September

17. A Primer on Worship and Reformation by Wilson.18. Foxes’ Book of Martyrs by Foxe19. Frankenstein by Shelley20. The Silver Chair by Lewis

Bibs and High Chairs for Everyone

“Assuredly I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 18:3) Jesus says here that the requirement for entrance in the Kingdom is to be born again. Just as he told Nicodemus on another occasion, he tells his disciples here…

Better Off as Orphans

Jesus says, “But whoever cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck , and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt. 18:6) Jesus gives us a terrifying warning in these words. He says it…

St. John of Damascus on the Divine Images

I’ve been working my way through St. John of Damascus’ Three Treatises on the Divine Images. A few thoughts: First, I think his point is well taken that whatever the second commandment means must be compatible with both a.) the rest of the Old Covenant law and b.) be evaluated again through the lens of…

Who’s the Human?

My wife pointed out this morning that in many ways the Frankenstein creature is far more human than his creator, Victor Frankenstein. The creature longs for human society, friendship, community, virtue, etc. Victor on the other hand is this reclusive scientist bent on knowledge and glory, and then even after his experiment goes horribly wrong,…

A Primer on Worship and Reformation by Douglas Wilson: A Review

Just finished Pastor Douglas Wilson’s forthcoming book A Primer on Worship and Reformation: Recovering the High Church Puritan. As the title suggests, this is a short, accessible introduction to the practice and importance of Covenant Renewal Worship. This is the sort of book you want to hand to visitors at church and have a stout…

Frankenstein on Individualism

Frankenstein’s creature explains his realization of his monstrosity: “I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon a coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my…

Collegiate Reformed Fellowship: Laundromat Evangelism

IntroductionWhen I say evangelism, I mean evangelism for everyone, evangelism for dummies. There are Evangelists like Pastors and Elders in the church, but every Christian is commissioned to be Christ to the world. What is the gospel?The gospel is the good news of a dead king. The word “gospel” first appears in 1 Samuel 4:17,…

Free Sons

“‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?’ Peter said to Him, ‘From strangers.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free.’” (Mt. 17:25-26) At least part of what Jesus is implying here is that since the disciples are…

The Lord Our Strength

In the sermon text this morning, Jesus will be questioned regarding the temple tax which has its origins in the “atonement tax” of Exodus 30. God discouraged the practice of counting fighting men by requiring that payment be made if such an action were to take place. At least part of this regulation would discourage…