The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Month: February 2017

Conversations – 2/24/2017

Walk the Talk

The reality that a great deal of professing Calvinists are graceless to those around them – which is one that I am not alone in noticing – bears witness that a Calvinism that is inch deep is no better than no Calvinism at all.JD Hall

If you are primarily acquainted with Calvinism through the internet, this probably surprised you not at all, but I am increasingly Continue reading

Conversations – 2/17/2017

Recovering Friendship – This podcast rambles over quite a few topics related to counseling, but the one which really jumped out to me was the importance of figuring out how we do friendship and community in the church. If the appeal Continue reading

Conversations – 2/10/2017

John Owen’s Proposal

I scarcely understand this letter you have sent to me. Indeed, I scarcely understand half the things you say, be they ever so exalted.Mary Rooke (not really)

Just in case you need to start your weekend with a decent chuckle. No, it’s not real, but it’s absolutely spot-on. Continue reading

The Nature of Covenant Nurture

Not too long ago, over a steamy cup of joe, I noticed a mother and her young son as they walked past me. They caught my attention because the boy had on one of those fun hats that has animal ears poking out the top. A minute later they walked past me again, but this time in the other direction. Evidently, this young mother and her son had walked across the parking lot to meet another young mother with a little boy in tow. The two mothers led their two boys into a sandwich shop to have lunch together. Continue reading

Conversations – 2/3/2017

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.Matthew 5:9

First up, I am sick of all the political vitriol being spewed by both sides. Let’s all be honest – precisely no one is surprised by what Trump has done. The liberal histrionics are built upon a feigned indignation – Trump has been substantially milder than his rhetoric (taken literally) would lead one to believe. The flag-worshiping, boot-licking contortions of conservatives to excuse every action of our new god-king are every inch as sad. I’m legitimately frightened by how violently the partisan divide in our nation is taking shape, and I do not use violence figuratively here. I’m unapologetically conservative, but “our” people are not making this situation better. When we spend our days smashing salt in already raw wounds, we shouldn’t be surprised when conversations are not productive. Continue reading