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Laudetur Jesus Christus

O Lord, You are our Savior and Redeemer, our Hope, and the Captain of our Salvation. You are called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are our Advocate, the Almighty God, the Alpha and Omega, the Ancient of Days, the Author and Perfecter of our Faith, and the Great Amen. You are the Only Begotten of …

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Antediluvian Man

“A sharp antithesis cuts a wide swath, Across the whole fabric of space and time, It’s divide sets kith and kin on separate paths, It’s jagged serrated edge altogether divides, With Cain to one side, and Seth to yet another, ‘Tis the tale of two cities, two destinies, two ways, Enoch and Enosh twin sons of different mothers, Till mighty …

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The Song of Jenny Geddes by J.S. Blackie

‘Twas the twenty-third of July, in the sixteen thirty-seven, On the Sabbath morn from high St. Giles the solemn peal was given; King Charles had sworn that Scottish men should pray by printed rule; He sent a book, but never dreamt of danger from a stool. The Council and the Judges, with ermined pomp elate, The Provost and the Bailies …

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Recent Gleanings from Milton

“The end then of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest …

2014: Best Non-Fiction

Here is my very subjective list of the best non-fiction books I was able to read in 2014, ranked here in no particular order: 1. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief by John Frame (P&R) This is a massive, magisterial work that sets traditional, orthodox, Reformed systematics within the compass of Frame’s triperspectival and trinitarian didactae. It is eloquent and …

Must Read List (Among the Living)

There are only a very few living authors that I find I will try to read everything they write–even if I don’t always agree with them. And of course, that is no mean feat given the fact that each of them is so astonishingly prolific: 1. R.C. Sproul2. John Frame3. Paul Johnson4. Umberto Eco5. Colin Thubron6. Daniel Silva7. Tim Powers8. …

Chesterton’s “The Wise Men”

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was a man of extraordinary wit, intellect, and insight. He was a prolific writer who engaged the leading intellectuals of his time in debates, always defending the cause of orthodoxy. It was his good and affable nature that made his adversaries also his friends. Chesterton was a master of conveying truth through paradox, and this poignant and …

“The Whip of Advent” by Tristan Gylberd

 The pitch of the stall was glorious Though the straw was dusty and old Though it blew bitter and cold The wind sang with orchestral beauty The night was mysteriously gleaming Though the earth was fallen, forlorn For under the eaves of splendor A child-The Child-was born Oxen Sheep and doves Crowded round Nativity’s scene Though the world still failed …

A C.S. Lewis Eleventary

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” “The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will …

June Florilegium: Gleanings from My Readings

1. “If there is no God, everything is permitted.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky 2. “We do not need a censorship of the press. We already have a censorship by the press.” G.K. Chesterton 3. “If I will take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.” D.L. Moody 4. “Some theological expressions, just as some prayerful petitions, are too …

Your Legacy of Truth

The glories of the ages past,  Long held for you in trust,  Are deeded now for your employ,  Are ceded now in grateful joy;  The splendors of the ages past,  Reserved but for the just.  The rich bequests of Christendom,  Insured against default,  Are brought to flower on this day,  Are sought in valor just this way:  The vast endowments …