5.17.2017

13 Reasons Why Not // Artists' Freedom // Riots

Good article on why not to watch 13 Reasons.  It hurts the people it's trying to help.


Alliance Defending Freedom lawyer argues in the Washington Post for freedom of artists to refuse to express viewpoints they disagree with, regardless what side of the politics it lands on.


Marvin Olasky compares recent riots over Trump's election to past riots in American cities, ending with a Civil War application.

5.15.2017

The End for Which God Made the World


by Jonathan Edwards

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A cogent argument that God made the world primarily for His glory. This primary end does not exclude another goal: our happiness. Since we were made to worship Him, our obedience to His design brings us delight and Him glory.

As an old American choral piece puts it:
“Thine be the glory, man’s the boundless bliss!”

The writing style and argumentation is heavily philosophical – beware!




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5.11.2017

Honesty // Fear Individualism, too // Disappointed with Church

Covenant Eyes makes a great connection between how you hear sermons and how (if?) you are open and honest with him or anyone about your struggles.


Samaritan Ministries helpfully critiques the radical individualism of Cain: "Am I my brother's keeper?"  He observes that fear of communism or too much state involvement keeps too many Christians from being willing to answer yes to that question...


A really good article at Desiring God that starts with being disappointed with worship services, and turns to expound Philippians.  If church is frustrating you, lately, please read!

5.09.2017

Gregory Recommends Augustine

Here's one of my favorite quotes in Pope Gregory's letters so far:
Writing to an African Prefect:

"As to your wishing the book on the exposition of holy Job to be sent to you [written by Gregory].... if you desire to be satiated with delicious food, read the works of the blessed Augustine, your countryman, and seek not our chaff in comparison with his fine wheat."  (Letters, book 10, letter 37).

5.05.2017

Temple Creation // Work out Salvation // Reviewing Culture

Peter Leithart at his best, showing how the temple is a re-creation of... creation, and a pointer ahead to incarnation.


How is it salvation is all of grace, AND we are to work out our salvation?


Marvin Olasky defends why they review mainstream movies and music that have morally offensive content.  I've had this question myself sometimes, but I think his answer is on target.
Make sure to read the end on how moralism obscures the need for grace and for Christ.