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"
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"
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"
Few topics are as controversial as politics. For Christians in particular, we sometimes argue almost as much about how, or even whether, we should be involved in politics as we do any specific views. Some Christians think that we need to fight political battles to stand up for the Bible. To others, politics is a … Continue reading "The Two Kingdoms and Christian Politics: 5 Keys"
Intro: The Latest Battle in the Social Justice Wars Once more the evangelical sphere of the Internet is on fire. As with many recent kerfluffles, this one is about social justice. I’ve not said much about the social justice movement so far. I’ve posted a little bit, as some may remember. But I’ve largely stayed … Continue reading "Regarding the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel"
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"
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"
“Law” is a funny word. It’s one of those words that can be used in a lot of ways that sound fairly similar but really mean something deeply different. If you think much about topics like theonomy, theocracy, the Torah, Christian ethics, objective morality, and all the like, it becomes clear that a lot of … Continue reading "Mental Tools for the Toolshed: Distinguishing Types of Law"
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)"
“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"