Out And About (03/29/2013)

Writing

Parenting

Theology

Foreign Policy

  • Behold, the United States’ key ally in bringing freedom to the world, Saudi Arabia.

Productivity

Libraries

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Out And About (03/13/2014)

Food & Drink

  • This guide: How I Make Turkish Coffee, is great! The only problem I have is, I’m much more inclined to drink Turkish Coffee than make it!

Home Life

Politics

  • In this article, Pat Nolan argues that “Conservatives don’t retain enough of their skepticism of bureaucracy when the topic is criminal justice”

Surveillence

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Out And About (2014/03/12)

Theology

  • Thabiti Anyabwile speaks about the most difficult ministry decision he’s made in his life–one he’s made now. Leaving Grand Cayman.
  • Confessing Baptist has a great interview with Ian Clary and Steve Weaver on their book honor Michael Haykin, The Pure Flame of Devotion.

Food

Surveillance

  • What interesting times we live in!  We are told that the Senate Intelligence Committee provides oversight of spying activities. However, it is actually the inverse. The CIA is overseeing the Senate Intelligence Committee–by spying on THEM!

Literature

  • Ever wondered what read Mark Twain would recommend for a young reader? Here it is!

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Kuyper Against Lording Over One Another

“If Calvinism places our entire human life immediately before God, then it follows that all men or women, rich or poor, weak or strong, dull or talented, as creatures of God, and as lost sinners, have no claim whatsoever to lord over one another, and that we stand as equals before God” – Abraham Kuyper in Lectures on Calvinism

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The Errors of Antinomianism (According to John Flavel)

According to Puritan theologian John Flavel, here are the key errors of Antinomianism:

  1. That the justification of sinners is an immanent and eternal act of God, not only preceding all acts of sin, but the very existence of the sinner himself, and so perfectly abolishing sin in our persons, that we are as clean from sin as Christ himself; αναμαρτητοι, as some of them have spoken. “
  2. That justification by faith is no more but the manifestation to us of what was really and actually done before; or a being persuaded more or less of Christ’s love to us; and that when persons do believe, that which was hid before doth then only appear to them.”
  3. That men ought not to doubt of their faith, or question whether they believe or no.  Nay, that they ought no more to question their faith than to question Christ.
  4. That believers are not bound to confess their sins, or pray for the pardon of them; because their sins were pardoned before they were committed; and pardoned sin is no sin.
  5. That God sees no sin in believers, whatsoever sins they commit”
  6. That God is not angry with the elect, nor doth he smite them for their sins; and to say that he doth so is an injurious reflection upon the justice of God, who hath received full satisfaction for all their sins from the hand of Christ.”
  7. “That by God’s laying our iniquities upon Christ, he became as completely sinful as we, and we as completely righteous as Christ: That not only the guilt and punishment of sin was laid upon Christ, but simply the very faults that men commit, the transgression itself became the transgression of Christ; iniquity itself, not in any figure, but plainly sin itself was laid on Christ; and that Christ himself was no more righteous than this person is, and this person is not more sinful than Christ was.”
  8.  “That believers need not fear their own sins, nor the sins of others; forasmuch as neither their own, or other sins can do them any hurt, nor must they do any duty for their own good or salvation, or for eternal rewards.”
  9. “They will not allow the new covenant to be properly made with us, but with Christ for us.  And some of them affirm, ‘That this covenant is all of it a promise, having no condition upon our part.’  They acknowledge, indeed, faith, repentance, and obedience, to be conditions, but say they are not conditions on our part, but on Christ’s; and consequently affirm, that he repented, believed, and obeyed for us.”
  10. “They deny sanctification to be the evidence of justification, and deridingly tell us, this is to light a candle to the sun; and the darker our sanctification is, the brighter our justification is.’

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Spurgeon On A Lousy Excuse For Perpetual War

spurgeonSo often, when long-term military engagements overseas are discussed, one form or another of “Well, now that we’re there, we can’t just pick up and leave. There will be bloodshed!”  comes up.

Here are some pertinent thoughts from the great British preacher Charles H. Spurgeon:

“What have we to do in the Soudan? Being there, what is to be done? Might not a withdrawal from it involve a sea of bloodshed greater than that which seems imminent if we remain? Who knows what is best in so perplexing a case? The evil lay in our first interference, and the sooner we quit the place the better if honourable engagements permit. Peace is our duty.”

(quoted by Albert Meredith in The social and political views of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-1892)

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The Apocalypse: A Poem by John Newton Brown

Recently, I have finished transcribing The Apocalypse: A Poem by John Newton Brown.  As usual, it is available on Archive.org.

It was delivered to the literary fraternity of Waterville College (now called Colby College) in Waterville, Maine in 1836.

In the preface, Brown puts it beautifully:

That, under these circumstances, it [his poem] should be favorably received, inspires the pleasing hope 
that Biblical topics will still continue to be regarded by the young men of our country as the staple of 
its highest Literature. May the time never come when that Literature shall be ashamed to bear brightly 
and broadly on its brow the honors of that dear name which is "above every name that is named, not 
only in this world, but also in that which is to come." 

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Out And About (2014/03/06)

Theology

  • The Confessing Baptist has a great show interviewing Steve Weaver about the new edition of An Orthodox Catechism by Hercules Collins.

Literature and Language

Technology

Surveillance

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