The Best Articles Written on Rona

Below is a list of what I believe are a few of the most important articles written (and a few podcasts) about the corona craziness, masks, government overreach, and the church’s response. I urge you to really take the time to read through each one. There are others that lay important groundwork, but these are the top of the bag. And, if you must narrow it down, just start at the top and work your way down.

Breaking the Law and Cases of Conscience

Masks and a Lesson in Narnian Civics

Breaking Down the Church’s Response to Rona  

Sphere Sovereignty, the Individual, and the Church  

Constitutional Law and the Cult of Experts

Subjects or Citizens

Stump the Pastors Discuss Masks

Seven Biblical Principles for Reformational Civil Disobedience

Burial, COVID, and the Limits of Submission to Government

Masking and Masks: A Hypothetical Interview

When Closing Church is a Bad Witness: A Reply to Jonathan Leeman

COVID-19, Romans 13, and Civics 101

Our Galvinizing Grandfather

Revolution or Obedience? A Response to Jonathan Leeman’s Position Regarding Civil Disobedience

Masking the Masquerade

A Continent-Wide Sumo Wrestling Contest

7 Reasons for Unmasking the Masks

Masks and the Limits of Edicts

Rebellion to Tyrants: The Principles Behind the Just War for Independence

Romans 13 Forbids Revolution, not Disobedience

Cheerfully Difficult

Titanic at the Bottom of the Atlantic

Our Dress Rehearsal for a Police State

When the Wolf at the Door is Your Governor

Trendy Food Allergies and Christian Table Fellowship

Below are some crucial reminders about how central table fellowship is in the Christian life, and how to navigate some modern hindrances to it.

Allergic to Other People, by Doug Wilson

God’s Bistro

Fear, Shame, and Guilt at Lunch

10 Food Considerations for Christians, by Ben Zornes

For more on this and related topics, check out Confessions of a Food Catholic and A Different Shade of Green.

Affections, Passions, or Emotions

Many are surprised to learn that “emotion” is a recent idea, historically speaking—and, frankly, it’s a rather unhelpful category to boot. The discussion used to be primarily a moral one, a distinction between affections and passions was maintained, and this only quite recently morphed into a psychological, all-encompassing category of “emotion.”

To learn more about this distinction between emotions, feelings, affections, and passions—and how it relates to our theology of culture and worship—I commend the following resources for your study and edification.

For a summary introduction to the discussion, you might start with Dr. Scott Aniol’s helpful response to a question here.

That site—Religious Affections Ministries—is a remarkable resource altogether.

Pastor David de Bruyn’s articles on emotion and feelings in this series are tremendously helpful and interesting; especially pertinent is the article on “a short history of emotion.” The entire 58 part (!) series is worth your attention, but the several articles on emotion and feeling are particularly relevant to the inquiry at hand.

For a fuller treatment of the subject with regard to how the affections are related to our understanding and practice of worship, see this helpful paper by Dr. Aniol.

And, lastly, as I’m wont to offer, here are a few books of particular import:

The Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards

The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis

From Passions to Emotions, by Thomas Dixon

You Are What You Love, by James K.A. Smith

Top Books: AD 2019

Top Books of 2019

I read a lot of books in 2019. Below, I share the top of the bag—the cream of the crop—a few books that had a particularly significant impact on me, that I commend to you for your own edification.

Politics, by Aristotle

The Household and the War for the Cosmos, by C.R. Wiley

You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal With It, by Rachel Jankovic

The Spine of Scripture: God’s Kingdom from Eden to Eternity, by Dominic Bnonn Tennant

Rules for Reformers, by Douglas Wilson

Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule, by Jonathan Leeman

Why Children Matter, by Douglas Wilson

The New Covenant Ministry of the Holy Spirit, by Larry Pettegrew

Psalms for Trials, by Lindsey Tollefson

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, by Kevin Gutzman

Honest Money: The Biblical Blueprint for Money and Banking, by Gary North

From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy: A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay, by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

A Theology of Biblical Counseling, by Heath Lambert

Books I’m Starting in 2020

I have no doubt I’ll read more than these, but these at least are the books I have started or know I will be reading, and which I’m greatly looking forward to.

Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare, by Jim Osman

Ploductivity: A Practical Theology of Work and Wealth, by Douglas Wilson

Building a Godly Home: A Holy Vision for a Happy Marriage, by William Gouge

A Different Shade of Green: A Biblical Approach to Environmentalism and the Dominion Mandate, by Gordon Wilson

Building Conservative Churches, by David de Bruyn

The Country Parson: His Character and Rule of Holy Life, by George Herbert

God Rest You Merry

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, a traditional English carol from the eighteenth century or earlier, is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Better known as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, evidence suggests that in fact “you” is original, with the word being changed to “ye” at some point—perhaps to make it sound older or more authentic.

Often mis-punctuated as “God rest you, merry gentlemen,” the opening line is actually a prayer that God would “rest you merry,” which means to keep you, or to enable you to remain, prosperous, joyful, or blessed. The reason we ought to be joyful, rather than dismayed, is that we know that Christ our Savior has been born “to save us all from Satan’s power” (verse 1).

The third verse also emphasizes that Jesus was born “to free all those who trust in Him.” This truly is good news (tidings) of “comfort and joy.” The fourth verse ends by calling all those present to sing praises to the Lord and to respond with love toward one another, even while the unsaved world defaces and disdains the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of our savior and king.

So then, may God rest you merry!

Households and Warring Over the Cosmos

Pastor C.R. Wiley… Familiarize yourself with his work.

I’ve previously recommended his book, Man of the House: A Handbook for Building a Shelter That Will Last in a World That is Falling Apart. It’s exactly as the subtitle claims—and worth every penny and every minute.

Pastor Wiley has now published a follow-up work: The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family.

One of the biggest dangers to the modern church is the downplaying, fragmentation, and recreationalization of the household. We need to get back to a biblical understanding of the strategic and central role the household plays in God’s plan for the cosmos.

Here, Wiley introduces a couple of the concepts he explains through the book.

In order to prepare for some of the concepts Wiley deals with, watch this helpful introduction and summary of the biblical doctrine of the household from Alistair Roberts…

…and this clip of Wes Calihan, of Roman Roads Media, explaining the Roman concept of piety—akin to the Christian paradigm, and an all important concept to grasp, as the idea of piety has been misused and relegated to an effeminate, quietistic cliche. It’s actually one of the core biblical principles of the Christian life.