the Church: God’s People Flourishing in God’s Family. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9824387-4-9. No price on cover. In Loving the Church, John Crotts, a pastor-teacher (Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, … Continue reading

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Concerning Scorgie: Billy Graham Exploited or Christian Right Maligned?

(Last updated on 19 June 2014) Image: 2009 Christian participant in anti-Obama “March on Washington” calls for “Less Government More Jesus,” quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14. Courtesy Will Kuhns (Creative Commons license).One of my former seminary professors, Glen Scorgie, recently posted … Continue reading

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Religion Is Not A Four Letter Word

(Last updated on 16 January 2013) Though I’m generally a fan of LifeWay and its publications, I’m disappointed to find its new Gospel Project curriculum* indulging in the weary and misguided “religion is bad / Christianity is something other than … Continue reading

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Whimpering Radishes, Leftward Routes

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“Stay Hungry” For Better Piety

(Last updated on 16 January 2013) Though his text should carry a warning for much of its content (page 68’s error of calling unborn children “potential life” is especially grievous, and scripturally-suspect psychobabble abounds), John White does, in this late-seventies … Continue reading

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Looking Inward Is Not The Path To Piety

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) Richard Ganz condemns the growing popularity in Christian circles of such self-exploratory therapies as “healing of memories,” which Pious Eye would note (from his own observation and experience) seem very popular in seminary “spiritual … Continue reading

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Shrinks A Sign of Shrinking Piety?

(Last updated on 16 January 2013) Martin and Deidre Bobgan assert that the prudent course for the pious is to choose biblical counseling over either secular psychotherapy or the many biblical-secular/pious-impious hybridizations offered as “Christian” psychotherapy. Do you (like Pious … Continue reading

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Who Needs Red Bull? Piety Gives You Wings

(Last updated on 5 July 2014) Arthur T. Pierson describes how the duties of Christian piety, though at first burdensome, in the end bring delight, as wings empower flight. We are reminded once more of the…myth about the “wingless birds,” … Continue reading

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Christianity: Religion or Relationship?

(Last updated on 7 July 2018) The world is full of popular, clever-sounding sayings that are simply not true. This brief post concerns one such pseudo-aphorism, namely this: Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship. (Anonymous, traditional.) This popular … Continue reading

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