Monthly Archives: November 2010

You are what you eat!

You are what you eat, and at this table, we eat bread and wine.  So at this table, we are, and become, God’s field, His grain, His loaf, His bread; at this table, we are, and become, Yahweh’s vineyard, His … Continue reading

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Preaching Repentance

I do not say, of course, that through the ages all “fire and brimstone” preaching was faithful to the spirit or the example of Jesus and his apostles. It certainly was not in many cases. I don’t mean to imply … Continue reading

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Third Day of Advent

JOHN 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT Just as we saw from verse 14, that the Word, who is … Continue reading

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Second Day of Advent

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT After a long, tiring day of shopping, … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright Clarifies…

When I used the word ‘basis’ (as I obviously did — when I was preparing for the conference I was surrounded by unopened boxes and all the stuff of moving house, so couldn’t check; and I knew I hadn’t taken … Continue reading

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First Day of Advent

Note: These readings and devotionals are prepared by several pastors in the CREC. JOHN 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were … Continue reading

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Five Kernels of Corn

by Hezekiah Butterworth ‘Twas the year of the famine in Plymouth of old, The ice and the snow from the thatched roofs had rolled; Through the warm purple skies steered the geese o’er the seas, And the woodpeckers tapped in … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart’s Critique of Wright vs. Shreiner debate

Peter writes: At ETS last week, the Toms – Schreiner and Wright – debated Paul and justification, along with Frank Thielman.  The discussion was illuminating on many points, but on one central point it frustratingly kept missing the point. Schreiner … Continue reading

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Exhortation: A Tale of Two Cities

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The story of Ruth is another example of the two cities. Elimelech wanted to build his own city; he wanted to look after his own … Continue reading

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Worst of Times, Best of Times

If you have read Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities you remember the unforgettable opening: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… If I could re-arrange Dickens’ order and apply it to world history, … Continue reading

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Day Symbolic of All Days

To anyone beginning the study of Sunday in early Christian literature, the initial impression is one of confusion: “Sunday is the first day, the day of creation, the day of light, the day of a new time. But it is … Continue reading

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Psalm 98: Liturgical Education; a sermon

Family Advance Conference; Joint Service with Trinity Presbyterian Church Sermon: Liturgical Education: Celebrating God’s Song and Salvation Text: Psalm 98 Pastor Uriesou T. Brito Text: Sing to Yahweh a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His Salvation-worker is … Continue reading

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Re-Considering Birthdays…

My friend Rich Lusk made a refreshing observation recently at the 20th Family Advance Conference. He wondered why we do not celebrate baptismal days, when in fact our baptisms are more important than our actual birthdays. Baptism is our second … Continue reading

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20th Family Advance Conference

We returned yesterday from the 20th Family Advance Conference, which concluded with a joint service of Trinity Presbyterian and Providence Church. The lectures this year focuses on Educating the Next Generation. The speakers r were Rich Lusk, Gregg Strawbridge, Sam … Continue reading

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Calvin and Musical Instruments

One of my strongest disagreements with Calvin concerns  his rejection of musical instrumentation (though Calvin was not gifted musically, yet his music leaders/liturgist put all the psalms into music; it is known as the Genevan Psalter). For instance, in his observations … Continue reading

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Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is … Continue reading

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Liturgical Distinctions between man and woman

Jim Jordan–as always–has a provocative thesis in his well-known article entitled Liturgical Man, Liturgical Woman. Jim’s thesis is that “the differences between men and women are, by creation design, fundamentally liturgical and only secondarily biological and psychological. To put it another … Continue reading

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Postmillennial Progression

Psalm 98 begins like Matthew’s parables of the seed. The rather insignificant seed (kingdom) is soon discovered to be larger than all the other plants. What once seemed to be weak soon becomes strong. This is the progression we see … Continue reading

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Pachelbel Rant. Pagagnini

{HT: Jim Jordan}

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On Prayer

Prayer is intensely political because it is supplication offered before the throne of grace. We may be excluded from places of political power on earth. We may not hold prominent positions in government. We may not be cabinet members, with … Continue reading

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On-Line Articles I’ve Read this week, 41

Pope Denounces Baghdad Church attack “Faced with such brutal episodes of violence which continue to tear apart the people of the Middle East, I want to renew again my heartfelt appeal for peace,” Benedict said. In a First, Brazil elects … Continue reading

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Exhortation: For all the Saints

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Even though, All Saints’ Day is celebrated on the first day of November, yet, the Church calls us this Sunday to remember this great and … Continue reading

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Rostropovich Popper Dance of the Elves

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No King In Israel?

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. The irony of this is that Yahweh was king in Israel, but the people did not acknowledge Yahweh as king, rather they … Continue reading

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Wright the VanTillian

Stewart summarizes: Wright stresses that ʻwe cannot stand outside our own worldviews, any more than we can see without our own eyes.

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Lexington on the Tea Party

I am certainly not in agreement with most of the Tea Party agenda–if there is one– but with this I agree.  Lexington says, “in how many other countries would a powerful populist movement demand less government, rather than endlessly and … Continue reading

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Story or Propositions?

Stewart writes: Wright does not discourage either philosophical reflection upon the biblical story or systematic theologizing. What he does reject is beginning with theological propositions and moving to the story, rather than approaching theology from the foundation of story.

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N.T. Wright and Worldviews

Robert Stewart summarizes N. T. Wright’s view of worldviews by stating that for Wright “worldviews are never understood individually until they have first been understood corporately.”

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David Broder and War with Iran

David Broder’s macabre suggestion that President Obama would win the 2012 elections if he went to war with Iran has caused quite a reaction from Patrick Buchanan. Broder suggests that the economy would improve if Obama was at war with … Continue reading

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Great Riches vs. Great Name

It seems–textually–there is a reason the man in Ruth 4 is nameless. Proverbs 22 says that “a  good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” This man chose his riches, his interests … Continue reading

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