New Blog BTW

Just in case any of you missed it, after a big fiasco involving a hack and a Google blacklist, I pretty gave up on this blog and started a new one. It’s called Theology Without Warranty, and you can find it at https://calebdixonsmith.wordpress.com/. Some recent post there in case they pique your interest: When to … Continue reading "New Blog BTW"

Purple Violins

My children have two grandmothers. This is, of course, not remotely surprising. It is funny, however, just how different they are. Even the way my children distinguish them is a bit amusing. They both go by “grandma,” but my mom is “grandma with the pool” and my wife’s is “grandma with the goat.” If you … Continue reading "Purple Violins"

Voice of Nature, Voice of God

The Silly Little Crowds Just because everyone says something doesn’t mean it’s right. The crowd can be wrong. What the culture says might be different from what God says. For orthodox Christians, we say and hear sentiments like this all the time. And they are true enough. What most people around you believe about lots … Continue reading "Voice of Nature, Voice of God"

Some Author Suggestions

Book suggestions are great, and I have a bunch, but sometimes it is more helpful long-term to suggest authors for people to read. It is great to have reliably good sources you can go back to for multiple topics and questions over time. I’ve read a lot of really good stuff and discovered several really … Continue reading "Some Author Suggestions"

In Opposition to Christian Pacifism

I have had some interesting discussions lately pertaining to the topic of Christian pacifism. By this, I mean the view that Jesus requires that all Christians forsake all violence in all (or nearly all) circumstances. This can include self-defense, defending others, participating in the coercive power of government, and military service. Now, depending on your … Continue reading "In Opposition to Christian Pacifism"

Cautioning the Evangelical Justice Movement: Justice and Gospel (Part 1)

My Purpose in Writing Due Compliments First First things first: justice is extremely important to Christianity. The Gospel is fundamentally a declaration of God’s saving justice revealed in Jesus Christ. This justice will also involve Christ’s visible rule over the nations. He will bring them to reflect heaven as increasingly just and Christian societies. So … Continue reading "Cautioning the Evangelical Justice Movement: Justice and Gospel (Part 1)"

Easter and the Last Vapor

“Vapor of vapors!” Solomon once said. “All is vapor.” On a day as festive as Easter, we aren’t usually quite up to taking this to heart. Solomon tells us that life is short, fleeting, enigmatic, impossible to grasp, eluding our control. We find this frightening, so instead we like to focus on the brilliant, the … Continue reading "Easter and the Last Vapor"