16 Messages That Will Transform Your Life. (The Last 8)

Without further ado, the next eight: The Curse Motif of the Atonement, R.C. Sproul The Goodness of Sex and the Glory of God, Ben Patterson The Ironies of the Cross, D.A. Carson Can Man Live Without God, Ravi Zacharias The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul The Triumph of the Gospel in the New Heavens and […]





Anathema (Letter 6)

(You can find the Introduction here.  Letter one here) I cannot fully express the degree of appreciation I am now feeling.  It is a rare honor for a student, even a student in residency, to be granted permission to read the Christian texts.  Thank you, Dr. Larson, for your letter of recommendation.  I am grateful […]


Paternity, Prepositions and Painful Prayers

Worthless.  Disgusting.  Useless.  What would you think of a father who describes his children with these words?  And what if this father encourages his children to describe themselves and one another the same way, especially when speaking to him?  Such “fatherhood” deserves the deepest contempt and its victims the deepest compassion.  Stunningly, it is this […]



Something Magical

Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a virgin.  Proverbs 30:18-19 First, a quick exposition of this proverbial […]



Anathema (Letter Five)

I can see your point and do certainly embrace it.  Yet I cannot help but think that the line that exists between unlawful belief and state sponsored “religion” could be refined, if ever so slightly, in a few specific instances. Allow a moment to illustrate. If we consider the liberalization of Christianity in the 20th […]





Anathema (Letter Four)

Prayer is a curious bug. I have been examining this phenomenon closely in patient 2H-A for days now, and while it is tempting to express confidence in my having come to a place where I understand this aspect of the delusion more greatly, I’m afraid to say that I am no better off now than […]




Transitions

Having moved eight months ago (Can it be that long?), our family has dealt with many changes.  As I have chronicled before (here, here, here, and here), everything seems like it has been in transition.  Home, job, school, church, children’s marriages, and parental death are some of the major changes we have gone through.   However, it is not […]


Browse Worthy: Worship

In addition to Jared’s post encouraging us to see if our spiritual clothing is appropriate for worship, there have been several other recent articles on the subject of worship that are quite helpful. Last week Carl Trueman shared one of the most popular articles he has written – one that even years later people correspond with […]





Anathema (Letter Three)

Journal Entry One June 14th I have decided to start journaling.  I must confess that the activity feels rather foreign, as I have never been one to scratch out my thoughts on paper, at least not such personal thoughts.  Chronicling facts or one’s ideas might be easy enough, I suppose, but there’s something about a […]




Anathema (Letter Two)

Here is the intro.  Letter One. ——— Letter Two I suppose there is a touch of audacity to our efforts.  Here we find ourselves, after millions of years of mind-shaping evolution, trying to alter nature.  Can we really expect to unravel the effects of such forces in just a few short months?  Indeed layer upon […]


GenRef Podcast: Pastor Dave Long

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. -Psalm 67:3-4- God is the greatest missionary.  Of that there can be no doubt.  His scope encompasses the globe.  His […]


Audio Picks!

A few audio picks to help warm your soul during the arctic doldrums of January: Lecture series on Paul and his letters, by Ted Donnelly. With scholarly insight and pastoral care, Ted Donnelly explores the letters of Paul, paying particular attention to the occasion of each epistle.  The letter is unpacked as a letter.  In […]


Anathema (Letter One)

[The introduction to this series can be found here] Letter One The patient exhibits classic signs of paranoia: fear of God, belief in original sin, belief in a future judgment… But maybe the most striking conviction is the patient’s belief in a Satan figure; and here I’m not speaking merely of a medieval icon of […]


Anathema

How I came into possession of the letters to follow, which are by all estimations accounts of future events, I dare not share.  Suffice it to say that certain esteemed individuals have passed them along to me, accidental though it was.  When I inquired into their origin and especially how a relic of the future […]