🦋 Is This Exile?

On Whether the Church Is In Exile To think of the Church as a people perpetually in exile is a most grievous confusion. Though it is now popular, especially (perhaps ironically) among Christians of great influence and name recognition, to speak this way, the claim is mostly confused. On the surface perhaps my objection… Read more…

The Conspiracy of God

[A repost from a previous blog] The moon landing was a hoax. Chemtrails are poisoning our brains. Roswell is covering up an alien spacecraft. Obama is a secret Muslim. Jet fuel doesn't melt steel beams. The Illuminati run the world. Everyone knows about conspiracy theories. Most of us don't believe most of them, of cou… Read more…

On Loving Self

However much we know love, we also in many ways do not know it. We do not always see it for what it is, but from time to time we see startling glimpses into its reality. These flashes of light come from all manner of revelation. Sometimes we experience purest love in a dark night from a kind soul, or we may awaken to i… Read more…

On Idolatry and the Modern World

In the beginning, God made man in His image, to be His kings and queens in creation. But man was young and inexperienced. For reasons known only to God, he was dependent on this strange process of learning by observation, reasoning, and abstraction. In order to train man for his royal office and protect him, he was pla… Read more…

The Humbling of Hermeneutics (The Reformation and the Modern World Term Paper)

[A term paper I wrote for my course The Reformation and the Modern World at Davenant Hall. This version does not include citations: for those get the PDF here.] Introduction “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”1 Since Luther emerged onto the medieval scene as a lightning bolt from heaven, the … Read more…

Justly Justified (Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism Term Paper)

[A term paper I wrote for my course The Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism at Davenant Hall. This version does not include citations: for those get the PDF here.] Introduction That wonderful catechism from Heidelberg, justly famous among the chief Reformed confessional documents, is much more widely recognized than o… Read more…

Living for the I AM: The Implications of God as Subsistent Being

[A term paper I wrote for my course Philosophy for Theology at Davenant Hall. This version does not include citations: for those get the PDF here.] Introduction Not everyone likes philosophy,1 and often this stems from the widespread impression that it is of no practical use. Philosophy, many believe, is simply recrea… Read more…