Monthly Archives: September 2011

Smelling like Jesus

Peter Leithart remarks: Christ has poured the oil of the Spirit upon us, anointing us with the fragrant oil of priesthood.  In Christ, we are living sacrifices, spreading the aroma of Christ, a savor of life and death.  Because we … Continue reading

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Our Enjoyment of God

Jenson writes of the incorporation of Christian humanity into the triune life through music:  “Our enjoyment of God is that we are taken into the triune singing.  Perhaps we may say that we are allowed to double the parts.  And … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Truly Human

We tend to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives, but in reality to be Christian is to be whole. To be Christian is to become truly human. As believers, we receive all of Christ, not just part of him. Christ … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Source of Our Strength

Samson used his strength both to please God and to dishonor him. This is a sign that what we consider to be our greatest strength can become our weakness. We need to always consider the source of our strength and … Continue reading

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Samson and the City Gates

Jim Jordan writes in his Judges Commentary that Jesus has “destroyed the gates of hell, leaving the kingdoms of Satan wide open for conquest by the Church.” When the tomb was opened on the third day it left not only … Continue reading

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Pat Robertson, Alzheimer’s and Divorce

The controversial and often foolish 700 Club Leader, Pat Robertson, is at it again. According to the Huffington Post, Robertson was asked “what advice a man should give to a friend who began seeing another woman after his wife started suffering … Continue reading

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Samson: God’s Wave of Wrath

In Judges, the wave of Samson’s wrath is being poured out on the Philistines. You remember that when the Israelites left Egypt to the Promised Land, the Egyptian army persecuting God’s people were immersed in God’s wrath as the waves crashed … Continue reading

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Calvin, the Nuanced Scholar and Ecumenical Genius

There is high nuance in Calvin’s language. It is true that he can be quite direct at times. For instance, his sermons on Deuteronomy are highly theocratic. His commentaries–depending on what lenses you use–may bring a different picture. I have … Continue reading

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Existence and Musicality

Steve Wright interacting with Robert Jenson concludes in The Heythrop Journal: To exist is to be mentioned by God; or, may I hazard, to be sung by God. The act of creation sets us in relation to God while concurrently distinguishing … Continue reading

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Worship and Culture

If people worship God according to his Word—i.e., have a consciousness of following his Word in their worship—then their culture will reflect that. For if we honor the Lord in his worship—being careful to follow his Word then we would … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Trinity and 9/11

On this day ten years ago, I sat in a class on World Religions. My professor was about to read a section from the Koran when an agitated young lady walked into our classroom to inform us what had happened. … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Memorial Place

Jawbone Hill is a memorial place. Everytime the people of Israel saw that place they would remember God’s acts for them. This table is also a memorial. It is a memorial meal. In bread, we learn that God was broken … Continue reading

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The Pentecosting of the Spirit

In Samson’s narrative there is a three-fold Spirit-rush upon Samson. The Spirit dwells Samson, but it comes in fire-fashion. It strengthens him to accomplish his role as judge. Similarly, we are called to call upon the Spirit. Prayer: O, Holy … Continue reading

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How Evangelical Leaders Have Changed Since 9/11?

Doug Wilson writes in response to CT question: Of course, a stupefying event like 9/11 should never be reduced to a matter of personal growth or understanding. At the same time, to be unchanged by such an event, or not … Continue reading

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Tuesday Links: News and Music

Angry California Voters: A new poll shows Californians are not pleased with the direction of the country. This is another troubling sign for Obama. Nearly 3 in 4 say the country is on the wrong track, and nearly half favor … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Our Labor is not in Vain

Tomorrow is Labor Day. This has been a federal holiday in this country since 1894.  But how should a Christian view this day? I would propose and exhort you to look at Labor Day through the lens of the Apostle … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: What is a Sacrament?

We often throw the word “sacrament” around, but what is a sacrament? A sacrament is a sacred rite; a means that communicates something to the partaker.  But not only does it communicate something, it also seals something. The Lord’s Supper … Continue reading

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Reviewing Books

As a former student of John Frame, I saw again and again the graciousness he had when he reviewed books. He was equally gracious in class, though at time he reserved some of his intellectual wrath to theological pugilists. As … Continue reading

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Pipes and Links…

Here are a few good links for the evening: A Smattering of Pipe Terminology – Uses some humor in describing major pipe vocabulary. As the good weather approaches in Florida, I look forward to some holy incense. Hymn Bark #3, When … Continue reading

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