Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dude Obama…

Dana Milbank’s review of Obama’s interview in the Daily Show with Jon Stewart is devastating.

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Defending Paedocommunion

Leithart’s Eucharistic Meditation.

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Driscoll on Chauvinism…

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Brilliant!

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The Empire’s Great Enemy

Leithart observes that during “the period of peace after Valerian’s death in Persia, the church grew rapidly….Christians were increasingly integrated into all aspects of imperial society…Though only 10 percent of the empire was Christian, by the end of the third … Continue reading

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John Calvin on Weekly Communion

Concerning the Fourth Lateral Council’s decision that the  faithful should partake of the Lord’s Supper once a year, Kim Riddlebarger’s summarizes Calvin’s position thusly: John Calvin’s desire to see the Reformed churches celebrate the Lord’s Supper frequently is well known. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Marriage and Maturity

Marriage is all about maturity. Marriage is for sanctification; growth and wisdom. We learn from one another; we one another one another as we listen and share life’s burdens together. One reason the psalms are so sanctifying is because in … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, 40

Rand Paul refuses to shake hands with an opponent Obama’s rallying for Democrats Banks shared Clients Profits, bu not losses Healthy Family-Friendly Meals Auburn N0. 4 in BCS Polls Show Support for Cuomo “The poll indicates that the Tea Party … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Word and Sign

Brothers and Sisters, Boaz provides both word and sign, so Ruth may have assurance of His promises. Our Lord Jesus instructs us through the preached Word, but He gives more; he also gives us a sign that His promises are … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Psalm 130

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Word and Sacrament in Ruth

Boaz promises that if the nearest kinsman will not marry Ruth, he will. He gives her his word, but not only his word of promise–also a sign; a sacrament to assure Ruth that he is who he says he is. … Continue reading

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Revelation 3:20 and the Lord’s Supper

As Riddlebarger notes: The imagery used in Revelation 3:20 notonly invokes images of a returning bridegroom entering the chamber of his bride, it also alludes to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper in anticipation of the future parousia.

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Calvin on Acts 2:42 and Weekly Communion

According to Calvin, this passage is significant for any discussion of the frequency of the Lord’s Supper because in it Luke establishes “that this was the practice of the apostolic church…. Thus it became the unvarying rule that no meeting … Continue reading

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The Reformation of the Supper

I am always pleased to see any article stressing the necessity of weekly communion. Here is Kim Riddlebarger’s article on the Reformation of the Supper in pdf format.

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C.S. Lewis on Friendship

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of the things that gives value to survival. – C. S. Lewis Update: I asked Steve Wilkins what his thoughts were on Lewis’ quote, since … Continue reading

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On preaching with questions…

Preaching is a glorious task of which I know very little. Though there are videos and audios available of my preaching ten years ago–God forbid they should ever be made public–my consistent ministry in preaching is only 80 Sundays old. Having been … Continue reading

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Boaz’s Purity

In Ruth 3, Boaz could have lied about the fact that there was a nearer kinsman/redeemer and the marriage would have been consummated that very night. But Boaz was pure, patient, and self-disciplined. He was obedient to the law. As … Continue reading

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Reasons for Roman Persecution

Opponents of Constantine argue that the Roman persecution of Christians had nothing to do with theology, but with the welfare of the state: “Christians were a threat to peace and security because they were a pollution that aroused the wrath … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Twists and Turns

The book of Ruth is a perfect story; a story made in heaven. It offers the reader in four concise chapters the intrigue and suspense of the gospel. Far from a mechanical demonstration of God’s works, the gospel is a … Continue reading

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Narnia Mis-Applied?

Has Hollywood been faithful to C.S. Lewis’ vision for Narnia? Stephen Boyer writes a comprehensive critique of Hollywood’s mis-characterization of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. The article is worth every minute. Boyer concludes: Aslan, without his appallingly hierarchical claws, is just another pussycat. … Continue reading

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Historical Horror

Leithart describes in chapter one of Defending Constantine the horrors of Christian persecution. These Christians were tortured in the most brutal form because they refused to sacrifice to the pagan gods under Diocletian (22). One particularly gruesome example is of … Continue reading

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Ethics Anyone?

Carl Wernicke writes in the Pensacola News Journal: Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of today’s politics is how many voters seem willing to overlook ethical flaws if their favored candidate will simply say the right thing in staged TV commercials. … Continue reading

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City of Man

This is the title of Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner’s new book. Both were political speech writers during the Bush administration. Joel Belz summarizes the book with these words: The authors of City of Man are optimistic that diligent endeavor … Continue reading

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Defending Constantine

Leithart’s book seems quite intriguing, and rightly so. If the thesis that a new Constantinianism is needed today, then learning from the real Constantine is a cosmic necessity. I confess I have not followed all the scholarship on Constantine, yet … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Assurance

Brothers and Sisters, how do you know you are in Christ? One of the great assurances you have that you are in Christ is that you fellowship with Him at His table. This is the Lord’s Table, and so it … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Patience

Exhortation October 17th, Pentecost Season Exhortation: Pastor Brito, Maturing Patiently Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Garden was a story about the lack of patience. Adam and Eve failed to … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, 39

The Quiet Faith Behind Colbert’s Right-Wing Funnyman “When Colbert finally let his well-coiffed hair down and got serious about the “really, really hard work” done by migrant farmworkers, even more people were surprised when the funnyman gave a glimpse of … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

How Lovely are Thy Dwellings

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Makers of Marriage

Used with Permission My friend Rich Blesdoe always amazes me with his wisdom and insight. The following as an example: Somewhere, Paul Tournier says this, but it is common experience anyway. Children who experience deep conflict in the home of … Continue reading

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Dracula fish

Since I am persevering through  Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I found this little discovery quite fascinating.

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