I am no luddite; my profession is abstracted ideas and bureaucracy at the moment. However, something I have noticed, particularly after owning a house, is that "village life" or working with nature or physical properties makes man prudent in a unique way. This is because nature is a complex system of dichotomies; there is no … Continue reading On Prudence
Once, there was a King who was the recognized authority in all the land. He was beloved and respected by the people and the people honored God for the accomplishments of his reign. He had been anointed as King by the most famous prophet of his day. He was recognized culturally as God's own son … Continue reading On Legitimate Rule
If you've ever watched genuine conspiracy theorists at it, you've seen a slew of distortions designed to trap people into patterns of thinking that oversimplify nuances and give an unduly broad scope of explanation to a particular idea. The essence of this is, to me, a "mind virus." It appeals to something we desperately desire … Continue reading Mind Viruses
A liturgy can be broadly defined as a collection of actions or mental affirmations that are effected primarily toward the same end and become habitual. Everything we do is ordered or formed in a certain way with regard to our goals and beliefs.
Roots of the Splintering of the Kingdom of Israel The proper context is now laid for why Solomon had the kingdom rent away. Jeroboam’s origins become important, mostly detailed in 1 Kings 11–12 and 2 Chronicles 10. Solomon and Judah’s corruption are manifest to all, and consequently God raises up adversaries to the one who … Continue reading Jeroboam Part 2: The Rise of Jeroboam
Solomon’s reign is split neatly into two equal segments; the first twenty years of building the Temple of the Lord and his own Palace; and the last twenty years, in which he built palaces for his many wives and concubines and idols for foreign gods (although some of that probably occurred concurrently with building his … Continue reading Jeroboam Part 1: Solomon
In my various dealings with Protestants, I feel there's a theme that has emerged which is more or less the assumption underneath the surface of the various arguments and points of contention. The query "Where is that in scripture?" in its various contexts is always part of an assumption that we are all the center … Continue reading Thoughts on Authority and the Scriptures