Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Is God the Standard of Morality?

 


Below is the transcript of my opening statement from my debate with Benjamin Watkins regarding the topic, Is God the Standard of Morality? You can listen to the debate here.


The Creator is absolutely free to glorify Himself by governing His creatures according to His will alone.

This is a debate about authority. The title, “Is God the Standard of Morality?”, is full of implications. It assumes that God is, that morality exists, and that there are appropriate standards by which we judge the world around us. All three of these implications are right and true, and all people are held responsible for recognizing them.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Toward Post-Election Renewal

 


For all intents and purposes, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared winners of the White House. Is it over yet? No, not by a long shot. But, at the same time, it kind of is.

I'm not excited about a Biden presidency or a Democrat-majority Senate. Not only do I disagree with the policies of the DNC, but I repudiate the worldview that serves as a foundation for said policies. The advocation and support of murdering pre-borns, sexual perversions, and socialism are all completely indefensible from the Christian perspective. In my flesh, I'm tempted to be frightened, knowing that many of the left's desires could be fulfilled in short order.

But I'm also a firm believer in the phrase, "Every change is an opportunity for improvement." Considering Christian America, I'm hopeful that as the Trump flags are taken down from front lawns and dually trucks, more American Christians will have a renewed sense of trust in heaven alone rather than in the Washington D.C. 

When a conservative leads in the White House, a mirage forms. American Christians see him as a champion for their causes, and thus, expectations are set up. Dreams are developed. Hopes are inflated. We're prone to think that we'll start to experience a slice of heaven-on-earth because a right-wing man is the chief executive. This is not the way it should be -- our trust is not in men. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that conservative leaders and thinkers "are faulty support harnesses; having functioned rightly for awhile now, they could fail at any moment." And I stand by that.

However, when there's a non-conservative (or perhaps I should say "anti-Christian") in the White House, things are seen much more clearly. It's understood by American Christians that Washington does not desire to uphold and advance the Lordship of Christ, but instead they desire to tear it down for the sake of their own fallen desires.

This is a much better place to be. We're stripped of the mirage and given a dose of reality, that we depend on God and His good news alone. Let us move forward together in the hope of Jesus Christ. 

"Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some boast in chariots and some in horses, but we will boast in the name of the Lord, our God." Psalm 20:7

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Common Grace Prophets and the Reprobate Mind

Joe Biden speaks at a town hall.
This article is not about Joe Biden exclusively.

Introduction

Something is going on out there.

The world is a really scary place if you let your carnal mind guide you. But, as Christians, we shouldn't do that. We have the Spirit of God who searches the mind of God and reveals to us through the word of God all things we need to know pertaining to life and godliness.

As tempting as it is for us to return to our vomit, let us remember that we've been delivered from carnal thinking. Paul the apostle wrote these inspired words in 1 Corinthians 2:14-16:

A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

I don't intend for this article to be a comprehensive review of American culture today; however, I would like for your mind to be provoked as you interpret the world around you in consideration of what is written here. I want us to think together about the depravity of man, the grace of God, and how these things work together in the culture for God's glory. Let's aim to be critical in our thinking and biblical in our discernment. 


Thursday, August 27, 2020

What Is Justice without the Bible?

 

A professional athlete recently asked (publicly and rhetorically) why it's so hard to do something unified for just one day.

He asked the question because the professional sports world has been responding in a variety of ways in response to the recent ordeal in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Some teams are boycotting games, some players are sitting out while the rest of their team plays, and some athletes are going about business as usual. The athlete referenced at the start was one of those players who sat out while his team played their scheduled game. Apparently he was looking for a full-on boycott league-wide.

His question is deeper than he probably realizes. Why is it just so darn difficult for this collection of unique individuals with varied backgrounds and beliefs to come together to do something that seems so obviously right?

The obviously right thing in his eyes, of course, is to advocate for justice with the platform they've been given as famous Americans. But there's an even more important question behind that idea.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Victimhood Isn't Virtuous




Introduction


Earlier this month I posted the following to social media: "Being a victim of another's sin is a tragedy, not a virtue. Don't pursue opportunities to be a victim; rather, seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God."

Some members of my incredibly modest social media following scoffed at the post, writing it off to be some reflection of white supremacy or privilege. Given the ever-changing current events in America, it seems appropriate to further explain the theme of my 29-word post.

Monday, June 8, 2020

You Forgot about Brett Kavanaugh


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Twenty-one months is either a blink or an eternity, depending on who you ask. It's also the length of time that has passed since the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a four-day hearing to examine Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. They grilled the nominee under the pretenses of discovering whether or not Christine Blasey-Ford was telling the truth when she accused him of sexual assault. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Helicopter Parenting and A Way Forward





I don't think I've ever cited Good Housekeeping on this website. But there's a first time for everything.

It's my goal in this article to draw a parallel between over-parenting and the way our leaders are treating us today amid the various crises we face. Before the parallel can be drawn, let me lay down a definition of the bad parenting I'm thinking of.

Helicopter parenting can be defined by those parents who have "a desire to create a perfect world for their kids...one in which they never have to face struggle, inconvenience, discomfort, or disappointment." This totally unrealistic pipe dream is incredibly harmful to children, depending on the degree to which it is carried out. In fact, the same article goes on to say this:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hopeful Hymns in Uncertain Times (part 6)


During these uncertain times, it is important to hear from God's word and from godly counsel. One of the resources that provides us with good Christian teaching is good Christian music. Hymns, both new and old, are a treasure for the church as we seek to sing spiritual songs that remind us of great truths. My hope is that these little devotionals will encourage Christians in days of trial. 

"A Christian's Daily Prayer"
Matt Merker, Jordan Kauflin, and Dave Fournier

The most modern hymn featured in this series thus far was written by some of the most influential Reformed musicians of the day. Jordan Kauflin is the son of Bob Kauflin and Matt Merker is on staff at Mark Dever's church in Washington, D.C. I don't know anything about Dave Fournier and I couldn't find much online. In any case, these three men came together to compose one of the best contemporary hymns the church can sing today.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hopeful Hymns in Uncertain Times (part 5)


During these uncertain times, it is important to hear from God's word and from godly counsel. One of the resources that provides us with good Christian teaching is good Christian music. Hymns, both new and old, are a treasure for the church as we seek to sing spiritual songs that remind us of great truths. My hope is that these little devotionals will encourage Christians in days of trial. 

"Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"
Helen Howarth Lemmel

Originally titled, "The Heavenly Vision," this hymn has its roots in a gospel tract from over a hundred years ago. Lilias Trotter, a missionary to Algeria, supporter of D.L. Moody's ministry, and friend of Amy Carmichael's, authored a variety of tracts as an aspect of her ministry, often incorporating her art skills in the publishing. Her pamphlet titled Focussed (sic), was the inspiration for Helen Howarth Lemmel who penned this song (she wrote over 500 songs in her lifetime and taught music at Moody Bible Institute).

Monday, April 27, 2020

Hopeful Hymns in Uncertain Times (part 4)


During these uncertain times, it is important to hear from God's word and from godly counsel. One of the resources that provides us with good Christian teaching is good Christian music. Hymns, both new and old, are a treasure for the church as we seek to sing spiritual songs that remind us of great truths. My hope is that these little devotionals will encourage Christians in days of trial. 

"Speak O Lord"
Keith and Kristyn Getty

The most influential contemporary hymn-writers became well-known in the Christian world with the 2001 release of "In Christ Alone." Keith co-wrote the song with Stuart Townsend and Kristyn performed it with them for the release. Since then, the Gettys have led God's people in singing that song countless times and hundreds of millions of Christians sing it in churches every year. Keith and Kristyn (who were initially introduced by John Lennox, by the way) have written many other songs worthy of corporate Lord's Day singing.