Contrasting Perspectives on the Land
How is the land of the Bible being viewed today? Consider these five perspectives.
The land of the Bible serves a purpose that will outlast its own existence. For eternity, people will praise God for many things. But high on the list will be significant praise for his handiwork in creating this land bridge of the continents, this place where he could carry out the work of redemption for... Continue Reading
Calvin’s Sermons on the Beatitudes: Paul Helm Review
This is a gem of a book, an excellent introduction to Calvin the preacher and Calvin the man.
It goes without saying that these sermons bear little or no resemblance to the After Dinner Speeches that nowadays often pass for sermons. No opening jokes to settle the refugees and the Genevois, to put them at their ease. Somehow, putting people at ease was not Calvin’s style. Did Jesus do that? It is interesting to reflect... Continue Reading
Book Review: Ramsey talks about the two kinds of limitations that all of us face: location and time.
Ramsey’s book is not one that taught me anything new. Instead, it’s a book that reminds me of a Puritan work. It takes a couple of significant thoughts and turns them over slowly in our minds, teasing out the implications in a way that can change our lives. Ramsey deals first with the limitations of... Continue Reading
Southern Presbyterians and the Roots of American Philosemitism
Southern Presbyterians displayed an early and pronounced streak of philosemitism in an era when Jewish life in the United States could still be precarious.
Like other southern Presbyterians—James Henley Thornwell, Daniel Baker, and John B. Adger among others all recorded marked sympathy for Jews in their writings—Palmer displayed noticeable philosemitism in an era when Jews were still routinely persecuted in Roman Catholic and Islamic societies, as well as in Lutheran monarchies in Europe. In the inaugural volume of The... Continue Reading
Providence and Empire
An Augustinian Case: The Fact of Empire
So why does God give Rome its empire? As I mentioned earlier, Augustine thinks part of the answer is that Rome was the best option on offer. But he goes further. He argues that Roman leaders and society had a love for their city and empire that was noble if flawed. As opposed to rulers... Continue Reading
The Devoted Mind
Seeking God's Face in a World of Distraction—Book Review
The purpose of Lundgaard’s book is to draw our attention to the Beloved—to the triune God. It is to draw our attention to Him, not so we can admire Him from a safe and comfortable distance, but so we can truly draw near to Him. We make a lot of all the distractions that... Continue Reading
What to Expect When Battling Sin
Always remember that you are to follow God’s instructions in dealing with it.
While the battle is long and fierce, “He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world.” Therefore we should expect to see frequent successes shown in significant and measurable victories over our sin. “Frequent success against any lust is another part and evidence of mortification. By success I understand not... Continue Reading
Distinctives of Puritan Preaching: Dignity
The Puritan preacher saw his office as one of dignity and importance, character and content.
Puritan minister did not spare his pulpit efforts. He preached for an hour or two once or twice and sometimes three times a week—that is, always once or twice on Sundays, often at a week-day lecture, and occasionally on days of fasting, of thanksgiving, and election. His sermon content was based directly on the Bible,... Continue Reading
The Marquis de Sade – the Progressive Prophet?
For progressives, when they get their values, it’s like drinking salt water. Their thirst is never satisfied.
For de Sade culture is relative. You can trust only yourself and your feelings – especially your sexual desires. They are your authentic self so you must do what you want and live your own truth. Freud accepted Sade’s proposition that sexual identity is fundamental to your identity and that it is bad to suppress... Continue Reading
Discernment and Judging
Yes we must discern and we must judge.
Jesus prohibits a critical spirit, but does not forbid all use of the critical faculty. To follow Jesus, we must therefore discover why he says, “Judge not,” in Matthew 7, but says, “Judge with right judgment,” in John 7. Notice first that Jesus tells His disciples to make judgments in the very chapter that says “Judge... Continue Reading