Saturday, June 4, 2011

Calvinist Crossing

We have been less than diligent with our blogging as of late, but hope to remedy it in the near future. Until then, if the two of you still read this, check-out these articles that we have found stimulating and helpful as of late:

A Case Against the Repatriation of Archaeological Artifacts - A good opinion piece from the folks at BAR on an issue that is not irrelevant to future biblical studies and that is unfortunately increasingly clouded by sentimentality than practicality. Hallote identifies what has seemed painfully-obvious to many of us for quite some time:
  1. Many nations of origin for artifacts quite simply no longer exist
  2. Many nations presently requesting repatriation are quite simply too unstable to be entrusted with artifacts (case-in-point, "Arab Spring").
God's Been Hunting Me Down - Sobering testimony and sound counsel by Prof. David Murray. Namely, 7 S's:
  • Sleep more,
  • Slow down,
  • Stay at home,
  • Serve the local church,
  • Socialize more,
  • Switch off, and
  • Seek the Lord.
Read Murray's story, pray for him, and learn from his experience. These exhortations would be well-heeded even for us who did not stare eternity in the face last month.

Arousing Ourselves to Death - Excellent piece by Russell Moore on the grievously pervasive influence of pornography among us. I too resonate with his experience in counseling and was exhorted to be more proactive on this issue in my shepherding.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - New work by Jacobs, that is now in my "wanted" file. For related practical advice, see Starke's Advice for Slow Readers (which is good advice for every reader).

A Pastoral Case for the Filioque Clause - Having recently reviewed this theological point for teaching on God's Triunity, I appreciated Starke's article and his concluding point:
The filioque clause is not so heavenly minded that it is no earthly good. It is useful for Christians who must preach, sing, and think hard about God who is Three-in-One and has saved us and is keeping us until the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, comes again.


  1. The article on pornography is so well-written! We've recently watched a marriage in our family fall apart and it seems pornography is a big part of the reason (tho they, not being believers, don't see pornography as a big deal!). Anyway, I love the picture Russell Moore paints of a Christian view of human sexuality in contrast to the world's view. God rocks!

  2. Thanks for commenting, Debbie. I am sorry to hear about that. It is often is a big part of the reason for failing / troubled marriages and - as we know - is a majorly big deal, the consequences of which are widely underestimated. Though by His grace and power, 1 Cor 6:9-11 is still true!