If I could choose one event in American History to see firsthand, I would choose the Combahee Ferry Raid. Nothing in American history better prefigures God’s resotration of justice (the rendering of good due to another) and peace to earth by the destruction of oppression (Revelation 17-19). The Combahee Ferry Raid was a miraculous… Continue reading This day in History: the Combahee Ferry Raid
Dominion and Authority in Scripture
Many of you are probably painfully aware of the current misuse of I Timothy 2:12, “A woman shall not teach a man.” There are a group of rather domineering personalities wielding this verse like club against our sisters, and their hypocrisy in criticizing domineering women by domineering over others themselves is blameworthy. Many of… Continue reading Dominion and Authority in Scripture
What is Deuteronomical Blessing?
I recently picked up a podcast at the recommendation of a “Christian” who lives in my community. I have been, like Stowe and MLK, at loggerheads trying to figure out why many of the “Christians” I encounter are far more like the man of Deuteronomy 29 than the man of Psalm 1. Listening to the… Continue reading What is Deuteronomical Blessing?
Famous Last Words
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!” –Matthew 23:23-24 These words… Continue reading Famous Last Words
The Lawlessness of the Modern Church Tithe
“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished… Continue reading The Lawlessness of the Modern Church Tithe
Against False Fellowship
You have heard it said, “the Christian is called to fellowship and is disobedient if he doesn’t go to church.” What is the Church but those who meditate on God’s Law day and night? Who has fellowship except she be conformed to Christ so as to repudiate every lie and deceit, even with a… Continue reading Against False Fellowship
The Truth About God’s Wrath
Only when one understands that sin is an undoing rather than a doing, a nothing rather than a thing, can one understand that wrath is a mercy, an expression of God’s unfailing love for His creatures. He would not be loving if He allowed His creatures to die of the cancer of sin. … Continue reading The Truth About God’s Wrath
Materialism and Slavery
“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
What is a Pharisee?
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?
A Light in American 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