Monthly Archives: December 2010

Twentieth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:17–20 17Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all … Continue reading

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The First Light

First light After all the false dawns, who is this who unerringly paints the first rays in their true colours? We have kept vigil with owls when the occult noises of the night fell tauntingly silent and a breeze got up as … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:15-16 15So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord … Continue reading

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Innocence and Guilt…a connection

While Mary was with Elizabeth for three months, John leaped in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:41). It was during this time where Mary supposedly betrayed Joseph while betrothed. As Matthew one unfolds, the angel confirms Mary’s innocence to Joseph. While Mary … Continue reading

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Frame on Higher Education

I am a strong proponent of theological seminaries. As a graduate of RTS/Orlando (pictured on the left), I have been immensely privileged to sit under godly scholars. In particular, Professor John Frame highly affected my thinking in apologetics and ethics. … Continue reading

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How do you pronounce “Gresham Machen?”

For those who have wondered, here is the man himself explaining it: Asked how to say his name, he told The Literary Digest “The first syllable is pronounced like May, the name of the month. In the second syllable the ch is as in chin, … Continue reading

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Constantine’s Exodus…

Leithart begins chapter four DC by offering a great parallel between Constantine’s famous victory at the battle of Milvian Bridge and the Exodus. Just as Pharaoh’s chariots and his host were cast into the sea, so the pharaoh-like Maxentius and “the … Continue reading

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Eighteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:11-14 11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in … Continue reading

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Roger Nicole Resources

I have collected a few links for those interested in the life and theology of Roger Nicole. He died on December 11th at the age of 95. Articles: R.C. Sproul reflects on the death of Roger Nicole Short Bio from … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:8-10 8Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, … Continue reading

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*Delicious* Poetry

Here is a list of poems I read yesterday. You may enjoy some of them.

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I Shall Love Thee After Death

Elizabeth Browning’s beautiful sonnet How do I love thee? Let me count the ways concludes with the words: Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. Though perhaps not her intention in … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart on Feasting and Giving

There are some – let us call them liberals – who want us to feel guilty for the excess of our celebration. How can we be eating all this chocolate and making this great expenditure when people are hungry and … Continue reading

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“Until” in Matthew 1

Robert Rayburn summarizes simply the use of  “until” in Matthew 1:25: The natural sense of the “until” is that Joseph and Mary had a normal married life after Jesus was born, contrary to the Roman Catholic doctrine of Mary’s perpetual … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 2:1–7 1And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3So all went to be registered, everyone … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 1:57-80—The Benedictus—Zechariah’s Song 57Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her. 59So it was, … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Healing Christ

Our reading from Isaiah this morning prophecies a time when the ransomed shall return; when they will make a new exodus; when the people of Israel will find green pastures, when the desert shall blossom with every beauty of the … Continue reading

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Fourteenth Day of Advent

Luke 1:39-42 39Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the … Continue reading

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Leithart on the City of Blood

Yahweh is disappointed that His vineyard produces no good grapes.  He wants wine, but doesn’t get any. The fruit he looks for is “justice and righteousness.”  Hence: Justice is wine. Instead of the wine of justice, Yahweh finds blood. So … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Day of Advent

LUKE 1:34-35 34Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will … Continue reading

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Evening Reading

We praise you, the Lord God Almighty, who is and who was. You have assumed your great power, you have begun your reign. The nations have raged in anger, but then came your day of wrath and the moment to … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Absurdity in Matthew 11

Jesus’ questions are rhetorically absurd. They are questions designated to an absurd people. These are questions for the immature; those who do not understand the centrality of John’s message. They are absurd because denying the authority of John’s message is … Continue reading

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Twelfth Day of Advent

LUKE 1:32-33 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.33And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His … Continue reading

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Roger Nicole Remembered…

I remember standing at the floor of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2003 and wondering who this man was. He was Roger Nicole, in his older age standing up to the false prophets of Open Theists. Later, I would meet … Continue reading

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Constantine: The anti-Jupiter

The rules for victors like Constantine was that he was required to enter the Capitolium and offer sacrifice to Jupiter; Constantine refused. Diocletian’s empire was built on sacrifice, his persecutions inspired by a failed sacrifice. As soon as he defeated … Continue reading

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Do not trust the oracles…

From Leithart’s Defending Constantine: October 28 marked the sixth anniversary of Maxentius’s elevation as Augustus. It seemed a propitious moment for him to confront his enemy, and his confidence was buoyed by an oracle that reported, with the ambiguity characteristic … Continue reading

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Come, Holy Ghost

Come, Holy Ghost, who ever one Art with the Father and the Son; Come, Holy Ghost, our souls possess With thy full flood of holiness. In will and deed, in heart and tongue With all the powers, thy praise be … Continue reading

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Eleventh Day of Advent

LUKE 1:26-31 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name … Continue reading

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Tenth Day of Advent

MATTHEW 1:22-25 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23”Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which … Continue reading

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Ninth Day of Advent

MATTHEW 1:18-21 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and … Continue reading

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