Ian Howard Marshall, Courageous and Winsome Bible Scholar

A tribute to the New Testament expert who kept the flame of evangelical scholarship from burning out.

CHR Comment: I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) was a well established New Testament scholar who supported and advanced academic study and publishing among Evangelicals. The article provides anecdotes from other scholars who valued his service and influence.

Source: Died: Ian Howard Marshall, Courageous and Winsome Bible Scholar | Christianity Today

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Wheaton College Professor States that Christians and Muslims Have the Same God

(RNS) The “Harvard of evangelicalism” penalizes a professor for saying Muslims and Christians worship the “same God.”

CHR Comment: Professor Larycia Hawkins raised concerns as she sought to show solidarity with Muslims by wearing a hijab and stating that Christians and Muslims have the same God. Hawkins, an Episcopalian who teaches political science at Wheaton College, made statements that are viewed as incompatible with the Evangelical school’s statement of faith.

Source: Wheaton College must decide hijab-wearing prof’s future – and its own – Religion News Service

U.S. pastors seek political office in 2016

One Sunday two years ago, Pastor Rob McCoy, who believes in banning abortion and gay marriage and putting prayer back in schools, stood at the pulpit of his California mega church and announced he was endorsing a political candidate: himself.

CHR Comment: The American Renewal Project, organized by David Lane, seeks to have 1,000 conservative, evangelical pastors run for local political offices. The goal is to support a local, grass roots effort to change the cultural and political direction of the United States toward more conservative, traditional, and Christian values. However, the movement may face the risk of having churches lose their tax exempt status, according to reporter Michelle Conlin.

Source: For God and country: more U.S. pastors seek political office in 2016 | Reuters

Religious People Are More Likely to Be Veterans in the U.S.

Religion and military service go hand-in-hand. Here’s the data.

CHR Comment: Tobin Grant demonstrates that American veterans are significantly more likely to be church goes than those who are not religious. Evangelical Protestants and members of historically Black Protestant churches are most likely to be veterans.

Source: Religious people are more likely to be veterans: Two graphs on veterans in American religion – Corner of Church and State

Controversial Noah’s Ark Theme Park Slated To Open July 2016

“It’s going to be the biggest timber-frame building in the world. And I think people will come to see it just from the perspective of even the architecture and the engineering.”

CHR Comment: The Creation Museum folks are building a second site to be located in Williamstown, KY. Spokesman Ken Ham describes the character of the park. The ark will be the largest timber framed building in the world.

Source: Controversial Noah’s Ark Theme Park Slated To Open July 2016

Keller, Piper, and Carson on Why the Reformation Matters Today

Don Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller discuss the ongoing relevance of the Reformation for ministry today.

CHR Comment: A brief panel discussion by American Evangelicals considering the ongoing importance of Protestantism after 500 years. Most of the comments are about Luther and Calvin, especially Calvin. The panelists helpfully point out that the Reformers restored the role of primary source study and preaching to Christianity in general, guaranteeing their importance from the Reformation forward. They also mention excesses of the Reformers that should be avoided.

Source: Keller, Piper, and Carson on Why the Reformation Matters Today