Mondays with MacDonald (on the Christian response to hell)

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.” “Love your enemies, and ye shall be the children of the highest.” It is the divine glory to forgive. Yet a time will come when the Unchangeable will cease to forgive; when it will no more belong to his perfection to […]

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Mondays with MacDonald (on belief without doubt)

“And if any man yet say that, because of my lack of absolute assurance, I have no right to the sacred post [i.e. as curate, parish priest),–Let him, I answer, who has been assailed by such doubts as mine, and from the citadel of his faith sees no more one lingering shadow of a foe–let […]

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Mondays with MacDonald (on choosing Christianity despite uncertainty)

“All I now say is, that in the story of Jesus I have beheld such grandeur—to me apparently altogether beyond the reach of human invention, such a radiation of divine loveliness and truth, such hope for man, soaring miles above every possible pitfall of Fate; and have at the same time, from the endeavour to […]

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Mondays with MacDonald (to open-minded, liberal believers)

Now, the one main fault in the Christian Church is separation, repulsion, recoil between the component particles of the Lord’s body. I will not, I do not care to inquire who is more to blame than another in the evil fact. I only care to insist that it is the duty of every individual man […]

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Seeking Truth is not enough

Going into this post, please be aware that I will indulge in the obnoxious habit of capitalizing Truth to distinguish the abstract concept of veritas from small-t truths that amount to individual factoids. I hope this will not distract you. As a teenager I was once informed by a mentor that I was a “seeker of […]

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Mondays with MacDonald (on faith as action)

I think this will throw some light upon the words of our Lord, “If ye have faith and doubt not, if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Good people, amongst them John Bunyan,* have been tempted to tempt the Lord their […]

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Mondays with MacDonald (on soteriological synergy)

Until a man begins to obey, the light that is in him is darkness. Any honest soul may understand this much, however—for it is a thing we may of ourselves judge to be right—that the Lord cannot save a man from his sins while he holds to his sins. An omnipotence that could do and […]

Monday, November 14th, 2011