What is so great about a debate anyway? I mean, don’t Christians have better things to do than sit around arguing over nuances of the Christian faith? And don’t we already have a large enough bone to pick with the multitude of pagans suppressing the truth in their hearts? Why would we want to spend time squabbling amongst ourselves? Well, if we perceive a debate as a squabble then perhaps there is good reason to cease and desist. But if debate is seen as productive then we must stop … [Read more...] about Presbyterian Federalism: “An Artificial Construction”?
When asked if the government is doing enough for our children, three out of four parents said – “No”. Two-thirds believe an extra $27.40 a day would be more important to their family’s future than an additional 60 minutes of uninterrupted quality time a day.[i] A lot of the conversation has died down following President Obama’s state of the union address a couple of weeks ago. Most discussion centered on the “brilliant” idea of free tuition for the first two years of community … [Read more...] about Subsidized Childcare and a Mouthful of Worms
I’m resurrecting this post from last year. Different teams, same extravagant security measures. There is a reason for this. It is important to understand it. As the Seahawks and Patriots play, F-16 fighter jets and Blackhawk helicopters will patrol a 30-mile no-fly zone above the stadium, while thousands of uniformed and undercover personnel from local, state and federal agencies, including SWAT teams, bomb techs, bomb-sniffing dogs and snipers, will watch the stadium. Officers will be scanning … [Read more...] about The Cost of Rejecting God’s Law
There is something odd about the topic of New Covenant membership. Most Christians would agree that those truly united to Christ in eternity will only be revealed in the last day of judgment. Yet, when we equate covenant membership with the elect on this side of heaven, we lose any real ability to discern God’s people marked out in history. Take for instance, Steve Wellum when he says: That is why a Baptist view of the church, what is unique about the nature of the new covenant … [Read more...] about An Abyss of Sightless Darkness: New Covenant Membership
Do you remember Rickrolling? Who would have ever guessed back in 1987 that Rick Astley’s #1 hit (in 25 countries) would become a prank phenomenon reaching 18 million American adults 20 years later?[i] For those of you that missed the sensation, it was classic bait and switch. Thinking you were reading a relevant reply in some email string, you would click on a masked hyperlink. It would instantly take you to a video of Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”. In that moment, you would … [Read more...] about You’ve Been Ubered!
Previously, we looked here at what we might call the Christian Humanist backdrop of the Protestant Reformation. The same movement that helped fuel the Reformation also carried with it some humanist baggage. To accept this baggage as necessary cargo, just because our reformers imported it both practically and in some ways confessionally, does not mean we should retain it. Indeed, we would do well to shed ourselves of its weight and seek even a greater level of consistency in the realm … [Read more...] about The Profane Cultural Realm of Meredith G. Kline
Instead of writing a New Year’s post, I decided just to make a short (2.5m) video with my 7-year old. Please excuse the lack of quality – but please don’t miss the message. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPm67T1j8eM … [Read more...] about Goal Setting for Your Children’s Children
In the last post I sought to faithfully represent and summarize “Reformed Two-Kingdoms” natural law. For those desiring to move on to a critique of the position, I have bad news. I mentioned the need for examining the groundwork laid by Meredith Kline, but our exploration needs to extend further back. Before moving to Kline we need to look briefly at the broader climate of the reformers and what role they play in coloring our view of law - specifically natural law. This excavation … [Read more...] about Calvin Kline and Foundations for R2K Natural Law
I will spare the extended introduction as to why one should have some level of interest in the basis for their moral judgments within the civil sphere. You can read more about that here. The concept of law is basic to any culture. If culture is “religion externalized” then law is the basis for said religious expression. The question is: to what should Christians within a culture turn to as the source of their law? Within the civil sphere, what part of the Bible still applies … [Read more...] about A Biblical Case for Natural Law?
Last weekend my family and I did something astounding – we actually went to see a movie in the theatre. This doesn’t happen much. In fact, for three of our four children that were with us, it has never happened at all. Well, almost never. I think one of them slept through an action-thriller as an infant when my wife and I were determined to have a night out. Either way, this was a family first. We wanted to catch Saving Christmas on opening night. From Kirk Cameron’s stunning … [Read more...] about Is Christmas being saved?