Monthly Archives: March 2010

Enns and Adam

I mentioned that Waltke was wrong in his assessment of how Christians should view evolution. Evolution is a dangerous compromise yet, many evangelicals have been allured to the prestige evolution brings. Another more radical example of this comes from professor … Continue reading

Posted in Creation/Evolution/Intelligent Design | Leave a comment

James Jordan on the Church

To say that the root of our problems is religious is to say a great deal, but also to say rather little. Compared with the heredity and environmental reductionism popular in modern (and in ancient) thought, a confession that human … Continue reading

Posted in James Jordan | Leave a comment

Waltke and Evolution

For all the respect I had for Dr. Waltke at RTS/Orlando and even today, I can’t help but agree 100% with Doug Wilson’s summary.

Posted in Creation/Evolution/Intelligent Design | 1 Comment

Movie Review: Fireproof

It took us a while, but my wife and I finally watched Fireproof. I am a firm supporter of evangelicals pursuing every field of life, including movies, and bringing a distinctly Christian perspective to it. For instance, Brian Godawa has … Continue reading

Posted in Movies/Reviews | 2 Comments

Saturday Psalter, Psalm 79:3-4

Gaelic Psalm

Posted in Psalms | Leave a comment

Saturday Psalter Quote

The spiritual depth of the Psalms exceeds by far anything that was afterwards composed as a church hymn. The psalms have always echoed the enduring, eternal keynote of the pious heart, while hymns usually had a temporary quality and were … Continue reading

Posted in Psalms | 2 Comments

Thoughts on Women and Silence in I Corinthians 14:34-35

Sermon Excerpt What are we then to make of this passage? I would like to make three observations, which are not exhaustive, but it will bring us closer to understanding Paul’s words in this letter. First, Paul is making a … Continue reading

Posted in I Corinthians | Leave a comment

On Entrance into the Church

I have slowly been reading through Rev. Craig Higgins’ excellent dissertation on baptismal efficacy in the Reformed tradition. In my reading this morning I came across a Leithart quote worth mentioning: In Reformed theology, baptism is the watery gateway to … Continue reading

Posted in Word/Sacrament | 1 Comment

Eugene Peterson on Identity

Quoted in Higgins’ Dissertation: I encounter such constant and widespread lying about reality each day and meet with such skilled and systematic distortion of the truth that I’m always in danger of losing my grip on reality. The reality, of … Continue reading

Posted in Word/Sacrament | 1 Comment

Philippus Jacobus Hoedemaker vs. Abraham kuyper

Hoedemaker did not win the day with his theocratic principles, as Reuben Alvarado demonstrates in his 1992 lecture at the BH Conference. Hoedemaker stood firmly against Abraham Kuyper’s political pluralism. Even though Kuyper has been immensely helpful in bringing a … Continue reading

Posted in Theonomy/Eschatology | 3 Comments

Heaven Misplaced

Douglas Wilson introduces his case for “historical optimism” by asking that the reader willingly suspend unbelief (10). Tolkien was once asked if he believed Middle Earth was real, to which he replied: “one hopes.” Wilson’s  Heaven Misplaced is a call … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Eschatology | 2 Comments

Biblical Apologetics

Richard Pratt writes: The Bible is both the foundation upon which our defense must be built and one of our beliefs which must be defended (Every Though Captive, 4). The apologetics’ task is like the relation between a king and … Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics | Leave a comment


Mansfield’s terrific biography of Arthur Guinness is filled with intriguing historical insights like this one: You see, the yeast that is used to brew beer is unique. It is not like the yeast used for bread, which dies at high … Continue reading

Posted in Quotes | Leave a comment

Children in Worship

We, in the CRE, are certainly in the minority when considering the question of children in worship. With children’s church curriculum abounding in typical evangelical and presbyterian churches, our message seems to be only a drop in the vast ocean … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy | Leave a comment

Saving the Children…

Butler Shaffer recounts: I just returned from our local grocery where, as I was about to enter the store, I was greeted by two young women (probably in their early 20s) who asked me if I wanted “to save the children.”  … Continue reading

Posted in Education | Leave a comment

Exhortation: Our Chief End (Isaiah 43)

Brother and Sisters, the prophet Isaiah declares in Psalmic nature the care of Yahweh for His people. In chapter 43 he writes: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not … Continue reading

Posted in Exhortation, Isaiah | Leave a comment

Wilson vs. Jordan

I agree with my friend Mike Bull when he writes: There’s nothing better than theologians who basically agree on lots debating the finer points. Jordan and Wilson have  different ideas on what a classical education should consist of. Somehow, I … Continue reading

Posted in Education | Leave a comment

Through New Eyes Interview: What is New Covenant Theology?

On this second episode, we continue our discussion of New Covenant Theology with Baptist author Richard Barcellos.

Posted in Through New Eyes Podcast | Leave a comment

Closing Hymns/Psalms

One of the main issues I face every week in preparing hymns and psalms for Providence Church is what hymn/psalm is most suitable for closing the service. The Cantus Christi provides several beautiful tunes with richly adorned theological lyrics, and … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy, Music | Leave a comment

Rayburn on the sufficiency of worship…

No Christian should come to God’s house thinking anything else but that everything necessary for life and for happiness and for satisfaction and for fruitfulness is given to him or her in this worship service.

Posted in Liturgy | 1 Comment

Calvin and Theocracy

I have been listening to the Calvin and Theocracy Conference (BH, 1992). If anyone is interested in the history of the theonomic debate and some of the finer differences among advocates of biblical law this is a great series to … Continue reading

Posted in Audio | Leave a comment

Women Should be Silent…

Paul says that it is “shameful for women to speak in church” (14:35). Of course, this is a perfect excuse for some evangelicals and liberals to feel ashamed of Paul for making such a shameful comment.

Posted in I Corinthians | Leave a comment

Trinity Talk Discusses Lent!

How Should Christians observe Lent? What are the major themes present? Rich Lusk of Birmingham, AL and Doug Roorda of Pella, IA answered these questions and addressed the focus of the Lenten season for the Christian.

Posted in Church Calendar, Trinity Talk Interview | Leave a comment

Three new library additions…

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson Jane Austen by Peter Leithart Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Posted in Update | Leave a comment

Posture is Important

Joel Garver writes: Posture in worship is important. If we don’t permit our teens to slouch, shuffle, and stare at the ground when we are addressing them, how can we say posture is unimportant when we come into the presence … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy | Leave a comment

On Certain Forms of Contemporary Worship…

There is a familiarity, an ease, almost a glibness toward God in this worship that communicates to no one that he is a consuming fire, or that he is angry with the wicked every day, or that his eyes are … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy | 1 Comment

Congregational Participation?

Rev. Robert Rayburn writes: But, that is true also even in the matter of congregational participation. The new contemporary service of American Protestantism is more a service to be watched by the congregation than even the traditional Protestant service of … Continue reading

Posted in Liturgy | 1 Comment

Communion Meditation: Sacramental Prophecy

Brothers and sisters, God is among us as we eat and drink with His beloved Son. The gospel heard and now the gospel eaten. Herein in is prophecy and truth, that Christ has provided eternal food and drink for his … Continue reading

Posted in Communion Meditation, Word/Sacrament | Leave a comment

Bucer on Sacraments

Performative signs & what it means to receive in faith And therefore, when the faithful, believing theses words and not doubting that they are addressed by the Lord to themselves (that they were in fact spoken only to them is … Continue reading

Posted in Word/Sacrament | Leave a comment

Saturday Psalter

Psalm 51

Posted in Psalms | 2 Comments