Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

A Foray into FV

I rarely comment on the whole Federal Vision "controversy," but I did have a thought today that I wanted to throw out onto the Internets. If Someone were to send me a million dollars in the mail, I'd be very happy. Overwhelming gratitude would be the proper response. Now, if I thought that the check had been sent via UPS, and someone came along to tell me that the check had actually come through FedEx, I might debate this question on a purely academic level. However, I don't think it would make me too angry. After all, I've got the million dollars.

I feel the same way about the Active Imputation of Christ's Obedience vs. Union With Christ debate. If all that is Christ's belongs to me as well, then I should respond with gratefulness and joy. Whether all this came to be through "imputation" or "union" or a combination of both can be discussed profitably, but getting the theological answer right is not the same as having the benefit.

I'll put it this way. Person A received a million dollars and believes it was sent through FedEx. Person B received a million dollars and believes it was sent through UPS. Neither side should accuse the other of not having a million dollars simply because they can't agree about how the money was sent.