Monthly Archives: February 2008

St. Anne’s Public House

As a single-malt evangelical – I absolutely love this site.

[HT: thebrooks]

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City and Colour

I’ve been a fan of Alexisonfire for a while and have most of their albums. Because City and Colour is a side project of Dallas Green, one of the singers for Alexisonfire, I thought I would really get into it. Yet for some reason, the album Sometimes never tickled my fancy. That is, until recently, and now I can’t stop listening to it.

Here is the rationale for why I think that I didn’t initially like City and Colour: he reminded me too much of Dashboard Confessional. I’ve never liked Dashboard Confessional.
To add to this, here’s the rationale for why City and Colour now does it for me: I like Alexisonfire. I never liked Further Seems Forever (the band Chris Carabba was in before Dashboard). Subconsciously I had a mental block against City and Colour but thankfully it was broken because of my love for Alexisonfire.
Now, if you know your music history, you’ll know that Further Seems Forever was preceded by one of the most amazing hardcore bands in the world – Strongarm. This would appear to throw a monkey-wrench into my whole theory, because I absolutely loved Strongarm. So, what I’ve determined that this boils down to is – I can’t stand Chris Carabba’s voice, but I like Dallas Green’s. After all that theorising, it’s pretty simple. Ah well, it’s a process I guess.

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God’s Word in Servant-Form – Chapter 1

Here is the first chapter of what looks to be an awesome read! Richard Gaffin’s new book God’s Word in Servant-Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on the Doctrine of Scripture (get it here) looks to be an outstanding study on both figures and the doctrine. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Here is D.A. Carson’s endorsement:
“. . . urgently needed to respond to a resurgence of historical nonsense. . . careful with his primary sources, avoids claiming too much, and sets a standard for evenhanded historical theology on this question that deserves to be the norm and not the exception.”

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Markets and Miracles

At the Evangelical Outpost there is an interesting article called Markets and Miracles that discusses the roll of God in relation to market control. Here’s a key quote:

Progressives, fearing that no one is in control and that powerful will take
advantage of the weak, believe the state must step in to prevent inequitable and
unjust outcomes. Conservatives (as we would define them today), by contrast, put
their faith in the system itself and believe that left unhindered by the state,
is sufficient to lead to the best possible end result. Libertarians, who view
markets as morally neutral, contend that the individual, when allowed total
liberty, will usher in the ideal end state. While all of these positions have
some merit, they all ultimately fail when they leave out the most significant
reason for putting our trust in the markets: because all control ultimately
belongs to God.

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Clary(fication)

How cool is it when people make a play on your name. N.T. Wright always gets things like: “N.T. Wright or Wrong?” I feel so priveleged!

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Review – Luther as a Spiritual Advisor

Here is my review of Dennis Ngien’s absolutely outstanding book Luther as a Spiritual Advisor. As I said in the review, I highly recommend it for pastors and any interested in counselling.

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Windsor Liberty Seminar

The Institute for Liberal Studies will be hosting the annual Windsor Liberty Seminar at the University of Windsor on March 15, 2008 between 9:30am – 4pm. It will be held in the CAW Student Centre – the ironies I’ll hold off from pointing out. For more information contact info@liberalstudies.ca.

Speakers:
Dr. Jan Narveson (University of Waterloo) – Revitalizing Liberalism
Bruce Walker (Mackinac Centre for Public Policy) – Renting Your Land From the Government: The Property Rights Battle
Fred McMahon (The Fraser Institute) – The Effects and Mysteries of Economic Freedom

Afterparty at Phog featuring music by Lindy! and Wax Mannequin.

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Fascism, Left and Right

The Mises Institute has a useful review of Jonah Goldberg’s recent book Liberal Fascists. Doug Wilson has also been blogging through it here and Peter Jaworski interviewed Goldberg here.

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Tim Keller – The Reason for God

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan has just published what looks to be an excellent book entitled The Reason for God. I’ve read that it is Van Til, distilled for the average New Yorker who questions Christianity. I haven’t picked up the book yet, but I am halfway through the sermon series that he gave a year ago based on the contents of the book. They are really quite good.
Keller knows how to clearly speak the gospel to our culture. He’ll use Foucault, Nietzche and Kierkegaard as much as he will Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Jonathan Edwards. His ability to explain hard teachings like hell and suffering in a way that makes sense to skeptics is something to learn. I’ve had a similar experience with the amazing people at St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto. That makes sense considering that they have a relationship with people like Keller, John Stott and J.I. Packer.

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City of God

Recently I was invited to join the discussion at City of God. I’m looking forward to sharing thoughts with the folk there – many thanks to Keith for inviting me. I’m sure that it will be “productive” time spent.

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Christ’s Humanity

Donald MacLeod has an excellent article on Christ’s humanity and whether it was fallen like ours that I highly recommend.

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Al Mohler on the New Atheism

I know, this is two Mohler posts in a row, what can I say?

Dr. Mohler recently gave four scholarly lectures at Dallas Theological Seminary on the “new atheism;” that is, the atheism of Dawkins, Dennet, Hitchens and Harris. His lectures are absolutely excellent. I listened to all four on my drive home to Windsor this past weekend and was enthralled. I have really only read or heard Mohler on a more popular level – so getting to experience him in a scholarly venue was great.

If you are at all interested in this new atheism, Mohler’s lectures are the perfect place to start. He provides biographical details of each figure as well as detailed exposition and analysis on their thought. He is a very good communicator and offers exacting criticism. I will most definitely listen to these lectures again.

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Mohler on the Call

Albert Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, has a helpful little post on being called into ministry. I have a friend who is struggling with this. Hopefully he’ll read what Mohler said: Has God Called You?

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Haykin Soul Patch?

I laughed hysterically when Carl Trueman offered his insights into the un-trendy-trying-to-be-trendy soul-patch adorned by so many “cool” church leaders. Apparently somebody responded to Dr. Trueman by citing our own Michael Haykin as a one who dons the patch. I, like Trueman, must come to Dr. Haykin’s defense (or is that defence?).

Dr. Haykin is anything but the cheeseball, soul-patched pastor with the spikey hair (I say that having spikey hair) and baggy pants, telling his congregation to tell the person in the pew next to them that “Jesus is Lord” ten times in a sermon while reading Foucault. I’m at least thankful that Dr. Haykin was characterised with the Puritan-era facial hair, more akin to his theology and worldview. But let us not be confused: Dr. Haykin does not equal Doug Pagitt!

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Trinity Debate – Gene Cook and Andrew Lara

Last night, while I was doing some mindless homework (don’t ask), I listened to a debate between pastor and apologist Gene Cook and a Jehovah’s Witness named Andrew Lara. Initially I had listened to a ten minute sound-byte of Cook discussing Christianity with a “JW at the door” which I found very useful. It whetted my appetite so I thought I would check out the debate.
Now, before I continue, I will reiterate some relevant beliefs that I hold. I am a trinitarian Christian – I believe that God is one, and is yet three. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are three distinct persons and are all one God. I fully hold to Nicene and Chalcedonian Christology and Pneumatology. I believe that Jesus is the Theanthropos, the God-man. As well, I am a Reformed Baptist and Van Tilian presuppositionalist, just like Gene Cook. So, when I say the following, keep all that in mind.
When I listened to the debate, I came to the conclusion very quickly the Gene Cook was getting slaughtered, and sadly, my opinion has not changed. It was a travesty. He began very strongly, but was quickly side-tracked and eventually he lost the debate (formally). Of course, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed, so in a sense he won. But when it actually comes to the canons of debate, he was destroyed.
Listen to the debate and see for yourself: Part One and Part Two.
This debate is worth listening to as a Christian for a couple of reasons. First, we must remember that being proud is surely the first step towards falling. We may approach an unbeliever thinking that we have all the answers, only to get owned. Second, we must remember that our arguments must be “our arguments” and not merely second-handers from others. To invoke translation errors in the New World Translation, we must be able to demonstrate that fully and convincingly. To bring in translation problems, as Cook did, and know nothing of even basic grammar (not merely Greek grammar, but English!) is terrible. Third, the Gospel is not merely about winning a debate, but about glorifying the triune God. It’s not a save-face event, but a life and death confrontation against powers and principalities.
So listen and learn – I know I did.

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Morgantaler and the Order of Canada

Henry Morgantaler is the doctor responsible for legalising abortion in Canada. The wonderful Canadian elite now want to give him the Order of Canada. The Globe and Mail have a poll running at their website asking readers to voice their opinion, should this man receive such an honour?
I voted “no.” Go to this link to voice your thoughts.

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Schreiner on Jesus

Audio lectures are available at “The Karis Blog” featuring Dr. Tom Schreiner, author of Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology. I have yet to listen to these lectures, but they will no doubt be excellent. Dr. Schreiner is one of today’s outstanding biblical theologians. I had the privelege of auditing a course on Romans with Dr. Schreiner a few years ago, and have sat through his preaching and conference speaking. In particular, he spoke at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s Conference last spring on the doctrine of perseverance – it was outstanding.

Dr. Schreiner debated a Muslim and a Unitarian at this event as well, I’m very interested to see how that went!

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Dude, Where’s My Seminary

Dr. Haykin showed me this yesterday: Dude, Where’s My Seminary. We killed ourselves laughing.
The site is a satirical response to this: Save Our Seminary.

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