Saturday, June 5, 2010

Nightmare Atheism

Nathan Wilson has written a wonder filled book called Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl. Incredibly, it has helped me to see the world with new eyes. I have to pinch myself to believe it.

In the book he makes a very good case for there being no objective moral code once God is whited out of one's worldview. The result is nightmarish:
"People are raped in this world, and rape is evil. Because evil exists, there must be no God. Because there is no God--no authoritative standard over creation--the badness of rape downgrades to a mere matter of societal taste. Ethnic cuisine, ethnic ethics. In God's absence rape is no longer fundamentally evil. In our country, you'll get confined to a cell (if caught and convicted), but that just means we enforce our taste, not that our taste has any real authority over anyone else. In other societies, girls have been passed around and traded like baseball cards. Is that right? Is that wrong? Neither. You like exploitation; I like apple pie."

Ultimately the preference of the most powerful will win the day. No rule of law. And we were promised freedom by the new atheism. May God stem the tide before the darkness falls on us.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thank God for France

Did you know that at one point in the Reformation nearly 50% of the French were Reformed? And three of the four statues of the Reformation Wall were French: John Calvin, William Farel, and Theodore Beza. Most of John Calvin's seminary students were French. It was a Frenchman, Jacques Lefevre d'Etaples, who greatly influenced Luther on his view of justification.
Now a ministry called Huguenot heritage is holding a conference on the history of the Reformation in France in hopes of sparking a new Reformation. Gather your family around and watch this moving lesson of church history. You will marvel.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Courtship in the Air"

Doug Wilson have done some serious thinking about courtship, and has come to some wise, thoughtful conclusions. Here are 21 questions for a prospective suitor and 21 for a prospective wife. These are tools to help us enter marriage thoughtfully, prayerfully and carefully.