Monthly Archives: January 2010

Saturday Psalter

Chanting the Psalms by James Jordan Psalm-Singing by Peter Leithart

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Grace in the so-called “Covenant of Works”

Joel Garver writes: I was skimming T.F. Torrance’s Scottish Theology (T&T Clark 1996) and ran across the mid-17th century biblical theologian Hugh Binning who writes, in regard to the covenant of works, that “there was some in-breakings of grace and … Continue reading

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On Following Jesus

N.T. Wright elaborates on the necessity of Word and Sacrament in the Church in his book Following Jesus: The visible word and the written word – or, if you like, the edible bread and the audible bread – go closely … Continue reading

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Leithart and Capitalism

Leithart writes: Joyce Appleby begins her The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism with a discussion of the definition of her subject.  Is capitalism an expression of a basic, immutable human nature (Smith: everyone exerts “uniform, constant, and uninterrupted effort … Continue reading

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On Trinity and Community

It is impossible for man in isolation from his fellows, to show forth the image of God in the fullest sense. He must have communion with other men, in the family, in the society, and ultimately in the Church, if  … Continue reading

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The Trinity and Feasting

The problem with ascetic traditions or traditions that highly exalt solitary contemplation as a way of life is that it is inherently Unitarian. On the other hand, Trinitarian theology calls for celebration and feasting in community as a way of … Continue reading

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Trinity Talk is Back!

Our first episode is short, but informative. Education has many faces and many approaches. One such approach that is gaining ground and momentum is the Classical Christian method of educating our children. In this series on education we feature interviews … Continue reading

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Calvin on I Corinthians 12

I am rather inclined, however, to understand him as referring to the Supper, as he makes mention of drinking, for I haev no doubt that he intended to make an allusion to the similitude of the sign.–John Calvin on I … Continue reading

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Baptism as Medicine or Means?

Roman Catholicism treats baptism as a medicine; baptism has this intrinsic power to heal, but the Reformers said the sacraments are not medicine, it is means. A sacrament is the outward sign, water, conjoined to the work of the Spirit. … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Peace

Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have sent Your only, unique Son to redeem your Bride, the Church; and you have promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it, we pray that you watch over your Body; keep … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Life and Justice

Brothers and Sisters, there are approximately 3,500 abortions a day in this country; about 1.3 million a year. The Psalmist writes: For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Perfect Husband

Brothers and Sisters, the Triune God lives the unity that Christ desires for his Church. He prays that we all may be one. He prays that unity will be the natural out-workings of a faithful Church. The Bride of Christ … Continue reading

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Sermon Audio from Providence Church

“Trinitarian Gifts, Part 2”, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Speaker: Pastor Uriesou Tenorio Brito Date: 1/24/2010 More audio from Providence Church Pensacola Type: Sunday Sermon Topic: Bible 1 Corinthians Price: FREE Download Stream Outline Order of Worship

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End the Fed!

The Bernanke Conundrum by Paul Krugman Commentary: Paul Krugman wants Bernanke to have a second term. He admits that Krugma has become complacent, looking at this financial crisis through the eyes of the bankers, but yet, should Bernanke not be … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Psalm 1, Genevan Psalter 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the … Continue reading

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Why I Believe in God! A Biographical Introduction to the Christian Faith, Part 2 of 2

Later Schooling In my later years my Christian faith was maturing. I was strong, and not even Screwtape’s tactics could bring me down. I was tempted, yes, but I was preserved by God’s grace. My college days in the late … Continue reading

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Why I Believe in God! A Biographical Introduction to the Christian Faith, Part 1 of 2

Let me begin by making a few observations: First, I know full well that atheists listening to this are not prone to changing their convictions and embracing the God of Scriptures. Second, the Bible tells us that God is the … Continue reading

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Review of Infant Baptism: What Christian Parents Should Know by John P. Sartelle

My Background Sartelle’s little book had been on my shelf for years. One day I decided to pick it up and work my way through it in an hour or so taking notes along the way. Having read many books … Continue reading

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One Key Issue on Abortion

Greg Koukl writes: Abortion involves killing and discarding something that’s alive. Whether it’s right or not to take the life of any living being depends entirely upon the answer to one question: What kind of being is it? The answer … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Not a Funeral

Audio Brothers and Sisters, we continue our brief exhortations on the Lord’s Supper. Many of us grew up in environments where when the Lord’s Supper was administered, however often, it was “reduced…to a means of providing mental stimulus for individual … Continue reading

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Dr. Robert Rayburn’s letter to the PCA’s SJC regarding Dr. Peter Leithart

… is now available.

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The Federal Vision in Two Minutes or Less, Part III

Part I, Part II Douglas Wilson makes an important point that I would like to briefly expand. He says that “ad hoc alliances among evangelicals vary from country to country.” His point being that evangelicals in different nations have different … Continue reading

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Book Review: Covenantal Theonomy by Kenneth Gentry

As an advocate of the theonomic (theocratic) thesis for almost ten years, I am continually perplexed at the attempts of Kline’s disciples to override the theonomic agenda. Like all other theologies, theonomy is not a monolitihic position. The Jordanians and … Continue reading

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Concerning Spiritual Gifts

Charles Hodge writes: They are not intended exclusively or mainly for the recipients’ benefit, much less for their gratification; but for the good of the church, just as the power of vision is not for the benefit of the eye, … Continue reading

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Epiphany Sermon: Becoming Like what you Worship, Part I; I Corinthians 12:1-3

Download Stream Outline Order of Worship Speaker: Pastor Uriesou Tenorio Brito Date: 1/17/2010 Type: Sunday Sermon Topic: Sermon Sermon, Uri Brito, “Becoming Like What You Worship, Pt 1”, 1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Text: I Corinthians 12:1-3 -Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Our Psalm this Sunday at Providence is Psalm 36. Here is John Barach’s translation: For the director. By the servant of Yahweh. By David. An oracle of the rebellion of a wicked man is within my heart: There is no … Continue reading

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Are you a Hyper-Calvinist?

In preparing for my discussion on Total Depravity at Providence Church, I have been reading through my old Professor John Frame’s Introduction to the Reformed Faith. In discussing Hyper-Calvinism he writes in a footnote: It is hard to define hyper-Calvinism. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Weekly Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

Brothers and sisters, in our exhortations we come this morning to the Lord’s Supper. I think this is a good place to park for a few weeks before we move on to other aspects of our liturgy. While most people … Continue reading

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Yahweh’s Burning Nose

Leithart writes: Yahweh’s nose burns a lot.  You can’t see it in English translation, but that’s what the Hebrew says whenever Yahweh’s “anger” burns: What’s actually burning is His nose. His nose burns first, though, not at Israel but at … Continue reading

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Spiritual Gifts in I Corinthians 12

Paul uses a different word for “spiritual things” in verse one than he does for “gifts” in verse four. Hence, he is not referring to the charismatic gifts in verse one, but rather to those things “pertaining to the Spirit.”

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