On Peterson’s Day Job

We all know the passage in the Gospel According to Matthew, the one that says, “You are Peterson, and upon this Jungian reduction of the Christian faith I shall build my institutional imitators of the archetype.” Or something like that. Point is, we all can acknowledge that Jordan Peterson is doing something good, but because…

Confessions of an ex-fundamentalist

If there’s anything you need to know about me, it’s that I make a cheeseburger that can make you wonder what exactly you’ve been doing with your life (the caramelized onions are really what make the whole thing come together). Another point of significance, but possibly of far less importance, is that I am an…

What is Truth?

When Pilate say’s to Jesus “What is truth?” he asked the most important question that can ever be asked. Truth is what makes existence valuable; it is what every human being lives for. What we believe to be the truth is also what will govern how we live. Everything we do is based on what…

The Source of Existence

In defending the existence of God, I have often noticed that most don’t have the accurate definition of God, and even when given that definition, those who oppose God’s existence still continue to attack the god who isn’t, not the God who is. The classical understanding of God is that God is not another being…

Death as Failure and Death as Goal

In Peter Leithart’s book Delivered From the Elements of the World he discusses the meaning of the word “flesh” as it is presented in scripture. Leithart’s conclusion about the meaning of flesh is that “flesh” means mortal, and what the Bible calls “life according to the flesh” is life under the reign of mortality, which…

No Escapes: Rethinking addiction

Peter Hitchens recently got into some trouble for questioning modern psychology’s concept of addiction. Hitchens essentially argued that addiction talk rids the addict of responsibility. Their addiction is a desease; addicts are the victims of their addiction. Hitchen’s argues that there is something wrong with that way of describing addiction, that anything can be an…

A historical theodicy

Here’s a brief take on what I think might be a better way to explain the problem of evil than the traditional theodicies. Like many points of Christian doctrine (justification, sacraments etc.) the problem of evil has been relegated to the realm of philosophical theology. The problem with this is that the bible doesn’t seem…

Save Face, Not the Unborn

This election cycle has certainly been a roller coaster, the type of roller coaster that gives you a crick in your neck from all of the G forces pulling you in every which direction. The biggest pain, however, has been how so many Christian leaders have responded. It’s like they all got into a room…

Suffering and Sin: A response to John Piper

John Piper answered a question on his podcast where an anonymous man asks if his lust was the cause of his wife’s miscarriage. I’d encourage a listen. It can be found here. Piper’s basic answer is “possibly.” He breaks it down to three major points: lust is a sin that could lead to hell (Matthew 5),…

Jim Crow Still Runs the Place

Some brief thoughts (I hope) on racism in our country. It is the insistence of politics to continue dividing up Americans by racial groups. They do this because all they care about is votes and if they can perpetuate these divisions they can better cater to concerns of each group, even though the concerns only…

The Failure of Evangelicalism

The question “What is an evangelical?” has plagued scholars and witty questioners everywhere. Evangelicals can hardly come up with something they have that some other Christian group (who doesn’t call themselves evangelical) doesn’t have. Inspiration of scripture, inerrancy, historicity of scripture, sufficiency of scripture and the Trinity; other groups who don’t call themselves evangelical would…

Chaos and the Will of the Father

We often look at the world around us and wonder what is going on. Well, the answer is simple. Human will is going on. What’s going on in the world is people doing what people want to do. So, if we are the problem with the world, then what’s our problem? As I see it,…