Monthly Archives: May 2009

Saturday Psalm

Psalm One in Hebrew

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Why Celebrate Pentecost? By Peter Leithart

Why celebrate Pentecost? Because the Spirit is the hovering wind that forms the formlessness, fills the void, brightens the darkness. Because the Spirit is the breath that gives Adam life. Because the Lord comes into the garden in the Spirit … Continue reading

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Subscribe to iTunes: Sermons and Sunday School Lessons at Providence Church

Now you can hear sermons and Sunday School Lessons by yours truly, Al Stout and James B. Jordan.

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Broadcast, On Torture

Broadcast #3 Broadcast #2 Broadcast #1 was not recorded

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Quote, on the Church and Pentecost

The Church is to be a fiery tongued people. We are to speak the words of God. We are to speak Jesus is Lord. –Rich Lusk

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Pentecost Hymn

Round the Lord in glory seated is a glorious Pentecost Hymn that we will be singing this Sunday at Providence to the familiar tune Ebenezer. You will recognize this tune if you have sung the beautiful hymn O, The Deep, … Continue reading

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Douglas Wilson on Paedocommunion

But this agreement of mine to the principles involved should reveal to us a hidden assumption that is helping to drive this debate. This is the assumption that when very young children are taught to respond this way, we are … Continue reading

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Clasp Your Hands, Psalm 47

Jim Jordan sees the translation “Clap your Hands” in Psalm 47  better understood as “Clasp your Hands.” That is, the idea of Psalm 47 is the idea of the nations (Jews and Gentiles) holding hands before God’s throne. Still, the … Continue reading

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On Fellowship

There is nothing more pristine than the fellowship of the saints. Today I spent the entire day with the people of God at the house of our beloved deacon. We watched our children play with one another. We delighted in … Continue reading

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Ascension Sermon by Douglas Wilson

This Lord’s Day is Ascension Sunday, the day we have set apart to commemorate the exaltation of Jesus Christ to the right hand of the Ancient of Days. This was the day upon which He was given universal and complete … Continue reading

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Saturday Psater, Psalm 46:”A Mighty Fortress in the Storm” Scottish Psalter 1650

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The Liturgy Trap by James B. Jordan; Review and Some Additional Thoughts

The Liturgy Trap is a helpful introduction to Biblical worship. But it accomplishes more than a basic premise for Christian worship, it is also a helpful refutation to Roman, Orthodox and Anglo-Catholic forms of liturgy.  Though Jim criticizes the abusive … Continue reading

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Ralph Winter dies at 84…

Justin Taylor writes: Missiologist Dr. Ralph D. Winter, founder of the US Center for World Mission and William Carey International University, has gone to be with the Lord. It is to think of people more influential and strategic in the … Continue reading

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What’s with ‘Ida?’

Christine Dao writes: Scientists and media outlets around the world are praising “Ida,” the primate fossil hailed as the long-sought-after “missing link” in the human evolutionary theory. In a major public relations campaign, Ida was unveiled in New York City … Continue reading

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Pentecost

Since Jim Jordan will be preaching our Ascension Sunday Service, I decided to work ahead on a sermon for Pentecost on May 31st. What appears to be clear in the Acts 2 pericope is that Pentecost is the great Babelic … Continue reading

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Leithart and John 7:39

…”The Spirit was not yet because Jesus was not yet glorified.” Some have made a sharp distinction between the Spirit’s work in the Older Covenant and His work in the New. John seems to make that clear when he writes … Continue reading

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Stanley Fish, NYT, and Facts

Stanley fish argues to his largely atheistic NYT readership that the concept of assumptionless facts are not possible. He writes: To bring all this abstraction back to the arguments made by my readers, there is no such thing as “common … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Love & Election

Exhortation:  The grace of God toward sinners is a difficult idea to grasp. The reality is we will never fully grasp it in this period of redemptive history. The effects of this grace take many forms. What it does so … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

PSALM 1 from the Genevan Psalter, AUDIO How blessed is the man whose walk is not In evil counsel which the wicked plot, Who does not stand where sin its pleasure offers And will not take his seat among the … Continue reading

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Solution: Cut anything that is not Constitutional

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Bahnsen’s Lost Book

Last year during the CREC General Council, I spent a weekend with Pastor Randy Booth. I have told many that those two days I received from Randy some of the most profitable pastoral insights I have ever received. Randy is … Continue reading

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Death of a Friend

This morning, while working on Sunday’s sermon lesson, I received a call from an old friend in Altoona, PA. He informed me that his father, Peter Brooks, has died at the age of 85. Pete was one of the first … Continue reading

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Fellowship with Bapt/Method/Charis/Luther

Our TCFA was another pleasant meeting. Being around pastors of so many different traditions gives me a unique sense of peace. I have no interest in sacrifing any of my cherished beliefs in these ecumenical endeavors, but I have a … Continue reading

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Paedocommunion

Doug Wilson says: Every Saturday night I ask my grandkids certain Sunday worship prep questions. Do you love God? Yes, they all yell. Are you baptized? Yes. Is Jesus in your heart? Yes. Will you take the Lord’s Supper tomorrow? … Continue reading

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The Liturgy Trap by James B. Jordan

The Liturgy Trap is a helpful introduction to Biblical worship. But it accomplishes more than a basic premise for Christian worship, it is also a helpful refutation to Roman, Orthodox and Anglo-Catholic forms of liturgy.  Though Jim criticizes the abusive … Continue reading

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John 15:1-8; Fifth Sunday of Resurrection: The True Vine: Abiding in Christ

Providence Church (CREC) Fourth Sunday of Resurrection May 10th, 2009, 16th sermon Sermon: The True Vine: Abiding in Christ Text: John 15:1-8, SERMON AUDIO HERE Pastor Uriesou T. Brito Text: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Mother’s Day

Exhortation on Mother’s Day I John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The love of our God is an unmatched love; it is incomparable. … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Psalm 6

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Face to Face: Meditations on Friendship and Hospitality

Steve Wilkin’s book is an excellent introduction to a neglected aspect of the church, namely, friendship and hospitality. Here are some quotes from chapter one: …we practice so little genuine biblical friendship. (9) Whenever a society tolerates sin and covenant-breaking, … Continue reading

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What happened to the Republican Party?

The GOP is driving itself into a ditch and there is no one who is going to take the effort to pull it out, even on a  Sabbath. Since 2004 I have been arguing that the GOP is the party … Continue reading

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