After a total of fourteen hours in the air from Atlanta to Frankfurt to Tallinn, we finally arrived at our destination. The best part was that, despite my hatred for flying, I actually managed to enjoy the trip! Our first full day in Tallinn was spent with Pastor Heldur Kajaste of Oleviste Kirik. We delivered … Continue reading Estonia: Tallinn to Tartu
There is a superb article at Reformation 21 by Christopher J. Gordon that examines the current state of NAPARC churches through the lens of the history of the Christian Reformed Church. I highly recommend reading it.
Fathers and Brothers, I'd like to ask you to support an upcoming mission to Estonia and Latvia in which I will be taking part. You can find more details by following this link. With my thanks for your consideration, Hutch
A Head Full of Ghosts. By Paul Tremblay. New York: William Morrow, 2015. 286pp. ISBN 978-0062363237 $25.99 A good horror novel is hard to find. Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts was the winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Novel, presented by the Horror Writers Association for superior achievement in horror writing for novels. One … Continue reading Review of A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay
Blackwater. By Michael McDowell. 1983. Reprint, Richmond, Va.: Valancourt, 2017. 800pp. ISBN 9781943910816 $27.99 (paper). There are certain fiction writers that get overlooked primarily because the literati have decided, for reasons inscrutable to the rest of us, that what these authors have produced is popular and therefore not literature—not real literature at any rate. With a B.A. and … Continue reading Review of Blackwater, by Michael McDowell
There is an excellent criticism of theonomy in relation to the classical Reformed ethic found here, authored by Rev. Sherman Isbell. Reading it would not be a waste of your time.
When I read this article at The Aquila Report, I'm sad to say that I wasn't shocked. As a matter of fact the first thing I did was send a Facebook message to a friend with whom I attended seminary and asked, "Didn't you and I talk about this a few years ago?" For at … Continue reading On Academic Credentials and Self-Policing
The Reverend Doctor Morton Howison Smith is dead. Word reached me of his death last night; I was saddened by the news, though I was not surprised by it. Dr. Smith had recently suffered a stroke, which in turn lead to the discovery of a brain tumor. Due to his advanced age, it was decided … Continue reading A Tribute to Dr. Morton H. Smith (1923–2017)
In the past week there has been much ado about Mike Pence and the "Billy Graham Rule." The criticisms aimed at the Vice President for refusing to dine alone with a woman other than his wife have been all over the map; from accusations of "old-school sexism" to claiming that Pence's refusal is "rape culture … Continue reading Virtue Ethics, the Billy Graham Rule, and Mike Pence: A Response to Karen Swallow Prior
Beginning today I'll be starting a series of posts that will function as something of a grammatical guide to the Gospel of Mark. I have a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that I will be examined on Mark by the candidates and credentials committee of my presbytery at some ill-defined … Continue reading The Grammar of Mark’s Gospel (Introduction)