He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Colossians 1:15-23 ESV
You really should give up preaching, and blogging, and publishing, and declaring, and challenging, and prophetically pronouncing. And why? Gashmu saith it. And who is Gashmu? We are not sure exactly, but it distresses us that he is displeased.
Gashmu Saith It, Douglas Wilson
This book is essentially a long article. Hour and a half on Canon+. Have I mentioned Canon+ yet here? Looks like I have not. Canon Press publishes lots of good books, Canon+ is their streaming service. Documentaries, lots of video content, and audiobooks. Lots of them. And not just Canon Press books. $7.99 a month and you can watch and listen to any of these. I pay for Audible too, but they give you a credit a month to buy one book with. Canon+ is unlimited books. If you are a Christian— especially with Calvinist leaning— and want to read more, you cannot go wrong subscribing to Canon+.
Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.
If the consequence of all this is that you do not know who to root for because I have not shared enough information to activate your tribal loyalties, then the only thing I have established here is that you should be disqualified from jury duty for life. You might have attached some tribal loyalties to the story on your own authority by filling in some of the things I left blank, but I guarantee that I could come back and tell the full story in a way as to flip it around for you.
And this is why a bunch of people I could mention should spend a lot less time in comment threads and a lot more time reading edifying material.
It is astonishing how many people think they can ascertain the truth about an enormously complicated snarl from three thousand miles away, and all they needed to do was watch three minutes of a video clip. But it is not that easy—that is just how they make it look easy. Why does it look so easy? You see, it is possible to identify your tribe from three thousand miles away, and you can do that in three seconds or so.
Anthony Bradley, Conflicted Apologist for Bad JuJu by Pastor Douglas Wilson
Whether we’re talking about child abuse— previously known as spanking— or complex family disagreements over the meaning and purpose of life, your ability to ascertain the truth from three thousand miles away based on a video clip or a few tweets is nil, non-existant. Sorry to tell you this. Yeah, the individual may belong to your tribe or a tribe that you are an ally of, but this is not grounds to rally the troops for a good, ol’ fashion lynching.
Just a word of advice.
For if this book is a joke it is a joke against me. I am the man who with the utmost daring discovered what had been discovered before. If there is an element of farce in what follows, the farce is at my own expense; for this book explains how I fancied I was the first to set foot in Brighton and then found I was the last. It recounts my elephantine adventures in pursuit of the obvious. No one can think my case more ludicrous than I think it myself; no reader can accuse me here of trying to make a fool of him: I am the fool of this story, and no rebel shall hurl me from my throne.
G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
“I am the fool of this story, and no rebel shall hurl me from my throne.” I’m gonna sit on my fool’s throne for a time and ponder this, mostly laughing.
Nothing on this blog is novel, undiscovered truth that I, wiser than you, have discovered. As Chesterton goes on to note, “Like them I tried to be some ten minutes in advance of the truth. And I found that I was eighteen hundred years behind it.”
My faith-building has been largely discovering the work on 2000+ years of church history and I pray that I can set a foundation for my children and their children to build atop.
Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.
We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil. Likewise, democratic pluralism does not mean that Catholics should be quiet in public about serious moral issues because of some misguided sense of good manners. A healthy democracy requires vigorous moral debate to survive. Real pluralism demands that people of strong beliefs will advance their convictions in the public square — peacefully, legally and respectfully, but energetically and without embarrassment. Anything less is bad citizenship and a form of theft from the public conversation.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.
Matthew 5:44 KJV