Monthly Archives: May 2007

I Was on the Global Warming Gravy Train

I get emails regularly from the Mises Institute. This one caught my eye and I thought I would post a link. It’s written by David Evans who worked for the Australian government for a number of years in a related field. His articles is called “I Was on the Global Warming Gravy Train.” It’s thought provoking.


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Ambrose, Dever and Baptistries

Here is a great post by Mark Dever with pictures of baptistries from the early church. The one in particular that Dever highlights is that of Ambrose of Milan who baptised Augustine of Hippo by immersion in the pool you see here in the picture. Great stuff.
For more on archaeology and baptistries, with full colour pictures, see the book Baptism: Three Aspects Archaeological, Historical, Biblical by F.M. Buhler, trans. W. Bauman (Joshua Press, 2004). Of course, Dr. Haykin did the foreward to it.
[HT: Challies]

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Cool! I’m Anselm!

You scored as Anselm. Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man’s primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read ‘Cur Deus Homo?’



Karl Barth


Jonathan Edwards


John Calvin


Martin Luther


Friedrich Schleiermacher


Jürgen Moltmann


Paul Tillich


Charles Finney




Which theologian are you?
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Discussion with a Jehovah’s Witness

Last week I was approached by two Jehovah’s Witnesses and had an excellent time sharing a full gospel message with them. I gave them my email address and today found an email from a friend of theirs named “John T.” Here is my response to him:
Hi John,

Thank you for your email. I was wondering if I would receive an email as a result of my conversation with those two girls (I don’t recall their names!). They were very nice and I delighted in my conversation with them. I would love to get together with you and them to discuss the gospel more in depth.
A bit about myself: I was converted to Christ almost eleven years ago. Since that time, I have gone to both Heritage Bible College and Toronto Baptist Seminary. I am currently enrolled at the latter in a Master of Divinity program. My thesis next year will be on Augustine and the later Pelagian controversy. My hope is to later to a Master of Theology looking particular at the Pelagian controversy as it came into medieval theology, particularly in the writings of Bernard of Clairvaux. Afterwards, if God wills it, I will do a PhD in historical theology looking at the Irish Puritan James Ussher’s understanding of the Pelagian controversy in his debates with the Jesuits of his day.
In particular, I am a Reformed Baptist and attend a Chinese church with my wife here in Toronto. I came to Calvinistic convictions about six years ago – hence my interest in Pelagianism.
In terms of reading the Bible – I try to do it as often as possible. I will be going into my third year of koine Greek and am looking forward to the day when I only need to bring my Greek Bible to church! I’m not there yet!
As much as I appreciate your email. I really didn’t have a question about the name of God at all. I have no problem with the name Jehovah – recognising it as a poor transliteration of Yahweh. But you can call the Father Jehovah all you please. I also agree with what you wrote about the importance of a name when it comes to God or anyone else. In the Great Commission found at the end of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples to baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. In fact, I would argue that your failure to recognise the Triune name is heresy. I guess that means I would take your argument to its proper (and logical) step. But this is something I am sure we can discuss when we get together.

God bless,



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Science and Faith

I was recently asked to speak at the Science and Faith seminars that have been held at the University of Toronto. I just confirmed and will hopefully give a talk there some time in the winter – I don’t have a date yet. My tentative topic is “God’s Existence and the Preconditions for Scientific Intelligibility.”
The whole thing is rather terrifying, but it’s something that I love doing, and I hope that it is the start of a lifelong discussion on such questions for me. So, the obvious request now comes: please pray for meeeee!!!


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Wilson vs. Hitchens

Christianity Today’s website is hosting a debate between Doug Wilson and atheist Christopher Hitchens. Wilson has been reviewing Hitchens’ recent book God Is Not Great and is giving him the same workover he did to Harris and Dawkins. Already in Wilson’s first response, he has decimated Hitchens’ argument. I really don’t see what Hitchens can say in response.
This is presuppositional apologetics in practice folks.


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McGrath Lecture on Dawkins

Just a reminder to all out there that Alister McGrath will give a lecture reviewing Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. It is hosted by Wycliffe College and is part of their annual Refresh! conference. He will be speaking on Monday, May 14th at 7:30pm at the Earth Sciences Centre on Willcocks Street. The cost for students is $10. For more info you can email Sarah Peake at

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TBS Graduation 2007

Last night’s graduation ceremony for Toronto Baptist Seminary was probably the best one I’ve been to yet. We graduated thirteen students in a range of degrees. Our guest speaker was Dr. Russell Moore of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We had an excellent dinner at the bistro in the Ramada across the street. And there was tonnes of people to witness the festivities. Two highlights for me were Ryan Case’s valedictory address and Justin’s reception of the award given by the Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection headed by Dr. Dennis Ngien (see pic above). Ryan’s speech (it was really a sermon) was a real testimony to the faculty of the school. It was also a testimony to the work of the Spirit in Ryan’s life. He moved me to open tears twice in what was a very powerful message. Ryan is an incredible guy. I was also thrilled that Justin received the award from Dr. Ngien. Both Justin and I have such a love for him, that I felt honoured for Justin. Between Justin’s theological acumen, his work ethic and piety, it was very appropriate for him to get that award.

The one drawback of the night was that Clint and Christel Humfrey weren’t there to join us in the celebrations. I can’t believe it has been a year since they’ve been gone. It seemed as though Clint should have been sitting on the platform with the rest of the faculty. I was reminded again of how much I miss them.

Thanks TBS for an awesome night!!!


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Veith Recommends Wilson

Gene Edward Veith of the Cranach blog explains some of his past misunderstandings of Doug Wilson. Veith also provides reasons why evangelicals should read Wilson. Although I have a number of theological differences with Wilson, I have long been a fan of his. I was glad to read this post.


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