Every School is a Religious School
Every school has a creed, expressed or implied.
In education, the words secular, government, and public are not synonymous with neutrality. A public school is every bit as enmeshed in a system of ardently held, worldview-shaping religio-philosophical underpinnings as any religious school out there. It is not neutral because it is not possible to be neutral. The claim that every school is intrinsically... Continue Reading
Should the Visible Church, as an Institution, Form and Express an Opinion on Political Violence?
Has Jesus Christ, as the only head of the church, authorized his church to make such statements?
Presbyteries, as an institution of the covenant of grace, do well to remember the limits of their competence and authority and to remember the Christian liberty of their members to disagree with the cultural, poltical, social, and economic opinions of her ministers and ruling elders. According to the PCA’s denominational magazine, By Faith, the Potomac Presbytery... Continue Reading
Endorse Religious Liberty
The Supreme Court has a chance to make clear that the Constitution does not permit, let alone require, the government to discriminate against expressions of faith.
Despite reiterating, in case after case, that the Constitution demands government neutrality toward religion, the Court has stubbornly failed to clear away an undergrowth of older precedents that arguably suggest the opposite. Bureaucrats and judges alike cling to these outdated precedents, using them to mask their confusion, ignorance, or outright animus toward religious believers and... Continue Reading
Postmodernism was dead. Until it wasn’t.
If God has not been gagged, and if the Spirit has been at work in the history of the church, let us not relegate and relativize the greatest theologians, preachers, and practitioners of the past based on our twenty-first century obsessions with race, gender, and sexuality. Texts have meanings (Matthew 9:12-13), and teachers are given... Continue Reading
Why the Dobbs Leak Is Dangerous
If the rule of law is to survive, Americans will need to maintain the Court as a functioning institution. The recent disclosure poses grave risks in that regard.
The leak of an entire draft opinion in the middle of deliberations in a vitally important case suggests…a desire either to bully or destroy the Court as an effective institution. After this episode, justices will feel less secure about the confidentiality of their deliberations and think twice about what they put in drafts. The work... Continue Reading
The Fiction of Managerial Effectiveness: Alasdair MacIntyre
It is important that we explore all the connections between enlightenment liberalism, personal autonomy, the idea of human rights, the idea of human progress, scientific thinking, technology, and the administrative state.
MacIntyre discusses why “managerialism” cannot provide a proper framework for a flourishing society: the idea of managerial effectiveness is dangerous fiction that will lead to social collapse. Many of those who express concern for the current condition of our society, as well as the trajectory it is on, tend to pour a lot of... Continue Reading
Dear Mrs. So and So
All human life has value and all human life should be protected.
You have freedom over your body, so long as your freedom does not impinge upon the rights of another human life. When it does, and the murder of an innocent human life in the womb (again, that is a scientific fact of genetics) certainly qualifies, then your rights must be limited, to protect the rights... Continue Reading
This Article Is Not About Tim Keller
The ‘winsome, third way framework’ seems to view politics through the lens of evangelism, and thus in an apologetic mode.
What does this have to do with the winsome, third way framework? Well, as I argued in my piece, it seems to me that this framework tends to think about politics through the lens of evangelism, and thus in an apologetic mode. This gets expressed in the overwrought concern with how Christians are perceived by... Continue Reading
Murder Or Miracle In The Cathedral: Two Augustines!
Whenever anyone is “born again” or “born from above,” a miracle takes place, whether in a cathedral, a church, or anywhere else!
While enrapt in the progress of this mystery, I was suddenly jolted by a common misunderstanding of many relating to the need for conversion and what it means to be a Christian. Augustine of Canterbury may have been born an Anglican, but he could not be born a Christian. One may be born a Muslim,... Continue Reading
What Makes a Sermon Difficult to Listen to
Preachers can assist listening and comprehension by providing some kind of an outline.
Commentaries are crucial when it comes to properly understanding a text. Preachers rightly spend a good bit of their prep time learning from experts through their commentaries. But there aren’t many occasions when the preacher should quote these experts. To read a quote from a commentary, and especially at length, is to radically change the... Continue Reading