Monthly Archives: April 2008

Obama vs. Wright, a perspective

The newest political feud is not between Obama and Clinton political advisers, but between Obama and his spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. The now infamous remarks in 2003 that God is damning America for her past sins have … Continue reading

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Quote, Pat Buchanan on what McCain will do for the right?

But McCain may also mean more Middle East wars, more bellicosity, more manufacturing jobs lost, malingering in the culture wars, and more illegal aliens and amnesty. In Pennsylvania, thousands of Republicans re-registered to vote Democratic, and 27 percent of the … Continue reading

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Obama’s Problems…

Barack Obama’s problem is ecclesiastical: he is part of an unorthodox church with an unorthodox former pastor. His problem is soteriological: he offers salvation through the government and by the government. His problem is eschatological: his run for the nomination … Continue reading

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Monday Political Links

Is this the end of Alan Keyes? Jon King Interviews Ron Paul Promises the next president can’t keep The problem with the minimum wage

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A Review: Paul’s Theology of Imputation by Brian Vickers

In light of my preparation for licensure exam, I have begun to read on various controversial discussions in the Presbyterian Church. Among them, the ever controversial question of Paul’s theology of imputation. A fine book that surveys both the historical … Continue reading

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A Prayer of St. Frances De Sales

O my God, I thank you and I praise you for accomplishing your holy and all-lovable will without any regard for mine. With my whole heart, in spite of my heart, do I receive this cross I feared so much! … Continue reading

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Bart Ehrman’s argument…

I heard some portions of the Ehrman/Wallace debate. Here is a major argumentation for Ehrman’s theory that the Bible cannot be trustworthy: a) There are about 400,000 variants in the Greek text. b) The Greek text contains less than 200,000 … Continue reading

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Glory be to God!

This morning, by God’s grace, I passed my Westminster Shorter Catechism exam. Though I ended my academic requirements at RTS in December of 2007, RTS requires that before any student graduates, they are to pass a comprehensive Bible exam and … Continue reading

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Expecting too much from a text…

Vickers makes an interesting observation in the beginning of his discussion on imputation.[1] He argues that the debate over the imputation of Christ’s active obedience tends to expect too much from a single text. Thus, critics and advocates of the … Continue reading

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Covenant Theology and Trinitarian Relationship

Covenant Theology is the apex of calvinistic theology. You cannot have a view of Calvinism that excludes a covenantal understanding of redemptive history. But what is a covenant? The most helpful definition of covenant theology comes from the uniqueness of … Continue reading

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Quote, Waltke on spiritual undernourishment…

I suspect many Christians feel spiritually undernourished because they live out their lives on the basis of about ten biblical texts. The spiritual life of the church would be greatly enriched by kindling a love of the Old Testament… Waltke, … Continue reading

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Our Allegiance…

Derek Webb said it best in his album Mockingbird : my first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood it’s to a king & a kingdom The … Continue reading

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Lutheran and Reformed traditions…

When I studied Reformation History in seminary, Dr. Frank James was always clear in defining the distinctions that arose during the Reformation. He was always careful to differentiate the various traditions. One clear distinction was the Lutheran and Reformed traditions. … Continue reading

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Excessive somberness…

In a common Presbyterian order of worship, the congregation will move from reflection, confession, singing, and hearing. What is consistent about this liturgical movement is the tone of somberness that contextualizes these steps in worship. And when the sermon is … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the family

O God of goodness and mercy, to Thy fatherly guidance we commend our family, our household and all our belongings. We commit all to Thy love and keeping; do Thou fill this house with Thy blessings even as Thou didst … Continue reading

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Quotes, Jefferson on Limited Powers

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” — Thomas Jefferson “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the … Continue reading

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Keyes leaves GOP

Alan Keyes has announced his loyalty to the GOP is no more. Keyes participated in only two of the Republican debates. “Keyes added that he is looking to the Constitution Party as a possible home for his future efforts in … Continue reading

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Abortion as ‘art’ triggers shock, horror

A student at Yale University, who for her “senior art project” says she repeatedly artificially inseminated herself and then took abortifacient drugs to induce multiple miscarriages, plans next week to display her “art” – including blood from her own forced … Continue reading

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Quote, on Theology

True theology is not theoretical, but practical. The end of it is living, that is to live a godly life. – Martin Bucer

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Monks Turning to Christ

Phil Ryken reports: In a March 18 report, Christian Aid reports that nearly 5000 Buddhist monks (location undisclosed) have recently turned to Christ.  A worker reports: “It appears that the Holy Spirit had urged these monks and nuns to call … Continue reading

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The Ceremonial Laws as Visual Aids to Modern Society

The Reformed community has debated the validity of Old Testament law in today’s society since the beginning of the Reformation. Many of the early Reformers (Calvin And Bucer) and the Puritan Reformers (Thomas Boston and Cotton Mather) believed strongly in … Continue reading

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Quote, Gage on Subduing the Earth

…In the divine command man is commissioned to reproduce God’s own activity in creation, that is, to subdue and to fill the earth. Contextually then, the divine image is the anthropological enablement for obedience to the divine command. After the … Continue reading

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Blessed are you, Lord Jesus, Savior of the world, for giving your life to save us, by your precious blood we are saved. You promised living waters to those who seek the truth, give us that water to quench our … Continue reading

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The New Jonah

Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the fish. On the third day, he was vomited into dry land. Christ entered–willingly– the belly of the fish for three days and three nights, so that on the … Continue reading

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Thursday Links

My friend Laurence offers a review of:The Imperative of Preaching: A Theology of Sacred Rhetoric by John Carrick Sean Corringa expounds on the failure of the market. My friend Steven Wedgeworth has posted his entire series on Genesis. Excellent resource. … Continue reading

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For memory’s sake…

Oh, the joys of defeating England! 2002

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New Creation

Paul teaches that a New Creation has dawned upon earth (II Cor. 5:17) as a result of Christ’s resurrection ( I Cor. 15). This new creation of redeemed people is charged with the Adamic task (Gen. 1:26) of subduing the … Continue reading

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Old Testament scholars generally differ in how God should be addressed both in the liturgy of the church and in doing Biblical or Systematic theology. James Jordan has argued that in Genesis 14:18-20 “the name of God in use among … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to Professor John Frame who continues to be–after seminary–a refreshing and insightful voice in my thinking about the church and theology. And a happy birthday to my dear friend Pastor Frank Cavalli, who has been an example of … Continue reading

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Quote, Waltke on the Bible

In the Bible we sail on the clouds to heaven, submarine down to the depths of our hearts, and are transported back to ancient kingdoms that serve as paradigms for interpreting the present. –Bruce Waltke, An Old Testament Theology, 10.

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