Conclusion: Beholding Beauty Forever
That the end we ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity – Brother Lawrence Brother Lawrence's statement assumes a correct understanding of the doctrine of Heaven. Heaven is not an unrecognisable state or place. Heaven is very much the best of life on Earth continued, purged of the curse, and purged of sin and [more]
Jesus, Children, and Humility
Mark 9:33–37, 42, Matthew 18:1–5, and Luke 9:46–48 give parallel accounts of Jesus’ use of a child to illustrate His teaching to the disciples. These passages differ, however, in which teaching they choose to report. We see at least four teachings from these passages. Have the faith and humility of a child (Matt 18:3–4). Speaking of how to “enter the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus says that we must “turn and become like children,” which means that one “humbles himself like [more]
An Open Letter to Chris Leavell
Dear Chris, From your father’s email I have learned of your current condition. As I understand it, the melanoma has spread throughout your body. The best your physicians can hope to do is to slow its growth and to lengthen your earthly life a bit. My family and I have been stunned by the speed and extent of this discovery. I can only imagine what you and your family must be facing in this hour. You’ve had a few days for the clamor to die down and for the reality to sink in. According to the [more]
Conservative Christianity: A Reading List
A friend recently emailed asking for a basic reading list that would introduce an interested individual to conservative Christianity as we articulate it here at Religious Affections Ministries. Here's what I came with. What would you add? I would start with our A Conservative Christian Declaration as an introduction to the fundamental ideas we believe are essential to conservative Christianity. David de Brun's Building Conservative Churches is great as well. Those are good introductions; here are books on specifics: All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes by Kenneth Meyers Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman Beauty by Roger Scruton [more]
Judging as God Does
Only if we grow in discernment, understanding what kind of God God is, understanding the [more]
Our word church is comes from the older kirk (Scottish) or kirche (German), which in [more]
Retrospective
This has been the final week before the beginning of the fall semester at Central [more]