Concerning the Fear of Man, Part VI: Jeremiah 17:1-10

You thought I’d forgotten this series didn’t you!  But I don’t quit that easily.  You can find the rest of the series I am slowly putting together in a delinquent and disorganized manner by clicking on the “Fear of Man Series” tag on this post.  One day it may stand complete. Continue reading “Concerning the Fear of Man, Part VI: Jeremiah 17:1-10”


Jonathan Edwards on Antonin Scalia

On Saturday, after almost thirty years of public service on the high court, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly.  Shortly thereafter, so called writers at Buzzfeed and various other worldly, secular outlets under the domain of the prince of the power of the air started gleefully dancing on his grave.  The response from evangelicals has naturally been quite different.  For example, Al Mohler proclaimed “A Giant has Fallen.”  For the first time ever, I spent my Valentine’s Day more saddened by the death of a political figure than my own singleness. Continue reading “Jonathan Edwards on Antonin Scalia”

Perverting the Means of Grace

Here is one of the largest issues in the Christian life: How do you handle your personal sin?  Or in one particular, how do you react when you fall?  Do we attempt to make up for sin by subsequent good actions, for example Bible reading and confessional prayer?  While it is quite clear that these actions do follow from a mourning of sin (1 John 1:9 essentially commands the believer to confess sins to God), in my mind I can confuse these actions as somehow atoning for my sin, somehow erasing and balancing out my past actions, somehow zeroing out debt owed to God.  It is exactly this trap that the people of Judah fell into during the last years before the Babylonian captivity.  Let us consider the historical record. Continue reading “Perverting the Means of Grace”