Intellectual Porn; Why I’m not an Ancap

I got into an interaction on Twitter which got me thinking (see the whole thread and the back and forth between me and "Nom DeGuerre"). Intellectualism is usually at least partly hedonistic. It is, as much as cuisine or sex, an effort to achieve a sense of fulfillment and harmony with the world … Continue reading Intellectual Porn; Why I’m not an Ancap

Biblical Short Story: David and Ishbosheth, Part 2

David and his men reconvened at his headquarters. David’s men were elated, since they knew what Ishbosheth’s death meant for David. David’s somber and irritated disposition was typical David – his moods were frequently contrary to the mood of everyone else around him. Great victories usually meant David would warn the men how close they … Continue reading Biblical Short Story: David and Ishbosheth, Part 2

Video + Notes on “Israel” Response to Peter Helland Discussion

I made a video response for this video: Here's my response: Below are the notes I put together analyzing the discussion, if you're more of a reader. Enjoy! This is a video response to “Israel – Beloved Enemies?” By Peter Helland with his guests Matt, Gus, and Mike. Toward the end I had a bit … Continue reading Video + Notes on “Israel” Response to Peter Helland Discussion

Amos 1-8 Commentary

Amos 1-2 includes judgments on these entities: Damascus Gaza Tyre Edom Ammonites Moab Judah: "Covenant Transgressions" - Rejected law, followed false gods as did their fathers Israel: "Covenant Transgressions" - treated the poor badly; sexual immorality; corruption of contracts; multiplied altars, money exchanging hands near many altars; drink wine with fines levied "in the temple … Continue reading Amos 1-8 Commentary

Catholic Pharisees and Protestant Samaritans

I considered Catholics Pharisees for more than a decade. A common biblical paradigm for Protestants to justify rejecting Catholicism is likening the Catholics to Pharisees; those who "make their phylacteries long," or "have neglected the weightier matters." I understand the appeal of this claim. They might see the liturgy or the thoroughly complex canon legal … Continue reading Catholic Pharisees and Protestant Samaritans