Monthly Archives: April 2010

Sacramental Theology Anyone?

Craig Higgins’ doctoral dissertation some years ago is still very much a picture of modern presbyterian minimization of the sacraments for church life. In Higgins’ research “three-quarters of the students admit to having studied sacramental theology only a moderate amount or less. ” … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter

Creator of the Earth and Sky

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Brilliant Friedman!

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Leithart on Peter putting on the garment in John 21

Some oddities of the narrative of John 21. Peter, we’re told, has stripped, apparently to make it easier to do his fishing. When he hears that Jesus is on the shore, he puts ON his outer robe and throws himself … Continue reading

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Lost and Richard Alpert’s identity

As the Lost series comes to an end, Peter Leithart offers a very intriguing and possibly shocking look into the symbolic meaning of the series: So.  I picked up a book the other day, The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, … Continue reading

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Fish and Dominion

An interesting point is that the fishermen do not seem to have dominion over the fish in John 21. The new gardener, Jesus does. In Him, the dominion mandate will be fulfilled, because He possesses all authority in heaven and … Continue reading

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Resurrection and Veil

The Old Covenant was characterized by veils. The veil covered the Shekinah glory of God from view. Moses, for instance, wore a veil when he met with God. Those veils meant separation from God and His glory; it meant death. This … Continue reading

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Ann Coulter on Justice Stevens’ Sanity/Insanity

Two observations about retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens are about to become established fact by sheer repetition. The first — that Stevens is the last Protestant on the court — is not true in any meaningful sense. The … Continue reading

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Greg Gibson on New Covenant Theology

My interview/podcast with Greg Gibson is now available for download and stream.

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153 in John 21

Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not torn ( John 20:11). Most Bible readers would simply skip over this … Continue reading

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Anthony Flew Dies at 87

Jamin Hubner writes: Anthony Flew died at age 87 on April 8. He was a hardcore atheist until 2004, when he said that he was a generic theist, probably due to design arguments. When asked by Gary Habermas if he is … Continue reading

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The New and Improved Face to Face

I have interviewed Steve Wilkins on Trinity Talk and written a review of his book Face to Face. Providence Church used his book last year for our summer book study and it was immensely profitable. Now, Face to Face has … Continue reading

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The Reconstructionists are still alive…

… Sarah Posner thinks so.

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My Distinctives…

Try typing the word “distinctives” in a word document and you will see that annoying red line underneath it telling you that your average grammatical skills are diminishing with each red line. Theologically, the word comes in handy. We are … Continue reading

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Check it out…

I am always encouraging people to start their own blogs…so, when I found out that my old college friend Craig Hurst started one I had to plug it. Here it is!

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Nathaniel of Cana in Galilee in John 21

There is a lot going on in the first two verses of John 21. Jesus manifests himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Now, Tiberias is the Roman name for Galilee (see John 6:1). In verse 2, Nathaniel … Continue reading

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Michael Spencer on Liturgical Restrain

Evangelicalism has become a cult of celebrities. Leading pastors are superstars, even cult-like figures of adoration and near-worship. Most evangelical worship encourages this imitation of the entertainer. Musicians, preachers, worship leaders all take their cues in style, dress and manner … Continue reading

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Two Charcoal Fires…

…one in John 18 where Peter warms himself in the gathering of the unrighteous, and one in John 21 where Peter warms Himself with the One who is Righteous.

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On Daniel Fuller

Mark Horne offers some general observations on Daniel Fuller, which I found helpful in light of current controversies.

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Bruce Waltke and Theistic Evolution

From Justin Taylor: Bruce Waltke posted on Facebook a letter he wrote to the RTS/Orlando constituency with the hope that it might serve to unify the church:

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Book Review in 5 minute or less…Every Thought Captive

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How to Understand the Gospels

Here are a few thoughts to consider when reading and preaching the gospels during this Easter season: First, we need to be very cautious not to overlook the biblical details in the text. Details like a face cloth (John 20) … Continue reading

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Summary of the Waltke controversy

Waltke is expected to be interviewed by the board of Knox Theological Seminary later this week to beginning teaching there during upcoming winter/spring periods.

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Romans 2:13

I have just returned from Monroe, LA where Mark Horne delivered four lectures on Romans. The lectures will soon be made available here. Elsewhere, Baptist theologian Sam Waldron is interacting with Lee Irons (disciple of Meredith Kline) on what Paul’s … Continue reading

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Steve Wilkins on the Confederacy Debate

I continue to be amazed over the hysterical reactions that come from the media, academia, and even evangelical Christians, when someone, somewhere says something that might be considered favorable toward the Old South (the Confederacy). They can be patient and … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Joy Comes in the Morning

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. David concludes Psalm 30 by saying that God has turned his mourning into dancing.  Earlier he says that weeping may tarry in the night, but … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Good Shepherd

Brothers and Sisters, Jesus says that my sheep hear my voice and he calls us by name. The good shepherd cares for His sheep. The good shepherd always comforts His sheep with His presence. In the presence of turmoil, doubt, … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Resurrection Reality

Brothers and Sisters, embracing the reality of the resurrection means embracing the new world. There are times when we become skeptical, like the women in Luke, about what God is working in the world. As we read in Ecclesiastes, we … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 121

Unto the Hills by Michael Owens, Psalm 121 (PDF)

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Resurrection and Worship

Every Lord’s Day, when we meet as a people, we come face to face with the resurrection reality. You come this morning because you know that you are not seeking the living among the dead, but you have found the … Continue reading

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