Monthly Archives: April 2009

Swine Flu

William Anderson offers some reasons why we shouldn’t really get our pigs in the mud over swine flu: “Government ‘Flu’ Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Check this video by Ron Paul on swine flu – and remember, he’s a physician:

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24 Baptisms

New City Baptist is one of two church plants from Grace Fellowship Church. The second plant is Grace Chapel in Markham, pastored by Habib Sakr. This past Lord’s Day New City Baptist and Grace Fellowship canceled services in order to witness twenty-four baptisms at Grace Chapel! Julian, an elder at Grace Fellowship, posted video footage of the baptisms. It’s quite moving to watch.

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Undercover Ops

This is pretty gutsy. Lila Rose is a 20 year old student at UCLA who has been posing as a 13 year old girl in search of an abortion in various Planned Parenthood clinics across the United States. She claims, as a 13 year old, that she was impregnated by her 31 year old boyfriend. Of course, sex with minors is against the law and the staff at Planned Parenthood should be following legal standards, which they don’t. In this case, a Planned Parenthood staff worker tells Lila to tell a judge that her partner was only 17.

Lila has received a lot of media coverage over this, and rightly so. She started an organisation called Live Action Films where her videos are made available. The videos are also on YouTube. She’s been on national TV, including the Bill O’Reilly show. Here is a piece on her from the LA Times {HT: Denny Burk}.

This next video is particularly disturbing, a man wants to “donate” money to a Planned Parenthood in New Mexico for an abortion specified to an African American. He clearly makes a racist comment indicating that he wants to abort African Americans because of Affirmative Action and the girl on the phone chuckles and agrees that it’s a crazy world.

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Dick Gaffin on Union with Christ

Richard B. Gaffin Jr.,  is professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary, PA. He has written some very helpful books in the respective disciplines that his title reflects. I’ve especially benefited from his discussions of the relationship between historia salutis and ordo salutis originally taken up by his mentor, Herman Ridderbos {see Gaffin’s lectures on the subject here and here}. Likely Gaffin’s most enduring theological legacy is his work on the doctrine of union with Christ, picking up a theme stressed by another mentor of his: John Murray. The following are audio lectures by Dr. Gaffin on union with Christ, given at Matthews Orthodox Presbyterian Church {HT: Between Two Worlds}:

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A Guevarista Rethinks Guevara

This is the second time I’m linking to my buddy Mark Nenadov’s blog All Things Expounded. He has written about Mark Rudd, a former member of the Weather Underground who speaks of his renouncing Che Guevara. As much as Rudd is still a socialist, it’s good to see that some people are willing to own up to the fact that Che was not the wonderful freedom fighter that people like Zach De La Rocha make him out to be.

As an aside, Mark’s blog is a good place for news related to politics and economics among other things. I highly recommend putting him on your blogroll.

For info on why Che ain’t the hero that the new movie starring Benicio Del Toro will make him out to be, check out Reason.tv‘s YouTube video, Killer Chic: Hollywood’s Sick Love Affair With Che Guevara [HT: Bureaucrash]. In it you learn that Che indeed hated the arts and popular culture and did all he could to stamp it out. So Hollywood’s love affair with him seems to be a case of self-mutilation. The best part of the video comes from Paquito D’Rivera, a Grammy winning clarinet player who saw the face of Che’s hatred for art. He says, “Che Guevara is the king of marketing.” Of course, the irony is that Che hated markets. Ha!

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Old Life Theological Society

D. G. Hart and John Muether have a blog called Old Life Theological Society. It looks really, really good. Both men are Reformed historians who have written a number of scholarly works – some authored together. I reviewed Muether’s bio of Van Til here.

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The Klein Doctrine

Johan Norberg has a review of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism in the Cato Institute’s Briefing Papers 102 (May 2008). The article is called “The Klein Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Polemics.” I read this review a while ago when my buddy Mark posted it at his old blog. But recent discussions have made me want to post it here.

Naomi Klein drives me bananas. I’ve read a number of her tirades, particularly in NOW (a Toronto rag). Norberg is to be thanked for a) showing how shoddy Klein’s research is; b) defending the good name of economist Milton Friedman and dispelling the myths that Klein has propagated about him; and c) showing that capitalism is not the term to be used for recent American political injustices. Norberg should have called his article “The Schlock Doctrine” because that’s what Klein’s writings amount to: schlock.

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“Puritanism On The Web”

I came across this website: Puritanism on the Web. It has some links to useful resources.

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Anthony Kenny on Medieval Philosophy

I’ve been reading Sir Anthony Kenny’s little biography on Thomas Aquinas to great profit. Kenny filled a lot of rolls at Oxford University, being a fellow at Balliol College and St. John’s College. He was also Chancellor of the university itself until his retirement in 2001. A specialist in medieval philosophy, Kenny’s work has spanned the whole of western philosophy, especially in his two general introductions to the subject.

On a whim, I thought I’d Google him to see if anything was online. It turns out there is a whole series on medieval philosophy at YouTube where Kenny goes through the entirety of the period, explaining philosophical trends and people. If you’re interested in this type of thing, check it out. After you watch the first video (below), options will appear that will allow you to continue on in the series.

Also available from the same person who posted these interviews are those with Father Coplestone, John Searle, Jacques Derrida and others. This is fantastic stuff!

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Christianity Today on Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson’s blog, Blog and Mablog, is one that I turn to daily. Anyone who reads my blog can tell that I have an interest in and admiration for the man. I’ve read a number of his books and listened to a number of his sermon series and lectures. In spite of some of the disagreements that I have with him theologically, I often find that he has something thought provoking to say.

Christianity Today has recently published an article on Wilson which is a worthwhile read called “The Controversialist.” This is a good title considering Wilson’s recent debates with atheist Christopher Hitchens as well as his controversies over the Federal Vision in Presbyterian circles and the issues he finds himself involved in in his hometown of Moscow, Idaho.

On his blog, Wilson notes a few areas of clarification that need to be made after reading the article. You can read those here.

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Last TPF

I can’t believe how fast time flies. We’re now officially coming to the last meeting of the Toronto Pastor’s Fellowship (TPF). It feels like it just started! Anyways, I’m really looking forward to today’s talk by Darryl Dash, pastor of Richview Baptist. Darryl is going to encourage us to preach God in our sermons and nothing else.

Darryl did his DMin at Gordon Conwell under Haddon Robinson in homiletics, so I’m interested to hear what he has to say. I’ve hung out with Darryl lots, but haven’t heard him speak or preach yet. I’ll be sure to bring some tomatoes! ;)

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Sermon: On the Trinity (Matt. 28:16-20)

I preached last night at New City Baptist on the Trinity in the Great Commission. Here it is if you like.

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Why Does the C of E Exist?

Writing in The Spectator, Rod Liddle asks the question, “why does the Church of England exist?” in his piece “The C of E Has Forgotten Its Purpose.” With constant capitulation to the pressures of the politically correct wasteland that Britain has become, the C of E no longer has a voice, spiritual or otherwise. This is a particularly stinging critique, one that is worth reading. But don’t think that Liddle is on a tirade against religion in general, or all Anglicans. His point is that the leaders, in particular Rowan Williams, have lost all credibility both in the eyes of the church and in the eyes of the British in general.

[HT: Carl Trueman]

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A. N. Wilson Reconverts

A. N. Wilson, a very well known atheist, has announced that he is returning to the Christian faith of his childhood. A major antagonist to Christianity, news of his “reconversion” is surprising indeed. The New Statesman has a piece by Wilson outlining the reasons for his change called “Why I Believe Again” which is a really cool read. The New Statesman also has a Q & A with him where he goes into more detail.

Wilson has written a number of books on Christianity that have been controversial, in particular his works on Jesus and Paul. N. T. Wright has taken Wilson to task in a number of works.

First it was Anthony Flew who abandoned atheism and now Wilson. Pretty cool to see these prominent thinkers realise that their atheism can’t account for the real world that they live in.

[HT: Between Two Worlds]

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Economics In One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt

If you ever read a book on economics in your life, Henry Hazlitt’s classic Economics In One Lesson should be it. Hazlitt goes through all of the basic economic fallacies that everyone committs and dispels them with short concise chapters and easy to understand illustrations.

My buddy Justin found the whole book online, which is thrilling! You can access it here.

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Were you there?

Happy Easter!

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Review: The Canon of Scripture (Bruce)

Last autumn I had the joy of teaching a seven week course at Trinity Baptist Church in Burlington (pastored by Carl Muller) on the doctrine of the bible. I taught on: the possibility of revelation; general revelation; special revelation; canon; inspiration; and the biblical worldview. One of the key books that I used for my discussion of Old and New Testament canonicity was F. F. Bruce’s awesome book The Canon of Scripture.

I reviewed this book for Discerning Reader here.

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What Is Human Freedom?

Ligon Duncan here discusses the nature of human freedom, or free-will, at The Gospel Coalition website. Calvinists are often misunderstood as denying the freedom of the will. This is not the case and Duncan explains why:

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Bureaucrash – Capitalism Heals

This is hilarious. A group of protesters crashed a pharmaceutical convention in Bangkok but didn’t like it when they were crashed back by Bureaucrash. Carrying banners that say “Socialism Kills” and “Capitalism Heals” the Bureaucrash guys kept getting pushed aside by the first group of protesters. But wave their banners they did, much to the guy with the megaphone’s chagrin.

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Moral Outrage

Years ago I used to be in a hardcore band called Moral Outrage – I played bass and “sang.” If you like old school Agnostic Front, The Exploited or GBH, then you would probably like our music. The drummer, Tim, just put up a post on his blog about the band and linked to some liner notes from our tape “Stand and Fight” and a .zip file of our songs. For all the years that have gone by, I still like the songs – though I would probably not do the anti-gay song because of its overall offensive tone – every other one I stand by.

I know there’s video of us playing in London somewhere, I’d kill to see it again.

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