The Books

"When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments." - (2 Timothy 4:13)

 

Currently Reading

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State

Foreign Affairs (November/December 2018)

 

Next Up

Gay Girl, Good God

Wendell Berry and Higher Education

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity

The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge

 

 Recently Completed

Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World 

Debunking Utopia

How Growth Really Happens

The Human Advantage

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Sugar: The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity


Psalm 2

God’s Promise to His Anointed
(Acts 4:23–31)


1 Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder,
and cast their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the LORD has them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron,
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
with trembling 12 kiss his feet,
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

 

Source: The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 2:1–12). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.


Humility

It is the humble man whom God protects and liberates; it is the humble whom He loves and consoles. To the humble He turns and upon them bestows great grace, that after their humiliation He may raise them up to glory. He reveals His secrets to the humble, and with kind invitation bids them come to Him. Thus, the humble man enjoys peace in the midst of many vexations, because his trust is in God, not in the world. Hence, you must not think that you have made any progress until you look upon yourself as inferior to all others.

 

Source: Thomas à Kempis. (1996). The Imitation of Christ (pp. 63–64). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems.


Venezuela’s Suicide

From Foreign Affairs:

 

The Venezuelan state has mostly given up on providing public services such as health care, education, and even policing; heavy-handed, repressive violence is the final thing left that Venezuelans can rely on the public sector to consistently deliver. In the face of mass protests in 2014 and 2017, the government responded with thousands of arrests, brutal beatings and torture, and the killing of over 130 protesters.

 


Solzhenitsyn's Prophecy

From Robert P. George:

 

When people forget God, when they come to suppose that they don’t need Him or His grace and guidance, when they fall into the hubristic error of imagining that they are too smart and sophisticated to believe in Him, a catastrophe always ensues.