Entries from January 2010

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

A brief review of Easy Chairs, Hard Words by Douglas Wilson

Presented as a series of conversations between a seasoned pastor and a young man who is beginning to ask questions about what is popularly known as “Calvinism,” this book presents the doctrines of grace accurately and pastorally.  At only 150 pages this would be the perfect book to give to somebody who is working through […]

Monday, January 18th, 2010

A brief review of Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties and Roots by J.C. Ryle

Ever since the the first missionaries arrived on the British Isles almost two millennia ago, I don’t know if there has ever been a period of greater spiritual decline in the history of the English-speaking world than the Victorian Era.  Ryle lived in a period that was not devoid of religious profession, but where the […]

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Give thanks, pull out the nail, and fix it

I’m sure that you, like me, have had situations when you labored in vain.  It is part of the toil of living in a cursed world.  The ground produces thorns and thistles which are representative of the difficulties we encounter in every vocation.  Pests infest crops; data is lost on computers; thieves break in and […]

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Duchemin’s Law of Bureaucracy

I don’t know if this has already been derived by another social commentator and it may be the incorrect ratio, but I propose the following: “As the size of total government increases, the likelihood that any given action will be simultaneously mandated and prohibited increases exponentially.” This includes not only laws passed by a legislative […]

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Gates are not an offensive weapon

I’m currently reading Holiness by J.C. Ryle.  It is a very good book.  One of the things I like about it is that it makes me think even when I disagree with him.  However, his chapter called “The Church Which Christ Builds” had me flabbergasted.  Here is one of the giants in the history of […]