Immigration and the moral status of borders

Article by   November 2015
In debates about immigration a crucial issue is the moral and political status of borders. Do we think borders are good or bad, a necessary evil or a moral necessity? My contention is that those who argue for open borders undervalue a sense of place and the integrity of nations like Britain and Australia as political communities; but those who argue for closed borders overvalue the likes of Britain and Australia as political communities. Instead, I will suggest we need a way of valuing our particular political communities in relation to other nations, and ultimately in relation to God, and that such a framework will enable us to make appropriate decisions about how to respect and value existing citizens and fulfil our duty of care to the refugee and vulnerable stranger from outside our borders. continue

Defending the covenant of redemption (part three)

The present post is the third in a three part series addressing contemporary objections to the doctrine of the covenant of redemption (for parts one and two, see here and here). What follows is adapted from Michael Allen and Scott...
Posted November 27, 2015 @ 9:52 AM by Scott Swain

Books For Which I Am Thankful

This is the time of year to express thanks, and it occurs to me that of the many things for which I am grateful to God, great Christian books are high among them.  This fall marks the 25th anniversary of...
Posted November 26, 2015 @ 9:22 AM by Rick Phillips

Katherine Sonderegger and the Divine Oneness as Foundational Perfection

Last time, I proposed to share with you my 'reading notes' on Katherine Sonderegger's new Systematic Theology, Volume 1: The Doctrine of God. There are plenty of big books in the world to which one could commit cash and time. Why...
Posted November 25, 2015 @ 9:50 AM by Michael P Jensen

Proverbs: Written to Christ, for Christ

Connecting Christ and the Proverbs isn't so easy. How do we read the book of Proverbs as Christians in a way that would distinguish us from how a Jew might read the same book? Also, why then was the book...
Posted November 24, 2015 @ 8:52 AM by Mark Jones

Martin Luther: Fat Reformer?

By his own admission, Luther put on a few extra pounds in his later years. During a business trip (of sorts) to Eisleben (his place of birth) several days before his death, he joked to friends that he would shortly...
Posted November 23, 2015 @ 12:01 PM by Aaron Denlinger
TOPICS: Luther, obesity

Christ's Body and Affections In Heaven

One of the most common errors I encounter among students of theology concerns what happened to Christ after he ascended. A surprising amount of Christians seem to think that Jesus no longer needs his humanity now in heaven. The most...
Posted November 19, 2015 @ 10:00 AM by Mark Jones

What Can Your Gifts Do?

This Friday, November 20, 2015 you can send a pastor to a regional conference so he can be renewed and encouraged to faithfully minister to his congregation. You can ensure that the Gospel message is delivered to thousands through our...
Posted November 18, 2015 @ 5:25 PM by Robert Brady

Defending the covenant of redemption (part two)

The present post is the second in a three part series addressing contemporary objections to the doctrine of the covenant of redemption (for part one, see here). What follows is adapted from Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain, ed., Christian...
Posted November 17, 2015 @ 6:36 AM by Scott Swain
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