Flotsam & Jetsam (4/30)

Reading and Its Seasons – “I asked a fellow book-lover whose recommendations always impressed me how she chose her next book.  She said, ‘I follow the trail.  I try to find out what my favorite authors were reading.  I scan bibliographies and footnotes.  I pray and wait.  I ask the people I like what they’re reading.'”

A Cry For Justice – Persis shares her thoughts on a book by Jeff Crippen and Anna Wood.

The Purge (2013) Official Trailer #1 – This could be excellent, but I’m not sure I’m buying the premise (only one night of criminal activity? seriously?). Still, there could be more to the story than the trailer is revealing, so I’ll withhold judgment until I see the film. If they give more attention to the film’s moral and psychological themes than to the body count, it might be a winner.

Manly Character Matters – A stirring testimony to “the enduring power of virtue and character, the world-defying grandeur of fatherhood that kills sin.” Read and be inspired.

Exercise Extreme Care – Amen

Our Babel Moment -“This is our Babel moment, but when the dust settles, the enemies of God will flee in terror, and the city will be given into our hands. And we know this because the city has already been given to our Lord Jesus Christ. It was purchased with His blood.”

Why Baptize Babies? – I like this. A lot.

“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” – Chesterton

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4 thoughts on “Flotsam & Jetsam (4/30)”

  1. The Purge certainly looks like an interesting movie. I agree with your thoughts–hopefully the emphasis will be on a deep story and an analysis of human nature, rather than gore and mayhem.

    Again with the baby baptism and communion. I find it interesting that nearly all articles I’ve read on the topics display the Scriptures that their opponents use against them, but then they don’t use Scripture in their arguments. They usually appeal back to this idea of the “Covenant family” without giving a biblically-supported definition of what that is.

    Please don’t see me as hyper-critical, since I often comment about this issue. I really do enjoy your blog. :)

    1. No worries – I appreciate the interaction. :)

      Allie’s post is less about baptism than it is about communion. As such, her words are not so much directed at credo-baptists as they are directed at paedo-baptists who refuse to take the next logical step and allow their children to the Table. For the purposes of her post, therefore, she’s accepting paedo-baptism as a given. Launching into an all-out apology for the biblical practice of infant baptism is another post for another time.

      Also, if most of the articles you’ve read defend paedo-baptism without Scriptural backup, I’d say you’ve been reading the wrong writers. ;) There are a number of excellent books on the subject that I’d recommend, chief among them being L.B. Schenck’s The Presbyterian Doctrine of Children in the Covenant. Calvin also defends it in Institutes – though he (as Allie pointed out) still doesn’t embrace paedo-communion.

  2. I’ve been out of town so I’m just getting around to reading your last few blog entries …and just saw that you included my post on here! Wow, I feel almost famous now, haha. Thank you, Corey! :)

    (And thanks for clarifying my position/argument up there in your previous comment)

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