The Means Of Grace

The emblems of this mystery are the bread and wine through which theLord holds out to us the true communication of his body and blood. We are talking of spiritual communion, which is effected by the bond of the Holy Spirit alone, and which in no way requires a presence enclosed in Christ’s flesh through […]

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Social Anxiety and the Gospel

Any time I come across a moment that the reformed community, primarily because it is my community, attempts to honestly, even in passing, address issues of mental illness and health, my attention is grabbed. As someone who lives with bipolar disorder, PTSD, and panic issues, I am particularly attenuated to the mention of such things. […]

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The Tendency of Empire

Tacitus, in describing the Romans…and it feels all too familiar. They have plundered the world, stripping naked the land in their hunger, they loot even the ocean: they are driven by greed, if their enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor; neither the wealth of the east nor the west can satisfy them: they are […]

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Courage On Account Of Our Sin

Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church. Be ashamed when you sin. Do not be ashamed when you repent. Pay attention to what the devil did to you. These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and […]

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Puerile Hounds of Buffoonery

I never really had much interest in growing up, though it is admittingly useful. And if my age and my adolescence could reach a detente, I’d be satisfied. More to the point, my wife would be pleased…and suspicious, and also insist that I replace adolescence with immaturity. And I ramble. I repeat random trivia as […]

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The Dumbing Down Of Reverance and Awe

Ever since I found myself apart of the confessional reformed church, I have always been struck by the reversal of roles that often occurs in the “liturgies” of contemporary evangelicalism, more so that I have been removed from the Sabbath practices of American Evangelicalism, specifically. Dr. Horton, more succinctly than I, identifies the unintentional estrangement […]

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Christian Hegemony

  As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, […]

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Liberals and Conservatives, Meh

The social gospel, the belief that Church has the skills and obligation to ameliorate the moral deficiencies society, both real and imaginary, is not only a disorder of the liberal church today but of those that ostensibly identify as conservative evangelicals. But the real differences are largely circumstantial, rather than largely substantial. Both seem to […]

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John Cotton, 1654

“What a stimulus to seek after the true and full knowledge of Christ is the realized conviction of the utter vanity of all things else without Him.”

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Equity Without Liberty

I’ve come to the conclusion, that, while equality is a noble and necessary pursuit, it is also one that is fraught with danger and susceptible to the temptations of despotism. Because activism is as much a faith as it is a political activity or social movement. It has its own dogmatics, its own evangelists, and […]

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The Call To Worship

The freedom of religion is not primarily concerned with private devotion but rather that of public worship. It is a display of the freedom of conscience which, if removed to merely the privacy of silence, becomes a privation of faith which results in a practical, if not literal, atheism.

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The Church and the Mall

Over the years I’ve heard or read about the idea of “redeeming” music or literature or education or government…you get the picture. If it exists and functions in society as an institution of some sort, there’s always someone in the Church that wants to sound the call to redeem it. What they really mean is […]

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Ego Vs. Martyrdom

  Martyr: noun 1. a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion. 2. a person who is put to death or endures great suffering on behalf of any belief, principle, or cause:a martyr to the cause of social justice. 3. a person who undergoes severe or constant suffering:a martyr to severe headaches. […]

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The Gracious Nature of Beauty

Modernity’s insistence upon the quantifiable and its suspicion of anything that existentially intrudes upon the clean lines it believes are necessary to achieve the life well–lived is unsettled by the beautiful; it strikes a challenge to the utilitarian nature of the secular. Beauty is an affront to the natural recoil that is experienced when one […]

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Original Peace

…the Christian infinite belongs to an ontology of original and ultimate peace, and as a consequence allows a construal of beauty and peace inconceivable in terms of the ontology that Christian thought encountered first in various schools of pagan metaphysics, and encounters again in the thought of Nietzsche and his heirs.” ~ David Bentley Hart […]

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