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I Believe in Theistic Evolution

My most recent post at Creation Without Compromise.

Creation Without Compromise

I recently realized I believe in/affirm theistic evolution.  Depending on your perspective, have I sold out or have I finally come to my senses?  Neither.  Let me explain.

It has long perturbed me that those who affirm or allow for Darwinian macroevolution to be compatible with a biblical worldview will sometimes call themselves “creationists” or will claim to believe in/affirm biblical creation.  They do this knowing that biblical creation is usually understood to refer to a view that holds to God having created in six ordinary days on a timescale of some thousands (rather than millions or billions) of years ago.  By claiming to believe in creation they lay concerns to rest, whereas all they have really done is disguise their true position.

Stephen C. Meyer has helped me to see I could do the same thing with theistic evolution.  Meyer wrote the “Scientific and Philosophical Introduction” to Theistic Evolution:…

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Top Ten Posts of 2017

The past year was notable for the decision of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (RCN) to open all the offices to women — and then the aftermath, especially at the International Conference of Reformed Churches.  I blogged several times about this and, not surprisingly, half of the top ten posts of the past year were related to this topic.

Here are the past year’s top ten on Yinkahdinay:

  1.  Stage Fright — dancing at Redeemer PCA in New York and the history of the stage in church architecture
  2. RCN Suspended from ICRC
  3. Calvin: Ministers Ought Not to Steal — how ministers can break the Eighth Commandment
  4. OPC Proposal at ICRC — the OPC led the way in the suspension of the RCN
  5. The ESV Study Bible vs. the Reformation Study Bible:  A Comparison
  6. How the Mighty Have Fallen — reflection on the RCN’s decision regarding women in office
  7. Pastoral Q & A:  Labour Unions — can a Christian join a union?
  8. A Missiological Reflection on the RCN and Women in Office
  9. The Reformation and Psalm-Singing — the most popular post commemorating the 5ooth birthday of the Reformation
  10. RCN in ICRC: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

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The GKV’s Major Leap off the Cliff

Last week, the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands decided to open all the offices of the church (minister, elder, deacon) to women. Here’s a reflection from someone who’s seen the downward spiral of the RCN from the inside.

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When asked by a friend for a response to the decision by the Dutch GKV (Reformed Churches (Liberated)) to ordain women in all offices, I felt emotionally numb. As an adult convert to Christianity, the GKV was the church I was catechized and baptized in and where I discovered the richness of Reformed doctrine. Sure, in places that beauty was encrusted with the barnacles of cultural traditions that had arisen out of the peculiar history of the denomination and the cultural and intramural fights that had taken place over the preceding fifty years but the gospel was there.

Since moving to the United States in 2002, however, I have witnessed from a distance the rapid march towards a new hermeneutic and ecclesiology heavily infused with postmodern views of culture. It is hard to diagnose where things started to go wrong, and in any…

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