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Thursday Theology.

We are reviewing Calvin, and he now discusses natural theology and the witness to God in nature. This argument for God is ancient — Augustine argued this way, and he was not the first one. I’m doing this chapter by chapter: the book is long, and Calvin writes tersely. I’ve turned the Latinate translation of […]

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Marriage is only in middle earth (1 April 2020).

Let us consider marriage. It was from the beginning, and since the beginning it has been both a source of vexation and comfort. Satan tempted the wife for if nothing more than this: Adam loved her and listened to her. In this age, there is a high chance that your marriage will implode. Some would […]

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End of the month (31 March 2020)

There are two parts to this. The first is that there is a prince of the air, who rejoices when we do what we will, and assuage our desires, neglecting our duty. For in that we do damage. It is not merely pleasure which he rules, but the skepticism and subtle pleasures we know are […]

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Our hope is not in ourselves. (March 28 2020)

I’m now taking a lot more time to get things done, and reading more slowly. Theology matters. We may be silenced — the rules over here are fairly draconian and hate speech regulation, akin to Aussie, is just around the corner — but there will be a restoration. The times after this will glorify God […]

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Thursday Theology and Music.

Ask I’m restructuring things back to how they were, Thursday is theology, and we are working through Calvin’s institutes. Which is not as bad as one would think. Because some people find this dry, some music in addition. Theology, you see, imbues everything, Anyone who says that there is not theology in modern hymns has […]

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24 March 2020: notes for a lockdown.

In less than 48 hours, on midnight Wednesday, New Zealand goes into lockdown. We won’t be the same during it, and we won’t be the same after it. So what should we be doing? The first thing is that we should pray. That as our churches go virtual, including the home groups that can no […]

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Two prophets. 21 March 2020

When I looked at this I thought: why is one of the bloddy passages of scripture placed next to high theology? Most people know John 1: it is the first part of the NT translated when learning Greek, for reasons (John and Luke have the best Greek of the Apostles, the others wrote in the […]

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16 March 2020.

I submit that the worship of science is an idol of this age and an antichrist. By going for a mechanical universe and an economic understanding of the human condition, we have fallen short of understanding truth, beauty and the world we can see. Materialism, in both its libertarian and socialist forms, is a bereft […]

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The secular sharia: this week in reaction.

This week has been mainly about getting ready for if we need to shut down things. I have lost hours trying to get the toolkit one needs to work by distance up and running. Travel is cancelled. And the planners are getting ulcers. We should not. The USA have stopped travel from Europe, with good […]

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What is the famine of this time? 12 November 2020

In the time of the patriarchs, there was a famine and it lasted years. The crops failed and the herds were limited. The sons of Israel had gone to Egypt to get bread. But their faither kept Joseph’s brother back: he thought he had lost his first son and therefore he clung tightly to the […]