Hope From Old Words

I am a firm believer in the old saw that "Circumstances change but people don't." Human beings have the propensity to make the same mistakes they've always made. Thankfully, we also tend to repeat the good and kind acts of our collective past. This set of obvious truths resonates with Paul's statement in Romans 15:4: "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope."

The Problem of Religious Error

In these postmodern times to be critical of certain religious systems is frowned upon. An expression of disagreement with one religious group by a member of another is not politically correct. Our society is uncomfortable with religious discourse altogether. One exception is the criticism, indeed, the ridicule of any form of conservative Christianity. It is of profound interest that the world feels free to make light of the one set of ideas that holds any hope for anybody, the ideas of Jesus Christ.

God's Love For Us

The grand old translation has in Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." We learn from other sources that the word translated "commendeth" here has in it the idea of demonstrating or showing something by one's actions. The English word "manifest" comes close to getting the idea across. Hugo McCord has "displayed" and the Berkeley translation has "proved." When we put all of this together we learn that God's love for us is shown and proved by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

Preparation For Marriage

Free-Will Or Total Depravity

One of the most important questions in the realm of Christian faith has to do with the source of sinners. One camp sees sinners as born (this is incorrect). The other (correct) view is that human beings chose to sin.

Man's Justice and God's Law

Do Not Lose Heart

The Market and the Cross

A free-market economy is good for people. The extent to which a nation's markets are free so that people can exchange money, goods and services without restriction determines the prosperity of that nation. The proof of this contention is the empirical reality of the prosperity of free-market nations as opposed to the deprivation experienced in controlled economies. Since there is no such thing as a totally free market or a totally controlled one there are gradations on the scale of poverty to prosperity.

A new Man For The New Year

As I write the New Year is in the midst of its fourth day. The perennial diet has begun. As a conservative I am obliged to uphold constancy, so, as usual, I have already cheated on the perennial diet. I'll be in a battle with weight the rest of my days and I don't suppose that I'm alone.

The End and The Beginning

There are fundamental truths that people know but do not think about enough. We all know about gravity but we don't think about it much until we fall down. The thing I have in mind is this: The end of one thing is always the beginning of something else. The year 2005 is drawing to a close, but 2006 will follow, missing nary a beat.