Posts by Jed Brown

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On Technology and Church

by Jed Brown

On Tuesday we initiated a flurry of technological stop-gaps to the problem of not being able to gather right now. The role of technology in the church, however, deserves further reflection. First, let me say, I don’t like not meeting together. Nor do I like technological substitutes for face-to-face contact. Not one bit. Because that’s just what […]

The Good Math

by Jed Brown

It is not a true Gospel that gives us the impression that the Christian life is easy, and that there are no problems to be faced. That is not the New Testament teaching. The New Testament is most alarming at first, indeed terrifying, as it shows us the problems by which we are confronted. But […]

Don’t Waste Your Coronavirus Isolation

by Jed Brown

Our greatest danger right now is wasting our isolation, by stewing in fear and numbing ourselves in streams of entertainment. God causes all things to be for our good, but that doesn’t just happen automatically. We need to act to ensure we don’t waste our isolation. Two passages come to mind; first 1 Cor. 7:5: 5 Do […]

Government Coronavirus Directives and Individual Liberty

by Jed Brown

I affirm that the decision maker for health decisions is the individual. We have freedom to make our own health decisions.  However, there are limits to that freedom. For instance, if sin is involved, as with abortion.* Furthermore, we need to think clearly about how the Bible usually talks about the exercise of our freedom […]

Responding to the Coronavirus . . . and the Government

by Jed Brown

There are two basic responses that the Bible requires of us, to the coronavirus outbreak.  The first is submission to the governing authorities. Presently, the CDC has called for self-isolation for those over 65, “strong” social distancing and canceling events over 50 people. I see no sin in these. Therefore, Romans 13:1-7 straightforwardly applies:  Let every […]

Coronavirus and the Gospel

by Jed Brown

Yesterday Sacramento County shifted its strategy of dealing with the spreading coronavirus, from one of containment to one of management. Essentially, they advise: if you have coronavirus, limit your social contact. If you do not have it, but have been exposed to someone who does have it, then take precautions – see below, and see the […]

Exodus 20

by Jed Brown

Augustine called the Ten Commandments “your sum of 3 and 7 – a golden harp of ten strings”. The first three are toward God, and the final seven are toward others – and 3 and 7 are the “perfect” numbers. These commandments serve as the moral backbone for any functioning society. No other law or […]

The Main Thing

by Jed Brown

We can see our “main thing” from different angles: To the elders of Acts 6, “Prayer, and the ministry of the word” is the main thing. This is because PRAYER, the WORD and our FELLOWSHIP are means TO the main thing:  the receiving of grace, the undeserved GIFT of God, that is IN Christ Jesus. […]

Responding to the Intolerance of Tolerance

by Jed Brown

It has been well-documented by others that what’s called “tolerance” these days is actually a form of intolerance. (See D. A. Carson’s excellent book, “The Intolerance of Tolerance”.) The word “tolerance” has been highjacked by our culture and totally turned for a use completely antithetical to its definiton.  You see this in calls to accept […]