Retreating with Dignity

The Protestant church in the West has largely succumbed to a plan of cultural engagement that might be called retreating with dignity. In disobedience to the express command of Jesus to disciple the nations, teaching them to obey everything God has commanded, the Reformed and Evangelical churches of the West have decided that this would…

Do Not Give Your Strength to Women

The book of Proverbs ends with King Lemuel giving an oracle that his mother taught him. It begins with the question that many mothers have asked many sons over the centuries: “What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?” (Prov. 31:2)….

Gratitude that Overcomes the World

Gratitude — true gratitude — requires truth. And this is not the same thing as sincerity. People can be sincerely wrong. Lies can become so ingrained, so repeated, so believed that people say them and believe them sincerely. So it is that sincerity becomes the substitute for the truth in a world gone mad with…

What is the Gospel?

Introduction The word “gospel” means “good news.” Literally, it’s a “good message” and is related to the word for “messenger” or “angel.” One place we can look to understand what the gospel is Isaiah 40: after many chapters of judgment proclaimed on Israel and Judah and the nations, God proclaims, “Comfort, comfort my people… speak…

Smashmouth Incrementalism & Abolishing Abortion

We talked ending abortion strategies with Doug Wilson on the latest Crosspolitic episode. Doug followed up with a blog post entitled Smashmouth Incrementalism, and Joel McDurmon and John Reasnor have followed up with thoughts of their own. And there have probably been a few other conversations floating around on these topics. So for whatever they’re…

The NFL & American Proxy-Wars

I want to follow up on my recent Kaepernick post with a few additional thoughts on where we find ourselves in this world at this moment, as Christians. There has always been and will likely always be a multi-front war to fight for the Kingdom of God. Satan is not particularly picky; he’s a prowling…

Adam’s Sneer

Stacy was excited about the parade. She knew it wasn’t much. It wasn’t a huge sacrifice or anything. But she knew every little bit helped. There might just be one girl in the crowd who would see the float, remember the web address, and later, when she could control her emotions, look them up for…

Kaepernick & Worship Wars: Flags, Badges, Uniforms, and Liturgies

Introduction Flags, badges, uniforms, and liturgies are inescapable. It’s not whether we will have them but which ones we will have. This week we’ve had a helpful illustration of this phenomenon on our national stage. Trump did his Trump thing at a recent rally when he daydreamed momentarily about NFL owners firing the “sons of…

Courage, Cowardice, & Jesus

So I’ve been writing a fair bit about the sin of effeminacy or what might be called “soft men.” And it might seem like I’ve found a new hammer and now everything is a nail – sort of like the Calvinist cage-stage of ye old lore of yore. And I want to grant that there…

Exegesis without Seat Belts or An Autobiographical Hermeneutics Lesson

So let’s have a little autobiographical hermeneutics lesson. I was reared on Peter Leithart’s knee. James B. Jordan is my godfather, hermeneutically speaking. And what I mean by this is that I was taught to read the Bible Through New Eyes. What this means for those of you new to the party is that I…