The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who published it

God has been pleased to allow me to know many wise men and in this post, I want to make you aware of some of them and where you can find their writings. These friends have served to be the iron in my life that sharpens my iron. My only regret is that they do not have a larger platform because what these chaps are writing exceeds in quality anything you will find anywhere else on the web, in journals, in books, or in weekly publications. Like myself, they write on a host of subjects — everything from theology proper to anthropology to Cultural Marxism to sociology to exegesis to history and everything in between. Some would label us “renaissance men.” We are generalists. Think of us as filling the role of the country doctor who didn’t know any single medical field exhaustively but who knew enough about every field to point you in the right direction to learn more about how to be cured. I prefer to think of us as the lesser successors of greater men like Dabney, and Rushdoony, who write with the salt and satire of Mencken. We aspire someday to hold the hem of those men’s garments. We hope someday to be worthy to be counted among the number of men like Dabney and Rushdoony as well as men like Christopher Dawson, T. S. Eliot, Turretin, Luther, Calvin, Tozer, and many many others. We along with others who I have not had the pleasure of calling “friend” are the continuation of the Old West. In the words of C. S. Lewis, we are the Old Narnians who have not yet be snuffed out. The fact that we can’t get a publishing gig proves that there is an effort to silence our voices but if being silenced is the price of being right then we will gladly pay that price knowing that if nobody else reads us it is enough to know we are writing before heaven’s gaze.

One thing we all have in common is that we are Reformed Dissidents. We are Calvinists who, in the best tradition of Protesting Protestants, are raising a clamor so that people might be motivated to remove the stench that is covering the contemporary Reformed denominations in America and the West.

I will list their names and then provide a link for each one. From there you can find their other writings. Their names are as follows,

Mark Chambers

Unfortunately, Mark does not have his own writing platform. You can find several of his pieces here on Iron Ink. Mark as a layman was to the Reformed Faith what Pete Maravich was to the NBA — they both were ahead of their time and so their talents were not as appreciated as they would have been if they had come one generation later. Mark writes with such perspicacity that it inflicts pain upon those who he has taken up his pen to correct. Also … woe to the man who Mark has decided is being disingenuous in conversation. What was perspicacity immediately turns to thunderclaps of satire.

Dan Brannan

You can find Dan’s work at Tribal theocrat but don’t begin reading unless you’re willing to up your game as a reader. Dan will send you to the dictionary and as a reader, you should be thankful for that. Dan’s ability to connect the dots between what might have been seen as matters unconnected is peerless. Dan also has the added advantage of being the best Editorial cartoonist in an age that where the market of Editorial cartoonists is the size of a postage stamp. If Dan had been born in 1930 he would have been a household name just by virtue of his Editorial Cartoons. You can learn a great deal dear reader by reading Brannan

Davis Carlton

Davis’ work is also at Tribal Theocrat. Davis has the ability to take complex matters and simplifying them so that they are easier to understand. He has done yeoman’s work on demonstrating the biblical foundation of ethnocentrism. Any writer that can make the complex understandable is a writer one wants to continue to return to over and over. Read Davis and by reading Davis learn how to craft an argument so that it can be easily understood.

Michael Fort

Michael also writes at Tribal theocrat. Michael is an Engineer by training and it shows up in his writing. Michael’s writing is meticulous and precise and once that meticulousness and precision have been followed the conclusion Michael is driving you towards is inescapable. If one disagrees with Michael’s conclusions after reading Michael’s arguments their only recourse is ad-hominem — and I’ve seen plenty of people go that route after reading Michael.

It was Michael’s writing in early March of 2020 that instantly convinced me that I would keep the Church’s doors open for worship as Michael laid out the argument that the numbers that the FEDS were throwing around in terms of the dangers of the ChiCom virus were a statistical impossibility.

Addie Schlebush

Addie is a South African who has traveled the world. You can find his writing here.

Pactum Institute 

Addie has a terminal degree yet because of his Christian worldview convictions Addie has been shunned by the WOKE academic world. Addie writes with the care that you would expect to find in a research expert with academic training. He footnotes carefully and you can easily see the intellectual origins of his convictions. Addie has paid the price for being a Biblical Christian. More Christians should read him.

Colby Malsbury

Colby writes at Tribal Theocrat

Colby writes with a punch. He has the ability to make the reader heartily laugh as he exposes the absolute silliness of his opponent’s positions. It is said that Satan fears mockery more than anything else. If that is true then Satan and his minions fear Colby’s essays. Of all those listed here, Colby is probably closer to Mencken than anyone else given the bite that one will consistently find in Colby’s writing. If one can’t convince the devil, shaming him will have to do. Colby shames the devil in his articles.

Darrell Dow

You can find Darrell’s writing in several places. One such place is,

Essays and Articles

Darrell writes in one of my favorite styles and that is compact and pithy. Darrell gets right to the point, states the point, gives the implication of the point, and then gives you a certain conclusion. Darrell’s writing then requires time to unpack it in order to find more implications than what lies on the surface. This means that even though Darrell’s pieces are compact and pithy you have to read them a couple of times to get all out of them that lay within the text. Like all these writers Darrell’s writing is lucid and so easily understood. There is nothing more a writer cherishes than being easily understood.

Stuart DiNenno

Stuart writes at the links below. I have given you two links in order to push a particularly good piece that Stuart has recently written.

Stuart like all here mention has grown weary with the modern Reformed Church and so has taken upon himself to try, by God’s grace to do something about the mess the current Reformed Church is. Stuart’s writing is comprehensive inasmuch as he brings all possible strands together in order to substantiate whatever point he is making. If you are going to disagree with Stuart you are going to have to do your homework to find where his comprehensiveness has failed.

All of these men except for Colby in the nether regions of Canada and Addie who lives in South Africa I have had the privilege of breaking bread with. All of these men are my friends and I can not think of a better group of friends to be privileged to have their backs. Do yourself a favor and read these chaps. It would be more healthy for you than the claptrap you will find on most Reformed sites today.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

8 thoughts on “The Lord gave the word; Great was the company of those who published it”

  1. What a marvelous group of names to be associated with. I’m surrounded by genius.

    Blessings to you Bret my brother from another mother and thank God for such a friendship tempered in the fires of theological conflict.

    1. The best thing the internet has done for me is that is has given me the opportunity to meet people like you.

      What a felicitous providence that caused us to stumble across each other’s path when in A Better Country.

  2. Thanks. I’ve copied some of the links and it’s good to see that some of my favorites from Faith & Heritage have found other venues. A few of these are new to me.

  3. Thank You
    Not only have I loved your work even though we disagree on a couple of things theologically, I still accept you as a great friend and brother. One of the things I always seek to know is some of the works of those who have or continue to influence you.
    One of my professors said, “if I get to see your library, I can tell you what you believe”, I have found that to be so true.
    Keep up the good work my friend.

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