Monthly Archives: July 2010

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

Still the Butcher After All These Years The Dangers of Friending Strangers: the Robin Sage Experiment The Complex Power and Wisdom of Religious Texts: Introducing HuffPost’s Scripture Commentary Series HUSBAND AND REDEEMER Hollywood Puzzled as Family Films Top Charts THE … Continue reading

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Eucharistic Meditation: Jesus, the Fountain of Life

Brothers and Sisters, in about a year or so from now, as the bread and wine are being passed, little Ian will make the “I want “sign. Then Valerie will say: “It’s yours.” Children know when they are not a … Continue reading

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Leithart on Infant Baptism

Leithart writes: Church history provides a compelling argument in favor of infant baptism, but not in the usual way.  The argument is not that there is evidence of the practice of infant baptism throughout church history (though there is).  The … Continue reading

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Culture defined…

Leithart defines culture as “a people organized and united by its language, rites, rules, and mechanisms of enforcement.” He goes on to apply this same definition to covenant and Church. The Church is a different, alternative culture within a culture.

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Exhortation: God’s Liturgy

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In my sermon last week I mentioned that the body in Proverbs is central to the pursuit of wisdom. The Spirit guides the body. It … Continue reading

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Richness and Poverty in Proverbs

Bruce Waltke observes that Solomon’s proverb give equal attention to the dangers of wealth and the positive implications of it. Wealth in the wrong hands is deceitful and destructive. On the other hand, poverty connotes the idea of powerlessness (see … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Human and Divine Liturgy

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In my sermon last week I mentioned that the body in Proverbs is central to the pursuit of wisdom. The Spirit guides the body. It … Continue reading

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Songs and Smells

Leithart mentioned this morning in his lecture on the Song of Songs that whereas the Bible does not elaborate on the smells of a battlefield nor does it explore in detail the smells of an ascension offering, the Song of … Continue reading

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At Biblical Horizon’s Conference this week

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

Albert Mohler.com Hard to Believe? Biblical Authority and Evangelical Feminism BBC Human Events New Black Panthers, You’re Free to Go–Not so fast Arizona Huffington Post New York Times NewsMax The Oracle of Oberhausen Rev. Robert Shuller Retiring from Crystal Cathedral … Continue reading

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Culture in his back pocket

Leithart discusses that each context of the ancient world possessed a distinct ritual and culture and creed. The apostles came into that scene and brought a new ritual, a new culture and a new creed. “The wandering apostle may have … Continue reading

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Sermon Audio

Wisdom, Contrast, and Success, Part I;  series on Proverbs 10

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Raimondo on Coulter

Raimondo seems hopeful that Ann Coulter’s piece against the neo-cons might be a sign that things are changing in the Republican party. One can only hope so. What we may be witnessing is the birth of anti-interventionism on the right, … Continue reading

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Sojourners and Patriarchalism

Sojourners visited Grace Community Church and found out that a few random people (out of 10,000) did not have a well developed view of complementarianism. Sojourners, known for their loyalty to the evangelical branch of the Democratic Party has a problem … Continue reading

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The Newness of the New Covenant

Wellum declares that paedo-baptists do not see the newness of the New Covenant. This is a fair criticism of some, but undoubtedly not of those who see New Covenant and New Creation as identical. Wellum criticizes well the pietists in … Continue reading

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Over and Under-realized Eschatologies

My friend Bill Smith answers Steven Wellum’s argument for credo-baptism by making a crucial point: While Wellum is correct to warn us of an under-realized eschatology–flattening out Scripture so that we do not see the discontinuities (126-7)–we must also be … Continue reading

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The Tongue and Wisdom in Proverbs 10

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 7 The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. 8 The wise of heart will receive commandments, but … Continue reading

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On Psalms

I did not grow up with the psalms in any way. My father may have preached through them, but unfortunately I have no recollection of it. My younger days were not psalmic-driven. In the last three years of my life … Continue reading

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

Pensacola News Journal Election Politics Stall Immigration Reform Two churches Become One Six Years After Hurricane Pensacola Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash Church Recognizes Wounded Warrior New York Times Kicking the Hornet’s Nest The Medium is the Medium Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Philosophers and Acts 17

Peter Leithart warns “…that it is significant that the apostle Paul appeared before kings, magistrates, presumably Caesar, and that he preached in synagogues, in stadia and in the temple. Only once, to our knowledge, did he preach to philosophers, and … Continue reading

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Internet Culture?

David Brooks’ op-ed on the New York Times is very insightful. He makes the case that the internet culture produces better conversationalists, whereas the literary culture produces better students. Nicholas Carr’s book which challenges the internet culture for producing a short attention … Continue reading

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Proverbs and Sleep

What type of sleep is Proverbs condemning in chapter 10: 5? According to Waltke, it refers to a “person in a state of sleep that is so deep, traumatic, and narcotic-like that he is totally unconscious of his surroundings.”  Gary … Continue reading

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Character and Work

Liberals are frustrated by the truths of Proverbs. Proverbs pounds the idea of work into the liberal mind. It exalts work and castigates laziness. According to Proverbs, a man’s character is reflected in his attitude toward work. The dominion mandate … Continue reading

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Proverbs and Works

Proverbs present Christ, but it also presents our works in the sight of God. Proverbs is an earthly book. It shatters the nice, civil discourse so prevalent in the so-called elite; in fact, it shatters the elite and makes us … Continue reading

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Abortion and rape

The viciously liberal Huffington Post cannot fathom why Sharon Angle is so “doctrinaire” on her view of abortion. Sharon is one of those old consistent people who think abortion is wrong even in the case of rape and incest. “Two … Continue reading

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John Edwards: Two-Faced Man

Maureen Dowd’s op-ed piece on the New York Times is brutal on former senator John Edwards. She details some of the main features of a new book. The man who betrayed his dying wife is the main character of Andrew … Continue reading

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Alpha and Omega

Leithart, in his foreword to Mike Bull’s DNA of Scriptures, asserts that ” in the Alpha words of Genesis 1, we should be able to discern some clues to the Omega words of the Apocalypse.” Genesis 1 establishes a model for … Continue reading

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Sermon: Proverbs 10:1-3

People of God, the book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom; it is a book of contrasts, and a book of success. Wisdom in that it teaches how God wants you to live in this world; contrasts because it … Continue reading

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Wisdom in Proverbs

Bruce Waltke argues several times in his An Old Testament Theology that the sage’s wisdom is not based “on what theologians call natural theology (901),” and that “creation teaches the impossibility of attaining wisdom apart from special revelation.” He affirms … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Righteousness Exalts a Nation

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Today is the 4th of July and like many of you … Continue reading

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