The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Month: January 2017

Conversations – 1/27/2017

Hi all, sorry for the lack of an article last week, but between travel for a seminary class and a stomach bug, I was pretty much out of commission. The articles this time will stretch back to the last Conversations, and actually a bit further, in one case.


Public Reading of Scripture – This is Continue reading

Well Off Target: ‘Systemic Racism’ and the Human Heart

Note: This article is written in part to respond to the uncritical use of terms such as ‘systemic racism’ in popular Reformed theology forums.  It is my position that using extra-biblical terms leads us to define our problems in unbiblical ways.

We hear a lot these days about the problem of systemic racism. Brought to the fore of the American mindset by our recent presidential race, systemic racism is Continue reading

Conversations – 1/13/2017

I am altering the deal – pray I don’t alter it any further

Every previous rise of a so-called sexual minority came with its mantra “leave us alone,” but not with the transgender revolutionaries. Their demand is not “leave us alone,” but “notice us and pay for our expensive gender-reassignment surgery.” This is something very new.

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Conversations – 1/6/2017

Happy New Year all, it’s good to be back. This Conversations is likely to be wider than thinner than some, since so much time has gone by since our last edition, but hopefully I can give you a few things to digest while you’re attempting to fulfill all those resolution about working out.

Also, being the new year, I’d like to encourage any of our regular readers in the BPC to consider producing content for the blog. It is still part of my vision for the blog that it would help the BPC to thrive and have a public voice, so having voices from diverse places within our denominational boundaries is vital to that success. Continue reading

On Building Bridges

Bridges are fun. You can get up on them and look down on water, boats, canyons, rocks and all sorts of things. Beyond aesthetics and entertainment, bridges conveniently link places together. Bridges also link people together. People need to have bridges built to them. Being a Christian is being a bridge-builder. Bridge-builders, it would seem, can get great. In ancient Rome, the Pontifex Maximus (the “Greatest Bridge-Builder”) was the ranking state priest, the head of a college of priests. Later on, from the time of Augustus, the Roman Emperors took this label upon themselves. The head of Imperial Rome was the Chief Bridge-Builder. After the fall of Rome as a political power, the title of Pontifex Maximus was (not surprisingly) assumed to the Papacy.  The current Pope, Francis, is only the sixth non-Italian pope since the Council of Constance (1417). All bridges might not lead to Rome, but nearly all Papal bridges appear to lead somewhere in Italy. This is all none too catholic, but I digress. Continue reading