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From Naturalism to Anti-Naturalism: Understanding the Enemy in Today's Culture Wars

Bill Muehlenberg yesterday reminded us of J. Gresham Machen's fight in the culture wars of his day, the early 20th century ('Notable Christians: J. Gresham Machen,' Culture Watch (August 28, 2018; online at: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2018/08/28/notable-christians-j-gresham-machen/).  Machen's battle was not simply with the culture but with the culture in the Church--in the Presbyterian Church of his day.  In his brief life (1881-1937), Machen started a seminary (Westminster Theological Seminary), a new, Presbyterian denomination (Orthodox Presbyterian Church), and a mission board.

Machen's work reminds me of how large the Evangelical tent has been--his Orthodox Presbyterian world is quite distant from my own engagement with the Evangelical movement.  Yet his assessment of the problem of his day with mainline denominations was spot on.  Evangelicals, for all their differences and in all their varieties, coalesce around their agreement that Scripture wins every arg…

'Let your alms sweat in your hands, until you know to whom you should give'

The early 2nd-century Christian document, the Didache, includes advice about charity.  The last word offered on the teaching is, 'Let your alms sweat in your hands, until you know to whom you should give' (ch. 1).  In this blog, I would like to redirect readers to an article by David Virtue on Global Christian News. See http://www.globalchristiannews.org/article/christmas-charity-weighing-up-who-you-will-give-to/. In 'Christmas Charity: Weighing Up Who You Will Give To' (30 October, 2017), Virtue points readers to two information services to do exactly what the Didache recommends:  In England, see http://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/ In the USA, see https://www.charitynavigator.org/  Virtue gives information on the following major aid agencies: Food for the Poor, Food for the Hungry, World Vision International, Samaritan's Purse, Tear Fund, Open Doors, Barnabas Fund, and Aid to the Churches in Need.  Of these, only the last two organizations get a 'thumbs up.&#…