Good stuff! You might enjoy Andrew McCarthy’s podcast. You might also enjoy Dan Bongino’s. He’s an ex-Secret Service agent and an ex-NYC cop, which gives him a unique perspective on current events. He’s been way out ahead on all he spy-gate stuff.
Rob, thank you.
Are you planning on making an audio version of your book about work?
Dave, yes. It is in the works, but no release date yet.
So what does a guy and his wife do when they get hooked by the trailer for Man Rampant, but they live in Australia? Amazon Prime won’t let us purchase outside of the United States. Any reason you discriminate against my hard earned Australian dollars?
Peter, very sorry about that restriction. But it is Amazon’s restriction, not ours. With regard to the other things we have posted (e.g. Reformed Basics), we have overcome that licensing obstacle by posting them on our church web site in addition to Amazon Prime (christkirk.com).
Thank you for your ministry. I have been interacting with your videos on the possibility of Catholics being saved, and I think I am viewing the subject similarly to you. But does Galatians teach that the “false Gospel” of Rome would damn them? Specifically, how do you understand why the error of Rome is different from the error described in Galatians? If you have written any material on this, I would love to read/buy it. Thank you so much!
Michael, the thing we have to distinguish is false teaching and false brothers. A false brother is lost, by definition. A true brother can get tangled up by false brothers, and need to have someone like Paul write them a stern letter. I believe that false systems of doctrine do not necessitate the damnation of those entangled in them. But those people are saved in spite of the system, not because of it.
“His besetting sin was refusal to be accountable, and by sheer effort of will he managed to make his besetting sin into his supreme virtue. And no one is ever going to tell him differently.”
This is an excellent description of John Calvin and the other reformers. And why I converted to Eastern Orthodox.
I recommend Fr Josiah Trenham’s book Rock and Sand.
Russell, very sorry to hear that. But the perceived hypocrisy of others is a very poor reason to convert to anything.
Your imaginary pastor is going to be meeting a lot more like Jon. The emerging ethos among many of the young will take a rejection of accountability much, much farther than this. Many have noses like bomb-sniffing dogs, and they can detect the faintest whiff of obligation, duty, or responsibility, and they’ll alert on it and start barking. I’m running into young adults who won’t enter any kind of human relationship in which they are obliged to do anything, especially if it’s on a long term basis. This is one of the engines driving the so-called “gig economy” comprised of short term jobs and no long term commitments. And this explains sexual hookups in place of marriage, radical dishonor of parents, a revulsion against the notion of having children, or even simple things like buying a house — because they will be responsible for their own taxes and repairs. It will be flat-out impossible to build a church with these folks without a conversion experience in which commitment aversion is one of the sins they’re consciously repenting of.
Steve, yes, exactly.
So far, just about every one of these Fifty Ways articles has brought specific people or situations to mind. At times its as if you’ve had a spy at our church…which is unlikely.
Andrew, yes. But this is because people sin in predictable patterns.
Praying and the Trinity
In relation to your article “A Thumbnail Statement on the Trinity”, I understand the way you’ve respectfully laid out the ranking of positions within the Godhead of all three persons. What I have pondered is since listening to your sermon of “How to Worship Jesus Christ” I get a sort of vibe that the idea of praying to or worshiping any other person of the Trinity for a time is perhaps wrong. I don’t want to outright say that you were claiming outright that it is, but I did walk away from that sermon somehow concerned about times where I did admire the road to the Father (Jesus) since he is God, or asking the car (the Spirit) to keep me traveling safely since is God equally to the other two persons as well. I suppose I just found it important to hear from you on these things since it feels like if it hasn’t always just been the Father that I pray to that I am bordering on idolatry. I think of Thomas falling down before Jesus proclaiming “My Lord and my God”.
Daniel, I think the normative biblical pattern is to pray to the Father, in the name of Jesus, in the power of the Spirit. But I also believe that it is fully appropriate to occasionally address the Son and the Spirit in prayer. Another example would be Stephen saying “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Your little book quotes and other non-article posts are no longer appearing on the main “recent posts” web page on my mobile (iOS), but they do appear when using the prev/next buttons at the bottom of posts. Configuration issue?
Andrew, yes, but a deliberate configuration issue. The full blog, as it used to appear, is now on the second page, with the most recent main articles appearing on the front page.
Good Old Huey
I just wanted to thank you for quoting Huey Long. I have an autographed edition of T. Harry Williams’s great biography of him, and several essays and term papers about the Kingfish are a big part of the reason I made it through high school and undergrad, although I rarely see him cited these days.
Bernard, you are most welcome. Least I could do.
You were called out by name, basically as a heretic on the Aquila Report. It was in reference to FV. I am late to the game in all this and what I’ve read on FV is somewhat confusing, sort of like the crowd led by Sosthenes.
Here’s what it said: Moreover, the FV will be over when legalism is over. Until then, legalism will periodically repackage itself while retaining the two cornerstones of their position—salvation by ceremonies (circumcision, baptism, etc.) and salvation by moral works (keeping the commandments in order to earn salvation). Whenever people express either or both of these views, they are teaching legalism.
I’ve read your post on ‘FV No Mas’. Why are people not convinced?
I was also surprised to see an old article by Rachel Miller still the top 50 of 2019. I looked up your response and read it.
There seems to be such a visceral response to what you have to say. Unless I am blind, deluded and lack any discernment I cannot figure out why.
Jeff, I think it is because an error on justification would be very serious, and it is also very easy to allege, and it has worked for them so far.
A Theology of Attraction
There are two gentlemen who are slowly gaining prominence for their articulation of the doctrine of patriarchy, Michael Foster and Bnonn Tennant. I was going to recommend them to you as guests for the next Man Rampant season, but it appears worlds have already collided. In their latest newsletter they mentioned they are in talks for a book being published by Canon Press.
I would love to hear your interactions with them on some of their stronger unconventional ideas of gender piety. Their podcast episode on “a theology of attraction” was some of the most interesting content I encountered last year. Really eye-opening stuff taken straight from Genesis. Link shared here for all to encounter their work.
I’m a Reformed Baptist kind of fellow in a Southern Baptist church. However, boy you Presbyterians write some great stuff on parenting.
My wife and I are about halfway through our first pregnancy, and I’m trying to devour as many good parenting books as I can, including and especially 6 by you and Nancy. I quickly found out two things: I had no idea what being a father is, and you do, praise the Lord.
I write to you asking for a clarification. How does a wise man resolve the seeming tension in the responsibility of a father and mother to “fill the tanks” of their children, boys by respect and girls by love, while acknowledging that that should eventually primarily come from Christ?
Or to apply it another way, should a husband rely primarily on his wife for feeling respected, or primarily on Christ? If he finds himself craving it, where should he go?
Ross, in all such relationships, you have to think of Christ as the source. But Christ ministers His grace to us directly (through the Spirit) and through created instruments (family, friends, etc.). When your wife respects you, and this edifies you, that is not a Christless event.
Ruh-roh! The Donald is in trouble now. Being picked as a political winner by Doug is about as big a curse as being featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
DC, ah, but careful now Before the actual event, let me just say that I was very careful not to pick a winner. The most I am saying right now is that a second term for Trump is a distinct possibility. Which is why some people need to be emotionally braced.