“But we do not greatly wonder that persons, who suppose that some evil nature has been generated and propagated by a kind of opposing principle proper to it, refuse to admit that the cause of the creation was this, that the good God produced a good creation. For they believe that He was driven to… Continue reading Sin and Nature
“you may fool people for a time; you can fool a part of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” –Abraham Lincoln I’m still contemplating Angelina Grimke’s 1836 “Appeal to Christian Women of the South.” Her Appeal, a combination of cogent inductive and deductive reasoning from the… Continue reading Materialism and Slavery
I’ve seen this term thrown around frequently on social media, and usually with the same shallow judgement that pharisees themselves use. Knowing the full content and connotation of a word is important before using it, especially to avoid using a condemnatory term frivolously. The term does fit many people, but it takes careful and thorough… Continue reading What is a Pharisee?
I am convinced that the “Oh first created beam!” chorus in Handel’s Samson not only equals, but surpasses the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The binding of wisdom in the expression of light is an antiphonal theme in the Creation and Incarnation. In Creation, light is the expression of God’s treasury of knowledge and wisdom, namely Christ. … Continue reading Let There Be Light!
Among those treasures, new and old, of history, Angelina Grimke has become–to me–one of the most brilliant. Her calm, reasoned exposition of Scripture, proving that American Slavery was an utter defiance of Mosaic Law, has, as all truth does, set me free. I have been amazed, for some time, at the parallels between the… Continue reading Wisdom’s Treasures: Angelina Grimke
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” –I Corinthians 1:27 We live in the age of materialistic positivism, and age which has discovered and harnessed, to a fault, the technology to build not one, but many… Continue reading Wisdom’s Treasures: Harriet Tubman–Humility and Hope in History
History is far from boring. I’ve been reading through Noel Rae’s Great Stain and Catherine Clinton’s Harriet Tubman, and am spellbound by the characters and stories of our history. No contemporary entertainment comes close to competing with the stories of real people in history. As Sherlock told us, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and… Continue reading A Light in American History
While delving deeper into Ligonier’s podcasts and Truth for Life, and continuing to delve deeper into the Scriptures and History, I found myself staring at an email from the Colson Center a few weeks ago, which brought me back to the Breakpoint Podcast, and introduced me to the Upstream Podcast. I’ve had good, challenging discussions… Continue reading Sophistry, Dualism, and the Demonization of the Body.
I’ve been reading Noel Rae’s The Great Stain, Elif Shafak’s Island of Missing Trees and The Bastard of Istanbul, and beginning to whet my mind on some of Zymgunt Bauman’s writing on ethics (which resonates powerfully with Charles Taylor’s, Hannah Arendt’s, and Miraslov Volf’s respective works). Then I ran into this article on Tribalism: https://en.unesco.org/courier/2017-october-december/philosophy-versus-tribalism.… Continue reading Tribalism
Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” –Jn 20:17 A man and a woman in the garden. The Scripture begins… Continue reading The Second Garden Scene