Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Video in Link: America's Counter Revolution: The Constitution Revisited

Watch it. It's on Sheldon Richman's new book. Click the link below.

Free Association: Jeff Tucker Interviews Me about "America's Counter...

Joel McDurmon on Max Lucado's Wimpy Entrance in Politics

The final fa├žade of decency has now fallen, and Evangelical titans are startled. Leaders like Max Lucado have now taken...
Posted by Joel McDurmon on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A thought on voting

I almost said that unbound delegates receiving threats is what turns me off about politics.

But then I backed up and thought about it.

Politics is one huge threat of violence against the individual. Voting is a reflection of that.

This is not a original reflection at all.

Search "Lew Rockwell" plus "Voting" plus "Violence" and you will find numerous articles arguing for my above point.

But the news of uncommitted delegates receiving threatening phone calls reminded me of how ugly politics can be.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Sermon: Surveying the Text | Job (Job 19:25-27)

After 28:00, Pastor Douglas Wilson says something remarkable: Sometimes we go through struggles because God was bragging about us to the Devil. Reminds me of my friend who just finished chemotherapy and is completely healed of her Stage 2 breast cancer.

Sermon: Mission, Vocation, and Body Life (1 Cor. 12:17-20)

I've never come across an unhelpful Christ Church – Moscow sermon.

Sermon: The Gospel First and Last (1 Cor. 15:1-11)

His refutation of Gnosticism at 28:00 is genius.

Seminary Snatch #3

Preparation for Northwest Theological Seminary

The following is a short list of recommended readings to help students orient
themselves to the theological direction of Northwest Theological Seminary
prior to enrollment. If you have questions concerning readings beyond
this list, please contact the Academic Dean, James T. Dennison, Jr.

Many sermons and articles on the Kerux website (
Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments
Herman Ridderbos, Paul: An Outline of His Theology
James T. Dennison, The Letters of Geerhardus Vos
Richard B. Gaffin, By Faith, Not By Sight
Richard B. Gaffin, Resurrection and Redemption
James T. Dennison, "Building the Biblical-theological Sermon,"
Parts 1 and 2 (on the website)
Herman Ridderbos, The Coming of the Kingdom
J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism
Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith

Sermon: The Mystery of the One Body | Ephesians 3:1-3

This sermon on Hell did not end the way I thought it would

I'm serious. Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed, sketches the predominant views of Hell (eternal punishment) today and then preaches on the parable of the rich man in Hades (Luke 16:14-31) and comes to his own conclusion. He distinguishes between the NT Greek terms Hades and Gehenna.

Watch it from beginning to end.

Seminary Snatch #1


CH 641 Reformation Chuch History
Carter Lindberg, The European Reformations
Carter Lindberg, The Reformation Theologians (selections)
John Calvin, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will
Martin Luther, Lectures on Romans (skim)
U. Zwingli, An Exposition of the Faith
H. Bullinger, A Brief Exposition of the One and Eternal Testament or Covenant of God
John von Rohr, The Covenant of Grace in Puritan Thought

NT 611 Acts and Paul
R. Gaffin, Resurrection and Redemption
J. Harvey, Listening to the Text
G. Kennedy, NT Interpretation through Rhetorical Criticism
H. Klauck, Ancient Letters and the New Testament
H. Klauck, Magic and Paganism in Early Christianity
W. Meeks, The First Urban Christians
C. Talbert, Reading Acts
R. Tannehill, Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts (Vol. 2)
N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God

NT 710 Greek Reading
Any edition of a Reader’s Greek New Testament (UBS Greek New Testament Reader’s Edition with Textual Notes recommended)
Either of the two following critical editions of the Greek New Testament:
Novum Testamentum Graece: Nestle Aland (Greek Edition) (Either NA26, NA27, or NA28)
Kurt Aland, ed., The Greek New Testament, 4th Revised Edition
Bruce Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament (Ancient Greek Edition)

OT 604 Historical Books
C. Exum, The Historical Books
V. Hamilton, Handbook on the Historical Books
S. Bar Efrat, Narrative Art in the Bible
J.P. Fokkelman, Reading Biblical Narrative
K.A. Kitchen, Reliability of the Old Testament

School: Northwest Theological Seminary, which is closing.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Confirmed: Ted Cruz surrounds himself with neocons

Back in February, I shared my concerns with readers about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Recently, my suspicions were confirmed: Ted Cruz really surrounds himself with neoconservative foreign policy advisers. ThinkProgress has the story.

The New American, an old paleo-conservative publication, ran a story in late 2015 called Ted Cruz's Closest Counselors Are Neocons.

Believing at first that the journalism was shaky, I wrote just two months ago:

It goes on to mention Chad Sweet, Victoria Coates, James Woolsey, and Elliot Abrams (although I think that Abrams is no longer on the campaign, if he ever was; in fact, RedState called him a Rubio mentor), all of which have neocon bona fides. Daily Caller has a story saying Cruz consulted Abrams, but this doesn't mean he was on the campaign.
Abrams doesn't appear to be an adviser in any official capacity, or ever have been. But there is reporting that says Cruz has consulted him. Part of me believes he's a Rand Paul 2.0 just trying to ride the waves of whatever will gain him support.
This is journalism that stretches the facts.

But according to the ThinkProgress story, Elliot Abrams is absolutely is on Ted Cruz's foreign policy team -- and he has two more alarming people on the team.

The Nation has an excellent story about Ted Cruz's dangerous foreign policy views in more detail. Peep the headline and subheadline:

WCF Chapter One "Of Holy Scripture" Sunday School (Sept.-Oct. 2021)

Our text for Sunday School (also "The Confession of Faith and Catechisms") Biblical Theology Bites What is "Biblical Theology...