Archive for December, 2010

Tolle Lege!

  I struggle with the Kindle, I have to admit, but boy do I want one – at least, sometimes. Other times I am perfectly happy with not having one at all because I enjoy holding a book in my hand and I especially love the way they look on the shelf. There they are, […]

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Total Depravity, the Highest View of Man (part two)

Pulitzer prize winning author Marilynne Robinson says of total depravity that it is the “counterweight to Calvin’s rapturous humanism.” In the previous post I sought to make the point that total depravity is actually the highest view of man. I know it sounds paradoxical (and makes for a provocative title I might add), but it […]

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Total Depravity, the Highest View of Man (part one)

It is often said of the Calvinist that his view of God is high and his view of man is low. Of course, in a sense this is true but in another it is not. The Calvinist actually has the highest view of man. From the days of Thomas Aquinas the Roman Catholic Church has […]


Always Winter and Never Christmas

“Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” This is the indictment C.S. Lewis gives us of the cursed land of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But halfway through the book, the spell begins to break, the witch’s power begins to weaken, and Father Christmas appears on the scene with gifts […]

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Water is Thicker than Blood

I often tell people that my father taught me two important lessons growing up: 1) blood is thicker than water, and 2) never buy a steak from the back of a pickup truck. While I still agree wholeheartedly to the latter (to this day I have never purchased any meat from a pickup truck), I […]

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Welcome to Hamilton’s Flame

If you’re here, you either stumbled upon this site or you saw the link because you are connected to me in some form of social media. This is a blog to discuss Reformed theology, piety, and practice. Whether you are familiar with, new to, or even opposed and perhaps hostile to the Reformed expression of […]


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