Archive for the ‘Calvinism’ Category
Great fake travel posters made by artist Ali Xenos. There are some great ones of Rivendell, Tatooine, Dagobah, and Winterfell.
‘Gravity’ Spinoff: Watch the Other Side of Sandra Bullock’s Distress Call – Jonas Cuaron’s seven-minute companion short, filmed in Greenland and featuring Bullock’s voice
Brutal personal piece on about one young man’s battle with our present culture of death – “I Lost My Daughter to the Culture of Death”
Modalimy – Co-parenting for those that want children but not a relationship or marriage. You really cannot make this stuff up.
“Nelson Mandela: A Candid Assessment” – from Catholic site Crisis Magazine
Interesting piece from personal finance blog Mr. Money Mustache entitled, “Get Rich With: The Position of Strength.” Makes some salient points.
Interesting piece in the Atlantic dealing with Clickbait and UpWorthy’s game changing headlines
Great article by J. Budziszewski entitled, “Why Hooking Up is Letting You Down”
Article from the Polaris Project on “Human Trafficking Trends in the United States”
Great long-form piece from Sports Illustrated entitled, “The Book of Tebow”
Solid article from Kevin DeYoung entitled, “Seven Thoughts on Pastors Writing Books”
Dealing With Difficult People: Narcissists. The best article I’ve read this year.
IBM computer to play against Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. Should be another interesting man vs. machine conflict.
Doug Wilson piece entitled “Calvinism, Eschatology, and the New Media”
Andy Crouch, “Ten Most Significant Trends of Last Decade”
A number of people in California recently won $150 by correctly guessing 4 of the 6 numbers of the California Lottery. The winning numbers were: 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, 42
Apparently the Catholic Church is doing a realty series on exorcism, but I heard this was news to the Vatican.
AIG is recapitalizing. Unbelievable… have any lessons been learned?
Drunk Scientists accidentally pour wine on semiconductors and make some scientific discovery.
WSJ article entitled “Bye-Bye PCs and Laptops”
The Catholic Church and science. Personally, I am a huge fan of science and think there is a fair degree of agreement between science and Christianity, far greater than many acknowledge.
Major Dick Winters passed away earlier this month. Thankful for this man and countless anonymous men just like him.
The precipitating event was an essay posted last February on the Huffington Post by Eddie Glaude, Jr., a young African-American religion professor at Princeton who gave his column the eye-catching title, “The Black Church Is Dead,” and continued that with an equally arresting lead:
“Of course, many African-Americans still go to church,” Glaude began, noting surveys that track the higher-than-average religiosity of American blacks. “But the idea of this venerable institution as central to black life and as a repository for the social and moral conscience of the nation has all but disappeared,” he said.
The Economist has a brief piece on the New Calvinism. Not the best piece of journalism I’ve seen from The Economist but intriguing that they would even think it was newsworthy.
Apparently, an SEC report says that the “flash crash” of 5/6/10 was the result of trading software gone awry.
Some pretty incredible wallpaper from Alpinist.
Taliban beware, U.S. to have self-aiming sniper rifles next year. I have got to say this is some pretty cool technology, I just hope it stays in the right hands.
Fascinating story of a guy who has lived for three years exclusively on paid medical studies.
Kevin DeYoung has a brief writeup of Keswick Theology (from Andy Naselli). This is the “let go and let God” theology and the divorcing of salvation from Lordship (ie. I got saved when I was ______ old and I accepted God as Lord/re-dedicated when I was ________ old). This kind of language was par for the course in my Dispensational upbringing and its view of sanctification is quite problematic. The writeup has a nice brief history and summary of Keswick theology.
Avoiding Missional Idolatries. Some lucid and thoughtful analysis of some pitfalls of missional church thinking.
The problem of groundwood paper vs. archival quality paper in modern book publishing.
Technology is re-wiring our brains. I have felt the pinch of technology on myself. Compulsive e-mail checking and always being on the grid actually stinks. In the same vein is this article: “Does the Internet Make us Dumber?”
Some thoughtful analysis of Two Kingdom Theology and Neo-Calvinism.
The culture of narcissism among millennials.
Rahm Emmanuel and Joe Biden supersoaker fight on the White House lawn (you can’t make this stuff up).
If you don’t know what UVB-76 is, you may find this wikipedia article interesting. It ceased broadcasting this week.
Apparently the financier of the much-maligned Gaza bound Flotilla is also the same financier of the proposed Ground Zero Mosque.
What in the world does “Spiritual But Not Religious” mean?
Video of the expansion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam over time. Its a bit reductionistic, but worth a watch.
Adidas World Cup Commercial = Star Wars Cantina Scene + David Beckham + Snoop Dogg + Lightsabre = Awesome
Two videos this week: Neat time lapse video, shot .1fps on motion track, and set to some Jonsi:
Apparently Nancy Pelosi makes all of her public policy decisions based on “The Word.” One of my pet peeves is politicians isogeting Scripture, it is almost sure to be a disaster. I am wondering what part of the “The Word” encourages abortion. Do yourself a favor and watch the incoherent trainwreck that was her speech.
Interesting article on the massive contraction of the U.S. Money Supply.
Apparently Michelangelo sketched a human brain into the head of God in the Sistene Chapel.
Some interesting analysis of the sociology of Facebook.
For all you GUT folks: Neutrinos have mass.
Hillary Clinton thinks ‘the rich aren’t paying their fair share’ of taxes. I guess $.40 on the dollar isn’t enough for the sticky fingers of Uncle Sam.
Some in-depth analysis of the “New Calvinism.” Don’t agree with all the conclusions from the article, but a worthwhile read. On a sidenote, people need to more properly delineate the terms “Neo-Calvinism” and “new calvinism.” Neo-Calvinism is Dutch Reformed thinking from mainly Abraham Kuyper and also Herman Bavinck. New Calvinism is a term associated with the surging sub-group of Reformed Evangelicals who have some small distinctives from the traditional arc of Calvinists.
Burk Parsons also offers some thoughts on the New Calvinism.
I am so glad I don’t have to do this for salvation and blessing.
All you caffeine addicts… recent science shows your morning coffee doesn’t give you any real perk, rather it merely gets you to your baseline productivity. On a sidenote, why do so many evangelical ministers seem to be okay (and some even proud) of their coffee/caffeine addiction? Am I the only one that thinks this is odd?
Here is a pretty incredible action (and quite violent) sequence from a 1992 John Woo movie entitled Hard Boiled. Woo is an auteur of the fight scene:
This lecture is an explanation of the Protestant Christian worldview from Genesis to Revelation. Audio is available here.
A. Ex Nihilo
B. Out of God’s pleasure
C. Creation was good
D. Man made in image of God: male and female
E. Cultural Mandate
F. The task given Adam was to make the whole Earth like Eden by:
“numerically and geographically expand God’s image over the face of the
- Covenant of Works (Hosea 6:7)
- Adam is Federal Head (Rom. 5:12-21)
- Blessings for obedience; curses for disobedience
a. Blessing – Life
b. Curse – Death
c. Divine benevolence, Human loyalty
- Serpent tempts Eve, questions God’s goodness
- Adam was there and doesn’t say anything
- All humanity fell in the Fall because of Adam’s representative nature
- All creation fell and feels the frustrating affects of the fall
- Proto-Euangelion – Gen. 3:15-20
- Seed of the woman vs. Seed of the Serpent
A. Covenant of Grace
1. Noah – establishes stability on the Earth (Gen. 6, 9)
-Baptism: deliverance from waters of judgment
2. Abraham – establishes promised offspring who will bless all nations (Gen. 12:1-3; 15; 17), (Gal. 3:16)
3. Moses – establishes law and order above natural law (Ex. 19-24)
-“I will be your God and you will be my people”
4. David – establishes eternal king/throne (Psalm 89)
5. Christ – fulfillment of the covenant of grace (Jer. 31; Ezek. 36/37)
B. Historical Summary
Creation, Fall, Expulsion, Cain/Able, Flood, Babel, Shem
Abraham moves, Abraham/Lot, Abraham/Melchizedek, Abraham Covenant, Abraham buys land in Canaan/Eden
Isaac, Jacob/Esau, Jacob/Israel, 12 Sons, Joseph into Captivity, Famine
400 Year Enslavement/Exile, Moses/Pharaoh, Passover, Egypt to Sinai
Sinai, Law at Sinai – Tabernacle, Priesthood, Purification, Yom Kippur, Feasts: (Sabbath, Passover, Sabbatical year/Jubilee, Weeks, Tabernacles)
Wilderness Wanderings, Encampment at Canaan, Canaan Conquest/Joshua, Jericho vs. Ai, Land Divided
Judges-Ruth – ‘Everyone did what was right in his own eyes’ (Judges 17:6)
Eli, Samuel, Rejection of YHWH as king, Saul
David – covenant – line/throne, unification, conquest (iron), Bathsheba
Solomon – Temple, wealth/wisdom, Phoenicians, foreign wives/gods
Divided Kingdom – Rehoboam (S – Judah), Jeroboam (N – Israel/Ephraim)
North – Babsha, Omri, Jehu, Ahab/Jez/Baal vs. Elijah, Jehu, Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II, 3 kings – Menaham, Pekahiah, Pehah, Hoshea… Assyria/exile
South – Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, Hezekiah, Manassah, Josiah – Amon/Jeremiah, Jerusalem Sacked – 586
Cyrus’ Decree, Return from Exile, 2nd Temple/Wall (Ezra-Nehemiah),
-Nahum – God’s wrath on Nineveh
-Zephaniah – The Day of the Lord
-Habakkuk – Resolving questions about God’s justice
-Joel – Day of the Lord is both near AND future
-Lamentations – God as source of both good and hard providence
-Obadiah – pride goes before a fall
-Ezekiel – Judgment and restoration of Judah
-Daniel – God’s rule and care for his people
-Haggai – setting priorities
-Zechariah – God’s restoration of zion
-Malachi – Honoring God
400 years of silence
6. 3 fold office: Prophet/Priest/King
1. Virgin birth
2. Hypostatic Union – God/man
4. Law – civil/ceremonial/civil
5. Penal Substitution – great exchange – my sin for his righteousness
8. Enthronement – Intercession
1. Redemption of all of creation
2. Redemption of the church