This week, we’re looking at the last point in the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith:
In my last post, I spoke metaphorically of the necessity of recognizing the characteristics attributed to ducks by Scripture, and the importance of being able to thereby identify otherwise unnamed waterfowl. If an animal looks like a duck and quacks like the same, we ought to understand that Scripture is telling us that the animal is, in fact, a duck. That is, we need to be able to read Scripture holistically and identify things in it by their description, even though they might not be directly named for us. • • • Read More • • •
It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these posts, but to be fair, my last post dealt with points 1.7 and 1.9 of the Confession, so I’m not actually that far behind. This week, we’re looking at the translation of Scripture: • • • Read More • • •
The things covered in this series thus far have been plain from Scripture with little need for advanced hermeneutics. But God’s Word is not always an easy thing to understand. There is a reason why we are commanded to study and meditate on it. Many things, especially those things which are necessary for salvation, are clear. Not all things, however, are quite so clear. God does not hand us all doctrine on our first reading; He expects us to read Scripture many times and to think about it long and hard. He also expects us to read Scripture in the context of the church and to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. • • • Read More • • •
Technology is constantly progressing. It moves at a mind-blowing pace. Consider that just seven years ago, almost no one had a smartphone. Today, you can look up the price of something in a grocery store with the same device you use to take pictures of your latte art and phone your mum. That became common sometime after the movie Wall-E was released: about the time Barrack Obama took office. iPads and other tablets didn’t start to gain popularity until a year after that. • • • Read More • • •
Things can exist inside of things, inside of other things, inside of yet more things. As I write this, I’m sitting in a chair, in an apartment, in an apartment complex, in Spokane, in Washington—and on and on I could go. We live in a world that is fundamentally hierarchical and it is often the task of a designer to communicate that hierarchy through visual elements.
We’ve spoken in the past of how important spacing can be for communicating that groups of things are separate, but how do you communicate the names of those groups? How do you make sure that the name of a list doesn’t itself get confused as being something in the list?
After taking a week off (because I was traveling), I’m back to blogging through the Westminster Confession. This week, we’re looking at point 1.7, which concerns the clarity of Scripture. • • • Read More • • •
Watch the news.
That was discouraging, wasn’t it? You’re welcome. The world can be an amazingly horrific place. I’ve not watched the news in a while myself, but last time it was filled with reports of murders, robberies, rapes, political scandals, wars, rumors of wars, and the rest of it. All of this is happening everyday throughout the world whether you’re paying attention or not.
Thus far, we’ve been talking about theory and you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t suggested what tools you should be using to design things. Many design resources require you to use a certain tool or start out by suggesting specific tools, then proceed assuming that you have them. However, I’ve tried to keep these posts as generic as I can so that you can use them with any tool, because you don’t need any special tools to do design. Actually, you can use anything.
You can even use Word.
Here’s an article from the New York Times that is positively fascinating. The last few paragraphs say something about millennials, but I’m still trying to figure out what that is.
We live in a universe that God is speaking. God spoke light, planets, oceans, llamas, and the rest of it into existence from nothing. Jesus is holding all things together by the Word of His eternal power. We speak in words while God speaks things. He doesn’t simply describe light with His speech, He causes things to come into existence and stay that way by His Word. This is what Scripture tells us. • • • Read More • • •
As you read this post, your mind is automatically distinguishing between words based on how close the letters are together. Spaces indicate that sets of letters are to be understood apart from one another. Youcertainlycouldreadthingswithoutspaces, but using spaces make everything much more intelligible. • • • Read More • • •
This week, we’ll be looking at the Westminster Confession of Faith as it addresses the sufficiency of Scripture. • • • Read More • • •
I’ve decided to write a series of posts as an introduction to Reformed Theology. This is in large part because of the misconceptions about Calvinism that seem to be more common than fleas on a stray dog—and just as troublesome too. It seems some people’s idea of defending doctrine is playing the role of bully in the playground of biblical interpretation. There are more straw men in this debate than can typically be found in a scarecrow factory. • • • Read More • • •