Monthly Archives: March 2009

Hating Your Life, John 12:20-33; Fifth Sunday In Lent

Providence Church (CREC) Rev. Uriesou Brito John 12:20-33 Fifth Sunday in Lent Ninth Sermon, SERMON AUDIO HERE First official sermon as an ordained minister. 20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these … Continue reading

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The Pastoral Charge

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Exhortation, On Repentance

Exhortation, Fifth Sunday in Lent In the 16th century, Luther nailed to the door of Wittenberg the 95 theses, meant as a way of beginning a discussion concerning the abuses of the Roman Church. The very first of Luther’s propositions … Continue reading

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Moonlight Sonata

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The Problem with CredoCommunion…

Simply, the Credo position is left with uncertainty and pure subjectivism on the matter. When you say some will be 6 years old, but others who grow up in covenant homes may be 12 (not to speak of some who … Continue reading

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Paedo or Credo Communion?

In following Lane Keister’s arguments against Paedocommunion, I continue to ask these sorts of questions: Why does a simple, credible profession of faith have to be spoken in words? Why not with actions, signs or symbols? Why not with a … Continue reading

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Paedocommunion explained…

For those of us who are committed to the practice of paedocommunion, Doug Wilson writes that we should explain the Supper to our children: Young children should have the Supper explained to them by their parents in each observance of … Continue reading

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A Night to Remember!

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Richard Mouw reviews Muether’s Biography of Van Til

In this excellent review, Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary writes favorably of John Muether’s biography of Cornelius Van Til. John was working diligently on this project in my days at RTS/Orlando. I often saw him smoking his pipe and … Continue reading

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Today is the day!

ALUMNI SNIPPETS Attention RTS Alumni:The Alumni and Friends Community, a Facebook-like application for the RTS web site that will also be connected to Facebook is soon to be released. We are looking for meaningful quotes from you concerning your ministry, church and seminary … Continue reading

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Quote, John Ryle on John 12

…there can be no life without death, there can be no sweet without bitter, there can be no crown without cross. –John Ryle, Short Expository Readings on the Gospel of John, pg. 189.

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Between Common and Special Grace

In that same panel discussion, Leithart adds a category in the discussion of grace. For instance, if one asserts that the glory and advances of Western Society is simply a result of common grace, one would miss the immesuarable influence … Continue reading

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Prayers and Politics

In a recent panel discussion with Darryl Hart and Michael Horton, Peter Leithart argued persuasively for a liturgy that includes politics. The prayers of the saints are inherently political. When we pray the Psalms, we pray that God would act … Continue reading

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The Trinitarian Gospel through Cross and Crown, Fourth Sunday in Lent, John 3:14-21

Fourth Sunday in Lent at Providence Church (CREC) March 22nd, 2009. Pastor Uri Brito Eighth Sermon Title: The Trinitarian Gospel through Cross and Crown, SERMON AUDIO HERE. Text: John 3:14-21 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Worshiping in the Heavenlies

Let us worship the Triune God. Hear the word of the Lord: Psalm 93:1-2 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it … Continue reading

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A Psalm of Thanksgiving, Psalm 147:1-11

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Leithart on the Book of Signs

The first 12 chapters of John are commonly seen as John’s “book of signs.”  There are seven signs, which may suggest a connection with the creation week. Some starting thoughts: 1. Water to wine, ch 2: Jesus’ manifests His glory, … Continue reading

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John 3:16

This pericope from 3:16-21 is a cosmic reference. Too much ink has been spilt unecessarily deciphering the meaning of cosmos. Cosmos as the eternally elect or as the entire world are both textually possible exegesis. However, the debate has generally … Continue reading

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White or Black Robe?

In light of my ordination next Wednesday evening (25th), our church is considering changing from the black academic robe to the white robe. In studying the issue I came across this quote from Harry Boonstra: White seems more appropriate than … Continue reading

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On Faith, Herman Ridderbos

Faith will always bear on its face the sign of the grace of being a child of God, just as unbelief bears the sign of disobedience to the summons of the gospel. (The Gospel According to John, 141)

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What’s going on?

We tend to see trends in society on the basis of what books are selling the most. At this point, Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is flying off the shelves. I heard Andrew Breitbart say recently that there is a growing … Continue reading

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Zeal for the Father’s House, John 2:13-22; Third Sunday in Lent

Providence Church (CREC) Pastor Uri Brito Third Sunday in Lent March 15th, 2009. Title: Zeal for the Father’s House —Sermon Audio HERE Text: John 2:13-22 13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In … Continue reading

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The preeminence of the Lord’s Supper

Jim Jordan pointed out long ago that the Bible does not explicitly state that we are to sing the Psalms in worship (though the Psalms ought to permeate our liturgy for various reasons). The Bible does not even say that … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The word of the cross

Exhortation Third Sunday in Lent, March 15th Psalm 95:1-3 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make … Continue reading

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The Cleansing of the Temple and Leviticus 14

The cleansing of the temple in John 2 is only one of three separate cleansings. The second cleansing is recorded in the synoptic gospels and the final cleansing occurs in AD70. This parallels the cleansing of the house by the … Continue reading

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Cramer on Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart did such a superb job nullifying Cramer that the Huffington Post dedicated a front page story to it. Of course, the Huffington Post does not hide her commitment to pure socialism. But there is a strong case against … Continue reading

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The Children of Caesar

I have appreciated Voddie’s work on this particular issue for over two years. He is an outstanding defender of the antithesis of Christian and pagan education.

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Preaching and Examination

After three weeks away from the pulpit and finally finished with my examination process, I will return to the pulpit this Sunday. I will be preaching from John 2:13-22. Last week I traveled to Clinton, MS to be examined by … Continue reading

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A Delightful Day

I had a long day. This morning I travelled about an hour to Niceville/Valparaiso area to meet Rev. Mickey Schnider who is the pastor of Trinity Presbyterian. Mickey has become a dear brother who has fought the good fight and … Continue reading

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John and Mark/Leprosy and Temple

There is a striking parallel between the cleansing of the leper in Mark 1:40-45 and Jesus’ cleansing of the temple in John 2:13-22. The temple has become a house of leprosy. It is unclean. Unlike the leper in Mark who … Continue reading

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