The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Month: November 2016

My Dire Need of an Offensive Cross

The cross is an offence to me.

It stands in direct

Contrast to all that

I cherish–

That is the love of myself.

Is it really necessary?

Can I not step to the left or the right?

Must I really accept what it represents?

It seems to cry out that I need a Savior.

It emphasizes that

I am a sinner unable to come to God

Without His grace.

It points out that I am dead

And there is no hope without it.

It stands heralding that without it my destination

Is hell.

It plainly proclaims that without it

I can never know the

One true God.

Oh, how my life is so empty without it,

So meaningless without it,

So dead without it.

I am greatly offended by the cross.

Come Lord Jesus,

I’m in desperate need

Of being offended

By Your Cross.

I am in dire need of You!

How ‘Systematic’ was the Reformation?

Painting by number: it’s easy, it’s simple. While this simplified method of painting may work as an introduction to painting, it does not work in assessing history. God made the world far too complicated a place for that. Accordingly, Continue reading

Our Opinions Don’t Make Us Righteous


“Virtue signaling” is a new phrase in the syntax of the popular English lexicon. Coined by British columnist James Bartholomew, it is a phrase that has come to define the act of writing or saying something so that one may ‘indicate that they are virtuous’ based upon their position. Continue reading

Conversations – 11/18/16

Hi all, just a few articles this week, but some substantial discussion about them. Hopefully there’s some food for thought here. Continue reading


I find myself, on this side of the election, with a particular longing for the beautiful. Perhaps it’s partially from the ugliness of this election, and the ugliness that it’s drawn out of so many people. Perhaps it’s because so much of  social media inevitably utilizes the current of sarcasm, snarkiness, vitriol, and cliches that it legitimately kills excellence. Perhaps it’s just the noise of life generally. I really don’t know. Continue reading

Conversations – 11/11/16

Some posts here on more election stuff, but I promise, some additional content if you’re just sick of dealing with people ranting about the election. Continue reading

The Days Ahead

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24-26 (ESV)

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Conversations – 11/4/16

I still maintain that the Cubs winning the World Series is not an event of theological significance. Apparently I am a minority opinion on this matter though 🙂  Continue reading

Reforming Evangelism: Fundamental Principles


My first day at college was a memorable one. I met one of my roommates as I was unloading and we began to talk about where we were from, what our majors were, what churches we attended, and so on.  When I told him I was a Bible Presbyterian, he remarked, “Oh! So you don’t believe in evangelism then.” He was suffering under the common, yet mistaken, idea that Reformed theology kills evangelical zeal. Sometimes, Continue reading