The Echo Chamber

Those educated in studying people have observed a phenomenon they describe as the “echo chamber.” You might not have heard the term but you probably know the symptoms. Your friend posts an article on Facebook explaining some conspiracy theory. No matter what evidence or arguments to the contrary are presented in the comments, your friend…

And I Quote… November 14

[T]he Bible as a whole document tells a story, and, properly used, that story can serve as a metanarrative that shapes our grasp of the entire Christian faith. In my view it is increasingly important to spell this out to Christians and to non-Christians alike—to Christians, to ground them in Scripture, and to non-Christians, as…

Wordsmithy | Part Two

As I said last week, Wordsmithy is one of my favorite books. While I hope that many of you have already started reading it, it is not too late to jump in now! Our coffee-and-cookies book discussion will be held after the evening service on Sunday, December 11 and I look forward to seeing many…

J. C. Ryle… Yet Speaking

[T]here are many ways in which the faith of Christ may be marred and spoiled, without being positively denied. And here we venture to think is the very reason that so much religion called Christian, is not truly Evangelical. The Gospel in fact is a most curiously and delicately compounded medicine, and a medicine that…

Un•jar•gon•ed New Series!

The New Testament was not written in a vacuum. The good news of Jesus Christ was first spoken into a world that was already full of other movements and competing ideologies. This series of Unjargoned will deal with terms related to that historical background. Some of these terms, like Pharisee and Stoic, Centurion and Sadducee…

Much to You!

Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and their 250 stooges of reputation were up in arms. The text does not say exactly why, and, for the purposes of this article, it doesn’t really matter. In the course of their complaint they said to Moses and Aaron, Ye take too much upon you. The Hebrew this phrase translates is…

And I Quote… November 7

[T]he dangerous thing about pragmatism is that it does not necessarily reject the truth; it merely renders it subordinate to the desired end. To be precise, pragmatism evaluates means in terms of impact and results; and the implication of this is that even means that are intrinsically true can still be co-opted by pragmatism simply…

Wordsmithy | Part One

Our next “book-of-the-month” is Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, written by Douglas Wilson. Despite the title and focus, this book is not for writers alone. The wisdom Wilson offers as he wittily unpacks seven “tips” for writers is of value for everyone; the brevity of the volume means that just about anyone could…

Friday Findings—November 4

Things Christians Just Don’t Get To Do “These are all things—just a few of the things—Christians don’t get to do… In every case God has freed us by his gospel to a new and better way of living—a way of love, forgiveness, generosity, encouragement, community, submission, industry, purity, and freedom.” 5 Reasons You Need Fiction…