The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Category: Opinion (page 1 of 5)

Shorter articles which discuss any of a number of topics from the author’s point of view.

A Tale of Two Covenants

Introduction

I would assume that you are well acquainted with the phrase, “work ethic.” By it, we usually mean that someone works hard to not only accomplish the bare minimum of their work, but is internally motivated and disciplined to excel, without someone constantly looking over their shoulder to make sure they do what they are supposed to be doing. This is a good thing, in most cases, and we properly admire such efforts.

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Conversations – 5/5/2017

Source: https://xkcd.com/1827/

I just bumped into this comic since the previous Conversations, and I was struck by how much Christian literature falls in precisely this camp. As I’m looking into doing a church plant, I read quite a bit of literature about church planting and much of it is essentially summarized by, “I have a big church, here’s how you can get a big church too.” I realize that’s crassly cynical, but sometimes I think we could do with a bit more cynicism about the literature we consume in our own circles. Continue reading

Conversations – 4/21/2017

J. Gresham Machen

He was worth a hundred of his fellows who, as princes of the church, occupy easy places and play their church politics and trim their sails to every wind, who in their smug observance of the convictions of life and religion offend all honest and searching spirits. No forthright mind can live among them, neither the honest skeptic nor the honest dogmatist.
Pearl S. Buck

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Conversations – 4/7/2017

Todd Pruitt

Last week I posted a rather strong critique of the Truth’s Table podcast entitled “Gender Apartheid.” Those who have followed this blog know that I subsequently took the post down because of charges of racism that were being leveled against me. Yes, I chickened out. Those charges were wicked and untrue.

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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

Conversations – 3/31/2017

Conflict in the PCA

Experiments in the social gospel never end well.
Todd Pruitt

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Conversations – 3/24/2017

Russell Moore

Concern is mounting among evangelicals that Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm, could lose his job following months of backlash over his critiques of President Trump and religious leaders who publicly supported the Republican candidate. Any such move could be explosive for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, which has been divided over politics, theology and, perhaps most starkly, race.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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Conversations – 3/17/2017

 

The Benedict Option

When people hear, “Head for the hills,” they think, you know, to light out for the mountains and build a compound and sit there and wait for the end. I don’t think we’re called to that. I know I’m not called to that; most people aren’t called to that…. It means as lay Christians, we have to build some kind of walls to separate ourselves from the world so that we can continue to go out into the world and minister to people and be who Christ asked us to be.
Rod Dreher

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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

Conversations – 3/10/2017

Coral and Creation Science – This isn’t as polemic as some of the stuff Sheologians puts out, but I just really enjoyed it as a fairly rambling and compelling exploration of some of the rebuttals creation science makes to the mainstream scientific establishment. I think we tend to have the attitude that scientists have a fundamentally different type of knowledge than the rest of us. The reality, however, is that scientists are every inch as susceptible to the pressures of their own worldview and, frequently, are even more blind to the effect those pressures have on their perception of the facts. Continue reading

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