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15 Sep

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Since I do most of my blogging at Areopagus now, I wanted to post a link to the most recent article on Esther and its relationship to racism, segregation, and violence.  Check it out, here.  And while you are there, check out some of the other articles and pages.

In addition to this, if you would like to keep current with what I’m writing, follow me at Areopagus.

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Quotable

27 May

“In short, private piety arises out of public piety, not vice versa.  This emphasis on corporate worship included congregational singing, and the continuity of the covenant of grace in both Testaments gave the Psalms the prominence that they had in better days…for Calvin at least, piety is not just something that is taught; it is also “caught”: as we pray, so we believe (lex orandi, lex credendi). True doctrine is inculcated not only by direct instruction but also by the patterns of public worship and fellowship in the communion of saints in family life, and in everyday callings.”
-Michael Horton, from Calvin on the Christian Life (Crossway, 2014)

A Parable

25 May

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I did some yard work earlier this week, and though not a perfect parable, this is what came to mind when I had finished:

Fighting sin is like a man who decided to mow his yard with a reel lawn mower.  At first, it was easy and the grass cut without difficulty. The man breezed along, finding enjoyment in the work he had been given.  But soon, the work became difficult.  Though much of the grass was still being cut down by the blades, the man began to notice some spots that needed extra work.  And as he continued, he became aware of some stubborn weeds that seemed to remain no matter how many times he went over them.  The man became frustrated, and began to tire.  

At that moment, the man was interrupted by his wife, who gave him a glass of water.  He took a few minutes to rest, and to think about why he was putting in such hard work.  Then, he started again, going more slowly over the weeds.  To his delight, he noticed that when he went more slowly over them, the weeds would be cut down.  As he finished, the man rejoiced, knowing he had done well, but not without the help of the mower, his wife, the water, or rest.  

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth…You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:16-17

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Phil. 1:6

“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”
Rom. 8:29-30

 

Our Second Education: Life in the Local Church

2 May

Reblogging an article I wrote on the Areopagus page…

Areopagus Campus Ministry

As exam week looms ahead, colleges and universities across the country prepare to close the books on another year. Likewise, students, after months of lectures, studying and exams, are more than ready to do the same.

I hope it has been a fruitful academic year. I hope it has been a year in which some have emerged from the freshman fog with a clear vision for their future studies and careers. I hope it has been a year in which students have grown not only in knowledge, but also in the application of that knowledge in ways that will benefit our country and the world. Finally, I hope that for Christian students, it has been a year of maturity in understanding the interconnectedness of their faith and academia—their calling as Christians as well as their calling as students, and one day, workers, in numerous fields.

Another year of study comes…

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Kuyper on the University

22 Apr

“The universities stipulate the direction of thought for people of influence. From the universities this mode of thinking is reproduced among politicians, lawyers, physicians, teachers, and writers. By means of such influence that mode of thinking is carried over into the press, to secondary and elementary schools, and to the network of our bureaucratic officials.

If that university life and the influence it produces on the populace remains exclusively in the hands of unbelievers, then public opinion will ultimately be turned entirely in that direction, also morally and religiously, and will have a most injurious effect in our Christian circles as well.

There is only one means for preventing this, one that requires Christian thinkers to establish a university-level movement, and by means of that academic movement manifest a different mode of perceiving and thinking, reproducing it among people who pursue these university studies. The eventual result would be a cadre of people who were intellectually developed to exercise influence among the populace, people who could enter the field of public discourse.”
-Abraham Kuyper, from Wisdom & Wonder: Common Grace in Science and Art

Check out my post at Areopagus, where I discuss this quote’s implications for campus ministry.

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