David Westerfield

Theology, Culture, Technology, Reviews, and Other Commentary

The Western System is Hollowed Out – From 2010

Excerpt from It’s the establishment vs the web, written in 2010, just as relevant today:

‘Western system hollowed out’

What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system has been hollowed out. In the last decade its political elites have been shown to be incompetent (Ireland, the U.S. and U.K. in not regulating banks); corrupt (all governments in relation to the arms trade); or recklessly militaristic (the U.S. and U.K. in Iraq). And yet nowhere have they been called to account in any effective way. Instead they have obfuscated, lied or blustered their way through. And when, finally, the veil of secrecy is lifted, their reflex reaction is to kill the messenger.

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The End of Protestantism – Interaction with Leithart

Here is¬†some interesting interaction between Douglas Wilson and Peter Leithart concerning Leithart’s thesis in his new book The End of Protestantism. As posts become available I’ll post them here:

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Trinity Controversy (ESS/ERAS) – Short Version

Someone recently asked for a summed up, quick description of the Eternal Subordination of the Son (ESS/ERAS) Trinity controversy going on in the evangelical world. This was my best shot. Unfortunately there’s so much more to it that it’s hard to condense, but this is what I threw out there, complete with my own bias in disagreement with Grudem ūüėČ All of this is my own understanding and not necessarily reflective of all that could or should be said. And as usual, if in anything I err, please feel free to correct, constructively.

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The Good News of the Kingdom of God

“Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God.” – Luke 8:1

The good news is not merely a pleasant report of reconciliation, though it is that, and in it we should and must rejoice. It is not merely a declaration of acceptance before Yahweh, though how extraordinary and wonderful it is indeed. It is not merely our statement of adoption by an awesome Father, now made his children.

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Automated Living Follow-up

In a previous blog, I discussed how the increasing automation of jobs and services will lead to a loss of the desire and design to be productive as humans, created in the image of God. Guardian has an article out that speaks to this, but how it will lead to two ultimate ends: the elusive utopia I spoke of in the previous blog (and showed how it really won’t be that at all), or a new form of serfdom. I would argue that either way there is a loss of humanity in removing the role of working as being a fulfillment of one of our designs as humans. Nevertheless, here’s the article:

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Boards of Canada – Fan Videos

These are some of the best fan videos I’ve found of Boards of Canada songs. Enjoy:

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WesterFive – 09/15/2016

Luther, Theologian of the Cross РPresbyterian.org.uk

The Dragnet: How a man accused of million-dollar fraud uncovered a never before seen, secret surveillance device РThe Verge

Teaching Calvin in California – NYT

John Hagee Cryogenically Freezes Himself Until 2032 Blood Moons – Babylon Bee

I Will Be a God to You and to Your Children – R. Scott Clark


R. Scott Clark: I Will Be a God to You and to Your Children

“And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.” (Genesis 17:7 ESV)

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’‚ÄĚ (Acts 2:38-39 ESV)

Before you can delve into the particulars of infant baptism, there are many larger assumptions and presuppositions that must be dealt with that inform why and how we make our¬†decision in regard to this. One of these particulars is how we, as the New Covenant church, relate to Abraham in the Abrahamic Covenant. In addition, how does Abraham relate to Moses and the Mosaic Covenant? And how do both relate to¬†Christ¬†and the present-day, New Covenant¬†church? There are many other aspects to each of these and more points to cover, but the fundamental issue in the debate over baptism isn’t really about baptism: rather it’s more about¬†how you read scripture concerning the outworking of the history of redemption between the Old and New Testaments. Everything hinges on that. If you come with a different set of assumptions to bigger questions than baptism, infant baptism indeed¬†won’t make sense.

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Jesus, the Giver, Fulfiller and Lover of the Law

“The Gospel does not abrogate God’s law, but it makes men love it with all of their hearts.” – J. Gresham Machen

If Jesus is (right now)¬†and was (during His earthly ministry)¬†a perfect lover of the law of God, a lover of the commandments of God (and He is, as He is the One who gave the law¬†to Moses on the mountain, since it is a very reflection of His character and nature), just as the same love of God’s laws and rules¬†is laid out in multiple places in the Psalms, but very clearly and repeatedly in Psalm 119, for example; and if Jesus is speaking to the churches in the early church in the beginning of Revelation banning them from “sexual immorality,” because it does indeed displease Him; does it not follow that just because a particular sin or issue isn’t spoken of directly in the words of Jesus, recorded in the gospels,¬†that there is enough evidence to surmise that yes, indeed, Jesus was opposed to every form of sexuality¬†that doesn’t conform to the pattern instated in the very beginning, man and woman in covenant marriage,¬†in Genesis, re-iterated by none other than Jesus Himself?

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Not To Our Name But Yours Alone

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,¬†for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Psalm 115:1

“Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4

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