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Only in Minnesota

September 18, 2017

The Art Deco Foshay Tower is to Minneapolis what the Wrigley Building is to Chicago or the Chrysler Building is to New York.

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In case you were wondering if you have to tithe

September 15, 2017

A new article in CT suggests that many church leaders say you don’t have to tithe to your local church. You can split it between them and other good work. Ok, so maybe I will just give a tithe of my tithe to my local church. Ok, so because I don’t believe in “storehouse” tithing, or tithing for that matter, doesn’t mean I accept this silliness. The first and primary place a Christian should give to is the local church. Then give extra to other ministries if you like. But do not sacrifice the church for something else.

Virtues, Vices, and the New Technologies

September 15, 2017

Christians have always needed an interconnected set of virtues in order to pray well. Virtues refer to character traits, but character traits can be good or bad; we refer to these, respectively, as virtues and vices. . . . [O]ur new technologies tend to promote certain vices that hinder our ability to worship properly. What we need to do, therefore, is strive against these influences of contemporary culture by cultivating the virtues that promote godly prayer.

VanDrunen, David. God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series) (pp. 122-123). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Paul Helm on the Benedict Option

September 12, 2017

Helm critiques Dreher’s Benedict Option here. Worth a read.


The presence of two kingdoms is a fundamental teaching of Jesus, not a political re-positioning for tactical advantage. The Benedict Option does not recognize it as mandatory. In Christianity there is always the kingdom of God and of his Christ, and the kingdom of this world. In not recognizing this the BO was making a serious error.

Technology and the Regulative Principle

September 12, 2017

The new technologies’ emphases upon speed, efficiency, multitasking, multimedia presentation, and the like tend to make many characteristic features of Reformed worship—for example, pastoral prayers, the singing of psalms and hymns, sermons, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and gathering to do these things in simple, unadorned rooms—seem quaint and boring in comparison. The church has always struggled with the temptation to add things to worship beyond what God has ordained in Scripture, and the seductions are stronger than ever in an Internet age.

VanDrunen, David. God’s Glory Alone—The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life: What the Reformers Taught…and Why It Still Matters (The Five Solas Series) (p. 115). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Barrick on God’s Self-Existence

September 11, 2017

God’s self-existence is fundamental to His being, and therefore to the gospel. Read Barrick’s discussion of divine self-existence here.

God’s self-existence makes Him the sole determiner of absolute truth — truth we can depend upon. God is someone we can trust completely. He is always there. Therefore, He will not leave us or forsake us the way others do. Since He alone is completely holy and righteous, He sets the standard for truth, for holiness, and for righteousness or justice. God is the only one who doesn’t fail, default on a promise, run out when trouble comes, lie, or die. He provides us with everything we look for in the character of someone we can rely on. And, that even extends to our great need to be completely forgiven.

Only in Minnesota

September 11, 2017

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