Review: Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today

Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God's Word Today by David R. Helm My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good sturdy volume on sticking close to the text. Very helpful for preachers. I am reminded of the time when I was in junior high and my father was leading a bunch of us in an inductive Bible study. We were all sitting in a circle with our Bibles open in our laps. My father asked a question, and we all sat there looking at him. He then said, as I shall never forget, "The answer's not on my forehead." View all my reviews … [Read more...]

We Don’t Need More of the Same

"We don't need sophisticated economics. We need people who understand the difference between bigger numbers and smaller numbers. We don't need nuance in race relations. We need to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. We don't need wise men who manage an endless series of nation-building wars. We need our wars to be purposive, rare, and short.  We don't need a candidate who wins the grudging respect of the professional left. We need a candidate who has an uncanny ability to set them all off as barking mad" (Rules for Reformers, pp. 164-165). … [Read more...]

A 7 Point Elevator Pitch in a Tall Skyscraper

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I want to take a moment of your time to explain why you or someone close to you really ought to consider attending New St. Andrews College this fall. First, we provide a rigorous liberal arts education in the classical Christian tradition. It is important to note that the Christianity is not added to the liberal arts as a condiment supplied for the sake of flavoring. Our commitment to Jesus Christ is essential to every aspect of our mission, including our decision to offer a liberal arts degree. Second, we don't take Federal money. As the morass of statist entanglements continues to destroy higher education in America, making the whole thing a sinkhole the size of Rhode Island, NSA has kept itself free of all such entanglements. We are free to pursue and teach what we believe to be the truth, simply because we believe it to be such. We are not financially beholden to any form of paganism on the Potomac. Given the new despotic climate in our culture, especially with the new regime … [Read more...]

Review: SERVILE STATE, THE

SERVILE STATE, THE by Hilaire Belloc My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this book, which was in different measures confused and insightful. The difficulty is that when it was insightful, he would use his own peculiar definitions of terms (e.g. capitalism), and when it was confused, he would apply critiques to socialism that applied equally well to his distributism. Still, the game was worth the candle. View all my reviews … [Read more...]

Tolle, Leg It

Christian Kids

In the aftermath of the Obergefell decision by the Supreme Court, a lot of Christian parents are reeling. They know they must do something, but what can they do? The decision was so high-handed, so arbitrary, so insolently rendered, that it would be easy to assume that there is nothing we can do about it down here at street level. But this is false. There is are many steps we can take, and some of the first ones are steps we must take. Here is one that millions of parents could take in just a small number of weeks -- they could pull their kids out of the government school system. The necessity of doing this has been growing increasingly obvious every year, and now the need for it is open, manifest, and pretty much on fire. What can Christian parents do? If their kids are already receiving a Christian education, they can be encouraged and stand fast -- and they can use the opportunity to openly appeal to Christian friends who still have their kids in the government school system. … [Read more...]

On Christian Disobedience #4

Introduction: In the light of the Supreme Court’s decision this last week, where they sought to sanctify and dignify something that God has declared confused and abominable, our responsibility as Christians to think through a biblical understanding of our relationship to the state becomes even more pressing. We have already learned that no human government is absolute, and that when a human authority commands us contrary to the law of God, we must obey God rather than man. But now we must consider what to do when a lesser authority commands us contrary to the lawful requirements of a higher human authority. In short, we have to discuss whether limited government is a biblical concept. I want to argue that it is, by good and necessary consequence. Unlimited government is, by definition, idolatrous. The Text: “Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever . . . Then these men assembled, and found Daniel … [Read more...]

All of It

When Jesus said that the cup we drink was the new covenant in His blood, He was opening up a world of wisdom to us. So many truths are set before us that it is difficult to know where to begin, or what to do with them all. Because of this we sometimes give up, and simply return time and again to two or three truths related to the Supper. Those truths are true, and so we are edified to meditate on them, but because this meal sets before us the wisdom, kindness and grace of God, we should also remember that we are being invited to know the unknowable, to grasp the ungraspable, and to enter into the height and breadth and depth of God’s purposes for us. What do we learn about covenants here? One of the things we learn is that a covenant is something you can drink. Jesus said plainly that the cup is the new covenant in His blood. And when Jesus gives it to us, He says, “Drink ye all of it” (Matt. 26:27). A covenant is something we can drink, and it is something we are summoned to … [Read more...]

Lest We Drift

The church is a wooded island, and it produces three kinds of wood. The first would be the living grove, what makes the island an inviting place, lush and green. The second would be the dead wood, that which is not growing itself but remains in place, hindering the growth of the rest. And the third category would be that of drift wood, wood that is from the island but is not long for the island. So I want to give a series of exhortations about the dangers of drifting. “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Heb. 2:1, ESV). Just as growth in Christ is slow growth, so also the reverse sanctification of drifting is a slow process. No one lives a vibrant Christian life for years only to wake up one morning deciding to throw it all away in one go. No, this process happens by drifting, by means of a long series of miniscule choices that seem, each one in isolation, to be no big deal. But collectively these choices add up to a … [Read more...]

Red Queen Rising

I don't know what you mean by your way, all the ways about here belong to me.

After all those unpleasant choking sounds and the consequent demise of our constitutional republic, we are just a short way into the reign of our dear queen, the red one out of Alice. Her principal talent lies in her ability simply to insist on arbitrary authority, with no logic whatever to back it up. So in just the space of a few short weeks, Bruce Jenner identified as a woman, Rachel Dolezal identified as black, and I identified as svelte. Consider the possibilities before us! Okay, let us treat this thing for what it is -- an intellectually crippled attempt to build the Übermensch. This New Future Man has forearms that look like they came right out of 1930's Stalinist agricultural art, the better to pound you with, and a forehead that appears to be made of brass three inches thick, the better to not think very hard with. Allow me to cite one example before proceeding to some other words of sunshiny encouragement. Here is one tenet of the worldview that is being crammed … [Read more...]