Entries by Jason Caywood


St. Basil on the Holy Spirit

“Only then after a man is purified from the shame whose stain he took through his wickedness, and has come back again to his natural beauty, and as it were cleaning the Royal Image and restoring its ancient form, only thus is it possible for him to draw near to the Paraclete. And He, like […]

When Everybody Gets Religion

One of the most common complaints against Christians and the efforts of Christian churches has been that they attempt to propagate their faith. As the well worn saying goes, they want to “force their religion down everyone’s throats.” This is usually spoken with an air of grave finality, as if the speaker had uttered an […]

Glory in the Triune God

“To glorify is to manifest the hidden excellence and worth of an object. Jesus, the Son of Man was to be glorified when His human nature was admitted to the full participation of the power and glory in which God dwells. He entered into the perfect spirit—life of the heavenly world, of the Divine Being. […]


The Indwelling Trinity

God’s design and will is to dwell within his redeemed. Thus we can properly speak of the indwelling Trinity. Our Lord stated that his departure (through his death and after his resurrection from the dead) would make this possible (see John 14:23-24). This is a truth which has not been well understood nor been adequately […]

It Is What It Is

“It is what it is.” I have said this many times in my adult life when talking with friends and family. These words seemed to me to be most appropriate in situations and circumstances that appeared intractable or to which I could not see any good option for resolving. So my summary assessment became simply, […]


How We Got To Heaven

I have been thinking about how we got to heaven. I do not mean by this actually “going to heaven” after dying. Rather, I refer to how we modern Christians have arrived at our conception of “heaven”—of the afterlife. Our ideas are strongly conditioned and even dictated to us by the cultural context we live […]


A Christian Assessment of Islam, Part 2

To argue for a Christian assessment of Islam, in the sense which I elaborated in the prior post (A Christian Assessment of Islam, Part 1), may strike some of the readers as contrary to Christian principles and even the command to love one’s neighbor. I suggest to those readers that any such concerns should be […]


A Christian Assessment of Islam, Part 1

We need a Christian assessment of Islam. I purposely use the term “Christian” here in order to convey the substance of historic Christian doctrine and sincere attempts to practice a way of life in line with the plain teachings of Scripture and of the Lord Jesus. Sadly, the term “Christian” today has almost become meaningless […]

The Abolitionists Legacy, Part 2

Like all reform movements, the abolitionists legacy is not without fault. We look back upon the prior generations greatest achievements and we can critique them and perceive how those social or legal reforms could have been enacted more effectively (and perhaps justly). To not ask critical questions of the views and actions of our forebearers […]

The Abolitionists Legacy, Part 1

We modern Americans (and those with a general knowledge of American history) tend to assume that the abolitionists legacy is right not only in the sense of their cause being just but also in their arguments and methods. In other words, we tend to assume that God was on their side and that the means […]

Fish Tanks

Have you ever looked carefully at fish tanks? Yes, actual fish tanks. Let me elaborate. Recently my wife was in the hospital for quite a while and near the unit she was on was the children’s center. Near the main waiting area is a fish tank which became a favorite destination for us when we […]

Sacrosanct, Part 2

In past centuries the ancestors or those famous leaders (kings, priests, poets, military men) were revered. In contrast to antiquity and biblical times, we modern people tend to despise and discount the past generations contribution to ideas and our way of life. And with that disregard, many people tend to be indifferent or hostile to […]

Sacrosanct, Part 1

One of the great ironies about the whole modern period in Western countries is that people cannot escape a sense of the sacred. One way this yearning comes out is by weighing culture as sacrosanct. We build a way of life which necessarily excludes the Deity from society and our personal lives yet are haunted […]

Grappling with Contemporary Issues

There are certain Christian leaders and authors in every generation who by grace leave a profoundly good influence upon the Christian community and even unbelieving people. John Stott is one of those leaders. Among his many excellent books I want to highlight one in particular because the current issue of the Resonance Journal is on […]

The Heresy of Racism, Part 2

I am well aware that the phrase “the heresy of racism” may strike readers as odd or even incorrect. The phrase was chosen purposely because how we think of ourselves as human beings is inherently theological (or ideological if one does not acknowledge Deity). We draw conclusions about what it means to be human based […]

The Heresy of Racism, Part 1

I have never understood racism. The very idea of pre-judging a person’s value or worth based solely on skin color has always struck me as ranking on the highest order of stupidity—the kind of stupidity that is chosen and reinforced rather than merely passively learned from others. This particular kind of sin is not merely […]

Dodging Reality and Embracing Fiction

Augustine of Hippo, perhaps one of the most influential Christians writers in Church history, made an observation about himself and the people of his own time that is remarkably relevant to our own. In his book, The Confessions, he describes how people would go to see performances at the theatre (that is, plays) and get […]

Padre Kino

Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino was born August 10th, 1645 in the town of Segno in Northern Italy (close to Trent). Padre Kino, as he became known, studied Science and Literature and Religion at a school in Trent run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a monastic order of the Roman Catholic Church. At the age […]