I was just unfriended by a vegan friend for being an "ignorant carnist" when I brought up hunting to them. I was curious whether they were the kind of vegan who hates factory farming and is okay with hunting for meat or not. Evidently, they are not. As an ignorant carnist, I find factory farming … Continue reading Don’t be an Ignorant Carnist; be an Informed Carnist!
"Last things, as such, are not last things, however great and significant they may be. He only speaks of last things who would speak of the end of all things, of their end understood plainly and fundamentally, of a reality so radically superior to all things, that the existence of all things would be utterly … Continue reading A Reality So Radically Superior To All Things
I'm currently writing an essay for my Early American history class on how transcendentalism and the Second Not-So-Great Awakening furthered the individualization of the American concept of "freedom." It's especially interesting to trace the idiosyncrasies of the Christianity of the 2nd Awakening through subsequent American history. During the Awakening, expression of a true Christianity came … Continue reading Thoughts (1)
Bouncing off of R. Scott Clark's excellent thoughts on the topic of asylum for refugees, I want to further explain some distinctions for the unacquainted: Clark's assessment is that many in the church are recovering Constantinians, whether on the left or the right, where we want "the state to act like the church, when it … Continue reading Two-Kingdoms Theology and Refugees
"The principle underlying the Sabbath is formulated in the Decalogue itself. It consists in this, that man must copy God in his course of life. The divine creative work complete itself in six days, whereupon the seventh followed as a day of rest for God. In connection with God, 'rest' cannot, of course, mean mere … Continue reading Geerhardus Vos on the Eschatology of the Sabbath
“THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN THE SUPPER. We do not, therefore, so join the body of the Lord and his blood with the bread and wine as to say that the bread itself is the body of Christ except in a sacramental way; or that the body of Christ is hidden corporeally under the bread, … Continue reading 2nd Helvetic Confession on the Presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper
This past Sunday I finished teaching through chapters 26-30 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith in our Adult Sunday School class. These chapters cover ecclesiology - the doctrine of the church - including inter-church relations and the means of grace, with particular focus on the sacraments. The classes are brief and relatively shallow … Continue reading [AUDIO] Lectures on the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapters 26-30