Monthly Archives: October 2012

Liturgical Strategy

The worship of the Church accomplishes work in the world. Battles are won or lost as a result of how our churches worship God. Too often we act as though our differences over liturgy were simply differences over decoration, instead … Continue reading

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Mormonism and Politics

With a plethora of Romney apologists in the internet, Mormonism couldn’t be happier. The distinctly American religion has found its way to the American audience. Mormonism continues to grow in America.CBN reports “that if present trends continue there could be 265 … Continue reading

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God Before the Reformation

Things were falling to the ground long before Newton described how they did so, and men were being put right with God long before the Reformers were included in their number. {Douglas Wilson, Mother Kirk, 30}

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The Historical Church

Those who are in the historical Church should not see that Church as defiled because it is earthly, but rather as immature because it is early. {Douglas Wilson, Mother Kirk, 26}

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Reformation Sunday: The God the Reformers Believed!

People of God, this is the Sunday when we consider the Protestant Reformation. It would be easy this morning to use our code words, the famous Latin Solas of the Reformation[1] that shaped the Western Christian world, we could emphasize … Continue reading

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Reformation Communion Meditation: A Table of Blessing

The Reformation got rid of the mysticism that surrounded the Lord’s Table. This table is a table of faith: young and old belong at this table. The God the Reformers believed was not a miserly God, He was an abundant … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The God of the Reformation

This is Reformation Sunday! And for some of you who are new to Reformed Theology this may seem a bit strange. Some of you who may be visiting may wonder “what have I gotten myself into?” You may reason to … Continue reading

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Psalm 46 to the tune of Ein’ Feste Burg

 

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The New Revolutionary

Being a revolutionary used to mean that you overthrew a government; now it means that you are a courageous enough visionary to have church on a golf course or in someone’s living room. {Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, Why We Love … Continue reading

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A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

My feeble attempt to show my love for the Reformation.

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Dead Man’s Bones

“If we exist to defend a 16th century event—however noble that may be—while not looking to Jesus, resting in Jesus, and honoring Jesus with our lives, then our tradition is nothing more than dead man’s bones.” -From this Lord’s Day … Continue reading

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Sermon: Proverbs 11:26-31; To Fall or to Flourish?

People of God, this is our last look at Proverbs for this Pentecost Season. We will certainly come back again and again in years to come. It is impossible to grow as a people without the wisdom of King Solomon. … Continue reading

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Unpacking Forgiveness

“Too many people dread learning about forgiveness. They fear they will learn what they ought to do and that what they ought to do will make them miserable.” –Chris Brauns, Unpacking Forgiveness, pg.18

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Exhortation: Consider the Ways of Wisdom

Proverbs presents Christ, but it also presents our works in the sight of God. This Wisdom Book is an earthly book. It shatters the nice and politically correct discourse so prevalent in our culture. Proverbs makes us all human again. … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

The tree of life is the result of the fruit of righteousness. It is the tree that would have been granted to our forefathers had they exercised godly patience. The tree of life means discernment and the ability to act … Continue reading

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The Dinesh D’Souza Debacle

The crisis over D’Souza’s situation is unexplainable at some level. His vociferous opposition to Obama brought his name into the vastly politicized American scene. His apologetics’ insights and his status as defender of the faith have granted him debates with Christopher Hitchens, … Continue reading

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Father Hunger

Doug Wilson in his marvelously challenging and insightful work Father Hunger observes: Father Hunger is one of the chief symptoms of our idolatry. It is the basis for our political follies, our cultural follies, our technological follies, and so on. But … Continue reading

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Fourth Review of The Church-Friendly Family” by Craig Hurst

They just keep coming…and they are extremely positive. This latest from book reviewer par excellence, Craig Hurst.

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“He That Winneth Souls is Wise”, An Exegetical Comment on Proverbs 11:30b

Evangelistic rallies, tent revivals, and door-knocking gospel programs appeal to Proverbs 11:30 as justification for their conversion agendas. The old King James translates it as “He that winneth souls is wise.” The great Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, used this as … Continue reading

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On Charity

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (Proverbs 11:24 ESV) On the matter of charity, there is no doubt that the best use of charity is done locally. Who … Continue reading

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Third Review of “The Church-Friendly Family” by Luke Welch

Review of The Church-Friendly Family Is the church is a ministry to families? Should Godly families steer clear of the world? What is the point of the family? And what is the point of the church? Pastors Randy Booth and … Continue reading

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Sermon: Reaping What You Sow, Series: Kingly Wisdom, Part X, Proverbs 11:20-25

Outline The Certainty of Evil’s End and the Certainty of the Vindication of the Righteous (20-21 & 23) Physical Beauty Without Character is Contradictory (22) The Richness and Abundance of Giving (24-25) People of God, there is coherence and harmony … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Nurtured by Christ to Nurture the World

The Lord of all glory gives us of Himself that we might be nurtured. He nurtures us that we might perpetuate His example of selfless giving and nurture the world. At this table we are reminded and exhorted to serve … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Why Should We Join a Church?

Why should anyone join a Church? After all the Church is in disarray today. Prominent Christ leaders fall into scandalous sins. Many Shepherds offer “a diet of baby food, if not outright poison”[1] to their sheep. Churches trivialize worship, the … Continue reading

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A Word on Weekly Communion

Here is a brief exhortation that I gave in 2010 on the importance of weekly communion, and also an Advent sermon on the biblical and historical case for weekly communion.

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The Vindication of the Righteous

Consistent in Proverbs is this continuous theme of the vindication of the righteous in God’s eschatological promise. Proverbs 11:23 says that the “desire of the righteous ends only in good.” Our desires need to comport with God’s desires. His hesed needs to … Continue reading

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Opening Prayer for the US Representative Florida District 1 Candidate Debate Forum

Rev. Uriesou T. Brito Our most gracious God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, there is no other God but You, for you reign over all things in heaven above and in the earth below. We give you thanks for your … Continue reading

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A Second Review of “The Church-Friendly Family” by Matthew Sims

By Matthew Sims If you’re not careful your mind may play tricks on you. After receiving the book, I kept thinking and writing The Family-Friendly Church. The authors though have been intentional with the title. In our seeker-sensitive saturated churches making … Continue reading

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Sermon: A Call to Faithful Presence, Proverbs 11:12-19, Kingly Wisdom, Part IX

People of God,  Proverbs is a book of wisdom. It is applicable to our day, it is worthy of our investment, it is healthy to be memorized, it is powerful in counseling, effective in discerning, faithful in its consistency, paradoxical … Continue reading

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The Life and Legacy of Abraham Kuyper

The man who changed the face of Calvinism. The man who was “the first Christian in a very profound way to come to grips with the fact that the world has been transformed.”[1] The man who influenced the political, theological, … Continue reading

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