Posts by Jed Brown

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It’s Called Gaslighting

by Jed Brown
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Slate.com’s recent headline called “conservatives” “creepy” for “obsessing” about the movie “Cuties”, which portrays underage girls in sexually suggestive and explicit situations. I have not seen it, but the consensus seems to be “It’s worse than you think.”1 Slate employs a tactic here that you will see again, called “gaslighting”. In this case, “cultural gaslighting”. […]

Tell It Not on Facebook

by Jed Brown
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A detail in 2 Samuel 1 instructs us well in our over-heated cultural moment. Since David’s anointing as king, forces supporting Saul and David have fought. Saul dies, and then a messenger informs David.  David mourns Saul, for Saul was “the Lord’s anointed” (1:14). God had anointed Saul – therefore God’s honor is diminished.  Therefore, […]

The Crucial Role of Communion in Corrosive Times

by Jed Brown
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If anything, our cultural moment can be described as “corrosive”, or “divided”. Another commentator has said our nation is “inflamed”. That’s about right.  And though you may be a Christian, we can easily be swept up in that inflamed division. And that inflamed division can then rend the fabric of the church. It’s happening, now, […]

The Trick is Trusting God About the Fence . . .

by Jed Brown
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When God is fencing our ambition, it can sure seem to constrain our freedom. But fences don’t simply contain, they protect. A good fence keeps us on the right path and prevents us from hurtling over cliffs, even if it seems we’re chasing something good. Dave Harvey and C. J. Mahaney, Rescuing Ambition

The Holy Kind of Slipperiness

by Jed Brown
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Persons in power should be very careful how they deal with a man who cares nothing for sensual pleasure, nothing for riches, nothing for comfort or praise, or promotion, but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right. He is a dangerous and uncomfortable enemy, because his body which you can always […]

The Secret of Living in Humble Confidence

by Jed Brown
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God is a tireless worker. Think of God as a worker in your life. Yes, it is amazing. We are prone to think of ourselves as workers in God’s life. But the Bible wants us first to be amazed that God is a worker in our lives: “From of old no one has heard or […]

The Source of Our Unity

by Jed Brown
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There was both unity and diversity in the Trinity, the first cause of all life, and until we find that communion with God, we can have no real unity within ourselves or with our fellow human beings. Ravi Zacharias, The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler

The Vision of the Anointed

by Jed Brown

Note: Normally I limit my word count in this blog to what a half letter-size piece of paper would hold. This article, however, is “long form” – intentionally longer. I’m happy to discuss it in person with you.  Introduction I don’t know if Thomas Sowell is a Christian, but he is a keen observer of […]

MacArthur Goes to Court

by Jed Brown
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You may have heard that Grace Community Church (GCC), pastored by John MacArthur, has disregarded the government’s lockdown orders. And you may remember that I disagreed with one basic foundation of their decision, in my video on civil disobedience. That disagreement still stands. And yet: We can have charity with each other, to disagree while […]