Entries Tagged as 'Theology'

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble

How did and does God oppose us when we’re the proud? By doing the most humbling and humiliating thing possible for God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus, the humble God, spent a tremendous amount of time in prayer. He came to seek and save the lost and give his life as a ransom for many. He opposes the proud by turning us into the humble and giving grace to us.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

How can a Bible-believing Christian be an anarchist?

Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked.  For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God. For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do […]

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Coming out of the closet . . . as an anarchist

If you follow me on social media, have read several other posts on this blog, or are friends with me on Facebook, perhaps you’ve seen some of my posts and began to wonder.  Is he, you know, one of those? Well let me confirm your fears: I am an anarchist. Unlike other closets, coming out […]

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I Once was Lost but Now am Found

I had the privilege of serving as a substitute preacher for Brian Phillips and filling the pulpit last Sunday at Holy Trinity Reformed Church in Concord, NC. My sermon was on Luke 15, which contains the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son (better known as the prodigal son).  I […]

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Polygamy, slavery, and crusaderism

I’m in the midst of following a rather interesting exchange between Thabiti Anyabwile and Doug Wilson regarding Doug’s book Black and Tan, which I read about five years ago, enjoyed and agreed with.  I hyperlinked to the first post of each participant and assume that you are able if interested to follow and navigate to subsequent […]

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Our Miracle Baby

It was an unbelievable 3 hours.  That is “unbelievable” by the normal English usage of the word.  However, what is impossible with man is possible with God.  Today I have witnessed a miracle.  It isn’t on the same order of magnitude as God making the sun stand still (Joshua 10), parting the Red Sea (Exodus […]

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Prayer of Praise for February 20, 2011

“I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.” Psalm 35:18 Who is like You, O LORD?  Indeed, to ask the question is to answer it.  For You alone are from everlasting to everlasting.  You alone are uncreated, One God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity.  You keep […]

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Sermon on Just Weights and Measures, Proverbs 11:1

Today I preached my second sermon at Christ Church of North Carolina.  I preached on Proverbs 11:1 and the title of the sermon is “Weights and Measures: Just and Unjust.”  In it I deal with such issues as honest business dealings, fraud, fiat money, and a basic overview of Christian economics. Feel free to listen […]

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Singing Jonah’s Prayer

Due to the sovereignty of God, I have had Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the great fish in Jonah 2 preached to me twice in the past two weeks, first by Brian Phillips at Holy Trinity Reformed Church in Concord, NC on November 21, and then by Gene Liechty at Christ Church in Cary, […]

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Toby Sumpter on playing with dragons

The sermon I preached on Sunday dealt some with the tanniyn/dragon.  Toby Sumpter, pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, ID, just posted and brought another intriguing perspective to dragons in the Bible: “Yahweh plays with dragons, and growing up into the glory and wisdom of the sons of God means growing up to play […]

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

My First Sermon – Psalm 148

Today I preached my first sermon at Christ Church of North Carolina.  I preached on Psalm 148 and the title of the sermon is “All Creatures of Our God and King…” I wrote the whole sermon out in manuscript form and deviated from it some when I preached it.  Apparently my pages got out of […]

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Doug Wilson on dragons

“The Bible refers repeatedly to the reality of dragons and winged serpents and indicates that the devil is one of their number.  Modern translators are embarrassed by all of this and try to get by with renderings like jackel or crocodile.  They have not gone so far as to translate the words for dragon as […]

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

A brief review of On Christian Doctrine by Augustine of Hippo

I had to read this book for my Historical Theology class and present on Augustine as I did on Athanasius.  (The outline of that lecture can be found here.)  Augustine’s work provides a solid basis for “plundering the Egyptians” and appropriating the best of classical learning for the cause of the gospel, including an extended […]

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Jordan on Gnosticism versus History

“Throughout history, the Christian Church has had to guard against the heresy of gnosticism.  Gnosticism is not an ordinary heresy, because it does not manifest itself as a set of defined beliefs.  Rather, gnosticism is a tendency: the tendency to replace the historic facts of Christianity with philosophical ideas.  Gnosticism is the tendency to de-historicize […]

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I’ll just wear my glasses, then

There is good reason to oppose the syrupy, squishy, evangellyfishy, Jesus-is-my-boyfriend treacle that we see around us, but we need to follow scripture rather than reacting against the prevailing error. There is a certain aspect of American reformed and Calvinist culture that operates as if our bodies only exist to take our brains to and from church. I’d be lying if I said that I haven’t been influenced in some way by this. We are Christians, not Vulcans. Christianity is incarnational. Both of these ditches have latent Gnostic assumptions and both of them are inconsistent with the Incarnation. If you think you can do theology without it erupting into doxology, your theology is wrong. Period. I don’t care how many fat books with small type you’ve read.