Platonique

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Platonique

I recognize your counsel
in the middle soul: thumos.
And I, I like a moth to flame
that does not immolate
so much as melt,
am both drawn
and compelled.

 
 
 
 
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Blessed Martin Luther: “…and so we are partly sinners and partly righteous”

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(Boldface emphases mine. — admin)

And when I exhort to walk in the Spirit, that you fulfill not the concupiscence of the flesh, I do not require of you that you should utterly put off the flesh or kill it, but that you should bridle and subdue it. For God will have mankind to endure even to the last day. And this cannot be done without parents, which do beget and bring up children. These means continuing, it must needs be that flesh also must continue, and consequen

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“Herein man’s wisdom, his sense, reason, understanding, is made a fool”:
Blessed Martin Luther on Election and Predestination

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HT: Matt Fenn

Why some and not others?

Again, these worldlings are offended that Christ, as they think, rejects, good, honest, and holy people; that He will not know them, is harsh to them, sends them away from Him, and calls them malefactors, though some in His name have prophesied, cast out devils, done miracles, etc., while, on the other hand, He receives public sinners, as strumpets, knaves, publicans, murderers, whom, if they hear His Word, and believe in Him, He forgives, b

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Blessed Martin Luther: “This makes them Lovers of the Law…”

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This is the freedom and the slavery of which Paul speaks in Rom. 6:20, 22: “When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But now that you have been set free from sin, you have become slaves of God.” But let us set this up in a diagram:

Freedom from righteousness  »  Service of sin

Service of righteousness  »  Freedom from sin

For he who is free from sin has become a slave of righteousness; but he who is the slave of sin is free from righteousness

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Ablative of Means

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With turns of phrase,
by fondness and
via subtle kindness
I would say what I cannot tell –
and honestly, if possible:
not hindered by presumption
nor hamstrung by hope. No,
but through earnest sleight
I would that I could
cross your heart –
part of an artless effort
to know your effortless art.
It is your way, from which
I cannot loosen myself
and do not wish to.

And if one day you did but say my name, quietly and to yourself – ev

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Prayers for the Sick and the Dying

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We received word this morning that my uncle, Tom Phillips, suffered a heart-attack last night. Had it not been for immediate and continuous CPR, he would have died then and there, but his heart was restarted and he was transported to the hospital alive, but in critical condition. As I write this (8:25 AM, CST), I am unsure of his current status — last I heard he was still unconscious and on a respirator, about to begin cryo treatment in an attempt to slow his body down over the next for

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Raskolnikov

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem –
We’re not so different,
You and I. I am the man.
I kill the prophets
sent to me to speak
of wrath and ruin, of
the imminent great fall
of my house and
the burning of my barns.
It would seem that
when you get a hammer,
everything looks like
a nail, and a savior looks
like a criminal.

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Concupiscence and the Myth of “Straight” Sexuality

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I wish to offer some thoughts on the topic of homosexual desire from a Christian perspective. I am no expert theologian or natural law jurist, so I may very well be swinging wide with what I say.

When Our Lord, in His Sermon on the Mount, says that “whoever looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart,” He articulates a standard of Law which does indeed condemn sins of the heart, i.e., “disordered desires,” if we wish to speak mor

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Just & Sinner Relaunch, Summer 2014!

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Click Here to go to the Official Just & Sinner Kickstarter Page!

Help fund Just & Sinner’s summer publishing push, and help new Just & Sinner editor Trent Demarest get relocated to Iowa!

Just & Sinner Relaunch, Summer 2014

…first there was a blog;
…then, a podcast;
…now, a publishing house!

The Coopers

Pastor Jordan Cooper began his formal study of theology as an undergraduate at Geneva College. Coming as he did from a Reformed church background, Jordan was acutely aware of the many issues confronting Protestants

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My Music Video Picks

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“The purpose of art is to impose order upon experience.” — one of my college professors.

The following music videos meet the stated criterion in some, way, shape, or form. It’s not a terribly high bar, to be sure, but I think it really is the necessary place to start.

Some of these videos are funny. Some of them are beautiful. Some of them are enigmatic. Some of them are a little scary. (NB: If you watch something that bothers you, don

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