Category Archives: History

70AD: the time of your visitation

When [Jesus] approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. For the days … Continue reading

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Study Bible Notes and Commentaries

Count me in favor of study Bibles and commentaries. Often when reading a chapter I get stuck on a passage, and can’t get past it. What does it mean? When I check a comment on the passage, 90% of the … Continue reading

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The Georgian godfather

I was quite interested in Adolf Hitler as a youth. I read and reread books about him. With the advent of the History (aka. Hitler) Channel, Hitler is even more fascinating to people. My theory is that much of this … Continue reading

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Such are the workings of providence

“One morning just before the October [1917] Revolution,” recalls Anna Alliluyeva, “there was a ring at the door. I saw a smallish man dressed in a black overcoat and a Finnish cap on the threshold. ‘Is Stalin at home?’ he … Continue reading

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Ring the bells now or wring your hands later

Baylyblog is stirring the waters again with Carolyn Custis “two last names” James. Pastor Gleason has followed suit. Why all this whining about pastorettes and deaconesses? Moody would’ve asked us to focus on winning souls. Today’s leaders might ask us … Continue reading

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Down the memory hole

And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. -narrator in Fellowship of the Ring Another July 4 has gone by, one where once again we drank in large gulps the blessing … Continue reading

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A question for credobaptists

I was reading a Baptist post somewhere talking about improper Presbyterian administration of the sacrament of baptism, and I (a confessional Presbyterian) began to wonder: What is the Baptist argument against the fact that the church universally practiced infant baptism … Continue reading

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A preoccupation with calamity

It’s interesting how many films, from Spiderman to 28 Days Later, have destruction as their context. Watching previews recently at a theater, I noted that every film involved it: Great monuments exploding, cities depopulated, and sandy ruins the only beacons … Continue reading

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300– save your money

I’m a sucker for movies about ancient history, but I didn’t like 300. When Gandalf the Gray stands on the bridge and thunders “You shall not… pass!” to the demonic Balrog, there is a profound hint of spiritual warfare (no … Continue reading

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The necessity of sanctions

I’ve read only some of Gary North’s huge tome on the fall of the old Presbyterian Church. Of all the books that have been written about denominational rot, “Crossed Fingers” surely must be the largest. Even after getting 1/4 of … Continue reading

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Roman emperors

Know your Roman emperors. No quiz.

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Apostasy, 18th century style

One thing a reading of history shows is that the grand old past usually wasn’t all that grand. In all times and all ages, the church has been troubled and vexed by apathy and apostasy. One episode, recounted in Murray’s … Continue reading

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Byzantium, America, and the Holy Spirit

For the past year or two I have developed a keen interest in Byzantium. For 800 years it shielded Europe’s eastern flank from the Arabs and Turks, even though much of its time was also spent battling Bulgars, Slavs, Venetians, … Continue reading

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Luther and Islam

At the time of the Reformation the (Turkish) Ottoman Empire reached its greatest heights. After smashing what little remained of the 1000-year Byzantine Empire in the mid-15th century, the Turks made huge inroads into southeastern Europe until they were finally … Continue reading

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Popular understanding and infant baptism

Years ago, Dana Carvey stated on a show that he grew up Lutheran. The interviewer asked what that was like, and he said “Well, sorta Catholic-lite.” That example of absolutizing form while disregarding content, laugh-out-loud funny as it is to … Continue reading

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Confessions and contemporary English

I came across this Modern English Study Version of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). I love it! Chapter 1 of the WCF says that the Sriptures “are to be translated into the common language of every nation to which … Continue reading

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Lebanon: the missing story

Unmentioned in all the news about fighting in the Middle East is that, according to Professor Walid Phares, a quarter of Lebanon’s population is Christian (at least in name). Dr. Phares is an author and Middle East expert who frequently … Continue reading

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Westminster vs. Da Vinci

Despite the background music, here’s another good site for anyone still interested in the Da Vinci Code. It is sponsored by Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Luther: ride to the sound of the guns

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly … Continue reading

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Abortion and the early church

Almost three thousand years ago, Solomon wrote, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ec. 1:9). In the case of abortion, his conclusion is essentially supported. The methods and motives, and the questions involved in the morality and metaphysics of … Continue reading

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Denominational downfall redux

Gary North is perhaps best known for making bad Y2K predictions and Christian reconstructionist views. However, even critics speak highly of his 1000+ page, 1996 history of the liberal takeover of the northern Presbyterian Church, Crossed Fingers (the whole thing … Continue reading

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Rome’s pretensions

Here’s an interesting excerpt from A. Cleveland Coxe’s introduction to the great 2nd-century church father Irenaeus’s work, Against Heresies: This history introduces us to the Church in her western outposts… Polycarp had sent Pothinus into Celtic Gaul at an early … Continue reading

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The Da Vinci Code’s false history

I recently talked to a woman who was mightily confused about Dan Brown’s baloney that Constantine cooked up the canon of Scripture. For those interested in a brief overview of the manifold errors in this book, this audio interview is … Continue reading

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Luther and the drinking song myth

One thing you hear, usually from supporters of contemporary worship, is that Luther adapted tavern songs for use in the church. Not so (and the same apparently goes for the Wesleys). According to Dr. Peter Masters of London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle: … Continue reading

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The future’s discreditable past

What are the common threads in these progressive contest finalists? Well, first that none of these high-flown sentiments may be realized without being backed up by the threat of government force and bureaucracy. But second, we see this common thread … Continue reading

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