Monthly Archives: June 2010

Theology and Implications

Gary North writes that, “A shift in a civilization’s theology has implications far beyond the confines of the sanctuary and the study.” The economic impact in this nation comes decidedly from its theological presuppositions.  Can a nation live on borrowed capital … Continue reading

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Gary North on Sustaining the Protestant Ethic

The Bible affirms the temporal efficacy of hard work, thrift, and the other personal disciplines that we associate with the phrase, “the Protestant ethic.” But these virtues are not sufficient to produce the results hoped for by the wicked. In the language of … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The De-Feminization of America

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A few weeks ago we addressed briefly what it means to be a Pentecostal Man, and I would like to address for the next couple … Continue reading

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A Song of Restoration, Psalm 8

Psalm 8: Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your splendor above the heavens! From the lips of children and infants You ordained strength because of Your enemies, To silence foe and … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, XXVI

One of the Dead and Inert Ideas in Calvinism, Namely “Loving One’s Neighbor” Sound psychological ideas in religion and life becameconfused and dead and inert. An Address to Talented Students And how is a person to get out of an … Continue reading

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Psalm 8 as New Song

Psalm eight is a time of joy for the children of Israel. It is a time to sing a new song; it is a new song that celebrates the death of the old song. We all know the old song. … Continue reading

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Fathers and Sons

Peter Leithart writes: Without continuity between fathers and sons, the achievements of each generation are undone in the next, and the kingdom cannot not grow. On the other hand, if the sons do nothing but repeat what the fathers have … Continue reading

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The Cup of Sorrow and Joy

I have been reading through Henri Nouwen’s Can you drink the cup? It is a powerful testimony to the different phases of Christian living. One day we may be toasting with a cup of joy and another day we may … Continue reading

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Mediating Institution

Peter Leithart rightly criticizes George Weigel for viewing the church’s political role as one of aiding and abetting “the play of democratic debate…and contributing to the pluralistic give and take of civil society.” The Church is not a helper to … Continue reading

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Jay Adams on Children’s Questions

Children often ask, “Where was God before He created the earth? How would you answer that question? Would you posit and try to define some sort of ethereal space for them? If so, you’d confuse them–and, to boot, wrongly teach. … Continue reading

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Rushdoony Random Notes #66

I have been a privileged man because over many years I have had the opportunity to work with some truly outstanding people, and I have had occasion to meet and visit with many more. Of course, there have been sour … Continue reading

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Godless State

In the modern world, our pagan states are at war with their own peoples. Sometimes an enemy country harms us, but it seems that people all over the world can depend on their own country to be constantly at war … Continue reading

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The Mouths of Infants

Since, therefore, these monsters, with furious violence, pluck up by the roots, and overthrow whatever godliness and the fear of God there is in the world, and through their hardihood endeavor to do violence to heaven itself, David in mockery of them … Continue reading

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Bold Truth…

On this past Sunday, I observed in my sermon that truth telling is necessary, but most of the life of the early church was in truth living. The saints did not spend most of their time proclaiming truth, rather, they … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, XXV

No Mystique about Feminism When historians set out to date the moment when the women’s movement of the 1970s officially consolidated its gains, they could do worse than settle on last Tuesday’s primaries. “Anti-Vuvuzela filters” promise quiter world cup Somali … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Father Hunger and True Bread

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that fathers are providers. What Father would give His Son a stone if the son asked for bread? The answer is … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Psalm 1 Pastor: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, People: And in the way of sinners does not stand, And in the seat of mockers does not sit; But rather in Yahweh’s Teaching is … Continue reading

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Trinity Talk on Open Theism, Part II

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James Jordan on Healing

It is important to understand that only the gospel gives men health. The labor of physicians is important, but only as a means of holding back the curse. Physicians cannot give men true health. Nor can eating “health foods ,”  fasting, … Continue reading

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Church Nurture, Sermon Excerpt

Without the nurture of the Church and her worship; apart from the strength and wisdom heard in the Word of God and eaten and drunk in the Eucharist, our daily lives cannot be what God demands it to be.

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Trinity Talk on Open Theism with Joel Garver

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Infant Baptism and Inferences

Bill DeJong reminded me of the infamous R.C. Sproul vs. John MacArthur debate on infant baptism many years ago. I remember listening to that debate sometime in 2001 and finding R.C.’s arguments fairly weak.  Fortunately, I went far beyond that … Continue reading

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Fears and Gospel

According to Leithart, many Christians have unwarranted fears. Among them are fears of globalization and a “one-world” system. Christians are thinking in terms of christianity and not gospel. Christianity is an isolated system. The Bible never uses the term. However, … Continue reading

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Cohen on Football

Roger Cohen has a fascinating article on the New York Times relating his conversation with Henry Kissinger. Kissinger summarizes the world’s three soccer powers: Brazil has played the most beautiful football, while Italy has specialized in breaking the hearts of … Continue reading

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3,000 Baptized

In Acts 2, 3,000 people are baptized. This takes us back to the Exodus narrative when Moses received the two tablets of the Law and the people committed idolatry in the sight of God. Moses destroyed their idolatrous idols and scattered it … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, XXIV

Introduction to the South Beach Diet Within days of adopting it, you’ll see that the South Beach Diet lifestyle allows you to eat healthy, delicious food that will not only promote weight loss and good health but will do so … Continue reading

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Derrida: The Jewish Amillennialist

Peter Leithart has  a habit of reading lots of books and getting the greatest gems from them. I am glad he does it.  Bruce Ellis Benson’s Graven Ideologies is a study of various philosophers, including Derrida. According to Leithart: “Benson says … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania: Ten Years Later

Early tomorrow  I will be flying to Altoona, PA.  It has been almost ten years since I last visited Altoona. I attended a small high school while living there for a year. In those days, a Georgian 73 year old … Continue reading

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Sibling and Denominational Rivalry

I found this statement from James Dunn to be most insightful when considering current denominational rivaries: It is the brother who threatens identity most (“sibling rivalry”); it is the party most like your own which threatens to draw away your … Continue reading

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A Culture of Resurrection

Rob Molls writes: We live in a culture that has forgotten how to help people measure their days. Through medicine and science, we know more about death and how to forestall it than ever before. Yet we know little about … Continue reading

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