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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.

+VDMA

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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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Thoughts on Schooling: Junior “Culture Warriors” or Vulnerable Lambs?

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"Don't worry, Mom. I got this."
Originally published August 2010; edited (only slightly) May 2014…

“Don’t worry, Mom. I got this.”

A recent conversation with a friend got the wheels turning in my head on the subject of education again, which isn’t necessarily good for anyone — that is, the turning of the wheels in my head, not education. Although…

…nevermind.

We talked about education in general; in particular we talked about whether homeschoolers’ alleged lack of interaction with a broad spectrum of students and peers is a genuinely negative a

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C. S. Lewis on “Liturgiology”

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“Liturgical reforms are hell.”- Auden

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Well, unless my reading of Fair Use is way off, I’m allowed to do this…

The following is an excerpt from Ch. 1 of C. S. Lewis’s book Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer. Though the chapter is untitled, I think it’s fair to dub it “On Liturgy,” or — to use the mouthful that Lewis employs throughout the essay – “On Liturgiology.” It’s not ruining much of a surprise to mention

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Adolf Köberle on Roman Catholicism

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(Originally published July 2011 at pseudepigraphic.blogspot.com; revised and reposted here April 2014)

The following excerpt is from the first chapter of Swiss Lutheran theologian Adolf Köberle’s 1936 monograph The Quest for Holiness (3rd German ed.; trans. John C. Mattes), entitled “Man’s Attempts to Sanctify Himself in God’s Sight.” Köberle’s work is riveting, though hard to follow at times, but he who sticks with it to the end reaps an ample reward — as well as a definite desire to read up on the philosophers whose work Köberle grasps and cites

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“Him whom the cross could not daunt nor the grave contain” – a homily on Psalm 75 (Confitebimur Tibi) by Fr. Charles McClean

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In our series of meditations on the Book of Psalms we come this evening to Psalm 75, which in a very real sense is a response to Psalm 74.

In Psalm 74 the psalmist laments the destruction of Jerusalem, its temple, its priesthood, and the monarchy of David’s royal line. But most of all the psalmist laments the apparent silence of God. And so toward the end of Psalm 74 the psalmist cries out:

Arise, O God, defend your own cause; remember how the foolish scof

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Thanks, Google Auto-Awesome, for helping us stay weird

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So, four out of five of us Demarest boys were home for Easter yesterday. Mom thought it would be nice to have some pictures of all of us in our fancy Sunday duds, so we took some. And then the Google in its infinite wisdom arrogated to itself the role of “photo editor”, applying “Auto-Awesome” effects to several of my pictures once they had uploaded. Among other things, it wasn’t satisfied with my younger brother Reid’s subdued smile, so it adjusted the sh

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SS. Anselm & Athanasius — yes, I put them together

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Don't pit Anselm against Athanasius.

Don’t pit Anselm against Athanasius.

A common trope among our Eastern Christian brothers’ criticisms of the Western theological tradition is the allegation that St. Anselm of Canterbury — often referred to as “the father of scholasticism” — “ruined” the doctrine of the Atonement by “introducing” the idea of penal substitution. To be very brief, this just isn’t true: that the Atonement entailed the fulfillment of both Divine love

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Atonement for All You Have Done

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Crucifixion

And all the prophets saw this, that Christ was to become the greatest thief, murderer, adulterer, robber, desecrator, blasphemer, &c., there has ever been anywhere in the world. He is not acting in His own person now. Now He is not the Son of God, born of the Virgin. But He is a sinner, who has and bears the sin of Paul, the former blasphemer, persecutor, and assaulter; of Peter, who denied Christ; of David, who was an adulterer and a murderer, and who caused the Gentiles to 

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