J.I. Packer
Arts & Culture | Bible | Reformed

J.I. Packer

While the mainstream media often portray North American evangelicals as easily-led sheep blindly following the most notorious of television preachers, those in the know will recognize that a handful of British authors have been far more influential, including C.S. Lewis, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John R. W. Stott and James Innell Packer, all of whom have now…

Tradition Shapes the Heart
Bible | Opinion | Reformed

Tradition Shapes the Heart

Remember the song “Tradition!” from the Fiddler on the Roof? Tevye sings the play’s theme of how to have balance in life in a rapidly changing and threatening world. Tradition gives structure and stability. Tradition forms our identity (being) and direction (doing). Christian Courier is a tradition, and this issue explores other traditions. Tevye says that, “without…

The Five Stages of Lament
Bible | Opinion | Theology & Spirituality

The Five Stages of Lament

Lament. Lament is an old word we are hearing more. Lament is a prayer that expresses frustration with the world. The most common Biblical Psalms are laments. They address God with poetic depictions of struggles and usually a confession of trust and vow of praise and thanksgiving. They often seem to be written retrospectively, when one is out of the pit.

The Roman Worlds
Arts & Culture | Bible | Reviews

The Roman Worlds

I had the opportunity to see Keesmaat and Walsh speak on their latest joint effort, Romans Disarmed, last fall. The medium-sized lecture hall at Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener was packed, with nearly 100 people in attendance. Every seat was full. People were sitting in the aisle, standing against the walls, in the gymnasium…

Bingo
Bible | Church Life | Opinion

Bingo

In the 1980s, in the midst of the controversies that lead to the formation of the United Reformed Churches, my wife said that it seemed that “these three things remain, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is” truth as I see it. We need to return to 1 Corinthians 13 to see that it is in the context of church life, not marriage, that Paul says,

Transformational peace for all nations
Bible | Immigration | News

Transformational peace for all nations

And as I long for God’s people from all nations to gather peacefully in praise of the Lamb (Rev. 7), I can have a foretaste of that glory by gathering with our newest members from Iran, along with our charter members from the Netherlands and everybody in between. Not just each nation but each individual has “peculiar treasures” that reflect the glory of the Lord.

The Bible as a fantastic comedy
Bible | Education | Media & Culture | Opinion

The Bible as a fantastic comedy

C.S. Lewis once argued that realistic fiction might actually be the most dangerous genre of literature for Christians, including Christian children. As he pointed out, few children really expect to meet a dragon because of reading fantasy, but many may come to believe that getting rich through hard work is a primary human value after reading certain “realistic” fiction.