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The American Solidarity Party: Would Kuyper Vote for Them? 

This election cycle has forced a lot of Christians—myself included—to rethink their approach to politics from the ground up. While Hillary Clinton’s nomination by the Democratic Party didn’t come as much of a shock, this time last year I couldn’t have predicted that Donald Trump would emerge victorious from the Republican primaries. And yet here […]

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Kuyper on the Church and the Kingdom of God

Exactly what is the relation of the church to God’s kingdom? Are they the same thing? Are they distinct? Abraham Kuyper responds to these questions in the following quote, taken from his address to the Free Church in Amsterdam, now translated in the volume Rooted and Grounded: The Church as Organism and Institution (Christian’s Library Press, 2013): […]

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In Defense of Worldview

The term “worldview” is thrown around a lot in evangelical circles—especially in the world of Christian education—but very rarely is it defined with any care or precision. Much less do many Christians realize just how controversial it is. After all, the term doesn’t come from Scripture or even from Christian theologians, but rather from modern […]

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Grace, Truth, Worldviews and The Ongoing Abortion Debate

I’ve mostly watched the recent abortion debate on my social media feeds with interest, hope, excitement, compassion, and anxiety. My excitement comes from my hope that our society may move closer toward the theological and philosophical position that human life at every stage is valuable. My compassion shows up when I think about people I have who have […]

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From Culture War Burnout to Cultural Faithfulness

The question of Christianity and cultural faithfulness has been one of my most passionate and personal questions; it’s also one of the more contentious questions facing the American Church today. The more you read, the more complicated the question becomes. As a friend of mine says often, “Everything is complicated and everything is connected.” How […]

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Neo-Calvinism’s Blind Spots

Now I should begin by clarifying that I consider myself a neo-Calvinist. I believe that God’s kingdom is broader than the institutional church, and that redemption is not limited to just the “spiritual” part of our lives but also has social, political, and economic dimensions. I think that believers  should be actively engaged in culture, […]

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Resources on Neo-Calvinism and Two Kingdoms

Books Bavinck, Herman. Reformed Dogmatics. 4 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008. Bratt, James. Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Frame, John. The Escondido Theology: A Reformed Response to Two Kingdom Theology. Whitefield Media, 2011. Kuyper, Abraham. Lectures on Calvinism. Grand Rapids, M: Eerdmans, 1943. McIlhenny, Ryan, ed. Kingdoms Apart: […]

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A Quick and Easy Chart on Two Kingdoms and Neo-Calvinism

The doctrine of “two kingdoms” has received a lot of attention in Reformed circles lately. Some say the idea is clearly Calvinistic, while others reject it as a “Lutheran” distinctive. To clear up some of the confusion over these issues, I recently created this chart and posted it publicly. It has generated a lot of […]

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Review: When the Kings Come Marching In by Richard Mouw

Richard Mouw. When the Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002. 131 pp. Over 60 years ago, H. Richard Niebuhr published his seminal work Christ & Culture, which has influenced discussions of the church’s relationship to society ever since. Numerous complaints have been lodged against his […]

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Review: How (Not) to Be Secular by James K.A. Smith

This weekend I had the privilege of delivering a series of talks at a men’s retreat for my church. The theme of my talks was “Christian Calling in a Secular Culture.” My primary text was the Book of Ecclesiastes, which expresses better than any other book I know what it feels like to live in […]

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