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Mark Steyn on some of the fallout of Charlottesville

August 18, 2017

Here is a podcast by Mark Steyn, appearing on The John Oakley Show in Toronto. The website says that “These are grim subjects whose implications lead off in all sorts of dark directions, and the conversation was sober but wide-ranging, covering Confederacy erasure, white identity politics, free speech, and whose George is the good George.”

The Rev. Vaughan Roberts: “True Love” (1 John 3:11-24)

August 17, 2017

From St. Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, here is an audio sermon by the Rev. Vaughan Roberts titled True Love.  This is based on 1 John 3:11-24, and is the next in a series on the First Epistle of John that is called “Walking in the Light”.

The Rev. Dr. Peter Adam on “How Not to Be Boring”

August 15, 2017

If you teach Bible studies or preach on the Bible, and have this secret fear that you are boring your hearers, one thing you can do is listen to this interview of Dr. Peter Adam by Nancy Guthrie for the Gospel Coalition, How Not to Be Boring.  Peter Adam is always worth hearing, and Nancy Guthrie truly is a good interviewer.  (She knows the subject well, too, being a Bible teacher at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee.)

Mark Steyn on “Liberty and Immigration”

August 14, 2017

If you will remember the recent White House showdown between Stephen Miller and CNN’s “poetry correspondent”, Mark Steyn shares a few more thoughts on how a Statue of Liberty became a statute of immigration.

The Rev. David Robertson: More still on Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe

August 13, 2017

As noted here previously, the Rev. David Robertson, the minister of St Peters Free Church in Dundee, Scotland, has begun a series of blog posts on Douglas Murray’s book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam.  The second of his posts on this topic is The Strange Death of Europe – Part 2 – Immigration and as with Part 1 it is definitely worth the read.

Perhaps one of the “money quotes” from the book that Rev. Robertson provides is this one:

For the time being most politicians will continue to find the short-term benefits of taking the ‘compassionate’, ‘generous’ and ‘open’ course of action to be personally preferable even if it leads to long-term national problems. They will continue to believe, as they have done for decades, that it is better to put these difficult matters of so that their successors have to deal with the consequences instead. So they will continue to ensure that Europe is the only place in the world that belongs to the world. It is already clear what type of society will result. By the middle of this century, while China will properly still look like China, India will probably still look like India, Russia like Russia, and Eastern Europe like Eastern Europe, Western Europe will at best resemble a large scale version of the United Nations. Many people will welcome this, and it will have its pleasures of course. Certainly not everything about it would be a catastrophe. Many people enjoy living in such Europe. It will continue to enjoy cheap services, at least for a time, as incomers compete with those already here to do work for less and less money. There will be an endless influx of new neighbours and staff, and there will be many interesting conversations to be had. This place were international cities develop into something resembling international countries will be many things. But it will not be Europe any more.

Perhaps the European lifestyle, culture and outlook will survive in small pockets. A pattern that is already underway will mean that there will be some rural areas where immigrant communities choose not to live and towards which non-immigrants retreat. Those who have the resources will – as is already the case – be able to sustain a recognisably similar lifestyle for a while longer. The less well off will have to accept they do not live in a place that is their home but in one that is a home for the world. And whilst incomers will be encouraged to pursue their traditions and lifestyles, Europeans whose families have been here for generations will most likely continue to be told that there is an oppressive, outdated tradition, even as they constitute a smaller and smaller minority of the population. This is not science fiction. It is simply what the current situation looks like in much of Western Europe and what the demographic projections show the continent’s future to be.

In this post Rev. Robertson begins to talk about a Christian alternative to this scenario and it is very much worth reading.   I hope to read much more from him on this topic.

A new book added on the Thirty-Nine Articles: “The Confession of Faith of the Church of England in the Thirty-nine Articles”

August 12, 2017

Today I came across another text on the Thirty-Nine Articles, The Confession of Faith of the Church of England in the Thirty-nine Articles, published in 1836.  The author is Thomas Stephen, about whom I have not been able to find out much at all, other than his having authored other books such as A Guide to the Daily Service of the Church of England; or, a Popular Explanation of the Morning and Evening Prayers daily throughout the Year.  He does come across as being more anti-Calvinist than some authors on the Articles of Religion, but quotes a bishop of Lincoln as writing, “our Church is not Lutheran—it is not Calvinistic—it is not Arminian–it is—SCRIPTURAL.”

That being said, I think The Confession of Faith of the Church of England in the Thirty-nine Articles is a book worth checking out if you are interested in the Articles of Religion.  I will add it to the Resources page a bit later.  (It can be accessed on Google Books here.)

Dr. Ed Welch: “In what ways does God counsel and correct the angry?”

August 11, 2017

If you work with someone who is struggling with anger, this short video by Dr. Ed Welch of CCEF might be helpful in providing Biblical insight.


Bill Whittle on “Christianity and Culture”

August 10, 2017

From commentator Bill Whittle, here are his thoughts on “Christianity and Culture”.  He points out that the way Christianity is portrayed in the media has changed tremendously even when comparing it to media in the 1970s.

The Rev. David Robertson: Further on Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe

August 9, 2017

A commenter provided an excellent commentary on Douglas Murray’s book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, by the Rev. David Robertson, the minister of St Peters Free Church in Dundee, Scotland.  He has begun a series of blog posts on this topic and the first is Douglas Murray – The Strange Death of Europe – Part One – Meaningless Shallowness.  As you will see, this complements the Mark Steyn video we just posted quite well.  This is how Rev. Robertson sums up the theme of The Strange Death of Europe:

The basic theme of The Strange Death of Europe is that the continent having forgotten its Christian roots and replaced it with a mishmash of secular humanism, materialism and the religion of human rights, has found itself unable to cope with the mass immigration of Muslims who do not share the liberal (Christian) values of Western European democracies and who will end up causing the death of Europe. In effect he argues that Europe – or at least its political classes – are inadvertently committing political suicide.   I find his case overall pretty convincing and depressing.   I would like to read a serious challenge to it (not just name calling – ‘right wing’ ‘Islamaphobic’ ‘xenophobe’!).   But meanwhile let me reflect on it as I go through it. I highlighted so many passages and in the rest of this article and series I intend to let Murray speak in his own words and then comment on them .

He also points out that Murray raises this crucial question: Freedom, equality, diversity and others are in actual fact the fruits of Christian roots. The question raised by Murray is whether the fruits can survive without the roots.

This post by the Rev. David Robertson – and any others that follow it – will be very much worth reading.  And I plan to acquire a copy of The Strange Death of Europe myself.

From The Mark Steyn Show: Mark interviews Douglas Murray on Europe

August 8, 2017

This is an interview Mark Steyn did with Douglas Murray on his book The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, published in America in the last two months and which Mark Steyn describes as “profound”.  The YouTube notes say that “Steyn and Murray survey a continent in unprecedented demographic transformation, and roam far and wide in their analysis from the East End of London to the Mediterranean refugee camps, from far northern Sweden to the tomb of Charles Martel.”  Quite a timely topic.