The Psalm is exhaustive. This indicates that Yahweh does not like to leave people out in the duty of worship. If God is so deeply interested in having creation exalt Him, why is it so common for men to limit … Continue reading
The resurrection is the most important article of our faith. St. John tells us that the resurrection is given to us, so we may have life in his name. Our very identity is connected with the identity of the resurrected … Continue reading
Continuing my project to record all 150 Genevan Psalms, here is Psalm 2. Here is Psalm 1.
Paul embodies the life of reconciliation. But reconciliation is not devoid of tact and graciousness. In Paul’s appeal to Philemon he begins with grace and greetings, rather than accusation and forceful terms. Paul’s reconciliatory letter is a mediatorial letter. Pastors–in … Continue reading
Luther says that in Christ every Christian leads a kind of double life. In Philemon, Paul is not just a prisoner, he is also the embodiment of Christ, who reconciles and pays our debts. Lutheran scholar John Nordling observes: There … Continue reading
I found this gem in Spurgeon: This submission to law is praise. Obedience is homage; order is harmony. In this respect the praise rendered to Jehovah from the “bodies celestial” is absolutely perfect. His almighty power upholds all things in … Continue reading
eBook Newser reports: A recent survey conducted by Adweek/Harris Poll found that 4 out of 5 Americans would refuse to pay for online news. of those who’d pay, most (14%) would only pay less than $10 a month and only … Continue reading
Luther said that in Philemon, Paul is “playing Christ in the drama.” The drama of Philemon is the drama of reconciliation; not merely between Philemon and Onesimus, but reconciliation within the koinonia of the body. The church is constantly bombarded … Continue reading
From eBook Newser: Earlier this week a ZDNET blogger discovered links to what seemed like spam sites within an eBook that he had purchased in the Kindle store. This made us wonder if an eReader could get corrupted if you downloaded an … Continue reading
It appears that if the Psalms are maturation hymns: from persecution (Ps. 2) to doxology (146-150), then the darkness of lament becomes the new day of the resurrection. The latter psalms begin and end in doxology–an indication that the whole … Continue reading
The systems of this world want to force us into their mold; live in their way, but part of the point of being the Church means we can be the sort of family through whose mere existence the principalities and … Continue reading
N.T. Wright offers a simple, refreshing, and practical look at Ephesians. Here is part 1: Jesus launched his heaven-on-earth project, and it is not going away until one day it is fully completed.–N.T. Wright We are God’s poem; God’s art … Continue reading
Gerald Hiestand observes: Easter is not merely the proof — the “bill of sale” – that Good Friday accomplished salvation, but rather is the salvation that Good Friday accomplished! Easter is the ultimate telos of Good Friday. A soteriology that too narrowly focuses on … Continue reading
A Collect for the Renewal of Life O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to … Continue reading
This news just in from EBookNewser: News is breaking today that Youtube will soon be launching a new movie rental service with late releases from major studios including WB, Sony and Universal. A number of names have been rumored to … Continue reading
Psalm 148 provides the musical chords to the creation account. From the first halleluiah to the last halleluiah there are no minor chords; only major chords. The choir never slows the pace.
Leithart wants the best of both worlds by reconciling Jim Jordan and Richard Bauckham. In my estimation, he succeeds: 666 is the numerical value of Neron Caesar, spelled in Hebrew letters. It’s the number of a man. As Richard Bauckham … Continue reading
Concerning Galilee, I observed in my Easter sermon: After they confirm the empty tomb, they are sent to Galilee. Matthew tends to place emphasis on Galilee. The reason he does so, is to contrast it with Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the … Continue reading
With Governor Perry’s call for prayer in Texas, I am reminded of Calvin’s observations in Psalm 148: …however parched the earth may be by long continued heat, God can promptly send rain which will remove the drought at his pleasure. It … Continue reading
Calvin’s observation on Psalm 148 is another description of the complete dependence of everything in heaven and on earth of God: And, speaking of the creation, he adds what is even more worthy of observation, that he gave that law … Continue reading
“The resurrection of Jesus is Christianity. And this means that it becomes the starting point for all Christian thinking and living, challenging all other possible starting points.” ―N. T. Wright
Take it away, and Karl Marx was probably right to accuse Christianity of ignoring the problems of the material world. Take it away, and Sigmund Freud was probably right to say that Christianity is a wish-fulfillment religion. Take it away, … Continue reading
Throughout Church History there have been many Christian groups that have turned the Lord’s Table into a tomb. Necessarily, this way of looking at the Eucharist makes the Lord’s Table a place of self-examination. This is reflected when instead of … Continue reading
The apostle Paul says in Colossians that if then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. We are a theological people, but we are also … Continue reading
Each Lent should mark a higher level of spiritual life. Each Lent should find us better equipped, when it is over, to keep our baptismal vow, to fight manfully under Christ’s banner, against sin, the world, and the devil, and … Continue reading
I have begun a new project to record all 150 psalms from the Geneven Psalter. They are sung in a faster pace than usual to reflect their powerful, and often, battle-like themes. Here is Psalm 1.
Matthew Henry writes: The resurrection of Christ, as it is the joy of his friends, so it is the terror and confusion of his enemies.
Delivered at Providence Church…a service with Christ Church in Pace, Fl Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock, and our Kinsman. Amen. Sermon: People … Continue reading
God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil … Continue reading