CKB on Salvation

We are saved by grace, but through faith. I draw attention to the second preposition. We are sometimes inclined to talk as if human beings are saved by a religious disposition, as if the basic Christian requirement was that we should whip ourselves up into an appropriate religious emotion called faith, by which we might be saved. Nothing could be more misleading. We are not saved by anything in ourselves at all. We are saved only by the gracious activity of God. Faith is not a human mechanism … [Read more...]

CKB on Advent

This is where salvation begins--- in the free love of God which seeks us where we are, in the Son of God who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven to live and die at our side. It is love that saves, it is Christ that saves—two different ways of saying the same thing. In the last resort you can only do something, something worthwhile, for a human being if you love him. Of course you can cut his hair, you can take out his appendix, you can even teach him theology, without caring for h … [Read more...]

CKB on Christian Morality

The pressure of society upon us is not, for the most part, violent. But there is again and again a pressure of public opinion which forces us away from the authority of God’s Word under which the Church must live if it is to be the Church. The Church, people say, must recognize that times have changed, and we cannot extend the old standards of belief and morality to be maintained even by ourselves, certainly not by society at large. We do not have to fear violence but we do fear the opinion of o … [Read more...]

Gino in Cleveland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ5YiOWde8wWithout question one of the great voices of the whole rock n' roll era is the voice of Gino Vanelli, and it was a treat to get to see him one more time, with full horns and keyboards and killer bass and drums and guitars. It was worth the eight hours of driving to get to do this (4 up and 4 back) and to get to share this with our good friends the Zimmermans from Ashland, and with my sister Laura. Here are some of my own photos, including a shot of … [Read more...]

Pin Heads?

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‘But if Not’— CKB on Real Faith

Commenting on Dan.3 on the famous fiery furnace story, CKB notes about the qualifying words 'but if not':If you removed these three words you would have a different story--- an adventure yes, but without the heroic element. If you stop at vs. 18, ‘our God will deliver us out of your hands O, King,’ then the three men know everything will be alright. Of course it will be an adventure to go into the furnace, but only like the adventure of the experienced parachutist. He knows from exp … [Read more...]

It’s Here! Lightfoot on 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter

I am pleased to announce that the third volume of the Lightfoot Legacy series, with commentaries on 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter and extra essays by the man himself, which have not been published before, as well as by Barrett and Dunn, is now available at your friendly neighborhood Amazon store.These are the manuscripts I discovered gathering dust in a box in the Cloister library at Durham Cathedral. Hallelujah they now are in print and doing good! BW3 … [Read more...]

The Last of the Red Hot Bible Teachings

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hint: at the movies)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYZ3U1inHA4It is a classic problem for someone who has created a cult following with a series of fantasy novels and then very successful films---- How do you top that? So authors do not try, and some change the subject. J.K. Rowling decided to tell a collateral and related story to the Harry Potter stories, about a man named Newt Scamander, once expelled from Hogwarts but one of Dumbledore's favorites. Smartly, while the story is still set in a … [Read more...]