We looked at the most popular posts from across Alliance websites in 2017. Did you miss one of these last year? Do you want to read one your favorites again? Just click the article title!
10. Calvin’s Life: The Servetus Affair by Jeffrey Stivason
Opponents of John Calvin are quick to blame him for the trial and execution of Michael Servetus. But is that fair? Jeffrey Stivason offers a brief history of the event and Calvin’s involvement.
9. Marital Love Must Be Sexual by Joel Beeke
This is the last in a series of posts about the Puritan view of marriage. The Puritans emphasized the romantic side of marriage, and considered monogamous sexual union in marriage as holy, necessary, and good.
8. No Little Women: Know What We’ve Got Before She’s Gone by Grant Van Leuven
Grant wrote this beautiful piece in February, reflecting on femininity and the value of womanhood after the passing of his wife only five months earlier.
7. Game of Dethroning Sexual Sin by Nick Batzig
Should Christians watch a show like Game of Thrones, which is widely-acclaimed yet filled with explicit and debauched sexuality? Nick Batzig offers some insight into this divisive issue.
6. Words Matter: Recovering Godly Speech in a Culture of Profanity by Jon Payne
“So what does the Bible teach about our words?” Jon Payne asks this question in an age of obscenity. His answer: “God created our mouths to be fountains of blessing, not gutters of cursing.”
5. Mike Pence, “Truth’s Table” and Fencing the Law by Richard Phillips
2017 was a year of conversations (and battles) over sexuality and gender. In this article, Richard Phillips navigates some difficult issues, pointing out both problems in the culture and pitfalls we face in the Church.
4. A Few Questions About the New CBMW Statement by Aimee Byrd
The Nashville Statement, published in late August, offers what many consider to be an orthodox and biblical understanding of human sexuality. Yet Aimee Byrd has a few reservations, particularly related to the CBMW’s stance on gender roles and the Trinity.
3. The Slippery Slope and the Jesus Box by Richard Phillips
Some think it possible to flirt with liberal doctrines and still maintain orthodox faith in Christ. As the example of Fred Harrell shows, the slope towards heresy may be more slippery than they think.
2. Sundays are for Babies by Megan Hill
Small children may disrupt your Sunday morning, but this day of rest is for them too! As Megan Hill remarks, “Sundays may mean disrupted naps and delayed meals, but our children are trading earthly provision for something far better for their undying souls.”
1. Pray for Your Church Leaders by Christina Fox
Church Leaders and their families carry heavy loads, beset on all sides with stress and temptation. Christiana Fox calls us to remember them in our prayers, knowing that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).
That’s all for now. We look forward to 2018, and to another year of proclaiming biblical truth!