Category Archives: Otherworldliness

When All Means Some


One of the favorite arguments of Neo-Calvinists is to go to Col 1 to support every-square inch Christianity: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things… Read More→

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You Know What Would Really Be Audacious?


So the papal visit to the United States has even more people reaching above their pay grades, trying to interpret that the chief interpreter is really up to. Is Pope Francis a lefty, is he a traditionalist, will anything change on marriage? So far Bryan and the Jasons are stuck. What I’m curious about is… Read More→

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Imagine if Tim Read Tim


Would Tim Challies tweak this post on how to lose your zeal for Christ for Tim Keller’s discomfort? Love the world. “How can we be zealous for heaven when our hearts are wrapped up in earthly civic things? How can we lift our spirits heavenward when our minds are weighed down with the cares of… Read More→

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Calvin, the Fundamentalist


Or so that is how the anti-dualists or the opponents of otherworldiness (hint, the neo-Calvinists) would have us read Calvin on Christ’s own stupendous words from Mark 8: If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35For whosoever would save his life shall lose… Read More→

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Biblical Pessimism

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1800:  (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Bob HOPE  (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)

Today’s reading took me again to Roman Catholic and Kuyperian expressions of optimism. In the face of mounting evidence that our society is coarsening, Billy Boyce and Michael Sean Winters affirm hope. First, pastor Boyce (the Kuyperian): But there is a way forward. Kuyper’s emphasis on the antithesis keeps us humble, recognizing that there will… Read More→

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When Did Christian America End?


For some it happened recently. This blogger doesn’t refer to the Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, but it’s hard not to think he has it in mind: The 350-year marriage of Protestant Christian theology and American popular culture is over. Christianity, it may be sadly said, is no longer the preeminent social influence in American… Read More→

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What A Call with Integrity Sounds Like

2 flags better than 1

If Bryan and the Jasons had truly been conservative Presbyterians, they would have carried suspicions of liberalism into the Roman Catholic Church with them. But that they continue to insist that Protestantism and Roman Catholicism represent two distinct paradigms while not recognizing the two paradigms that exist on both sides of the Tiber — one… Read More→

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The Basis for Unity


What if Protestants are actually orthodox by Roman Catholic standards? After all, both sets of western Christians affirm the Nicene Creed and some of us actually use it as the basis for catechetical instruction. Is the difference simply that Protestants are not in fellowship with the Bishop of Rome? And is it that Protestants will… Read More→

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The Healthy Influence of Meredith Kline


His Vossian eschatology and two-kingdom outlook gave some of us room to avoid this: Have you heard of the Benedict Option? If not, you will soon. It’s the name of a deeply pessimistic cultural project that’s capturing the imaginations of social conservatives as they come to terms with the realization that the hopes and assumptions… Read More→

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