Monthly Archives: August 2011

Training Priests and Kings

Adam was created to be a priestly guardian in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15) and to rule as king by subduing and filling the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Because of his sin, the sons of Adam fail to fulfil this … Continue reading

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Grisha Goryachev plays Panaderos

Here is a brilliant performance by Grisha. I had great intentions early on to pursue Spanish guitar, but God directed my paths elsewhere. Still, I cherish every little bit of it: And here’s the inimitable Paco deLucia that I grew … Continue reading

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Born-Again is not Enough

John Eidsmoe writes in his 1984 God and Caesar, that around 1976 evangelical Christians were animated to vote for a born-again Christian. His name was Jimmy Carter. Eidsmoe observes that few paid any attention “to whether or not Carter’s stand on … Continue reading

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Grace Sovereignly Bestowed

Shepherd argues for grace sovereignly bestowed in the first part of the covenant and for the necessity of faith and repentance in the second part of the covenant when he writes: Election does not mean that we can live by … Continue reading

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Never Risk-Free

My former professor Dan Ebert writes in his introduction to Wisdom Christology (15-16) that wisdom and folly both call out to us. Ebert observes that “this should serve as a reminder that reflecting on the doctrine of Christ is never risk-free. … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: To Hear and to Act

This pattern of word and sacrament has always been a fundamental feature of the Reformational tradition. Of course, the Reformers were following the biblical model of word and bread and wine. The word is spoken, and then our response to … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Worship as Missional

At the heart of the story of Samson is a missional life. Samson’s mission began in his mother’s womb. He was called to trust in his God from his earliest days.  His task was filled with sacrificial acts. Samson dies … Continue reading

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Farewell to Descartes

Rosenstack-Huessy dedicates an entire chapter bidding farewell to Descartes. He observes that “we do not exist because we think. Man is the son of God and not brought into being by thinking. We are called into a society by a … Continue reading

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In Eating and Drinking

If division characterizes anyone who partakes of body and blood of Christ, then Paul’s warnings of death are quite clear. You can either eat and mature or you can be eaten in death.

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Word, Sacrament, Gospel, and Sacred Violence

There is a liturgical pattern that is inherent in the word of the Lord. In Samson’s narrative, the gospel first comes in word, that is: accept this offer to be incorporated into Yahweh’s bride. But the consequence and negative sanction … Continue reading

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Pastoral Counsel, Maturity, Caution, Alcoholism, and Ten Theses: Some Further Reflections

{Note: I am sure I will be updating and editing this piece for greater clarity. I hope this discussion proves helpful. Thanks to JP & John Anselmo for your thoughts} My topic is rather broad, which conveys my conviction that … Continue reading

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Christian not Bohemian: A Response to John MacArthur’s “Beer, Bohemianism, and True Christian Liberty”

The authors generally appreciate the work of John MacArthur. John Fraiser is a Lutheran minister and Uri Brito is a Reformed minister. We are thankful for MacArthur’s commitment to the Scriptures and his love for the gospel of grace. Early … Continue reading

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Philosophical Wisdom v. God’s Wisdom

While philosophical wisdom is an abstraction, God’s wisdom in Christ is particular, historical, and counterintuitive to human reason. It involves the incarnation of God’s Son, his death on the cross, the triumph of the resurrection, the sending of his Spirit, … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Listen to the Roar

In C.S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew there is a revealing scene when Uncle Andrew like everyone else heard Aslan sing, but unlike most of the others he disliked the song of Aslan, the great lion king of Narnia. Lewis writes … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Redemptive History in One Word

If someone asked you “what word best describes the history of redemption,” what would you say? I am sure there can be various answers to this question, but one that the Bible makes abundantly clear is the word “wedding.” In … Continue reading

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The Third Day

Jim Jordan is right to assert that the third day is the day of “preliminary judgment.” The third day is the day of production.  As James puts it: “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you … Continue reading

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Where is the New World Hermeneutic?

I have come to conclude that one of the great failures of modern evangelical hermeneutic is missing the new world. A theology of a new and re-created world where the old system has been demolished and transformed is precisely what … Continue reading

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Children and Lord of the Rings

A friend posed the following question to me: “… you were plugging LOTR the other day and Mark Hornes new bio of Tolkien..I am considering starting to read The Hobbit with my family, Including a 4.70 yr. Old and a … Continue reading

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Laugh and Fear Not

In the Magician’s Nephew, Lewis describes Aslan’s reaction to Narnia’s first joke: Laugh and fear not, creatures. Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave. For jokes as well as justice come in … Continue reading

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Baptismal Exhortation: I Bind Unto Myself Today

One sure sign that we are growing as a church is how often we sing St. Patrick’s Breastplate. By God’s grace, we have sung it quite a few times this year. It is Providence’s chosen hymn for baptisms and adding … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Protection of the Husband

The world often tempts us, threatens us, tries to woo us back, or makes us afraid. A faithful bride runs to her husband for protection, security, and calling. We must not fear those who can only kill us (Matt 10:28). … Continue reading

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Trinity and Temple

Leithart observes that the three uses of the word on the pillar that are in the temple (Rev. 3:12) make reference to the Triune Name. He writes: Jesus promises to write a triple name on the pillars that are in … Continue reading

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Calvin on Weekly Communion

“The Eucharist in the Reformation by Lee Palmer Wandel Wandel asserts the centrality of frequent communion in Calvin’s theology: “Perhaps most important of all, however, was Calvin’s insistence on frequency.  Most evangelicals condemned the medieval requirement of annual communion as nonscriptural.  Luther condemned it … Continue reading

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Samson, the Better Riddler

Common to Egyptian mythology is the sphinx. The sphinx was the mythical creature with a lion’s body and a human head. Those who could not answer his riddles were eaten by this Egyptian creature. Samson comes along and changes puts … Continue reading

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Nevin’s Importance

In the series preface to John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinism, D.G. Hart observes that “Nevin discerned fundamental changes in American religious life that were undermining the vitality of Reformed Christianity in the United States (10).” He elaborates further that … Continue reading

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Rick Perry, Prayer, and Religion

Perry’s Day of Prayer has received all the expected fury from pluralistic liberals. James Moore concluded his HuffPo piece by saying: Perry has used his office, his tax-paid time, state letterhead, and the Texas brand to promote a single religion. The man … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Danger of Complacency

Next week we will be celebrating the largest addition of new members to our church. We are also pleased to have two baptisms. We are looking forward to a joyous day to welcoming new brothers and sisters to our community. … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Fighting Mordor with Bread and Wine

In a recent article on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author writes that for Tolkien food was at the center of life at the Shire. He observes that “…the importance of what happens around these meals is what makes … Continue reading

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Eating with the Hobbits

We need more Tolkien in our society. Christians should read him constantly. An interesting side to Tolkien’s famed Trilogy was brought to my attention in a fascinating article by Matthew Dickerson entitled Food and the Culture of Hobbits. Dickerson observes … Continue reading

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Confusing the Wicked With Riddles

I have been preaching through the life of Samson for several weeks now, and I am astounded with how much wealth is waiting to be unlocked in that narrative (Judges 13-16).  Samson is not only the mighty bridegroom of Psalm … Continue reading

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