chief religion

Philipp Doddridge in The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul:

Therefore, you can hardly be too frequently told, that religion consists chiefly “in the ‘resolution of the will for God,’ and in a constant care to avoid whatever we are persuaded he would disapprove, to despatch the work he has assigned us in life, and to promote his glory in the happiness of mankind.” To this we are chiefly to attend, looking in all to the simplicity and purity of those motives from which we act, which we know are chiefly regarded by that God who searches the heart; humbling ourselves before him at the same time under a sense of our many imperfections, and flying to the blood of Christ and the grace of the Gospel.

This election cycle we’re losing people. Trains of logic depart from their regular stations only to arrive in dark, horrifying lands.
— Derek Rishmawy

rage in unison

Chris Messina writing over at Medium:

We tweet our adolescent angst in solidarity because it feels good to belong and to rage in unison, and because we recoil from physical affection from each other, we seek likes and retweets to soothe our wounded inner children because that kind of validation is the closest human connection to getting a hug that we’re willing to tolerate.

Pretty apt description of our current milieu.

Whenever someone decries “fire and brimstone” preaching, I think, “This is someone who needs to hear some fire and brimstone preaching.”
— Nick Batzig

broken godliness

Rosaria Butterfield, in her second book, wrote something I cannot stop thinking about:

“I want you to know from what country I emigrated, and in which country my citizenship permanently and eternally resides. I’m not a native speaker of this country. No real convert is. I will always speak in broken godliness, as new paradigms reread old feelings.” [p.37]

dallas chief brown

In regards to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, David French writes at National Review:

In a time when our leaders are in the habit of failing, it’s heartening to watch a man of apparent strength and integrity respond to tragedy with courage and conviction.

amazon turning rotten

Ari Levy at CNBC:

“In Amazon’s quest to be the low-cost provider of everything on the planet, the website has morphed into the world’s largest flea market — a chaotic, somewhat lawless, bazaar with unlimited inventory.”


Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
— PROVERBS 1/5 —

Sexual Confusion

Carl Truman over at First Things on the sexual confusion our culture finds itself in:

Yet there is another force at play today which seems to be in conflict with the above: The belief that our sexual desires determine who we are at the deepest level. This is somewhat ironic: The age which denies any real significance to sex also wants to argue that the sexual desires are of paramount importance to personal identity and fulfillment. Squaring that particular circle will no doubt generate a whole textbook full of neuroses in the coming years.

This age thus embodies a twofold sadism. It is sadistic because it turns people into nothing more than objects for the achievement of the sexual desires of others. And it is sadistic because it tells people their sexual desires are of the utmost importance to who they are while simultaneously denying that these desires point to anything of any real intrinsic importance whatsoever. That is cruelty of a peculiarly pernicious and nihilistic kind. Freud and Nietzsche may have played their part in making today’s world. But the success of Tinder indicates that the victor’s laurels should probably go to [Marquis] DeSade.

Jesus Christ: King & Meek

James Stewart, in his book The Strong Name, 1960:

He was the meekest and lowliest of all the sons of men, yet he spoke of coming on the clouds of heaven with the glory of God. He was so austere that evil spirits and demons cried out in terror at his coming, yet he was so genial and winsome and approachable that the children loved to play with him, and the little ones nestled in his arms. His presence at the innocent gaiety of a village wedding was like the presence of sunshine.

No one was half so compassionate to sinners, yet no one ever spoke such red hot scorching words about sin. A bruised reed he would not break, his whole life was love, yet on one occasion he demanded of the Pharisees how they ever expected to escape the damnation of hell. He was a dreamer of dreams and a seer of visions, yet for sheer stark realism He has all of our stark realists soundly beaten. He was a servant of all, washing the disciples feet, yet masterfully He strode into the temple, and the hucksters and moneychangers fell over one another to get away from the mad rush and the fire they saw blazing in His eyes.

He saved others, yet at the last Himself He did not save. There is nothing in history like the union of contrasts which confronts us in the gospels. The mystery of Jesus is the mystery of divine personality.