Remove the constraints of form, and human expression tends towards ignorance.
Formed expression is what our hearts cry out for. We want our preachers to articulate the truth with a kind of clarity that enables us to grasp and retain it. We want our psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to capture and express affections we have had but have not known how to express. We want... Continue Reading
10 essential principles and practices in the remarkable story of an institutions’s transformation.
He shows how leaders must cultivate trustworthiness, cherish the teams they put in place, and insist on accountability for themselves and others. He writes about stewarding money well, communicating clearly, and fostering just the right kind of culture. He continually uses the turnaround at Midwestern as an illustration of these principles in action. I have long... Continue Reading
How Should We Then Live in a Time of War?
Just how should believers live in times of crisis?
As Europe was facing the onset of war in 1939, Lewis preached a sermon in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford. With many other academics and students in attendance, the issue of how we should now live was certainly a pressing concern for all those present. So Lewis entitled his address, “Learning in War-Time”. What the... Continue Reading
Why the World Needs Men
On Anthony Esolen’s No Apologies: Why Civilization Depends on the Strength of Men
No Apologies pulls no punches: the transformation of society into a gynocracy has been a disaster. But the attack on manliness is not merely an attack against boyhood or manhood: “Ultimately the attack upon the home, and upon the marriage of man and woman, is an attack on the God who made man and woman”... Continue Reading
Review of Richard B. Gaffin Jr.’s, “In the Fullness of Time: An Introduction to the Biblical Theology of Acts and Paul”
This book is essentially a work on eschatology, arguing that the inbreaking of the last day in Christ’s advent is a primarily encompassing feature of New Testament theology, and tracing out its implications.
Gaffin’s most recent book is a searching exploration of how to apply New Testament eschatology to the unfolding sweep of redemptive history, particularly regarding how the ascended Christ has ushered in the end of the ages by pouring out his Spirit on his church. Dr. Richard Gaffin, professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology... Continue Reading
Christian Education in Seven Books (3)—Less Than Words Can Say
Words are the basis of rationality and self-awareness.
Just as you cannot do algebra without numbers, so you cannot know, discover or communicate meaning without clear, accurate, and precise language. It is not too much to say that bad grammar is the enemy of truth. Christians should then prioritise language, since it is the media of propositional truth. For we let our... Continue Reading
Until we come to the Lord Jesus Christ, our back will be bent under the heavy burden of our sin, and nothing we do, say, or think can change that.
We were dead (not just sick, not just dying) in our sins. We were helpless apart from the saving work of Christ. He came not to save the righteous, but to save sinners – even the chief of sinners. So why do we bristle so much at this notion? The short answer is that we probably... Continue Reading
The Mystery of Providence, An Excerpt
Excerpt taken from “The Mystery of Providence, Divine Providence: A Classic Work for Modern Readers” by Stephen Charnock and edited by Carolyn B. Whiting.
Providence is mysterious in such a way that we shortsighted souls are not able to catch the spectacle of God’s distant ends. God does not focus on the present advantage for himself and his creatures, but his eye is to his own glory in all, even to the very last ages of the world. God... Continue Reading
The Abolition of Mania
Lewis pictures the human person—philosophically considered—as being made up of three parts: the head, the belly, and the chest.
This philosophical chest joins those two parts of us that, while good in themselves, have a tendency to fly apart from each other and so become bad. Our reasonings are all too apt to evaporate into abstraction, floating upward into false spirituality, as if we weren’t also embodied, feeling creatures. Our feelings are all too... Continue Reading
Book Review: Typology by Dr. James M. Hamilton Jr.
Understanding the Bible’s Promise-Shaped Patterns
It was definitely a book I had to read slowly, but it’s also a book I’m grateful to have read. It is certainly one I will return to for reference in my preaching and teaching! Typology is a useful tool to help us better understand the Bible as well as to help others see it... Continue Reading