Surveying the Text/Habakkuk

Introduction: Apart from what can be inferred from this book, we know nothing of the prophet who assembled it. But from the things described, we can see that he was a contemporary of Jeremiah, Nahum, and Zephaniah. The book is delivered sometime between 612 B.C. and 599 B.C.—before Babylon attacked Jerusalem, but after Babylon had become a hegemonic power. The Text: “Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: But the just shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). Summary of the Text: In the first place, the structure of the book takes a chiastic form. A How long must I wait for justice? (1:2-4); B A great army is coming (1:5-11); C Why are the less wicked punished by those who are more wicked (1:12-17); D The just will live by faith (2:1-5); C' All wickedness will be put to rights (2:6-20); B' A great army from YHWH is coming (3:1-15); A' I will wait for justice (3:16-19). Looking at the flow of the book in another way, we can see this: … [Read more...]

A Cabin by a Pristine Lake

Love is what makes a Christian community grow—people are attracted to it. They gravitate to the fellowship, to the teaching of the Word, to the worship of God, and to the community that all this necessarily engenders. But precisely because love makes a community grow, so also a community growing makes love harder. It is much easier to maintain tight communion in a church of 100 people than in a church of 800 people. And then if you go to two services, it is harder to do what used to be so easy to do. People are attracted to a good thing, which makes it harder to keep it a good thing. A cabin by a pristine lake is a good thing, and it would remain a good thing if there were a second cabin. The only trouble is, 150 people want to build the second cabin. As a church community grows, and loving one another gets more challenging, it is easy to assume the worst. Things aren’t what they used to be. But these challenges are not necessarily signs of love fading, but are rather signs that … [Read more...]

Heir of Isildur

Electoral Map

So I told a friend the other day that I was planning to say something about the Republican presidential field, and then thought today that I might as well do it now. Some of these names are going to start disappearing, and so now's my chance. The first category below would be candidates that I could see myself voting for under a defined set of circumstances. The second category is the reverse of that -- candidates I couldn't see myself voting for under any reasonable scenario. One important proviso, one that needs repeating every election cycle, is that electoral perfectionism is the enemy of all sane governance. At the same time, electoral pragmatism is the enemy of every possible reform. I am a theocratic libertarian, and consequently I am sure we will have ample time to discuss why my "no way" list isn't a lot longer. Cool your baby jets. That time will come soon enough. Did I mention that I have a grandson who will be voting in this presidential election? This should make … [Read more...]

7 Questions for Those Who Want Money for People With Minds That Hate . . .

Boxes

Let me get this straight. 1. You are the group that wants drivers working for FedEx and UPS to be unknowingly carrying around boxes with baby parts in them, babies who were killed for the sake of those parts, AND you want to be the enlightened, progressive group? 2. You are the party that wants lab workers to dump baby parts into pie plates, in order to sort through them carefully looking for the valuable bits, AND you want to be the liberals? 3. You are the faction who wants to keep us from showing mothers an ultrasound of their child, in order to keep that child alive, and you want to prevent those same mothers from seeing how you use the ultrasound (to avoid damaging the product), AND you want to be known as the ones in favor of the free flow of information? 4. You want to tell one group of people that we are just dealing with nondescript tissue and such, and you want to tell another group that you have livers, hearts, lungs, and limbs for sale, AND you want to be the … [Read more...]

Liberal Like Me

Liberal Like Me

The next video is up. No graphic images this time -- just more chilling testimony. I have been saying that one of our central tasks in the unfolding Planned Parenthood mess is to make defenders of the indefensible try to defend it. This can go one of two ways -- either they back away from the position (or start to back away), or they double down. An example of the former can be found here. This is something we welcome because it presents an opportunity to show that blood guilt cannot be removed with a long shower and lots of soap. It can be removed, but not that way. But an example of the latter can be found here. What I would like to do is just take a moment to break out what this woman is actually saying, and take it apart. Hidden cameras are not necessary. "Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, … [Read more...]

Review: Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks: Being a Collection of Sentences, Illustrations, and Quaint Sayings from That Renowned Puritan, Thomas Brooks

Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks: Being a Collection of Sentences, Illustrations, and Quaint Sayings from That Renowned Puritan, Thomas Brooks by Charles H. Spurgeon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Really good. This was a book of quotations from the Puritan Thomas Brooks, selected by Charles Spurgeon. That's a good business, right there. View all my reviews … [Read more...]

Got No Secrets to Conceal

Lamborghinis

We are not that far into the Planned Parenthood calamity, but I think we are far enough into it to ask the secularists how they like being on the wrong side of history. And as Dylan once put it in Like a Rolling Stone, "you got no secrets to conceal. How does it feel?" It has been a few days since I have been able to post on this, and there have been many developments, so it is time for a brief tactical round-up. Remember how crucial pursuit is as a principle of war. We don't want to win "this round," we want to win the fight. And that means pursuit. 1. There will be a national protest at PP clinics all over the country. The web site for that protest is here.  Check it out and see if there is a protest near you, or if there should be. 2. At these protests, or in conversations with friends and coworkers, the question may come up: "What are you trying to accomplish? What do you want?" Divide the answer in two. "First, ultimately, we want to end human abortion." But what … [Read more...]