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Keeping Focus.

By |2020-01-10T09:56:51-05:00January 10th, 2020|Blog|

Sin is the violation of God’s law not the violation of some aspect of Freudian psychoanalysis (1 John 3:4). Perhaps one of the most destructive, incapacitating fruits of pietism is the naval-gazing obsession with the war inside of a man. Retreating from his responsibility to mature in God’s law, develop, and fight, the pietist sees no culpability and thus no calling to reform his external environment. Thanks to Freud and Jung, he is too busy looking inward. Not that a man goes without mortifying his flesh! Far be it from me to suggest that sinless perfectionism is a legitimate, orthodox [...]

New Book Release: Have Yourself An Eschatological Christmas

By |2019-12-24T12:03:59-05:00December 24th, 2019|Blog|

I'm excited to announce the release of my latest book, 'Have Yourself An Eschatological Christmas: Christmas Hope in an Age of Pessimism'! From the description: 'Have Yourself an Eschatological Christmas' is a short book on a big topic. The advent of Christ was, quite literally, a history changing moment when the Triune God decided to act. The Word becoming flesh changed the game, and it changes the rest of history as we move towards the glorious promise of resurrection life. In this book, Dr. Jason Garwood explores the contours and themes of eschatology and how the coming of Christ plays [...]

Hypocrisy In War

By |2019-11-13T13:42:49-05:00November 7th, 2019|Blog|

War will never be given the adjective “beautiful” because the very nature of war is one of death and destruction. You won’t find a commander describing the advancement of his army towards the enemy as being the same thing as watching a sunset over the watery horizon. The reason, of course, is because war is the breakdown of the image of God in man, and this is far from alluring. When peace is side-stepped, war is espoused, and when war comes about no one is thinking about flowers and art. War has its bruises and scars, and we better make [...]

High Octane Postmillennialism

By |2019-05-15T12:15:42-05:00May 15th, 2019|Blog|

Or, knocking off the temptation to want to look at the world around us, throw our hands in the air, and whine about it all.  The postmillennial eschatology, being the victorious expression of our covenant Lord in history, gives us not just a foretaste of the consummation of history, but a paradigm through which we understand victory itself. If we adopt the humanist version of history, we find that we’re progressing somewhere, but no one knows where this is, and the car has no brakes. If we adopt the premillennial view, the Church is going to give it the old [...]

The Greatest Threat to the Church

By |2019-04-23T14:29:31-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Blog|

It's high time we deal with this. The greatest threat to the Church in America isn’t a political candidate for president, AOC, or even immigrants coming over the “border.” It's not Russia or climate control, or radical Islam. The greatest threat is, very simply, statism. But even that’s not the root, though we’re getting closer. The reason full-blown, fully metastasized Statism is the greatest threat is tied to the fact that it exists as a rival religion--a rival social order for all of life--because the Church has allowed its tentacles to grow and we've even perpetuated and participated in its growth. It's [...]

Finished: The Meaning of Good Friday

By |2019-04-19T10:34:37-05:00April 19th, 2019|Blog|

Hanging on the cross, Jesus said one final word: tetelestai. This word, translated as "It is finished," is oftentimes the subject of curious speculation. What was finished? What is He talking about? His life: was that finished? The work of redemption: was that complete? Just what does John 19:30 mean? Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (Jn. 19:30) Contrary to said speculations, I am convinced that what Jesus is getting at has everything to do with the action before the statement. Notice the verse above: Jesus had received [...]

A Brief Word on Aversions and Our Need to Actually Fight

By |2017-12-09T18:38:01-05:00December 9th, 2017|Blog|

One thing the Church is good at is lobbing water balloons over the trenches during battle (thinking that somehow we are doing something helpful), all the while the enemy's .50 cal is mowing us down. Worse yet, many stand back thinking that they shouldn't even throw a water balloon, let alone engage in any form of battle. Unfortunately, at this point, I've already offended someone with the analogy. Our aversion to cultural engagement comes from a thorough conviction that Jesus would't want it that way, which is fueled by a quasi-Gnostic dualism that rejects any material "victory" in history. After all, [...]

How to Respond to AHA

By |2017-11-19T13:14:48-05:00November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. Welcome to Setting the Record Straight, a podcast of Reconstructionist Radio. I’m Jason Garwood, teaching pastor of Cross & Crown Church in Northern Virginia, and today I want to talk about abolition, and, specifically, those who would adhere to the principles of abolition to the degree that they associate with various societies around the world known as AHA: Abolish Human Abortion. So, let’s begin. I want to start by confessing some things up front. I’m a fallen sinner whose only standing before God is the imputed righteousness of [...]

Dialectical Maneuvering

By |2017-07-28T08:15:11-05:00July 28th, 2017|Blog|

"And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." (Romans 1:27 KJV) Given the fact that we are now a nation given over to our lusts, it's probably high time we look at what's beneath the sexual devolution. It's never simply a matter of who's doing what with their private-parts; it's also a matter of why someone is doing that to themselves (or others). Which means, contrary to what you might [...]

It’s proportionate.

By |2017-06-24T19:03:00-05:00June 24th, 2017|Blog|

The rise in pietistic antinomianism in the church is directly proportionate to the rise of secular humanism in this nation. If the church won't love the law of God, the public square won't either. "Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: For their deceit is falsehood. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: Therefore I love thy testimonies." (Psalm 119:118-119)

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