Worldview Chaos

Anthony W. Brooks I’ve always had a fascination with how people think and perceive the worlds around them. Clear thinking is the friend of liberty, it’s not until you see someone paddling a canoe with a canary that your freedom starts to diminish. What seems to be the problem officer? The problem is that inContinue reading “Worldview Chaos”

An Open Letter to My Spiritual Father

Anthony W. Brooks I am joyful and frightened to write to you now. It is as if the anxiety I am putting into these words is filling the room. But there has been no greater influence in my life than you my father and mentor. Since I was a child you gave me Christ, filledContinue reading “An Open Letter to My Spiritual Father”

All My Fears

Anthony W. Brooks Things must get worse before they can get better. I know that. But I refuse to be a useless bystander living out of a refrigerator box in the alley behind my local post office holding up a sign saying, “Alms for the poor…”. I much prefer the prayer of John Knox “GiveContinue reading “All My Fears”

A Practical Double Standard

Anthony W. Brooks For so much of my Christian walk I saw things one way. It was the way of a distinction that arose into my mind. We sometimes use this distinction in our social categories, but the two categories I used were that of sacred and secular. I am currently reading Till We HaveContinue reading “A Practical Double Standard”

Kuyperian By Default

Anthony W. Brooks “No single piece of our mental world is to be sealed off from the rest and there is not a square inch in the whole domain of human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’” -Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) As we come upon the 100th anniversary ofContinue reading “Kuyperian By Default”

Why I Am A Presbyterian: Ecclesiology/Church Government

Anthony W. Brooks I try to keep things interesting. I really do. I don’t like throwing out a whole bunch of theology because it can get dry. I, instead, want to speak consistently and let my speech and presuppositions do the convincing. So if you don’t like my style, tough. In a nice way ofContinue reading “Why I Am A Presbyterian: Ecclesiology/Church Government”

A Brief Word on Doug Wilson

Anthony W. Brooks There has, over the last two decades, been an uproar. No, take that back, I can’t remember the word but it conveys the sound of a thousand yapping chihuahuas. Whatever the sound is it has to do with Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church Moscow ID, editor of Credenda Agenda, former presidingContinue reading “A Brief Word on Doug Wilson”

A Painful Lesson

Anthony W. Brooks I don’t remember much of it. Maybe my head made an unwanted connection with the steering wheel, maybe just like I don’t remember the white Ford pickup truck coming at me, I didn’t remember what took place afterwards, but all I do remember is forcing my door open and seeing the remainsContinue reading “A Painful Lesson”

Why I Am A Presbyterian: Calvinism

Anthony W. Brooks I know, I know, I used the C word. It’s okay, you’ll get over it. Calvinism isn’t all that bad and the caricatures that people make of it aren’t true so you can all calm the Calvinism down. I’m not giving a systematic exposition of the five-points or giving an apologetic onContinue reading “Why I Am A Presbyterian: Calvinism”

Why I Am A Presbyterian: The Covenant

Anthony W. Brooks Introduction In my last installment of Why I Am A Presbyterian I gave some general presuppositions and background to my journey into Presbyterianism. This was to lay a foundation for my thoughts and journey into the Presbyterian church. I discussed, amongst other things, my assumptions before entering the church and how thoseContinue reading “Why I Am A Presbyterian: The Covenant”

Why I am a Presbyterian: Intro and Background

Anthony W. Brooks In this Sabbath Day musing I will be starting a series of posts on why I am a Presbyterian. But don’t take this musing as an attempt to convert anyone over to my side, I believe that my experience and train of thought is subjective and can hardly be the vehicle ofContinue reading “Why I am a Presbyterian: Intro and Background”

Sending Our Children Into the Upside-down

Anthony W. Brooks I don’t get much joy from writing about the end of western civilization (though some of you think I buy this joy in 50 gallon drums), but alas it is necessary to invoke my inalienable right to think and say what I want and you be okay with it. My hope inContinue reading “Sending Our Children Into the Upside-down”

And The Wheels Keep Turning: Optimism Defined

Anthony W. Brooks It’s easy for us to read the local paper and see that the world is burning. The only questions left for us is when are the Everglades going to finish there slow descent into annihilation, when is California going to float over to North Korea, and when is Joe Biden going toContinue reading “And The Wheels Keep Turning: Optimism Defined”

The Virtuous Ivory Tower

Anthony W. Brooks I haven’t had an opportunity as of yet to smoke a cigar with brandy in hand and sit around and talk politics with the guys. That may be fun for some people but for me a good book and some Oreos are enough. Maybe it’s a lifestyle to look at the lowerContinue reading “The Virtuous Ivory Tower”

Skylarking for Skylarking’s Sake

Anthony W. Brooks It may seem axiomatic to say that opinion and thought blogs either are full of troublemakers or are mostly ignored. My blog tends to be the latter, but I’m okay with that now. It is the equivalent of, “Hi I’m Anthony and I have a problem…” Hi Anthony! But we can’t ignoreContinue reading “Skylarking for Skylarking’s Sake”

2020 as an Overflowing Toilet

Anthony W. Brooks Just as fodder for thought here, 9 months into the year and who could have predicted this year being this turbulent? An election year in the USA, a terrorist or two being reduced to pieces and smoke, a virus that was blown out of proportion, and still 4 months to go. Notwithstanding,Continue reading “2020 as an Overflowing Toilet”

A Brief Defense of Hard Words and Careless Words

Anthony W. Brooks Most of what I write is easy to digest. I want the reader to take it in and continue to read what I have put out there to read. My desire is to put my thoughts out there for the few people who actually pay attention to be encouraged by those thoughts.Continue reading “A Brief Defense of Hard Words and Careless Words”

Young Dragon Slayers Learn from Old Dragon Slayers

Anthony W. Brooks I don’t get much joy telling about my own sins, but if I have to learn from them the I guess it is high time I write about them. I am keeping with the theme of slaying dragons that I wrote about here for the purpose of continuity. If man’s chief endContinue reading “Young Dragon Slayers Learn from Old Dragon Slayers”

The Depravity of Man in the Council of Eternity

Anthony W. Brooks I consider myself a theologian not a Theologian. All Christians are called to be theologians, but a certain few achieve the credentials necessary to be called Theologian proper. Part of this call for the average man of Gondor in the pew is to realize the utter sinfulness of his condition. It isContinue reading “The Depravity of Man in the Council of Eternity”