Reaction To a Sermon: April 25, 2021 “An Invitation to Worship”

Anthony W. Brooks I wanted to react and respond to a recent sermon on worship that was preached at a church I attended over five years ago. This may seem like I am getting personal to you, and you are right. The personal aspect of this post will become apparent. Many of the themes ofContinue reading “Reaction To a Sermon: April 25, 2021 “An Invitation to Worship””

A Primer of Circular Syllogism: Reason and Epistemology

Anthony W. Brooks For as long as man has existed we have asked the same questions. What is the meaning of life? How do we know what we know? Is there a god? Is there life after death? These questions among others make up the complex and robust subheading of philosophy known as epistemology. WhichContinue reading “A Primer of Circular Syllogism: Reason and Epistemology”

In Regard To The Wilson Case: Letter Sent To The Mayor of Moscow, ID

Anthony W. Brooks I don’t live in your city or vote in your city elections. It may seem strange that I would contact you on this matter from a small town in Texas. Politics is not my forte and I don’t know what drives your politics, but I am concerned about the politics of thisContinue reading “In Regard To The Wilson Case: Letter Sent To The Mayor of Moscow, ID”

A Letter to a Friend #2

Anthony W. Brooks In my last letter, dear Athanasius, I laid out my thoughts and concerns about the anxiety I feel with every fiber of my consciousness. Your words to me were as a horse’s bridle steering me toward certainty. What I was feeling was the same thing you felt in your walk in thisContinue reading “A Letter to a Friend #2”

Doubtful Christianity

Anthony W. Brooks It’s a shame. Disappointing. I didn’t see this coming. Why didn’t you talk to someone. These are the responses that are littering the internet whenever a serious Christian icon falls away, “deconstructs”, from Christianity. We always put so much fuel in our faith tanks that comes from these prominent, sometimes mythical, socialContinue reading “Doubtful Christianity”

A letter to a friend

Anthony W. Brooks I know it seems strange to write to you now. It has been so long and we’ve both changed in so many ways. It seems so unfathomable that I would decide to write this at such a redundant time in our lives, but I need to unpack my thoughts on someone. IContinue reading “A letter to a friend”

Masking Up In Worship

Anthony W. Brooks “Whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded…” – Exodus 34:34 This pandemic has been hard. For many involved the choice is clear, be careful,Continue reading “Masking Up In Worship”

I’m Done With The Republican Party

Anthony W. Brooks I’m done. There is no other way to put it. When Donald J. Trump ran for office I was dismayed by his rhetoric, but decided to put that aside to prevent the likes of Hillary Clinton becoming the President of these United States. I voted for him and, for the first threeContinue reading “I’m Done With The Republican Party”

The Middle Way

Anthony W. Brooks Opinions. What are they? Opinions are not the same as facts, though they are often treated as such. They are dangerous in that regard because, as they are muttered, they invoke emotion that pushes forth a narrative that someone wishes was the reality. As the narrative grows and takes hold of theContinue reading “The Middle Way”

A Call To My Generation

Anthony W. Brooks Vagabonds. That’s what we are. If there is anything I’ve ever noticed about those born in the 90’s and early 2000’s we are vagabonds. Passionate, emotional, rebellious, and unstable. Narnians who wish to free our land from the tyranny of the ice queen. Unfortunately, this also means betraying the morals and valuesContinue reading “A Call To My Generation”

Why Christians Should Write And Be Good At It

Anthony W. Brooks The title is hypocritical, let’s start with that. Here I am writing an article about being a good author, while I am a crappy one. Always thinking, imagining, and typing away on a blog with less than 100,000 visitors. But, I want to make one thing clear from the start, you don’tContinue reading “Why Christians Should Write And Be Good At It”

A Call For Unity

Anthony W. Brooks Introduction and Thanks I want to start off with a hearty thanks to everyone who has been reading. Some of you remember my last attempt at penmanship and can recall that that went about as well as Michael Bloomberg’s attempted run for presidency of these United States. This time around I haveContinue reading “A Call For Unity”

Are We In The Last Days?

Anthony W. Brooks I typically don’t detail my views on the “Last Days”, preferring to let it flow naturally out of my views on society, ethics, and over all epistemology. But, as it turns out, I need to do it this one time (or multiple times depending on how well this is received). As itContinue reading “Are We In The Last Days?”

How to Handle a Financially Irresponsible Spouse

Cynthia J. Welborn “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, Impartial and sincere.” -James 3:17 Here is a scenario for you. Your partner makes an unauthorized purchase without your consent. You are expecting to have the money to pay the bills or toContinue reading “How to Handle a Financially Irresponsible Spouse”

A Practical Guide To Christian Living: Seeing Things God’s Way

Anthony W. Brooks I annoy my wife. She wants to live a rather normal life and I always have to bring God into everything. She is a good Christian woman, but she believes God can be implied in a situation without having to be overtly expressed. And maybe she’s right. But I want to beContinue reading “A Practical Guide To Christian Living: Seeing Things God’s Way”

A Practical Guide To Christian Living: The Problem of Hypocrisy

Anthony W. Brooks We’ve all heard it said that the Christian Church is a melting pot of hypocrisy, a stage of platitudes that are forgotten as soon as the final amens are sung. The people go home and turn on their computer screens and stare at the skins that are uncovered for their viewing pleasure,Continue reading “A Practical Guide To Christian Living: The Problem of Hypocrisy”

The Dangerous Notion of the Christian Worldview

Anthony W. Brooks I’ve always been a diverse thinker. I have read and thought through divergent opinions that may or may not have had similarities with my own. From dystopian novels, to skeptical allegiances, to radical fundamentalist works all of these views have one thing in common. They all have a starting point. For theContinue reading “The Dangerous Notion of the Christian Worldview”

The Three Keys to a Happy Marriage: Humility

Cynthia J. Welborn “With all humility and gentleness with patience bearing with one another in love. Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3 I decided that I should start off writing a mini series about the three keys to a happy marriage. The three topics areContinue reading “The Three Keys to a Happy Marriage: Humility”

Adding A Contributor Plus Some Thoughts

Anthony W. Brooks I want to start off by apologizing for my absence. It has been over a week since I’ve typed at any length, but with the election and a crazy work schedule I found no time to wander about “dem internets” or type on the keyboard to any extent. I know that youContinue reading “Adding A Contributor Plus Some Thoughts”

Thought Crimes and the Edge of Eternity

Anthony W. Brooks “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” – Jeremiah 17:10 The new trailer for No Quarter November came out this week and keeping with the theme of this month Douglas Wilson said something interesting.Continue reading “Thought Crimes and the Edge of Eternity”

A Practical Guide To Christian Living: The Gospel and Repentance

Anthony W. Brooks ⚠️ Long Post In the last Installment of this series I discussed a practical understanding of being born again. In this one we will discuss what the Gospel is (what are we believing in) and repentance (how we continue in that believing by turning from sin). So we will be basically hittingContinue reading “A Practical Guide To Christian Living: The Gospel and Repentance”

God Created… End of Story

Anthony W. Brooks I love arguing. It’s what I do best. A majority of the time I’m a quiet soul who listens and perceives people’s way of thinking, then when I start to talk it is usually to counter a point I disagree with. Yes, I’m that guy. Usually when we talk about the ChristianContinue reading “God Created… End of Story”

A Practical Guide To Christian Living: Understanding Salvation

Anthony W. Brooks In churches I’ve attended in the past there was a teaching that, unfortunately, has made headway in churches all over the country. This teaching is the existence of what is called the “carnal Christian” or the Christian who isn’t being sanctified. While they are teaching this they teach the doctrine of regenerationContinue reading “A Practical Guide To Christian Living: Understanding Salvation”

A Practical Guide To Christian Living- An Introduction

Anthony W. Brooks The Idea There’s an idea here that I want to try to flesh out. I have had the privilege to work with a man going through a nasty divorce. At the beginning he was more of a Practical deist with no idea where to start to find answers to his questions. HeContinue reading “A Practical Guide To Christian Living- An Introduction”

Why We Need to Pay Attention to No Quarter November

Anthony W. Brooks I’ve been reading Douglas Wilson for a few years now. Since I’ve entered the Reformed world there has been one name under heaven by which all people screech in division and this name is Doug Wilson. Since I’ve been teaching I’ve tried to be balanced, agreeing where I can agree and callingContinue reading “Why We Need to Pay Attention to No Quarter November”

Why I Am A Presbyterian: The Eschatology of Worship

Anthony W. Brooks I never envisioned being at a church that believes that we worship at the throne of God… It never crossed my mind. Why worship God unless we are in his presence to do so? Eschatology is normally limited to debates about the millennium… most people don’t know that eschatology proper can referContinue reading “Why I Am A Presbyterian: The Eschatology of Worship”

R.I.P. Evangelicalism

Anthony W. Brooks I am tired. I am tired of pretending that evangelicalism is anything more than political grandstanding. The church and the Christian Faith must be more than this. When did it become okay to say the pledge of allegiance in a worship service, or sing the National Anthem? When did this become theContinue reading “R.I.P. Evangelicalism”

God, Foreknowledge, and Our Monkey Dance

Anthony W. Brooks A question was asked me in response to my last Apologetics article on unbelief (you can read that one here). The question came from a rather inquisitive woman who I believe to be sincere in her thinking, so I wanted to answer at length here on the blog. The question is this.Continue reading “God, Foreknowledge, and Our Monkey Dance”

Why I Am A Presbyterian: Worship: An Introduction

Anthony W. Brooks On this fifth installment of Why I Am A Presbyterian I want to lay out my case for Presbyterian Worship. Starting here I began a series on the reasons I came into the Presbyterian church and why I was convinced, over time, that it is the most faithful form of Christianity thatContinue reading “Why I Am A Presbyterian: Worship: An Introduction”

The Nonsense of Unbelief

Anthony W. Brooks This is a Christian Thought Blog. So it is safe to say that there will be Christian Thoughts. So in the spirit of Christian thought I want to share my thoughts, the thoughts of a Christian, and expect you to be okay with it. Of course, you should expect that my thoughtsContinue reading “The Nonsense of Unbelief”

Hello from a White, Heterosexual, Cisgender Male

Anthony W. Brooks Trigger warning! I said hello. For all of you who think I’m not being sensitive enough to other cultures who speak not my native tongue, this warning goes out to you. I am speaking English and I hope you are offended. Now with that said let’s move on to the point. IContinue reading “Hello from a White, Heterosexual, Cisgender Male”

A Different Type of Christianity

Anthony W. Brooks Moralism. Moralism is the word I was looking for. Not the type of moralism that accepts morality as being absolute, but the type of moralism that judges others by a standard higher than actually exists. This is what I’m condemning. I was always told as a child “You may be the onlyContinue reading “A Different Type of Christianity”

You Need to Read

Anthony W. Brooks We’ve all tried it. Starting in Genesis we will make it at a swift pace and work our way through creation and the flood. Abraham receiving the sign from God… Lot being rescued from the city as God rains down fire from heaven… then we may or may not read the genealogiesContinue reading “You Need to Read”

A Holy Place of God

Anthony W. Brooks What is a holy place? Surely there are many holy places. There is the Holy Land that God gave Israel and where Jesus lived, taught, and died. Where he was resurrected and ascended. Where the church began and where there have been numerous “holy wars” fought. But this is not what IContinue reading “A Holy Place of God”

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”

Bilbo Baggins and Teaching Boys to Become Men

Anthony W. Brooks I was always taken back at the story of the Hobbit and the Shire. J. R. R. Tolkien was a master of story telling and imagination. The world he created about the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings was fanciful and delightful, but there are some lessons to be learned fromContinue reading “Bilbo Baggins and Teaching Boys to Become Men”

Raising Boys to Slay a Dragon

Anthony W. Brooks It’s difficult to say where our culture is taking us, but one thing is for certain. Masculinity is being attacked and replaced by femininity and called masculinity. The church has fallen into this trap and it is causing the church to be without real men who teach young men to become grownContinue reading “Raising Boys to Slay a Dragon”

Bible Review: ESV Creeds and Confessions

Anthony W. Brooks I am not paid to do this, I do it for fun. I love nice Bibles and I love giving them away. In my current library I have over 45 Bibles that I only use on certain assigned days of the Jewish calendar. I have also bought and given away more BiblesContinue reading “Bible Review: ESV Creeds and Confessions”

Doug Wilson Cancelled

Anthony W. Brooks Though this seems like old news and far from productive, I have noticed the debate is just now coming to a simmer, and eventually will be boiling hot. I am a long time member (though not consecutively) of the Reformed Pub group on Facebook. I remember when the group was only 8,000Continue reading “Doug Wilson Cancelled”

The Church in the Culture: A Primer on Theonomic Transformation

Anthony W. Brooks 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all thingsContinue reading “The Church in the Culture: A Primer on Theonomic Transformation”

A Mythical Giant Named Sexism

Anthony W Brooks In a recent conversation on the interwebs “He Who Shall Not Be Named” was memed for the millionth time this month by a professional troll with less than pure intentions. This conversation involved a quote from one of his books on marriage (one of his more controversial topics) and the quote basicallyContinue reading “A Mythical Giant Named Sexism”