Monthly Archives: December 2011

Steve Deace Endorses Newt Gingrich

For the politically inclined, I wrote a short piece on Deace’s endorsement of Gingrich.

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Exhortation: The Feast of the Holy Innocents

We are in the final week of Christmas. We have sung Christmas Carols at home, nursing homes, at Church, and many of us will be whistling these carols for the next few weeks. This past Sunday we got a glimpse … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Evermore and Evermore

Our most holy Lord was not bound by the law, but he endured the law’s demands that the law might not have power over us. Christ, the one give for us, now becomes our heavenly food. We who have our … Continue reading

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Abortion and Roe v. Wade

Schaeffer and Koop in Whatever Happened to the Human Race? said:   Let it never be said by historians in the latter days of this century that—after the Supreme Court decided on abortion in 1973 and the practice of infanticide began—there was no outcry from … Continue reading

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The New American Militarism by Andrew Bacevich

I first heard of Andrew Bacevich about two years ago. I came across one of his interviews with Bill Moyers. Moyers always asked the right questions. His liberal bias was so obvious that it actually made for good television. I … Continue reading

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Childermas; The Feast of the Holy Innocents

On this day we solemnize the innocent who have died at the hands of tyrants (Herod the Great) and through the barbaric practice of abortion. George Grant summarizes this day: It has always been the focus of the Christian’s commitment … Continue reading

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Not an Addendum

Ian Hewitson, defending Norman Shepherd, insists that baptism is a point of transition from death to life. Though this transition does not happen only through baptism, “neither can it be restricted to regeneration (200).” Shepherd quotes John Murray in Christian … Continue reading

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Christmas Sermon: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Sermon: People of God, merry Christmas! On this joyful day Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord. We celebrate the humanity of Christ, and we celebrate our humanity. To be human is not to shelter an insignificant body, but a … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The one who made the sun

St Augustine writes concerning Christmas: “So, brothers and sisters, let us keep this day as a festival—not, like the unbelievers, because of the sun up there in the sky, but because of the One who made that sun.” The one … Continue reading

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Babette’s Feast: A Movie Review

Babette’s Feast is Robert Capon on screen. It is a delicious blend of humor and smells; sights and music. It is virtually impossible to contemplate the movie without considering its vastly religious and sacramental implications. The 1987 movie is based … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Prepare Him Room

Merry Christmas! The calendar is moving. Our final candle is lit. Christ has come! But he did not come the way it was expected by men; He came the way the Father ordained. And this is what we will see … Continue reading

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The Death of Professor Francis Nigel Lee

The news came out today that F.N. Lee has passed away. According to Dr. Lee’s resource page, “in September 2011, Dr. Lee was diagnosed with incurable Motor Neurone Disease, alias Amytropic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. At 7.50 am Friday … Continue reading

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Is Celebrating Christmas UnReformed?

Mark Horne does a superb job in this piece, which is well worth a few minutes: ‘Tis the season to be informed–sometimes in gentleness, often with vigor–by a variety of Christians claiming that it is wrong to celebrate Christmas. I … Continue reading

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Wine and Thanksgiving: A Prayer

Note: Last evening we celebrated our Fifth Wine Tasting Party. This is a variation of my prayer from 2010. Most merciful God, we celebrate with great delight your good gifts this evening. We delight in this community of saints; for … Continue reading

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Are You Going to Church on Christmas?

My good friend, Steve Wilkins, has already written a few insightful thoughts on the subject. It is not hard to find churches all over the country cancelling Christmas Sunday. In many ways this is a theological travesty. The celebration of Christmas … Continue reading

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Pagans Defined

Michael Bird is a real theological comedian. We need more like him. Here is an FB sample: Dear pagans, when I talk about “paganism,” I mean the religious wing of the Roman empire, not modern paganism. I have no problem … Continue reading

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Hebrews and Authorship

A couple of years ago I tried to offer a case for a Pauline authorship of Hebrews. I think I was somewhat successful. I will be preaching through Hebrews 1 on Christmas Day, which drew my attention once more to some … Continue reading

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The Death of Christopher Hitchens and Kim Jong Il

Bill Maher tweeted most accurately that this was a bad weekend for atheism. Atheism lost two radically different voices. Radical in that one was an atheist determined to eradicate and brutalize his own people and the other seeking to challenge … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Advental Call to Obedience and Worship, Part II

People of God, this is the last Sunday before Christmas. As we prepare to be consumed by joy as families and friends gather together, we are also waiting to be consumed by the biblical narrative, which presents a King born … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Edible Word

Paul concludes his tender epistle to the Thessalonians by blessing them: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” This word of peace is common to the Scriptures. It is a word of profound transparency from the apostle’s … Continue reading

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Exhortation: According to thy Word

In Luke 1, Mary discovers that she will bear the Son of God. Though the message was striking, Mary’s response is likewise striking: 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Oneness

(Mere Christianity, 1943, p. 81): The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to … Continue reading

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The Idolization of Marriage

A marriage which does not constantly crucify its own selfishness and self-sufficiency, which does not “die to itself” that it may point beyond itself, is not a Christian marriage. The real sin of marriage today is not adultery or lack … Continue reading

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The Death of Christopher Hitchens

The avowed atheist, Christopher Hitchens, finally ended his “battle” with cancer. Hitchens died today at the age of 62. Doug Wilson concludes concerning Hitchens: We therefore commend Christopher to the Judge of the whole earth, who will certainly do right.

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Gratitude brings light

Our minds are darkened, and divided, unless we are filled with thanksgiving. Gratitude is an epistemological virtue. –Peter Leithart

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Foreign Policy Links

A few helpful foreign policy links: United States non-interventionism Non-Interventionism is right again by Patrick Buchanan America’s tradition of non-interventionism What is a non-interventionist foreign policy? I love Ron Paul, except his foreign policy Michael Sheuer’s Non-Intervention website Juan Cole’s … Continue reading

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When Agnostics tell the truth

Bart Ehrman, the agnostic liberal, who denies the existence of God, and who has long been a skeptic of the biblical narrative recently played a Christian apologist in an interview with the infidel guy, an atheist radio host. The host … Continue reading

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Advent Sermon: The Advental Call for Peace in the Church, I Thessalonians 5:12-13

Sermon: People of God, this is the third Sunday of Advent. Our hope and expectation is increasing as Messiah nears us in the biblical story. Advent means “coming.” One of the elements we stress during this season is that Jesus … Continue reading

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Painters Plus in Pensacola, Florida

Honoring others is becoming a lost art, but Paul says in I Thessalonians 5 that honoring those in the congregation is part of our calling. Allow me to honor a dear friend and parishioner, Mark Price.  Mark has endured over these … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Far as the Curse is Found

InIsaiah 61the prophet ends with these powerful words: For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up … Continue reading

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