The newest reveal of the cryptocrats that rule over us is that UFO’s are real after all. The turnaround is dazzling for its rapidity. Five years ago, UFO believers were mocked by all quarters as tin-foil hatted loony-tunes. Now, it is the Pentagon solemnly “admitting” sightings, Continue reading
The ghost of C. S. Lewis has haunted me much of my life, so much so that only relatively recently — to paraphrase Sartre, but by the grace of God –, have I been able to go down into the cellar, grab the ghost by the scruff of its neck, and throw it out. Continue reading
The evil jewess is dead, she’s dead!
When the wicked perish, there is shouting, Prov. 11:10.
At this very moment, she is receiving her eternal sentence.
The word of God gives us every warrant for rejoicing at this moment.
We may take a moment from the Big C hoax to shout for joy, at least for a little while.
There is a blog in which one Aimee Byrd successfully summons a posse of OPC cavalry to round up and arrest some boys that allegedly said some mean things about her on a private Facebook chat group. Apparently there was a spy that took a bunch of screenshots of the mean things and broadcast them. Now Miss Aimee is on the warpath and wants people to lose their jobs and/or be ecclesiastically disciplined. Continue reading
The first response of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to the Corona virus on Apr 3, 2020 (later they posted several others, some much better) shows just how weak the modern church has become: indeed, the shuttering of the churches can well be modeled as us being hoist on our own petard in allowing such leaders. Continue reading
One of the reasons I don’t believe in the global warming narrative is because its most strident and belligerent advocates appeal to “science,” and demand that we submit to “science,” even though they themselves know nothing about science. Continue reading
11. 1994 The Vanderbilt Agrarians, I’ll take my Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition 
The delay in writing this piece on life-changing book #11 is that I wanted to go back and skim and the book for concrete ideas and have found it hard to do so. Instead, I will try to describe in broad strokes a vision of the world that has blossomed and ramified from the roots laid by the book. Continue reading
Mother Angelica came back from the dead to remind him that he is a veritable modern day St. Paul.
The Drunk Ex-Pastors podcast has evidently become quite a sensation Continue reading
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10. 1990 John Murray, Principles of Conduct 
It’s funny, As we creep closer Continue reading
Matt. 18:15-17 Continue reading
This is an essay in The Practical Calvinist (festschrift to Clair Davis, detailed info at end). It was written in connection with a discussion in the PCA Continue reading
A brief side-bar is needed in this autobiographical sketch of life-changing books. Spanning the interval 1983-1993, no single book stands out, but that was the period of my association with my dear friend and mentor Greg Bahnsen. Though I am avoiding mentioning names in this bookish auto-biography, his needs to be mentioned as the greatest single personal influence on my life in adulthood.
In view of that, it will perhaps be thought odd that I do not count any of his books as life-changing. Indeed, I found many of his books pedantic, even annoying. We had opposite tendencies at the aesthetic level. It is hard for me to imagine anyone becoming a Theonomist through reading Theonomy or its sequels. Then again, he may have felt the same way. Theonomy was actually a comparatively small part of his life, less in fact (by way of negation) than for many of his vitriolic opponents.
One of his teachings that drove deeply into my soul was the ramified implications of Matt. 18. Beyond the obvious three-fold “method” taught there for correcting offenses, Greg taught that even if you have a legitimate grievance, if the way you got to this point was via gossip, slander, tale-bearing, or prevarication, then you had to first go back and fix those errors before “continuing.” The putative grievance had to be left on the table until those errors were dealt with properly. Often, it turned out that the grievance all but vanished by the time those steps were taken — or at least, could be covered in love. What this taught me was that Matt. 18 is not some bureaucratic “manual of discipline,” but something much deeper: an insight into what it means to be human, and to be a human with integrity. The requirements of privacy and caution are not just little nuisances, but go to the heart of the matter. I have continued to develop this theme and hope to write on it anon.
Twice I turned against him. Both times, God gave me the heart to seek reconciliation, and Greg was gracious in a way that was itself life-changing. When I came to him the second time, I was moved to the core by his statement that the whole purpose of his ministry for the previous ten years may well have been, in God’s providence, just to set the stage for that moment. And afterwards, my offenses were never mentioned or remembered.
I will not try to summarize all the many ways he changed my life. That has come out before and will continue to do so. In summary, I will simply say he was a man of a great heart. Indeed, in the divine comedy, the literal heart ailment that killed him well before the age of 50 can be taken as a metaphor for his life. Like our Lord, he can be said to have died of a broken heart.
9. 1982. Robert Louis Dabney. Defense of Virginia Continue reading
8. 1981. Cornelius van Til. Introduction to Systematic Theology Continue reading
7. 1980. Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson Continue reading
5. 1979. Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law
Lewis had brought me back to an Arminian, though militant Continue reading
4. 1976 Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
Throughout the grinding of our souls in the gears of the great Nighttime Institution, when our souls are pulverized and our flesh hangs down in tatters like a beggar’s rags, we suffer too much and are too immersed in our own pain to rivet with penetrating and far-seeing gaze those pale night executioners who torture us. A surfeit of inner grief floods our eyes. Otherwise what historians of our torturers we would be! (Vol 1, chap 4).
I can remember how passages like this made my hair Continue reading
3. 1976. G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
I list this particular work because it was Continue reading
This is an excuse to do shorter book reviews in rapid fire. Each Continue reading
The Wilson saga continues. It would be a full-time job Continue reading
Turning now to the constitution of the mother assembly, Christ McKirk of Moscow, Continue reading
Douglas Wilson’s defense of Sitler the pedophile and Wight Continue reading
The problem of girl-sports crystalized for me five years Continue reading
Yesterday, at the big state “evangelical” church in the center Continue reading
Ladies, please skip this section. I feel it is necessary Continue reading