Monthly Archives: March 2011

Moving Towards People

Ed Welch writes that in times of trouble and distress, we are called to move towards people not away from them. He writes: We were created to be a people. The created intent of human beings was that we would … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 15

Fasting looks like an enemy to life, but the opposite is true. We live abundantly only if we know how to fast—which is to say, only if we are disciplined to wait until the feast is ready. Lent trains us … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Jesus as lover embraces the bride in an imperfect condition. The bride is not lovable or attractive. She still needs a lot more beautification before the wedding feast. She needs to stop clinging to her past and putting aside her … Continue reading

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Bricks and Idolatry

Leirthart notices that bricks are typically associated with idolatry in Isaiah. He writes: Babel is the first brick construction in Scripture (Genesis 11:3).    They burn earthy clay to make it into building material for the city and teh tower … Continue reading

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Sermon: The True Temple: Light and Salvation for the World; John 3:1-17

SERMON AUDIO Introduction: People of God, in our Gospel Lesson we will see that Jesus Christ will cleanse the world by dying. Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 14

Use Lent to systematically “put off” the deeds of the flesh, so that you can enter into Easter by “putting on” the fruits of the Spirit. –Peter Leithart

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Lenten Collect

Almighty God, give us such a vision of your purpose and such an assurance of your love and power, that we may ever hold fast the hope which is in Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive with with you … Continue reading

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A Lenten Hymn

We will be singing this beautiful Lenten hymn this Sunday at Providence. Here is my brief recording of it. Stricken, Smitten, Afflicted Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! ‘Tis the Christ by man rejected; Yes, my … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 13

How does one become humble? The answer, for a Christian, is simple: by contemplating Jesus, humility incarnate, the One in whom God has revealed once and for all His glory as humility and his humility as glory.–Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent

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A Lenten Collect

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our … Continue reading

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David Platt on Functional Universalism

Do We Really Believe What We’re Saying? from The Church at Brook Hills on Vimeo.

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Prelude from lute suite 4 – John Williams

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Lenten Quote, Day 12

Christians are walking dead men. The Christian life is a kind of living death. We are learning to be broken, even as Jesus was broken. We are learning to give ourselves in costly sacrifice, even as Jesus did. We are learning to … Continue reading

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Wilson on Lent without Easter

Doug Wilson again touches on a crucial element of our weekly gathering: In Leviticus 23, the weekly sabbath is listed along with the rest of Israel’s festivals as a feast, as a festival. The weekly sabbath was a day of … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 11

“The spiritual quest is not for interesting “spiritual experiences” but for the expansion of our capacity for mercy, the opening of our hearts wide enough to embrace the world, and not just the fragments of it, here and there, which … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Bright Kingdom

For those redeemed by the Word of Yahweh and brought into covenant with Him through their baptisms, this table offers no gloom; in Christ you have light, which means full joy and participation in the activities of the light. The … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 10

We acknowledge Lent in the same way and for the same reason we have a time of Confession at the beginning of each worship service. There is a time for lament over sins; there is a time for mourning our own depravity. … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter; Psalm 23, Genevan

Psalm 23  

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The Tree of Death and Salvation

Peter Leithart beautifully contrasts the tree of Eden and the tree of Calvary: Adam fell at a tree,  and  by a tree he was saved. At a tree Eve was seduced, and through a tree the bride was restored to her … Continue reading

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Lenten Meditation: The Salvation of the World

Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. There is no salvation apart from Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). We reject the claim that any man can be saved apart from Jesus Christ. Yet, we must also not fall into … Continue reading

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MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on The Paul Edwards Program

This is a terrific interview with Martin Bashir concerning his interview with Rob Bell and his faith. Thanks to Todd Leonard for the link.

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Lenten Quote, Day 9

Is it necessary to explain that Easter is much more than one of the feasts, more than a yearly commemoration of a past event? Anyone who has, be it only once, taken part in that night which is “brighter than the day,” … Continue reading

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Penitential Prayer of St. Ambrose of Milan

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a … Continue reading

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Rob Bell’s Love does Not Win

Here in this fascinating and frustrating interview, Rob Bell is bombarded with questions that would  appear simple to any ordinary Christian. Bell embarrasses himself with a series of contradictory statements. A kudos to Martin Bashir for his persistence and insight (even though … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 8

I venture the affirmation that the great need of the Christian life, is the need of the grace of humility. Humility, which exalts the law of God, and the example of Jesus Christ, our righteousness; humility which has the courage … Continue reading

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The Greater Joseph; or, Ruler Over All

One of my goals this year is to read through Genesis 12 times.  It has been quite  a profitable exercise. The Genesis story reveals the story of all redemption with pictures and images of things to come. Joseph’s authority in … Continue reading

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Being a Disciple

“Being a disciple of Jesus is not primarily a matter of getting the right ideas and doctrines and beliefs into your head in order to guarantee proper behavior; rather, it’s a matter of being the kind of person wholoves rightly—who … Continue reading

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Imaging the Triune Life; or Living Perichoretically

Because we are made in God’s image, God is the model for humanity. The Father, Son, and Spirit mutually indwell one another’s lives (Jn. 13-17). The theological term for this is “perichoresis.” “Peri” is Greek for “around.” We get the … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 7

Lent is the season of Thanksgiving for the penitent. If truly so, and the confession is sincere, there are no places in his mind which he is afraid to disclose. His penitence and confession has secured pardon, and it is … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 6

Lent is a season for taking stock and cleaning house, a time of self-examination, confession and repentance.  But we need to remind ourselves constantly what true repentance looks like.  “Giving up” something for Lent is fine, but you keep Lent best by … Continue reading

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