Monthly Archives: September 2010

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

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On the Office…

I remember walking into Chuck Hill’s office at Reformed Seminary. It looked lovely and romantic with books scattered in the most unlikely of places. Dr. Hill is a genius. He can afford to be a bit eccentric. I am no … Continue reading

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Ruth as Gospel

Ruth is the perfect proof for typology. It shows that typology is necessary to biblical interpretation. Observing the text of Ruth only from a grammatical perspective misses all sorts of treasures. The positive aspect of typology is that it is not hidden, but it … Continue reading

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I loved this opening line from Maureen Dowd‘s piece on the New York Times: Harry Reid tweets Lady Gaga while Newt Gingrich is truly gaga.

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Moving Things…

A long, but satisfying Tuesday. I began the day quite early going over some of my notes for my class on the Psalter. Having done some previous work (sermon and lesson) on Psalm 23, I re-arranged a few notes and used them … Continue reading

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Mr. Bean At Church


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A Friendly Introduction to the Nicene Creed, Part II

Let me take a few minutes to offer a brief introduction to the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed defines precisely and thoroughly what we believe the Church has always confessed and what has been of primary importance to the Church … Continue reading

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My Office

As I sit down in my office I am staring at hundreds of books on the floor. They–that is the books–all desire an eschatology of hope. They want to be raptured into a shelf and neatly ordered according to author … Continue reading

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A Friendly Introduction to the Nicene Creed, Part I

Note: This is the manuscript from a Sunday School class at Providence Church (CREC). In this short lesson I want to offer a friendly introduction to the Nicene Creed. I say friendly to mean I am not going to deal … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, 34

Robert Schimmel Dead at 60 The Long Road to Becoming a Lifer (Tennis player at 39) For GOP, the Tea arty wields a double-edged sword Holder, Axelrod denounce Florida Church’s  planned Quran burning Terry Jones accused of spiritual abuse in … Continue reading

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Exhortation: United to God’s Rest

In Genesis 2, we hear that God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all his work that he had done in creation. The notion of rest can have all sorts of meaning … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: A Good Exodus

Brothers and Sisters, when the mixed multitudes left Egypt into the desert God provided for them again and again. He provided drink and manna. It was an exodus into life, though many of them grumbled and died on their way … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Conversion

Ruth’s example is the harshest critique of individualistic evangelicalism. Ruth clings to Naomi covenantally. She has no interest in embracing her God without embracing her people. To cling to Yahweh is to cling to His bride. The Gospel demands that you … Continue reading

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A Beatitude for Good Sleep

How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleeping is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams. —from Lucy Westenra’s diary, Dracula, 130

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Who is Naomi?

Naomi is Israel in the days of the Judges. She is faithless Israel. She is compromised in her theology because of ten years of anti-Yahweh indoctrination. However, Naomi is also recipient of grace. She is ultimately pleasant and graced with … Continue reading

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Gospel of Wealth?

I do intend to eventually read Platt’s book. David Brooks in the New York Times offers a warm review of the book. Naturally, Platt falls into the category of many evangelical leaders today (see Francis Chan) who believe consumerism has … Continue reading

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Five Psalter Themes

The Psalms are holy war songs. The Psalter is one big War Song with lots and lots of stanzas and verses, but they are divided into different situations and contexts so we can sing them accordingly. The Psalms are meant … Continue reading

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Ruth and Garden

Ruth is a miniature gospel. You have garden/sanctuary, which is the “house of bread,” Bethlehem. Then you have land/home, which is Elimelech and his family, and finally you have world, which is Moab. The story of Ruth is God using … Continue reading

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Ruth: An Introduction

This is part one of my series on Ruth.

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Delivering His Children

Calvin writes concerning Psalm 94:4: As the Lord’s people had formerly to endure the heavy trial of seeing the Church subjected to this wild tyranny and misrule, we should account it no strange thing to see the Church suffering still … Continue reading

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Exhortation: What’s in a Name?

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What’s in a name? Peter, John, Ron, Al? What’s in a name? Everything. Your name means something. In Christ, your name carries great weight. To … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, 33

Lawsuit says Berk’s Priest fathered teen’s child Why do heavy-drinkers outlive non-drinkers? Simpson will continue to serve on Debt Commission Ron Paul questions whether there’s gold at Fort Knox, NY Fed A Statement on the Emerging Church Obama is not … Continue reading

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Head and Body

Mike Bull notes in his excellent book, Bible Matrix that a crucial element to grasp in systematic typology is that of the “head and body” (63). Adam, he writes, “goes through the pattern as the head of the human race. … Continue reading

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Relational, Not Propositional

John Burke’s response to Mark Driscoll’s chapter is quite good. I am not sure how these things are lived out in his own context, but they do make a lot of sense. Driscoll’s strong and dogmatic evangelical convictions may appear … Continue reading

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Augustinian Project

Leithart writes that the church operates in an Eusebian mode giving “uncritical adulation to American Constantines (64).” What is the solution? What the Church needs is a renewal of the Augustinian project. We need to disentangle the American story from … Continue reading

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Baptism and Faith

Note: I owe many of these thoughts to Neil Jeffers who reviewed the book in the first volume of Ecclesia Reformanda. The volume entitled Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ published in 2006 is in the words … Continue reading

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Ruth: Famine and Feast

Ruth’s first verse is not a picture of what is to come, but only a sober reminder of what covenant breaking brings to a nation. The story of Ruth is the reversal of Judges; a small Edenic picture with hope … Continue reading

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Ruth, the Valiant Warrior

My fellow brother and pastor Toby Sumpter makes this excellent connection between Ruth and the Proverbs 31 woman: Boaz praises Ruth and blesses her. He says that Ruth is known among all the city’s inhabitants as being a virtuous woman. … Continue reading

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