Well Conditioned

"Ten million see a particular sitcom, and they are all cool-shamed into cringing when that unsympathetic and very greasy character makes that homo-joke. Do you doubt what I say? Did you just cringe when I used the word homo-joke? You may be a very conservative Christian, and you are with me on the merits, but you still do whatever their laugh track tells you to" (Rules for Reformers, p. 167) … [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...]

Because You Never Want the Truth to Turn Around and Apologize for You

"The rule is never to apologize for the truth. Never. When Scripture requires us to seek forgiveness or put something right, what we are putting right is our complicity in some lie or other. Lies must always be repudiated, and while it is certainly humbling, it is never strategically stupid. We are servants of the truth -- how can it hurt us to get rid of another lie? Armies are not weakened by finding and hanging another spy in their ranks" (Rules for Reformers, p. 155). … [Read more...]

Because Both Sides Are in the Story

"Narrative theology is important -- crucial in fact. But when it becomes apparent that it is important in this world of war, both sides will attempt to seize it, and will use it to their own ends. This is why it is as silly to assume that someone is a postmodernist because he emphasizes story as it would be to assume that someone was a Union solder because [he] was on the field at Gettysburg, and had a gun. Right, he did, but which way was it pointed?" (Rules for Reformers, p. 153). … [Read more...]

Everything Downstream

"For example, someone might want to blame the Protestant Reformation for our modern social balkanizations, but this is way too convenient, and besides, why don't these same people thank the Protestant Reformers for indoor plumbing?" (Rules for Reformers, p. 151). … [Read more...]

To Make the World Like Ireland

"War is declared in the third chapter of the Bible, the central victory is accomplished when the Lord Jesus crushed the head of the serpent at the cross, and the rest of history consists of believers in Jesus being sent out into the world in order to manhandle all the snakes they can find" (Rules for Reformers, p. 151). … [Read more...]

Blind Philosopher’s Buff

"Without some light from God, we cannot even know we are in the dark, although lots of our modern johnnies pretend to know that, so that they may begin work on their bulging forehead workarounds. But if Kant can't know anything 'in itself, as it is,' then one wonders how he figured out the limitations of epistemology as they are. If we cannot know a thing-in-itself (Ding an sich), then it might as well be a transcendental absurdity (Ding an dong)" (Rules for Reformers, p. 150). … [Read more...]

Anywhere He Said It

"You shall not suffer a witch to live, objects falling down at 9.8 meters per second squared, and nature itself teaching us that long hair is a woman's glory are all expressions of the same personal and divine will . . . When we confess Jesus as Lord, we have to take care to listen to everything He ever said, anywhere He might have said it. As it happens, He has told us a great deal through natural law, all of it consistent with everything He tells us in His Scriptures. All of Christ for all the world" (Rules for Reformers, p. 149). … [Read more...]

Inescapability of Natural Law

"Worship and honor were required by the knowledge that natural revelation brought. This they refused to do, in defiance of this light from natural revelation, and this light from natural revelation can certainly be called a natural law. It has all the ingredients -- a lawgiver, a standard, a subject, and moral responsibility. Nothing is missing" (Rules for Reformers, p. 144). … [Read more...]

Now Hiring . . .

"So we should be in the market for young Christian men and women who are willing to be trained in genuine cultural engagement. They won't be embarrassed by old-fashioned virtues, like hard work and discipline. They will respect authority and defy the authorities. They won't get fired from jobs because of laziness, and they will get fired from them because of something they said about homosexuality. They won't resent money and success, and they won't be dazzled by money and success. They will laugh at the hipsters, and they will laugh at themselves laughing at the hipsters. They will loathe the enticements of corrupt entertainment, and they will love a true story. They would rather die than become one of the cool kids. They will be cool" (Rules, p. 138). … [Read more...]