The Success of “Avatar” Is Nothing to Celebrate
The sequel to the record-breaking box office success Avatar is here. The enemy is still America/Europeans. The victims this time: whales.
Intellectually, the Avatar stories seem worthless, beneath contempt, indeed, beneath argument. This leads people to underestimate them but also to feel themselves somehow disarmed. One looks ridiculous if one complains that the stories are anti-American. It takes a certain courage to deal with that problem, and courage is in very short supply in our times. The... Continue Reading
Why Christians Shouldn’t Watch “The Chosen”
God in His providence, chose to send His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world when He did. Christ could have come to save the world during the time of cell phones and live streaming, but He didn’t. God chose to send His Son in the fullness of time, and to have the proclamation of His... Continue Reading
Trinitarian Heterodoxy Eclipses Marriage (Once Again)
Brief analysis on the theological appropriateness of using unqualified persons of the Trinity as an analogy for marriage.
Within the economic Trinity there is a Divine Person with a non-divine will that makes Jesus’ submission to God both possible and fitting. Accordingly, the Christ to God authority and submission is not a Trinity consideration per se but a limited consideration of the union of two natures in one hypostasis. Yet the submission of wife to husband finds its analogy to Christ to God not in an ordering of being but in creative design just the same. A... Continue Reading
Disney’s Disenchanted Kingdom
How the formerly family-friendly enterprise lost its way.
Walt’s Disenchanted Kingdom concludes by citing a poll showing that customer satisfaction and respect for the Disney brand have plunged from 77 percent to 51 percent in the last year alone. This confirms the simple truth, that a significant majority of parents do not want their children indoctrinated in gender ideology or any other social justice agenda by... Continue Reading
The Spirit’s Work of Conviction through the Conscience of a Sinner
Conviction of Sin
Conscience is the territory or dominion of God in man, which he has so reserved unto himself that no human power can possibly enter into it or dispose of it in any wise. But in this work of conviction of sin, the word of God, the Scripture, enters into the conscience of the sinner, takes... Continue Reading
Douglas MacArthur, Christianity and Japan
What General MacArthur managed to do in Japan after the war was nothing short of remarkable.
Supreme Commander: MacArthur’s Triumph in Japan by Seymour Morris, Jr. (Harper, 2014). What a huge task MacArthur had. This was a militaristic society that had engaged in some of the worst wartime atrocities ever (recall the Rape of Nanking, the Rape of Manilla, their pursuit of biological warfare, and so on), and here was an American general tasked with... Continue Reading
And Then There Was One
Book Review: An Emotionally Raw Journey Through Spousal Grief
Echol’s book is not a theology of death, yet teaches that God reigns over death and provides ultimate hope beyond it. This is a beautiful, hopeful little book and one I’m glad to recommend. I don’t know what it is like to lose a spouse. I don’t know what it is like to bid... Continue Reading
Basic Axioms on The Holy Spirit
The Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, composed in A.D. 381, sums up the considered biblical exegesis and doctrinal commitments of the church at the time.
Given that the Spirit is one with the Father and the Son from eternity, he is to be worshiped with them in one united act of adoration. We were all baptized into the one name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Since God is one indivisible being, it is inconceivable that the... Continue Reading
How Individuals Enable Tyranny
It is easy to think the roots of tyranny lie outside of ourselves, but perhaps we are looking too far away.
Mill, Havel, and Kundera all point us to a terrible truth: our moral weakness, desire to evade responsibility, and illusion that the majority makes right have led us down the slippery slope of forfeiting our freedom. How do we respond to those working to undermine human rights? The solution is simple, but not without personal costs. Stop... Continue Reading
Painting Sin with Virtue Signals
Faced with the foul pollution of our contaminated character, we pretend we are virtuous because we cannot stand the terror of how sin has mangled us.
As we revisit the truths that Thomas Brooks discovered in 1652, let us be reinvigorated by them today. Let us make war with our sin. Let us avoid the veneer of virtue signaling and resist the temptation to tuck them away like poison without dealing with it adequately. Let us flee to the arms of... Continue Reading
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