Category Archives: Academic

A Tenth Century English Christmas

This past Spring I stumbled across a great find in my good friend’s used bookshop.  It was a well-worn, expertly highlighted edition of Jackson Campbell’s highly regarded translation of the Advent antiphons from the Exeter Book.[1]  Intending to read it this … Continue reading

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The Representative Christian

During times of socio-political angst, Christians are often perplexed about how to participate in a secular culture.  Whatever we do, or any segment of society for that matter, participation can be challenging.  We are sometimes caricatured as  SNL’s “Church Lady” or, more viciously, … Continue reading

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God’s Victory over Man’s Wrath: B.B. Warfield and Psalm 76:10: A Difficult Doctrine Illustrated in Church History

Psalm 76:10 is a difficult verse.  In its simplest translation, it reads, “Surely the wrath of men brings you praise, and with the remainder of wrath you arm yourself.”[1]  This verse, in a nutshell as it were, presents the student … Continue reading

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The Boundaries of Knowledge

We all spend much of our lives attempting to discover, move, accommodate, or ignore boundaries.  Toddlers want to see how many times Daddy will pick the spoon up off the floor.  Children wait to see what will happen if they … Continue reading

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Faith and Works: Ancient Advice on a Modern Confusion

“All sensible people, not to mention Christians, should watch with the greatest care what they say, lest their tongue get ahead of their mind and babble forth before they have organized their thoughts.”[1] Urbanus Rhegius, 1535 Lately I have been … Continue reading

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“Logic on Fire” – Whose Line Is It Anyway?

“You must have light and heat, sermon plus preaching.  Light without heat  never affects anybody; heat without light is of no permanent value.  It may have a passing temporary effect but it does not really help your people and build … Continue reading

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