Jesus & the Bikinis

There’s hardly any way to talk about the way women dress without coming off as the voyeristic pervert, the old cranky prude, or the fire-eating, Bible-thumping legalist, but whatever, there is a verse in the Bible somewhere that says Christian girls shouldn’t dress like harlots. And every once in a while someone should say so….

Girard on the Atonement

In an interview published in Touchstone, Rene Girard, explains his understanding of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross: You have advocated what is seen as a “non-sacrificial” reading of the death of Christ that is significantly at odds with the usual understanding of that death as a “hilasterion” that satisfies the wrath and justice of God….

Why Fight?

Why enter the fray? Many Christians would rather not argue about anything. Look at all the divisions in the church. Look at all the infighting. Jesus didn’t say that we would be known for our denominations. He said we’d be known for our love for one another. Great witness, modern church, way to go. And…

Liturgy, Glory, and Homosexuality

So a few days a go I posted a quote from private correspondance by Rich Bledsoe concerning the connection between liturgical worship and homosexuals. His thoughts came in response to some recent posts like this and this. For what it’s worth, the broader context of his comments actually included the point that the Orthodox Church is finally…

Why Liturgical Churches Attract Homosexuals

One of the things that all liturgical churches have to come to grips with is that we have been so de-glorified for so long, that the very glory of the liturgy attracts a faux following, a fake following. To be blunt, a homosexual following. If the woman is the glory of the man, the homosexual…

Mark & Hannah

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body…

Preaching into the Grave

I tweeted yesterday something to the effect that all true repentance begins by being struck down by the fact of the prodigal son’s confession: I’m not worthy to be called your son. This really is the heart of my concern for how we talk about salvation in relation to the sacraments, pastoral theology, covenant theology, federal…

It’s Not About Healthcare

Doug Wilson just preached a sermon on Sunday addressing the governor and legislature of Idaho regarding their duty in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare. You can read the full text of the sermon or watch/listen to the sermon here. And I would encourage you to do so. Several thoughts in response:…

Jake & Beth

“Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always…

Dad-Shaped Holes

Fathers have an enormous responsibility in raising up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. And dads have a particularly significant role to play in raising up sons. But Christian dads frequently fail by sins of omission. They don’t usually abuse their children (though some do). They don’t usually malign them or chew…