The Game of Christian Education

  Carl Trueman, in his lectures on the Reformation, points out that though Luther said in 1520 that liturgy should be in the vernacular, he didn't make that change until 5 years later, in 1525. Why wait 5 years before making a change Luther was convicted was necessary? Trueman: "People are disturbed enough by what's... Continue Reading →

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The Benefits of Providence in The Hobbit

At the insistent urging of my wife (who loves all of Tolkien's books) and wanting to read the book before I saw the movie, I finally read The Hobbit this December. It was, of course, great. Reaching the end, I was struck with the book's final lines: "'Then the prophecies of the old songs have... Continue Reading →

the changing of large social phenomena

Mary Eberstadt, author of "Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution", interviewed in The City: "whenever you start saying something is inevitable, some series of facts are going to come along and clobber you. If you think about all the predictions of inevitability: Marxism, communism, claiming that they have inevitable victory... Continue Reading →

The spiritual origin of worldly action

Rodney Stark, in his book Cities of God: the Christianization of the [Roman] empire was not the result of 'reactions to public calamity,' but to religious influences per se. That is, religion did not merely offer psychological antidotes for the misery of life; it actually made life less miserable! ...The truly revolutionary aspect of Christianity... Continue Reading →

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Currently reading A.J. Langguth's Revolutionary War history, Patriots. It's excellent - fast-paced, full of memorable character sketches, and considering the time span it covers, quite clear in laying out the causes and context of the events. Langguth writes memorably about Colonel William Prescott, one of the heroes of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott was clearly... Continue Reading →

Rising in humble confidence

  James Edwards, in his excellent Pillar commentary on the Gospel of Mark, writing on Mark 4:26 - 34: The faith that Jesus requires of disciples is to sleep and rise in humble confidence that God has invaded this troubled world not with a crusade, but with a seed, an imperceptible "fifth column" that will grow... Continue Reading →

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