Monthly Archives: January 2011

Restoring Genuine Humanness…

N.T Wright says: But the whole point of the Gospels is that the coming of God’s kingdom on earth as in heaven is precisely not the imposition of an alien and dehumanizing tyranny, but rather the confrontation of alien and … Continue reading

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Resurrection as Proof

Douglas Wilson interacted with Christopher Hitches on a number of occasion leading ultimately to this documentary. Over at this blog in 2009 he spent some time adding to his interactions. Here is an example: Christopher said somewhere that extraordinary claims … Continue reading

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CREC Memorial on Christian Education

Memorial on Christian Education All things are to be considered and conducted under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, including education, and especially the education of our covenant children. God has neither charged nor authorized the state to educate children within … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Heavenifying the Earth

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we are expecting the kingdom of heaven to become more and more manifest in our midst. We are praying that the things God loves will become the passion of all the earth. This is … Continue reading

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Exhortation: …to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

There is a tendency in our modern culture to look at God’s words in the Old Covenant as archaic. “The Old Covenant,” some say, “is about Israel, and Israel was an ancient theocracy with rules and laws.” But the Scriptures … Continue reading

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Book Review: The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson

I have just finished my first novel of 2011. Kindle has offered several free books over the past few months and among them was The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson. The book is one of three best-selling novels about an … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 145

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Solo Scriptura and Autonomy

Keith Mathison writes: Adherents of solo scriptura have not understood that “Scripture alone” doesn’t mean “me alone.” The Bible nowhere gives any hint of wanting every individual believer to decide for himself and by himself what is and is not the … Continue reading

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Leithart on Iconoclastic Charity

Peter Leithart writes: Muir again: “Images . . . ate up pious resources that could better be spent in assisting the poor, whom Zwingli described as the true ‘image’ of God.  The hope of reformers such as Zwingli was that … Continue reading

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Beatitudinal Observations…

The Sermon on the Mount is filled great controversy. Historically, dispensationalists have seen these teachings/exhortations as futuristic. In other words, they do not apply to a present people, but they are models for the kingdom, which is to come after … Continue reading

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Video Book Review #9: Calvinism in a Las Vegas Airport

Disclaimer: Mouw’s recent attempts of ecumenicism are not endorsed by this blog, though I am thankful that he has introduced the discussion in this book. The first book I have read this year was Richard Mouw’s Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport. … Continue reading

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Strength and Weakness

Almighty God, your Son revealed in signs and wonders the greatness of your saving love; renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord who is … Continue reading

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Jesus as Center

Pastor Al Stout observed that in Matthew 4:12-17 Jesus does not begin his preaching ministry by going to the center of the Pharisees’ world–Jerusalem–because He himself has become the center of the world. No longer should the nations flock to … Continue reading

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Covenant Renewal Worship: Introductory Thoughts

Note: These observations were delivered specifically to Providence Church (CREC). I hope they will prove helpful to you as well. You have heard it over and over again that famous line from the Beatles: “All you need is love.” Apart … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Renewing the World through bread and wine

The kingdom of heaven is always accompanied by symbols. Symbols should never be despised because in and through them they provide for us the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ gave us a meal to represent all that He wanted us … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Aroma of the Cross

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. St. Paul says in I Corinthians 1 that “the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 51

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Leithart on the Development of Doctrine

Does the church have a finished, changeless confession?  No.  Will it ever?  No.  Because the Head of the Church is a living Lord, and being alive means having the capacity to surprise (Jenson).  As the living Lord, Jesus speaks through … Continue reading

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Liturgical Edenic Sin

Jim Jordan writes: To put it bluntly, Adam fell by letting a woman be the pastor of the Garden church. He allowed her to make the decision about the sacramental tree, to be the authority over the sacramental food. He … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Helper

James Jordan writes: Worship happens when “two or three” are gathered. A “testimony of two witnesses” is needed for this kind of worship. To be sure, we can worship privately and individually, but that is not the best and highest … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven

St. Matthew’s preference for this phrase is consistent with his emphasis on the heavenly kingdom descending upon earth. In the great Lord’s Prayer, the kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven serves as an image … Continue reading

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Make a Joyful Noise

Massey Shepherd writes in The Worship of the Church: “It is a mistake, however, to think that there is any specific style of music that is properly liturgical. The splendid liturgy of the Jewish temple was accompanied, as we know from … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: In His death, there is life

Jesus is the Lamb of God who was broken and who bled for us. In his body, He was torn in two. He was broken so we can be made new. In his blood, he washed away our transgressions. His … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Alpha and Omega of Forgiveness

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Each week when we kneel and confess our sins we are confessing our sins as a redeemed people. The Gospel is given to us as … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 147

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Christ revealed as priest, prophet, and king

R.J. Rushdoony writes: The Son comes as the great high priest, to make atonement to God and to remove sin. He comes as the great prophet, to speak God’s authoritative word and final word of revelation. He comes as the … Continue reading

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Faris Paxton Examination

One of the many purposes of going to Monroe in early January was also to be a part of the examining committee of Faris Paxton. Faris did a fine job answering questions thoroughly and pastorally. May God grant Faris mercy … Continue reading

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The Story of the Bible in One Sentence

Doug Wilson writes: Scripture tells us the story of how a Garden is transformed into a Garden City, but only after a dragon had turned that Garden into a howling wilderness, a haunt of owls and jackals, which lasted until … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Discerning the Body

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church constitutes the body of Christ. If you are here this morning you are in one way or another connected to the people of … Continue reading

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