Monthly Archives: February 2007

Rushdoony and the Inescapability of Religion

In 1978, Rousas Rushdoony wrote his influential book, The One and the Many. ((R.J. Rushdoony, The One and the Many (Fairfax, VA:Thoburn Press, 1978), 371-375)) In it, he argued that every culture is inherently religious. The makeup of a society will reflect … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:6 and Private Prayers

My pastor has started a series through the Lord’s Prayer. In his introductory sermon he stressed two aspects of the text: a) Prayer is expected, not optional. b) Prayer should be genuine. These are clear implications in the text. Prayer … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:6 and private prayers

My pastor has started a series through the Lord’s Prayer. In his introductory sermon he stressed two aspects of the text: a) Prayer is expected, not optional. b) Prayer should be genuine. These are clear implications in the text. Prayer … Continue reading

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Lent, Weakness, and the Sabbath

The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor). Today, some people give up something they enjoy, add something that will bring … Continue reading

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Lent, Weakness, and the Sabbath

The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor). Today, some people give up something they enjoy, add something that will bring … Continue reading

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Disobedient son in Deuteronomy 21

I have spent the last two days working on my final paper for Ethics. I have finally finished with the revision. My topic was on the Disobedient son ((Deuteronomy 21:18-21)) in Deuteronomy. The text makes it clear that the son … Continue reading

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The Word of Life or Death Part 3, Material Blessings

Deuteronomy is one of the most important books for modern society. It engages our minds in economic theory, ceremonialism, covenant sanctions, blessings and curses, penology, and every possible dimension for maintaining stability in our society. Nevertheless, it falls under constant … Continue reading

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An Evening with Cinderella Man

My neighbor and I spent a few hours together watching Cinderella Man. Tom, as many may know from reading this blog, has lost his wife of 58 years a week ago. Though he does not reveal too much, I know … Continue reading

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The Disobedient Son in Deuteronomy 21

I have spent the last two days working on my final paper for Ethics. I have finally finished with the revision. My topic was on the Disobedient son1 in Deuteronomy. The text makes it clear that the son is to … Continue reading

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The Word of Life and Death, Part 3

Deuteronomy is one of the most important books for modern society. It engages our minds in economic theory, ceremonialism, covenant sanctions, blessings and curses, penology, and every possible dimension for maintaining stability in our society. Nevertheless, it falls under constant … Continue reading

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An Evening with Cinderella Man

My neighbor and I spent a few hours together watching Cinderella Man. Tom, as many may know from reading this blog, has lost his wife of 58 years a week ago. Though he does not reveal too much, I know … Continue reading

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Sermon

After some time of preparation this week I was able to deliver my sermon today in Communication Lab. My text was Deuteronomy 30:11-20. I received some positive feedback and some helpful comments. There is still much work to be done.

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The Word of Life or Death Part 2

In Deuteronomy 30:19 God makes a sovereign promise. He calls heaven and earth as His witnesses. In the words of Gary North: In this covenant lawsuit, God’s witnesses for either the prosecution or the defense were heaven and earth: the … Continue reading

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The Word of Life and Death, Part 2

In Deuteronomy 30:19 God makes a sovereign promise. He calls heaven and earth as His witnesses. In the words of Gary North: In this covenant lawsuit, God’s witnesses for either the prosecution or the defense were heaven and earth: the … Continue reading

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Dealing with death…

I attended the Mass for my neighbor yesterday. As the priest read the words from Jesus’ account before the grave of his friend Lazarus, I was reminded that when the Almighty Lord of Glory saw his friends’ grave, He Wept.1 … Continue reading

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The Word of Life and Death

The text of Moses under the inspiration of God the Spirit presents a message often forgotten in our society. It presents to us the ultimate claims of God. The message as the Reformers claimed is perspicuous: Life or death? What … Continue reading

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The Word of Life or Death

The text of Moses under the inspiration of God the Spirit presents a message often forgotten in our society. It presents to us the ultimate claims of God. The message as the Reformers claimed is perspicuous. Life or death? What … Continue reading

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Dealing with Death

I attended the mass for my neighbor yesterday. As the priest read the words from Jesus’ account before the grave of his friend Lazarus, I was reminded that when the Almighty Lord of Glory saw his friends’ grave, He Wept … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day Worship

The Sabbath is a day of great joy to me. It was not always so! In the past it served as a day to glorify my own desires. 1 Over the years God has given me a new vision of the … Continue reading

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Grieving…

My neighbor, Maria McBride, 77, died on Thursday afternoon at the hospital. She and her husband have been lovely neighbors since our arrival here in Orlando. We have had many meals together, and have shared many long conversations. Both Marie … Continue reading

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The Basis of Obligation…

In Arthur Holmes’ Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions, he summarizes three bases of obligation. These three are a) Obligation as self-imposed, b) Obligation as imposed by people, or c) Obligation imposed by God. Let me summarize these three positions. Obligation Is … Continue reading

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Douma and the Lord’s Day

I am now taking a short break from my reading of J. Douma’s excellent work on the Ten Commandments. All of this is to prepare myself for the Ethics exam in a 8 days. I have much more reading to do. … Continue reading

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Lord’s Day Worship

The Sabbath is a day of great joy to me. It was not always so! In the past it served as a day to glorify my own desires.  ((Isaiah 58:13-14)) Over the years God has given me a new vision … Continue reading

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Grieving…

My neighbor, Maria McBride, 77, died on Thursday afternoon at the hospital. She and her husband have been lovely neighbors since our arrival here in Orlando. We have had many meals together, and have shared many long conversations. Both Marie … Continue reading

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The Basis of Obligation

In Arthur Holmes’ Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions, he summarizes three bases of obligation. These three are a) Obligation as self-imposed, b) Obligation as imposed by people, or c) Obligation imposed by God. Let me summarize these three positions. Obligation Is … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Part XV, Lewis speaks on symbolism

C.S. Lewis would have been appalled by modern contemplations of heaven found in Christian bookstores. Some see John’s measure in the end of Revelation[1], and assume that the author is interested in conveying an exact dimension. Liberals on the other … Continue reading

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A new semester…

New challenges are ahead of me and by God’s grace He will sustain me through these difficult months ahead.

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C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: Part XV, Lewis speaks on symbolism

C.S. Lewis would have been appalled by modern contemplations of heaven found in Christian bookstores. Some see John’s measure in the end of Revelation[1], and assume that the author is interested in conveying an exact dimension. Liberals on the other … Continue reading

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Heidelberg Catechism

103.   Q.  What does God require in the fourth commandment?   A.  First, that the ministry of the gospel and the schools be maintained1 and that, especially on the day of rest, I diligently attend the church of God2 to hear … Continue reading

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Quote, Alexander Schmemann and Eucharistic Participation

It is a well-known and undisputed fact that in the early Church the communion of all the faithful, of the entire ecclesia at each Liturgy was a self-evident norm. What must be stressed, however, is that this corporate communion was … Continue reading

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