The Stories He Told

This is the final installment of this series. The previous posts can be found here, here, here, here, and here. Introduction I am still digesting the final episode of Mike Cosper’s Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. But am pretty sure my conclusion will not change too much after further pondering. The finale was, inContinue reading “The Stories He Told”

Haunted House of Worship

Back in the day a haunted house was verboten for the righteous, instead we participated in Judgement House… For the un initiated this was a similar tour where a group of people would be herded through a series of Sunday School rooms where a story would unfold, following a minimum of two characters who wouldContinue reading “Haunted House of Worship”

Not a New Problem

Introduction Doug Wilson has aptly pointed out that one of the failures of Reformed Protestantism is not reading our histories and biographies. Outside of a few of us nerds old books are not read. More disturbingly it appears that many of our pastors can not be bothered to even read any books, instead relying onContinue reading “Not a New Problem”

Proverbs 31 2.0

This is an annual update of a post I wrote last year around this time, which can be found here, if you have any interest. A good bit has been rewritten to include new material as my wife continues to do such an excellent job of exemplifying this passage. And as I said last yearContinue reading “Proverbs 31 2.0”

The 8th Reason it’s Hard to Find a Youth Minister

Introduction It is an interesting place to be when I read something and find myself saying, “Yes, but also no.” This was my experience reading a well meaning and solidly written banner article on The Gospel Coalition*. I agree with Gulledge on his reasoning. Probably a lot of young seminarians reject leading a youth ministryContinue reading “The 8th Reason it’s Hard to Find a Youth Minister”

Screwtape and Aslan’s Country

Introduction In his introduction to Screwtape Proposes a Toast Lewis, in typically humble fashion, gives a lament for being unable to compose a companion volume giving the other side of the spiritual struggle for the soul of “The Patient.” “I had moreover, a sort of grudge against my book for not being a different booksContinue reading “Screwtape and Aslan’s Country”

The New Seashells

I seriously considered taking a calm well balanced approach to this article: Alas, the best I can muster is an Ed Byrne shrill Irish, “Are you high?!!” I don’t know wether to be more appalled by the authors ignorance of Edwards or of his on fall into a fresh pagan legalism. Either way it allContinue reading “The New Seashells”

Just Shy of an Android Priest

It’s usually the smells and bells that lure people away into Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. Though they deny it, claiming that it is the beauty and depth of the service, when you boil it down it is the pageantry of it all. But really there is only a centuries difference that separates the smells andContinue reading “Just Shy of an Android Priest”

Counterfeit Churches

Introduction My Thursdays are usually filled with a whiskey tasting and cigar smoker with my lads. Recently we tried a selection of Taiwan’s whisky Kavalan. All three bottles were astoundingly good, like an Isla they exploded across the palate but instead of smoke it was fruit. However, there was a cold, calculated clinical feel toContinue reading “Counterfeit Churches”