Monthly Archives: February 2011

For the Evening: Johann Pachelbel Canon in D Major fantastic version

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Suffering and Glory in Transfiguration

It is quite stunning that the Transfiguration of our Lord and the Crucifixion share so many parallels. In liturgical churches, Transfiguration Sunday is followed by the Lenten Season. Indeed, there is great beauty in the liturgical order of the Church: it … Continue reading

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Saturday-Psalter; Romanian Orthodoxy Chant

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Theology of “chabod”

Gil Bailie’s lecture “Famished Craving” argues that “the experience of secular desacralization is the experience of Ichabob.” In Ichabod the glory has departed (the opposite is the Hebrew chabod, glory); there is, however, a type of desacralization that is good. In the … Continue reading

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At Strasbourg, Calvin used the following words of absolution in his French liturgy, which he composed working from Bucer’s German model: Let each of you confess that you are truly a sinner who must humble himself before God and believe … Continue reading

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Circumcision and Baptism as Death Rites

My friend Bill Dejong observes that circumcision and baptism are death rites. Both speak of the death of the recipient. One in language of putting off the body of sin, as Paul alludes to in Colossians 2:11, and the other by being … Continue reading

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Fitting In…

Randy Booth writes: It is common to hear some church members complain that they just don’t “fit in,” and they are usually right. The question is, why don’t they fit in?” Are they expecting everyone else to conform to their … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered by David Reed

Ratings: 5 of 5 I have had consistent visits from two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) in the last four months. They keep coming back despite my collection of Celtic crosses in my home and the providential middle name of my son, … Continue reading

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Infant Faith

Rich Lusk observes concerning infants: We should not be skeptical of their Spiritual experiences and their feeble worship; instead we should expect them to live in an environment wholly conditioned by God’s grace and truth. They are awesomely distinguished even … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Discerning the Body

Peace in the body has everything to do with discerning the body; those who failed to discern the body in the first century forgot that they were united to Christ and also to one another; they had forgotten that the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: A Call to Persevere

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I was very encouraged this week by a study here in the United States. The study had to do with how the evangelical churches fare … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Psalm 148:1-3

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Martyrs and Unity

Fellow CREC pastor, Toby Sumpter writes: Over at First Things, George Weigel reports on the latest findings of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. Some of the statistics are provocative, particularly those related to the number of martyrs: “The provocation … Continue reading

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The Christian Right and the State

“The entire medieval and Protestant tradition is anti-Statist, and that includes, as Augustine taught us, the view that the State is the least important institution among Church, State, and Family. Yet, the great irony of the Christian Right is that … Continue reading

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Evangelicals vs. Liberals in the Pacific Northwest

In a very fascinating review of James Wellman’s Evangelical vs. Liberal, Matthew Sutton describes the powerful influence of evangelicals in the Pacific Northwest. He even makes references to our good friends in Moscow, ID. He concludes his review with these … Continue reading

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Thoughts on High Worship

High church worship (Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism) fail at the fundamental level of dualism. They pit the body against the soul; biblical, Reformed liturgical worship undoes the dualism in favor of a Psalmic-led life and liturgy where bodies are … Continue reading

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Establishing new kingdoms…

Communities where Trinitarian worship is not stressed nor emphasized have failed fundamentally at the task of dominion; they have taken the tactic of the First Adam who decided to take dominion in his own way. New Kingdoms were and will always … Continue reading

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Dominion and Psalmnody

There is another fundamental demand in the discipling of the nations. Christ uttered his command (Mat. 28:18-20) to an utterly Hebrew-minded people; a people steeped in Psalmic language; a people steeped in the Davidic utterances and cries to Yahweh. David … Continue reading

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Dreams by Langston Hughes

Audio Poem; see also Browning’s How do I Love Thee?

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Love is inebriating…

Love leads to a sober intoxication. The lover in the Songs is inebriated with erotic language. Eroticism is the language of Bride and Groom. Eroticism is the deepest description of how Yahweh intimately engages His Bride. The Bride is filled … Continue reading

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Psalm-Roaring begins young…

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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” To be a peacemaker is not about resolving conflicts. This is another illustration of how easily the beatitudes can be individualized. Is there an application here for us … Continue reading

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Exhortation: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High!

We will be singing this morning a beautiful 15th century hymn entitled: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High! The hymn begins with an unbelievable story that seems to be fantasy when you consider its depth: “O Love, how … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Beatific Table

As we come to the final weeks of the Epiphany season, we are reminded how far the message of the kingdom has come since the first century. But the kingdom is like a mustard seed that grows until it becomes … Continue reading

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Video Book Review #10: Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is a masterpiece. It is also a dictionary for brilliant quotations. I regret that it has taken me so long to read this gem. But I am grateful and more equipped after having read it. Chesterton is … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy makes us jump…

Orthodoxy makes us jump by the sudden brink of hell; it is only afterwards that we realise that jumping was an athletic exercise highly beneficial to our health.–G.K. Chesterton

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Separation and the Scornful, and Psalm 1

I touched on the subject of separation some time ago in this post, and I wanted to add a few more thoughts here. I noticed some twitter discussion on separation in the last few days, and earlier today a friend … Continue reading

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Conservatives and their Agenda

What are conservatives trying to conserve anyway? A few random social values; an unknown God? a few more freedoms than the liberal? Further, how can they conserve anything when they are so divided on what to conserve? Maybe Ambrose Bierce is … Continue reading

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Running and glory…some thoughts.

I have grown to appreciate life over the years and I intend to enjoy this life for a very long time. Chesterton once said that you need to be fond of heaven to enjoy earth, and so I have tried … Continue reading

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Ronald Reagan and Hollywood

In Reagan’s Revolution, Craig Shirley writes that the “campaign had eschewed any mention of Reagan’s Hollywood career, fearing it would make voters think Reagan was ‘play acting (165).’” Today, most politicians play act and still invite Hollywood to campaign for … Continue reading

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