April 28, 2017 Resources: Lessons from History; Fundamentalism; Neglecting to Gather; Providence and Evil; Wolves

by Jonathan Hamilton

Over the past year I have done a significant amount of reading on John Adams. This means – based on the the fact that you cannot read about a singular historical figure in a vacuum – that I have also learned much about Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Benjamin Rush, Abigail Adams, the clumsy arrogance of many British leaders, the rebellious spirit of certain over-zealous patriots, the debauchery and gross immorality of the French in the years leading up to their murderous revolution, and the bloody separation that marks the birth of our nation. One thing that reading our own history has done for me is to prove that we do not live in the best, or worst, of times. This article highlights that great benefit of reading, discussing, and applying history: ballast in turbulent waters.

Scott Aniol writes a great article that explains and defends (with clarity, simplicity, and brevity) the core idea of Christian “Fundamentalism.” And by this definition, I am content to be called one.

This article on Hebrews 10:24-25 and its application to church attendance caught my attention because I have been reading this passage in the incorrect way that the author describes.

God’s providence in an evil world.

Wolf. Heretic. False teacher. These words are easy to throw around without really understanding what they mean. With the grave implications of labeling someone such, we ought never to do so until we understand precisely what is meant by these terms.