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Who Chose the Books of the Bible?

Who Chose the Books of the Bible?


Lots of people wonder about why the Bible has particular books in it and not others. You’re not alone! Maybe you have some of these questions?

  • How early or late was the list of books in the Bible decided?
  • Who decided on the list? Was some church council involved?
  • What historical sources do we have to tell us how this was all decided?
  • Can we trust that the list we have today is the correct list?

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Taxation is Slavery (Book)

Taxation is Slavery


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About the Book

I wrote this book over about two years from 2018-2020. The book is based on research I did for my capstone project in my Master of Divinity degree. I set out to write an 8,000-word essay on Abraham Kuyper’s theology of taxes (Kuyper was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and also a Reformed theologian). I thought Kuyper would give me a biblical foundation for deciding what the “fair” level of taxes would be.

But the research took me in a very different direction. After months of reading, study and reflection, I decided that the only logical, biblical conclusion was that the tax rate should be 0%. All taxes are wrong.


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Chatting by the lake

Law, Grace and Nouthetic Counselling of Depression


I have been studying pastoral care this semester, and I came across Jay E. Adams’ work on Christian counselling.  For the most part, I have really appreciated Adams’ critique of Freudian psychoanalysis and the culturally-accepted “medical model” of mental illness.  He argues that depression needs to be understood in biblical categories, in particular, that it is not something that simply seized upon a person from the outside, like catching a stomach bug.  Rather, it is often the result of spiralling unbiblical reactions to a circumstance.  That circumstance may not have been something under the person’s control, but allowing themselves to wallow in despair is.  That is a behavioural response that needs to be addressed biblically.

However, a cautionary word I would add when attempting Adams’ method is that it’s easy to think we’ve understood when we haven’t.  If the goal of nouthetic counselling is to lovingly confront the lies people believe with biblical truths, then it is necessary to understand precisely what those lies are that they believe.  If we don’t do that, we run the very real risk of further overemphasising truths they are already comfortable with, and as a result de-emphasising truths that they are currently doubting.  This has the effect of reinforcing the lie rather than the needed corrective truth!  Not a good outcome at all.

Consider the following two conversations with a person who is spiralling into depression (we’ll call them “Dave”).  Let’s say that the initial circumstance they are responding to is getting laid off from work.


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