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””

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”