New Saint Andrews College: Why Are You Here?

A new promotional video by Christian Leithart:

Daniel on Icons

There’s a running “image” theme in Daniel. It runs explicitly through chapters 2 and 3 where Nebuchadnezzar initially has a dream that he requests be told to him and interpreted. God reveals the dream to Daniel, and it is the vision of the “image” of the statue. The image-statue has layers of gold, bronze, iron,…

Nebchadnezzar

Daniel urges Nebuchadnezzar to repent so that his second dream does not come true: “Therefore, O King, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off yours sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.” (Dan. 4:27) Interesting that Daniel doesn’t…

Atheist Wisdom

Atheist Michael Ruse explains here, why he thinks the “New Atheists” are a “bloody disaster.” Here’s what I thought was some of the best bits: Most importantly, the new atheists are doing terrible damage to the fight to keep Creationism out of the schools. The First Amendment does not ban the teaching of bad science…

Doing the Math of Mercy

Taught on Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman this morning, and the role that the past plays in the present is haunting. Willy Loman is exhausted, worn down by a life of misdirection, misunderstanding, and failure. He followed a dream, and the dream let him down. The story traces (indirectly) Willy Loman’s life from a…

Pinning Every Atom in Place

The Holy Spirit loves the details. The Spirit hovered over the waters of creation, and He was the breath that carried the Word of God crashing out into the nothing. “Let there be light,” was the Word, and the Wind of the Voice spun the nothing into light. The Spirit constantly does that. The Spirit…

The Ordination of Jesus

According to Hebrews, Jesus became our High Priest. This means that Jesus was ordained to the priesthood. When and how did this occur? Hebrews says that Jesus did not take this honor to himself, but He was called by God when God said to Him: “You are my Son, today I have begotten You.” (Heb….

We Lift This Cup

Pastor Leithart has been working through the Olivet Discourse, Jesus’ teaching to his disciples about the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, and he has emphasized the fact that just because this refers to specific events that have already occurred this does not make it any less applicable to us. The pattern is throughout…

Spilling Grace

When someone pokes you, what comes out? What happens when someone questions some conviction or practice you hold dear? It could be anything from your faith in Christ down to your conviction that socks should be folded, not rolled. What if someone expresses a contrary opinion? What if someone expresses a strong contrary opinion? How…

Eternal Mercy Ministry

In the discussion here between D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller, the question is asked, “How do we protect the centrality and purity of the gospel message while giving ourselves to mercy ministry?” In other words, how can we make sure that our mercy ministries do not devolve into mere social advocacy groups. John…