Coach Doug

As a life-long eagle fan, I remember not liking the Doug Pederson hire. To me it seemed like an over correction from the failures of the previous regime. And the jury was still out on Chip Kelly (the previous Eagle's coach) in my mind. The prestigious college coach with the innovative, speed of light offense had only just gone 7-9. Yes, he had wheeled and dealed some of my favorite players; but Kelly was also fun to watch. He had a vision of what his team wanted to look like—and I couldn’t help feeling that then that we should have given him one more season to see what he can do. I even wrote a blog post thanking him for "trying something" as I phrased it then.
But I was wrong, and not for the last time either. The Eagles brought in Doug Pederson, a former backup quarterback who had been coaching High School football only 8 years prior. An Andy Reid retread who led an unimaginative Kansas City offense the year prior. I decided at that time to rebel against my sensitive di…

The Burden of Truth

My pastor preached yesterday on the incredibly dark passage that is Jeremiah 20; and I am thankful that passage is in the Bible for our help.

It is not without reason Jeremiah is known to us as the weeping prophet. The man lived in a time where the people were living in open rebellion against God. In that context, it was Jeremiah who was given the unrewarding task of speaking the truth to a people opposed to the truth. Page after page is filled with the sorrowful message: Judgment, wrath, destruction is coming. But you can still turn. God is still a merciful God.
The people did then what people still do today: reject the truth.Jeremiah’s warnings were left unheeded and ignored, and in chapter 20 their response surpassed simple disregard. They attacked Jeremiah physically. The prophet of the Lord was first beaten and secondly put in stocks outside the Benjamin Gate where, as my Pastor noted, Jeremiah’s family would pass through and see him, only compounding his personal shame.

Here we fi…

Book in Review: "Anthem"

Ayn Rand is the antithesis to Karl Marx. Both are atheistic materialists in their philosophical understanding of the universe, and yet both come to complete opposite political applications of that same worldview they share. Marx saw injustice in his day with the division of labor and dreamed for a world that was different. Marx envisioned a world where man was not a slave to the bourgeoisie system, but free in a communal and equal economy. Rand (who grew up in the USSR) similarly longed for freedom, but a freedom in the reverse of Marx's Utopia. She dreamed of a freedom of the individual from the shackled obligation to the community; a freedom from the collective and towards the "god of I."

Anthem is a short novella which describes a dystopian world in which everything is spoken in terms of the collective “we.” The protagonist (named “Equality 7-2521”) refers to himself in the singular as “we” (which can make for a confusing read). He is given rules and restrictions throu…

Book in Review: Karl Marx (Great Thinkers)

I am a Marx novice, but wanted to get a proper introduction to a thinker whose work has left such an indelible and bloody mark on history. Marxist thought is also making a sweeping comeback in college campuses and in the new Left movement (particularly among the young)--class warfare, class oppression, elevation of the socio political to the primary, lumping the individual into the collective--all ring familiarly of Marx. For this reason I wanted to read an analysis of Marx from a Christian perspective to see where he, as well as the new movements, fall short.

Dennison gives a brief and academic analysis of the life and works of Karl Marx. He then charts Marx's view of history and followed by (my favorite part) a Christian Presuppositional Analysis of Marx's view of History. Interestingly enough we see that not all (key word all) of Marxist thought is evil. Marx observed vast injustice in his day through the division of labor--where the rich minority were only getting richer--a…

War of Attrition

"You see, it is so hard for these creatures to persevere. The routine of adversity, the gradual decay of youthful loves and youthful hopes, the quiet despair (hardly felt as pain) of ever overcoming the chronic temptations with which we have again and again defeated them, the drabness which we create in their lives, and the inarticulate resentment with which we teach them to respond to it--all this provides admiral opportunities of wearing out a soul by attrition." – Lewis, Screwtape Letters

I used to have this game called "Rise of Nations"--it was a Real Time Strategy PC game--which has always been my favorite kind. You would begin at a very early age in the human timeline with a civilization, with guys with clubs and slings and such. The unique part of this game was you could then advance through the ages of mankind, all the way to our modern day with nuclear IBCMs and stealth aircraft. It was a lot of fun to play; though I think one of my frustrations in the adva…

Virtual Book Club: The Whole Christ (Part 3 of 11)

I apologize for the delay in this next installment of our virtual book club. Extenuating circumstances, namely the birth of my son have delayed my writing on here--and perhaps reasonably so! I will continue to provide a short chapter by chapter summary--trying to get the highpoints from Sinclair Ferguson's book The Whole Christ. ***

Tincture. A word derived from the Latin Tinctura, which refers to the process of dyeing--in which a piece of cloth is recolored by dipping it into liquid dye. "Both to himself and others, Boston's reaching 'felt' like that. Extending the metaphor, one might say that now the garment of the gospel in which Christ was dressed in Boston's preaching was dyed a shade of 'Christ-in-whom-every-spiritual-blessing-is-found' rather than merely 'I am offering you Spiritual blessings.'" (1106)
Once Thomas Boston had understood the truly free nature of the gospel offer, and the centrality of Christ in the Christian life (in who…

Living in the Truth

I read a pretty good post yesterday by Michael Kruger entitled "Would You Take the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?" This of course comes from "The Matrix" movie in which the main character, Neo, is given an opportunity to either embrace reality as it is, cold, dark, and unforgiving; or return to the "fake world" he previously lived in--permanently. The movie is about how truth, even harsh truth, is worth living in over and beyond any alternative reality, no matter how enjoyable or controllable that reality may be. Why? Because the truth is the truth, and as Kruger says in his post: "What matters is not personal pleasure but truth." Kruger than speculates that the new movie he saw the previews for entitled "Ready Player One" embodies a cultural shift in thinking from embracing truth because it is true--to embracing whatever reality we choose (true or false), provided it suits our fancy. Supposedly "Ready Player One" consists of a d…