The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Category: Opinion (page 2 of 5)

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

Conversations – 3/3/2017

Why are you doing Lent?

When Presbyterians and Baptists and free church evangelicals start attending Ash Wednesday services and observing Lent, one can only conclude that they have either been poorly instructed in the theology or the history of their own traditions, or that they have no theology and history. Or maybe they are simply exhibiting the attitude of the world around: They consume the bits and pieces which catch their attention in any tradition they find appealing, while eschewing the broader structure, demands and discipline which belonging to an historically rooted confessional community requires. Indeed, it is ironic that a season designed for self-denial is so often a symbol of this present age’s ingrained consumerism.
Carl Trueman

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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

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

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