Monthly Archives: January 2011

Communion Meditation: Spirit as the Usher of God

This imagery of the Spirit is quite striking. The Spirit is the wind, the storm, the hurricane God uses to triumph over His enemies. The Third Person of the Trinity loves to make the First and Second Persons of the … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 42

A slower Dutch version of Genevan Psalm 42…beautifully sung by the congregation:

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New Year, New Projects!

With 2011 in its genesis, this also means lots of new projects for this blog. A few reasons to check this blog often: First, I have the great goal to read 52 books this year and provide a video review … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of our Lord

MATTHEW 2:11-12 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and … Continue reading

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Twelfth Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:9-10 9When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Dove in Matthew’s Gospel: Symbolic Reflections

The dove/Spirit rests on Jesus, because Jesus is true rest. Just as the dove was sent to find land in Noah’s day, in Matthew the dove rests on Jesus, because he is the true land. In Him there is safety … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method on Trial

I have to say this article by Jonah Lehrer is one of the most profound pieces I have read in a long time. It reveals the significance of presuppositions and the non-objectivity of the scientific enterprise. Lehrer concludes: Such anomalies … Continue reading

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Eleventh Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:7-8 7Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found … Continue reading

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Constantine and Signs…

Peter Leithart observes in Defending Constantine: If David Petraeus had recommended a surge in Iraq had recommended a surge in Iraq based on an eclipse or a sign in the heavens, he would have been forced into psychiatric treatment, followed … Continue reading

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The Coming of Jesus in Baptism

The coming of Jesus is paralleled by the coming of the religious teachers of the day. Both wanted to be baptized. Both wanted to be the embodiment of Israel. Yet, one was baptized; One was proved to be the true … Continue reading

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Tenth Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:4-6 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is … Continue reading

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Ninth Day of Christmas

MATTHEW 2:1-3 1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we … Continue reading

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Priests and Kings

Our lesson this morning (Luke 2:39-52) says that our Lord was taken to the feast of Passover. The Feast of Passover is the Great feast of remembrance. But it is more than that: this was not just a feast to … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Prelude Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A new year is upon us! As we are in the genesis of 2011, our gospel lessons are telling us the genesis of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Eighth Day of Christmas

ROMANS 9:33 As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT According to our calendars, we stand at the beginning … Continue reading

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