The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

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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

Trust Me

As Christ made His way to the temple that last week of his life, he seemed to say trust me to everything and everyone he passed. (Inspired by Mark 11) Continue reading

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

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