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20. Slave to Christ. Reformed Catholic. Presbyterian. Florida Man. #1 Vermigli Fan. Patristics enjoyer. Co-host of the Irenic Protestant Podcast. Galatians 6:14
May 18 35 tweets 7 min read
A response to this thread on Du Mez's work 'A Gospel For Woman' (with lots of added context to the situation at hand).

Buckle your seatbelts.
🧵 Some context to this whole situation should first be given. First, this was posted to twitter with a quote from an article written by Du Mez.
May 17 9 tweets 4 min read
Just like I did with Jesus & John Wayne, I’m going to read this book and start a thread with all the, uh, let’s say ‘interesting’ highlights in the work. Stay tuned friends! we’re off to a great start!
May 17 12 tweets 2 min read
To be blunt, this is straight up just a lie. "He [God] wishes the man to have the preeminence in every way... because she made a bad use of her power over the man, or rather her equality with him, God made her subject to her husband."
-John Chrysostom, 4th to 5th century
May 15 7 tweets 2 min read
The logic is simple:
If abortion is murder and a woman procures an abortion, said woman must be punished through legal action.

Idc what the pro-life movement has supposedly always said. If abortion is murder it ought to be prosecuted as such for the sake of justice. Ofc every single situation is different. Some women are forced into an abortion against their will, some demonstrate a lack of awareness of what abortion is, some know full well what it is, some celebrate their abortions, yadidadida you've prob heard all the scenarios by now.
May 13 8 tweets 2 min read
Charles Spurgeon on why so many neglect the Song of Solomon:

"The true reason for all this avoidance of one of the most heavenly portions of God's Word lies in the fact that the spirit of this Song is not easily attained. Its music belongs to the higher spiritual life, and Image has no charm for unspiritual ears. The Song occupies a sacred enclosure, into which none may enter unprepared. 'Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereupon thou standest is holy ground,' is the warning voice from its secret tabernacles. The historical books I may
Jan 14 4 tweets 1 min read
Just finished reading Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s book Jesus and John Wayne. This ought to succinctly summarize my thoughts
Jan 13 7 tweets 2 min read
okay, let’s see what Calvin has to say:

“The Lord Himself providentially opposes, conquers, and restrains the ferocity of our flesh by the medicine of the cross. He does this in ways that uniquely serve each believer's well-being. For we're not all equally or severely oppressed by the same diseases. Nor do we all require the same exact cure. And so we see that each believer is subjected to a different kind of cross. Our heavenly doctor, having purposed to restore all of us to health, treats some more leniently. Meanwhile, He applies stronger remedies
Jan 8 35 tweets 10 min read
Jesus and John Wayne is off to a great start! ImageImage I’m going to continuously come back here to tweet about my findings and fun comments going through this book. Hope y’all enjoy!
Jan 1 6 tweets 2 min read
Vermigli on the inability of the natural man to please God:

“Let us also consider the natural purpose which philosophers have discerned, that people should live according to reason and excellent virtue; let us see how few have attained it, and so learn the weakness of human virtue even in what is within the capacity of human reason. Consider still another necessity to which those in this state are subject, namely sin. For whatever they do without the grace of God and faith, they necessarily sin. They are children of wrath, and since they do not
Oct 19, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
I’m going to lose my marbles The class is “Religion and Sustainable Development”
Oct 18, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
feminism? Not a fan if I may say so myself, read some Chrysostom or Vermigli
Aug 16, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
John Owen on reliance on Christ to help mortify our sins:

“Let your soul admit this: ‘I am a pitiful, weak creature, unstable as water. I cannot excel. This corruption is too hard for me, and it is on the verge of ruining my soul. I do not know what to do. My soul has become like parched ground, and a habitat for dragons. I have made promises and broken them; vows and engagements have meant nothing to me. I have had many temptations over which I got the victory. I should be delivered, but I am deceived. So I can plainly see that without some
Aug 15, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
John Owen on God’s patience with us despite our sin:

“Consider the opportunities he might have taken over a period of time to make you ashamed and reproached in this world, and an object of His wrath forever. Think about how you dealt treacherously and falsely with him from Image time to time, flattered him with your lips, but broke all your promises and obligations through the sin you now pursue. And yet he has spared you time and again, despite the brazen way you put Him to the test to see how long he would hold off punishing you. And yet, will you
Aug 15, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
John Owen on the role of Law and Gospel in the mortification of our sin:

“But if a man is so dominated by the power of his lust that he has nothing but the law to oppose it, then that sin possesses his will. If he cannot fight against it with gospel weapons, and deals with it Image entirely by hell and judgment (which are the proper arms of the law), then it is evident that sin has conquered his will and his affections, and to a very great extent. Such a person has rejected the conduct of renewing grace. He is kept from ruin only by restraining grace.
Aug 13, 2021 48 tweets 9 min read
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A thread on the objectivity of Christ's presence in the Supper in the Reformed tradition:

To begin, it's important to note that there are three common misconceptions people make upon hearing the Reformed position on the Supper.
These three misconceptions are as follows: 1. The bread and wine during the Supper remain only bread and wine, becoming nothing more.
2. A reception of Christ in the Supper is no different than a reception of him through any other means of grace.
3. There is no objective presence of Christ in the Supper because this
Aug 12, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Macarius the Great’s answer to the question of the meaning behind 1 Corinthians 2:9:

“At that time, the great and the righteous men, and kings and prophets, were aware indeed that the Redeemer was coming; but that He should suffer and be crucified, and His blood poured out upon the cross, they neither knew, nor had they heard it; neither had it entered into their heart that there should be a baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and that in the church bread and wine should be offered, the symbol of His flesh and blood, and that those who partake of the
May 19, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
when evaluating a tradition's claim to being the 'One True Church,' Augustine set up some good guidelines in his dispute with the Donatists:

"All such things then removed, let them [the Donatists] demonstrate their Church, if they can, not in the speeches and murmurs of African , not in the councils of their bishops, not in the epistles of whatever debates, not in false signs and prodigies, since we are prepared and cautioned against them by the word of the Lord, but in the precept of the law, in the predictions of the prophets, in the songs of the
May 18, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
>be me, a 7th grader who's obsessed with Ken Ham & is an avid YEC
>read John Walton in high school & default to accepting all mainstream science as not conflicting with my faith
>further study the ideological nature of most modern "science"
>read some more
back to YEC I guess once you suspend a lot of your post-enlightenment rationalism and realize that the laws of nature are simply the normative way in which God supernaturally upholds the universe and he can suspend this literally whenever he wants, YECism doesn't sound that crazy.
May 18, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Dudes be like: Calvinism not teaching real presence in the exact same way I do means they're gnostics because they deny you physically chew on Jesus' earlobe in the eucharist and that's denying the actual body of Christ!

Cernovich: Actually, calvinism cringe, gnosticism based! it's also funny how Cernovich later was like "bro, read the church fathers."
DUDE, YOU CLEARLY HAVENT READ THEM IF YOU'RE A GNOSTIC, IGNATIUS AND IRENAEUS WOULD SLAP YOU IF THEY HEARD WHAT YOU SAID
May 18, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
LOL, okay gnostic someone get Irenaeus
Apr 27, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
“We know that wherever there is a divine promise, there faith is required, and that these two are so necessary to each other that neither can be effective apart from the other. For it is not possible to believe unless there is a promise, and the promise is not established unless it is believed. But where these two meet, they give a real and most certain efficacy to the sacraments. Hence, to seek the efficacy of the sacrament apart from the promise and apart from the faith is to labor in vain and to find condemnation. Thus Christ says: ‘He who