Monthly Archives: May 2011

Peter Leithart on the Belgic Confession’s View of Baptism

Leithart concludes: If the baptized turns away, he turns away not from a faceless unknown God, but from the Father who claimed him.

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Quarreling, Machen’s Warrior Children, Reformed & CREC

C.S. Lewis argues that quarreling demands a certain a priori knowledge of right and wrong. Quarreling also demands a certain knowledge of the quarreler. I follow–as I have for almost ten years–the Reformed wars. I follow these wars as someone … Continue reading

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Tim Challies Responds to the Piper/Warren Interview

Challies responds to expected interview with Rick Warren. Overall, Challies offers some irenic thoughts on the matter, in the end, doubting, or at least remaining uncertain about the genuineness of Warren’s answers. You can read his analysis here. One of the … Continue reading

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The Dance of the Trinity, John 14:15-21; Sixth Sunday of Easter at Providence Church

Introduction: People of God, the Trinity is a way of life. By imitating the Father, Son, and Spirit we enter into this life. This is what Jesus says in our Gospel Lesson. Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Table of our Father

Orphans eat at the table of strangers, but those adopted in Christ, indwelt by the Spirit eat at the Table of our Father in heaven. This table is for those who are by virtue of their baptisms united to the … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Resurrection and Conquest

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have been at Providence for at least a year, you are beginning to see the progression of our calendar. Jesus, the Resurrected Lord … Continue reading

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Poetry is Good

when any mortal (even the most odd) can justify the ways of man to God i’ll think it strange that normal mortals can not justify the ways of God to man -E.E. Cummings, poem 59 from 95 Poems via Carne … Continue reading

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Doxology in Redemption: A Homily for the Graduating Class of Trinitas, 2011 by Rev. Robert Looper

Rev. Looper is the senior pastor of the historic McIlwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola, Fl. Graduation Homily 2011 Commencement Trinitas Christian School May 26, 2011             Graduates, this is a service of commencement.  What that means is that, though we … Continue reading

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Doxology in Creation: A Homily for the Graduating Class of Trinitas, 2011 by Rev. Uri Brito

Graduation Homily at Trinitas Christian School May, 26th, 2011; Reverend Uriesou T. Brito Students of the Trinitas graduating class of 2011, board of trustees, faculty, parents, grandparents, ladies and gentlemen, the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. … Continue reading

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Flannery O’ Connor on Ayn Rand

I have read some Ayn Rand, though I have yet to read any of her novels. Somehow I feel less inclined to after hearing this from the brilliant Flannery O’ Connor: “I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on Hell

I spoke just now of fiddling while Rome burns. But to a Christian the true tragedy of Nero must be not that he fiddled while the city was on fire but that he fiddled on the brink of hell. You … Continue reading

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Calvin on Reason

All my years of reading Calvin (a weekly part of my sermon preparation) I have often found him much more consistent with a VanTilian way of looking at reason than other attempts that claim Calvin. In his commentary on John, … Continue reading

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Camping’s Chaos

Harold Camping is set to go publicly this evening. The Rapture did not happen as he had predicted. Now, though he is flabbergasted, he is ready to make an official pronouncement. Is it possible that Camping will re-adjust his time … Continue reading

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Ron Paul Podcast

In my blog, I have re-started the practice I began in 2007. Back then, these podcasts were very successful. I will link to new ones as they become available. They are short little introductions to the political thinking of … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the Saints in Joplin, MO

Most Merciful God, these tragedies remind us that we live in a fallen world. But this fallen world is bound to Your Sovereign will. Even in these times of deep chaos, You are the God of comfort. Sustain the brothers … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Genevan Psalm 4

My project continues. Here is a recording of Psalm 4 from the Genevan Psalter. John Calvin says concerning Psalm 4: After David in the beginning of the psalm has prayed to God to help him, he immediately turns his discourse … Continue reading

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Commentary Giveaway

G.A. Dietrich writes: Well I think it is time for another book giveaway! I love being able to serve the body of Christ like this and as long as I have an abundance of duplicates I will continue to give … Continue reading

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The End of Sects

From time to time, as we all know, a sect appears in our midst announcing that the world will very soon come to an end…Generally, by some slight confusion or miscalculation, it is the sect that comes to an end.–G.K. … Continue reading

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The Parent/Child Relationship

“The Bible teaches that one of the features of the New Covenant was to be the restoration of the covenantal parent/child relationship, not the dissolution of the covenantal parent/child relationship” (To a Thousand Generations, p. 15).

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Amazon Selling More Kindle Books than Print

This is what the Atlantic reports. The central reason for it is best summarized in this paragraph: And like many Kindle owners, I’ve found that I buy more books than I used to.  The impulse purchases are now completely irresistible: I … Continue reading

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Trinity Talk Interview with author Duane Garner on Why the End is Not Near

Recorded in 2009, this interview is quite appropriate in light of the predictions of Harold Camping.

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Yahweh and Jehovah’s Witnesses

A quick argument against Jehovah’s Witnesses is offered by Peter Leithart: Jesus is called “Savior.” Yet, Isaiah insists that only Yahweh is Savior (43:3, 11, 15). Therefore, Jesus is Yahweh. (This might be especially effective since Isaiah 43:10 is one … Continue reading

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Machen’s Vision of Transforming the World

A solid building cannot be constructed when all the materials are faulty; a blessed society cannot be formed out of men who are still under the curse of sin.  Human institutions are really to be molded, not by Christian principles … Continue reading

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Critics of Theonomy and the Eschatology of Victory

Theonomy from its early days in Tyler, TX has changed quite a bit. Did it win the day? In many ways it did. Ministries like American Vision, Vision Forum, Chalcedon, and a host of political and theological ministries were and … Continue reading

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Van Til in 30 seconds

William White Jr. in his biography of Cornelius Van Til: Defender of the Faith, summarizes Van Til in this way: “To concede that the mind of the thinker can by searching find out about God, or discover truth, be it … Continue reading

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Eight Year Anniversary!

Eight Years married to my lovely Bride!

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The Stoning of Saint Stephen

Rembrandt, The Stoning of St. Stephen Acts 7:55-60 7:55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 7:56 “Look,” he said, “I see the … Continue reading

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Warrior Messiah

Leithart continues his response to Witherington by noting:  I can agree that Jesus’ victory is the “antithesis” of the victory expected by many Jews.  But Jesus remains a warrior Messiah, which is exactly what we would expect from the Old … Continue reading

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Baptistic Conclusions

Doug Wilson observes: “Many Christians have come to baptistic conclusions because they simply took a Bible and a concordance, and then looked up every incident of baptism in the New Testament. This is objectionable, not because they studied these pasages … Continue reading

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Leithart vs. Witherington on Genesis 3:15

Leithart continues his replies to Witherington’s critique of Defending Constantine. The area of critique is based on Leithart’s exegetical arguments. Leithart writes: I take it that Witherington’s plural “descendants of Eve” is deliberate, and I can agree to some extent:  In the … Continue reading

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