The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Author: Tim Prussic (page 1 of 2)

What Comes First: Live Birth or Table Food?

We live in a period of time in which individualism is huge and the centrality of the church is almost non-existent. One casualty of this unfortunate arrangement is that coming to the Eucharistic Meal is seen almost solely as an individual’s personal choice, not as a matter of the official ministry of the church. As a campus pastor of mine put it Continue reading

Pence and a Raging Hypocrite

I grew up in a suburban neighborhood, riding bikes and playing ball in the street in front and the cul-de-sac beside my home. In ball games, as is quite common, whoever brought the gear ruled. If Ringo brought the only baseball bat, even Paul and John had to fall in line… or go home. Continue reading

The Flowering of the Faiths

In the three centuries after the ascension of Jesus Christ, Christians increased in number, eventually flourishing and coming to dominate the whole of the Roman world and beyond. Similarly, in the centuries following Mohammad’s death, Islam flourished and spread from Arabia across the whole of North Africa into Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain), up through the Levant into Byzantine lands, across Mesopotamia and into India. Christianity and Islam developed quite differently, even as they began quite differently. This article offers a bird’s-eye view of the growing dominion of these two faiths. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Prophets

My hope for this post is a cursory examination of the lives of two tremendous leaders in world history: Jesus and Mohammad. Both of these men are revered as prophets. As a Christian minister, I have a great deal of training and study in Christianity, so my knowledge of Jesus’ life is more extensive. I have tried, however, (as I always try) to be fair and honest in my scholarship (such as it is). I hope this brief comparison is enlightening and edifying. I hope soon to add a second part to this article comparing the spread of both Christianity and Islam. 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

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

Until All is Leavened

Beloved, God gives gifts. Let us pray that, in his rich grace, he would visit the congregations of the Bible Presbyterian Church. May our God bolster and shape our weekly worship. May he give us strong and loving families built upon faithful marriages. Specifically, let us pray that our God would also give to us a deep, driving desire to make Jesus known to unbelievers. May he encourage our evangelism. Continue reading

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

Kevin Arnold & Covenant Identity

C’mon, who doesn’t like The Wonder Years? Many viewers enjoy the nostalgic feeling of the show. We love that it’s set in early-1960s suburbia and is replete with witty, retrospective commentary. We can easily identify with so many of the characters. Preeminently, we love and identify with Kevin. His character is very believable (warts and all). What’s more, we have the gruff and detached father, the sweet mother, the hippie older sister, the dumb and domineering older brother, the cute girl across the street, and (most importantly for this post) the best friend, Paul. Continue reading

Totally Trendy: The New Morality

Don't poke out an eye on her shoulder pads!

Movin’ and shakin’ in ’87!

Trendiness exposed by time is at base not much more than abject silliness. This truth is obviously (and amusingly) illustrated by clothing fashions. To get a chuckle out of about anyone, show them a few choice fashion pics from any given era. If the current fuzzy boots, deplorably ubiquitous yoga pants, and flat-billed baseball caps (with stickers!) are not enough for you, maybe try the late 80s. Shoulder pads and ratty bangs were “totally radical” then, but were rapidly “dead as disco” by the time Seattle poured forth something reeking of teen spirit in ’91. People anxious to keep up with the latest often waste copious resources and energy often ending up looking very silly. Continue reading

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