This is what defeat looks like.

Defeat is ugly and hateful. We are wise to study it. Saul lost an army: half died on the Mount of Gilboa and the others ran away. His sons died: he was facing capture and he took his life. He was defeated utterly. He had a divided country, he did not have any strength but … Continue reading This is what defeat looks like.

There is no virtue but Christ.

The virtue spirals of this life are but a delusion. You cannot earn your way into the favour of God. Our salvation is costly, for it took the death of a the one perfect man, God incarnate, to atone for my transgressions, let alone yours. The idea that we can somehow show that we are … Continue reading There is no virtue but Christ.

Against the family violence industry [I Sam 25]

Was there oppression of women in ancient times? Yes. Consider that Michal, princess of Israel, was divorced from David by her father the King so she could marry another. Probably for diplomatic reasons: David was now considered traitor by Saul, and that meant that Saul considered any vows he or his family had made were … Continue reading Against the family violence industry [I Sam 25]

The cathedral made mad [Acts 14]

Progressive atheism celebrates being irrational. The rejection of logical positivism, the high church atheism of Haldane, Russell Anthony Daniels and David Stove is rejected. Instead we have the philosophy of disadvantage, where what matters is your state within a finely graded power structure maintained by the secular priests. David Stove knew better. He was an … Continue reading The cathedral made mad [Acts 14]

No platforming is ancient. [Acts 13]

When the lectionary breaks a sermon in half, you have a choice. Do you look at other scripture, or do you continue from yesterday's post? Which was about the need to use reason with those who are reasonable. This is important, and it is a filter. Consider the response to the end of Paul's sermon. … Continue reading No platforming is ancient. [Acts 13]

When to use reason. [Acts 13]

Paul was offered a chance to speak in the synagogue. He was a Rabbi: he took it. And note what he did. He did not confront as he did with Bar-Jesus. He began a reasoned argument, by setting out his facts: the axioms on which he was going to argue. He was teaching salvation to … Continue reading When to use reason. [Acts 13]

Never be a minion [Acts 12]

Never be a minion, for you will be blamed, and your blood spilt to appease the mob, comfort your tyrannical master, or both. Besides, the rulers of this time can fail and fall: and when they do the damage is not limited to them. Metiria Turei must have known she was taking a risk when … Continue reading Never be a minion [Acts 12]

Martyrs made by the state [Acts 12]

Never trust a ruler. Mistrust any King. The worst of them will be tyrants and kill randomly, but all in power will destroy lives for political expediency. There is no change of government, but when Christ is King and the Prime minister accounts himself as the main servant of the people, without tears and pain. … Continue reading Martyrs made by the state [Acts 12]

Choose Christ or this world [Acts 11]

The pattern among the early church of evangelism was one of obedience. They were told to wait in Jerusalem. They did. They were told to then preach throughout Judea. They did. They were then told to preach to the whole world. But they started with their own people. The early disciples were Jews. They taught … Continue reading Choose Christ or this world [Acts 11]

Why we should bother with the church [Rom 8, Matthew 23]

The church in the West, in all its branches and varieties, has been invaded by those who want to turn it into a political movement. There are those who want us to be post Christian. The question today is why should we bother, why should we confront, why should we warn. It would be easier … Continue reading Why we should bother with the church [Rom 8, Matthew 23]