In Praise of Patriarchal Society

In The War Against Boys, Christina Hoff Sommers describes Camille Paglia’s “refreshing” view of men: For Paglia, male aggressiveness and competitiveness are animating principles of creativity: ‘Masculinity is aggressive, unstable, combustible. It is also the most creative cultural force in history.’ Speaking of the ‘fashionable disdain for ‘patriarchal society’ to which nothing good is ever…

Fully Authorized

“And I bestow upon you a kingdom just as My Father bestowed one upon Me. That you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” (Lk. 22:29-30) Jesus says that He gave us this meal, this table in His Kingdom  so that we…

The Promise is for the Mission

Introduction As we’re gathered here for our first ever Church Camp, a retreat of sorts, it seemed fitting to think about our mission as a church. Why do we exist? Why do we gather week after week at the Best Western in Moscow? Why don’t we gather here every week? Why do we exist? And…

The Conspiracy of Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Eph. 2:8) The central, overwhelming trait of Christians is gratitude, thankfulness. It was the grace and love of God that created the world, that created you, that created laughter and wine and friendship and music….

Missions as Market Expansion

Altogether there must have been about 300 different (often competing) foreign denominations (or otherwise distinctive foreign groupings) of Christians in China when I arrived there in 1948. It was the “free enterprise” business model applied to religion… So a major offence of the contemporary foreign missionary enterprise is that it operates on the same principles…

Romantic Porn

Betsy Hart writes: “Just as sexual pornography twists an understanding for men about real women’s bodies and sexual appetites, so romantic pornography twists the perception for women about real men and how they “ought” to behave toward women, which tends to amount to, well, behaving like a woman.” Read the whole article here. HT: Justin…

Our Offer of Peace

“When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you and serve you. Now if…

New Covenant Holy War

Fifth Sunday in Trinity: Ex. 20:1-3: First Word Pt. 2 Introduction When Moses preaches through the Ten Words in Deuteronomy, he spends a great deal of time on the First Commandment, and he says this means war. Holy War The promise to Abraham was to give him the land of Canaan when the iniquity of…

Enemies of God

James rebukes Christians who are tangled up in the web of lust and envy: “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (Js. 4:4). James echoes Moses in Deuteronomy, where immediately…

A Cautionary Tale

What happens when you name your son after a prophet.