Blog Posts by Derek Thomas

Pot pourri

Article by   June 2006
To Tony "The Gent" Pinnochio: No one was available to talk to, and Carl will have to pass on your messages for a few days.  Just be nice to him and remember he's English so give him respect! Hopefully we'll... continue

A Message from Del Boy

Article by   June 2006
Del Boy has also been excluded from the Ref21 site, but he asked me to pass on this reply: Gordon Bennet, if you ask me, that Thomas geezer doesn't know a "new perspective" from "a news headline!" And you don't... continue

The Monstrous Regiment

Article by   June 2006
Ligon, me too. There is a direct hermeneutical line from the denial of Jesus' maleness as central to his incarnational imaging of his Father in heaven and the trend for egalitarianism. Both deny creational order as expressive of the divine image.... continue

No gay bishops here

Article by   June 2006
The PCA General Assembly is predictably boring. No cat fights between lesbian clergy handing out Hershes Kisses and outraged conservatives; no overtures banning the production, advertising and promotion of alcoholic beverages; not even a hint of women's ordination. The hottest... continue

The Fun of Being Presbyterian

Article by   June 2006
There are advantages to being Presbyterian! It's called General Assemblies. True, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church In America is like no other. More about schmoozing than ecclesiastical politics. Truth is, we're more akin to Congregationalism than we dare... continue

Conjuring Tricks?

Article by   June 2006
It must be twenty years since the Bishop of Durham (not N. T. Wright, but his predecessor) called the resurrection a "conjuring trick with bones." Scripps Howard News Service together with Ohio University have published a poll on current belief in... continue

Brave New World?

Article by   June 2006
posted by Derek ThomasHarvard University has announced it will begin cloning human embryos.The scientists say that they plan to harvest stem cells in the hope that they might be able to fight blood diseases like leukaemia and diabetes. In this Huxlian scenario, as... continue

Puritan library In Grand Rapids

Article by   May 2006
Posted by Derek ThomasI spent the last day in Grand Rapids, at Joel Beeke's seminary--The Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary--buried in their fascinating puritan library. It is one of the finest in the country, I should imagine. What with Calvin Seminary... continue

Charity and Its Fruits

Article by   May 2006
Posted by Derek Thomas"Cal M..." is partly right, of course. I for one do have emotional ties with dear friends in the C of S. As I do of friends in the PCUSA (a colleague with whom I work on... continue

The Lord's Supper (Bickersteth) 1

Article by   April 2006
Posted by Derek ThomasSome time ago, I purchased a tiny little volume by Edward Bickersteth,  A Companion to the Holy Communion. This particular edition is the twelfth, published in 1888 and measures 2" X 3". It is a pocket-sized companion... continue
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