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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.

The Rev. Vaughan Roberts: “Children of God” (1 John 2:28-3:10)

August 7, 2017

From St. Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, here is an audio sermon by the Rev. Vaughan Roberts titled Children of God.  This is based on 1 John 2:28-3:30, and is the next in a series on the First Epistle of John that is called “Walking in the Light”.

From The Eric Metaxas Show: Part 2 of the interview with the Rev. Dr. Ashley Null

August 5, 2017

I just found out about there being a Part 2 available of the interview that Eric Metaxas did with Dr. Ashley Null – and here it is.

Dr. D.A. Carson: “Subtle Ways to Abandon the Authority of Scripture”

August 4, 2017

Here is a video by Dr. Don Carson on what I would call the erosion of the authority of Scripture in our time.  The notes on YouTube say:

Even while committed to God’s Word, pastors may be influenced indirectly to reduce their trust in the authority of the Scriptures. In this session, D. A. Carson gives examples of how this can occur, the dangers it represents to Gospel ministry, and strategies that pastors can employ to meet these challenges effectively. As Christian ministers hold fast to biblical truth and communicate it to their congregations, the difference between God’s truth and worldly viewpoints is made clear and the church is edified.

Ecclesia Anglicana: A Brief History of the English Church

August 3, 2017

I came across this brief synopsis of the history of the English Church, Ecclesia Anglicana:
A Brief History of the English Church, by the Ven. Guy P. Hawtin, and thought it worthy of mentioning.  Fr. Hawtin is Rector of St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Timonium, Maryland, and I think he has written an interesting monograph.

The chapters run like this:

  1. What did St Augustine really do?
  2. Joseph of Arimathea and the metals trade
  3. British Christian beauty catches Roman captor
  4. Abbots, abbesses, and coed monasteries
  5. Anselm of Canterbury hailed as English Pope
  6. The Magna Carta states Church’s independence
  7. The Reformation was by no means a revolution

Dr. Graham Cole: “The legacy of the Reformation through the eyes of J.C. Ryle”

August 2, 2017

If you like the works of J.C. Ryle, you will like this presentation by Dr Graham Cole, who spoke at Moore College in Australia on July 19th, about The legacy of the Reformation through the eyes of J.C. Ryle.

From Stefan Molyneux: “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

August 1, 2017

This video by Stefan Molyneux could be said, among other things, to show why political correctness is so deadly: we are not allowed to call things by their proper names.

The Rev. Pete Wilkinson: “Knowing the Truth” (1 John 2:18-27)

July 30, 2017

From St. Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, here is an audio sermon by the Rev. Pete Wilkinson titled Knowing the Truth.  This is based on 1 John 2:18-27, and is the next in a series on the First Epistle of John that is called “Walking in the Light”.