Monthly Archives: January 2005

Sinclair Ferguson teaches his last class at RTS/Orlando

I just found out today that Dr. Sinclair Ferguson will no longer be teaching at RTS during Winter classes. I am very thankful to have sat under this godly and brilliant man. His lectures on the church and the sacraments … Continue reading

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Iraqi Christians Become Targets of Attacks

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife/VOA)– Iraqi Christians have become targets of attacks by bandits and Muslim militants, but many continue to risk injury, and death, to attend church services. While gunshots can be heard in the distance, hundreds of Iraqi Christians can … Continue reading

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You may be a Constitutionalist if…

I know the election’s momentum is gone, however, if your ideas on politics are in a state of stasis, perhaps this will stir your political deprivation. In the past I have written rather sternly about why I think it would … Continue reading

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Gary Habermas’ Interview with former atheist Anthony Flew

A Brief Section From The Interview HABERMAS: Tony, you recently told me that you have come to believe in the existence of God. Would you comment on that? FLEW: Well, I don’t believe in the God of any revelatory system, … Continue reading

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Sinclair Ferguson on the Peter “Saying” in Matthew 16:18

The significance of the “Peter Saying” and what Jesus says to Him. This Peter saying is significant in the post-apostolic years. It has been controversial — the supremacy of the Bishop of Rome vs. the bishops of other cities. In … Continue reading

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Part 5- Analysis of R.B. Kuiper’s The Glorious Body of Christ

Part of R.B. Kuiper’s genius is his ability to communicate profound truth concerning the church in a simple, but yet penetrating style. Kuiper is not only of Dutch origin, but he thinks like the marvelous Dutch scholars that preceded him, … Continue reading

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Dead or Alive.

Has Anyone Seen This Man?

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N.T. Wright on the Rapture

Alastair came across this post and posted this on his blog and I just couldn’t resist it. I recently heard this story about N.T. Wright: A student asked Dr. Wright after one of his lectures to define the rapture as … Continue reading

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Sinclair Ferguson on the “Ecclesia” (Church)

While the language of “ecclesia” is used seldom, the message of the Church is implicit throughout the teachings of Jesus. Jesus was building the Church ultimately on the foundation of his own death and resurrection…and until that was clear in … Continue reading

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Ecclesiology and the Sacraments with Sinclair Ferguson

Here are a few of Dr. Ferguson’s lecture notes from the class I am currently taking with him at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando): This topic is so key today because of the demise of the church in the West (Europe … Continue reading

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Psalm Singing

The debate over Psalm singing is particularly discussed in Reformed circles. The issue involves adherence to the “regulative principle,” which affirms that only that which is in the Scriptures is to be practiced in the church. Some have come to … Continue reading

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Bush and the Lie

by Doug Wilson Liberals are fond of calling the president a liar, which is just one of the things that makes our vibrant democracy such a monkey house. The only standard they have for measuring the truth is (apparently) the … Continue reading

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Preparatory Prayer for the Sabbath

Our Gracious God, We ask nothing of you except that you calm and search our hearts today so that by Your Spirit we may be hopeful people as we seek earnestly to hear Your Word and to eat of your … Continue reading

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The Table of Judgment

Who is allowed to join the table? The answer to that question is everyone. The qualification to the “everyone” is those who believe. Children of believers must by definition be invited to the table. They should find security in the … Continue reading

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Three Conservative Voices Analyze Bush’s Inaugural Speech

PEGGY NOONAN: Was the president’s speech a case of “mission inebriation”? Chuck Baldwin: A Review of The President’s Inaugural Address Rush Limbaugh: Freedom & God: Our Founding and Our Destiny

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Quote, Calvin on the Supper

“I say then, that in the mystery of the Supper, by the symbols of bread and wine, Christ, his body and his blood, are truly exhibited to us…” Book 4, Chapter 17, Section 11

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Michael Crichton’s new novel: State of Fear.

A note: With the success of: The Day After Tomorrow, starring Dennis Quaid, comes a new interest in environmental speculation. I first came across Dr. Crichton three months ago in an interview on ABC. He seemed reasonable and even had … Continue reading

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Part 4 – Summary of R.B. Kuiper’s The Glorious Body of Christ

In chapter 32 there is a brief discussion on the role of the sacraments in the life of the church. Kuiper notes that various churches consider the sacraments in different ways. Some (as Roman Catholics) hold to seven sacraments (penance, … Continue reading

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The Temporality and the Disjointedness of our nature with Christ’s in the Supper

Andy posed a great question regarding Alastair’s post on Transubstantiation. I thought I would post the question and answer briefly with my thoughts on the matter and perhaps Alastair could add some comments to it if he desires. Andy inquired … Continue reading

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The Kingdom and the Power

I have been working my way through Peter Leithart’s book: The Kingdom and the Power: Rediscovering the Centrality of the Church. It is in a sense an exposition of the role of the church in the shaping of society. Leithart … Continue reading

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The Eucharist and its relationship to Transubstantiation

Alistair continues his series on Transubstantiation. Here is a quote from his excellent article: One of the great insights in John Calvin’s Eucharistic theology (although the eschatological dimension of the Supper is generally muted in Calvin) is that it is … Continue reading

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Thumbs Up For “Mystic River”

In my 10 scale “Mystic River” gets an 8 for excellent acting and an intriguing story-line. Sean Penn and Tim Robbins (Gideon) brought an outstanding flavor to a suspenseful murder case. This is the story of three friends who through … Continue reading

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Part 3 – Summary of R.B. Kuiper’s The Glorious Body of Christ

Chapter thirteen begins with a masterful treatment of the indestructibility of the church. Here R.B. Kuiper deals briefly but carefully with the meaning of Matthew 16:18 which says that the “gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.” The … Continue reading

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The Sabbath and Spiritual Insights

From Luke chapter twelve the Rev. Mike Malone elaborated persuasively regarding the necessity of reading the times with spiritual insights. Jesus’ rebuke in Luke 12:56 serves as an immediate reminder of the confusion existing in the present Christian era. Jesus … Continue reading

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Does Scripture Permit Us to Drink Alcoholic Beverages?

Kenneth Gentry has played a tremendous role in shaping my thinking on matters of eschatology and ethics. What follows is a summary article based on his book entitled: God Gave Wine, a book thoroughly analyzing the Biblical issues in the … Continue reading

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Part 2 – Summary of R.B. Kuiper’s The Glorious Body of Christ

As we continue our summary of Kuiper’s treatise on the glory of the church we will begin by exploring his views on the catholicity of the church. Kuiper affirms that there are two misinterpretations of catholicity. “There are those who … Continue reading

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Review of R.B. Kuiper’s The Glorious Body of Christ, Part I

Editor’s Note: One of my requirements for my class on Ecclesiology and the Sacraments with Professor Sinclair Ferguson, which will commence on the 24th of January, is to read R.B. Kuiper’s 367-page book entitled: The Glorious Body of Christ. What … Continue reading

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Augustine on Faith

Augustine penned long ago that, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” Has anyone considered the grandeur of faith? It is fair to say that as finite … Continue reading

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The Christian’s Role and the Role of the Law

In recent years my love for apologetics has grown immensely. I have dedicated many hours to studying ethics, logic, and apologetic methodologies. One person who has greatly influenced me by use of wit and theological precision has been Greg Koukl. … Continue reading

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Kudos to Alistair at 40 Bicycles

Alistair at 40 Bicyles has posted some excellent links in the last 6 months or so on N.T. Wright, including some audio from Wright’s participation in Radio Talk Shows in England. Beyond that, Alistair has provided numerous helpful articles on … Continue reading

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