Monthly Archives: February 2012

Revelation and Dating

David Chilton’s Days of Vengeance argues in his introduction that Revelation was written before the destruction of the temple in AD 70. This is nothing extraordinary. Many have made the argument throughout the centuries, but Chilton adds to the countless arguments for … Continue reading

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God Loves the Rich

In explaining why God would invite the rich and prosperous (literally, the fat ones) into his banquet, Matthew Henry says: They are not, it is true, urged, by the pressure of present calamities, to seek comfort for grief, but they … Continue reading

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The Pastor and His Family

Though I am in the process of editing a book on the importance of the Church, and the imperative to love the Church as God’s greatest sphere on earth, I also want to stress the significance for pastors to love … Continue reading

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We need a theology of rest

Marva Dawn has been one of the most gifted voices into my own life. Over the years I have been struck by her profound insights into worship, and her counsel to bathe our souls in the psalms. In preaching through … Continue reading

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Sanders and Covenant Nomism

In one of the most scholarly works against Sanders’ thesis, entitled Justification and Variegated Nomism (two volumes), D.A. Carson concludes: “One conclusion to be drawn, then, is not that Sanders is wrong everywhere, but he is wrong when he tries to establish … Continue reading

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Days of Vengeance by David Chilton, Review, Part I

              Welcome to Ressurectio et Vita. You can find my blog at I have been tweeting about doing a series of posts on David Chilton’s commentary on Revelation called Days of Vengeance. Chilton … Continue reading

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Lent and the 5th Commandment

Toby Sumpter offers some insights into the 5th commandment. Here is his conclusion: It is true that parents must teach their children to honor and obey them. But that is only practice for honoring and obeying God. The ultimate aim … Continue reading

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First Sunday in Lent: Psalm 25, David’s Distress and Deliverance

People of God, this is the first Sunday in Lent. And as we enter into this season we will take a look at Psalm 25. In fact, if you plan on meditating on a biblical book this Lenten Season, I … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Genevan, Psalm 7


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Communion Meditation: God’s Riches

The goodness of Yahweh is the source of his faithfulness to us, the psalmist says. This is a weekly reminder to us that we may not come trusting in our strength or wisdom, but in the mercy of God. The … Continue reading

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Catholic Schools vs. Government Schools

Terrence Jeffrey compares and concludes: The truth is the primary purpose of the average American public school — like the Catholic school — is not to teach children reading and math. It is to develop character — to help assimilate … Continue reading

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No Such Thing as Solo Glory

Fellow CREC Pastor, Toby Sumpter, concludes: There is no such thing as solo glory. There is only glory in community, glory bestowed and received. When Jesus calls us to be light, He’s calling us to serve one another, and to … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Avoiding Worldly Delicacies

This is the Season of Lent. This Season brings us many opportunities to examine our lives in light of Scriptures. On these next five weeks we will draw out the implications of the ministry of our Lord, especially as he … Continue reading

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Lent as Psalmic Restructure

The season of Lent is upon us. While most of the world does not honor or follow the Lenten Season, I believe the principles of Lent can be followed by all. All Christians need a re-structuring of order in their … Continue reading

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Psalm 51 with tune by Thomas Tallis

Thanks to CREC pastor, Brian Penney

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Transfiguration Sunday: Transfiguration and Glory (Mark 9:1-8)

People of God, this morning we come to the Mount of Transfiguration. As we ascend this mountain we are bound to be somewhat confused by what we see. It is a striking story on a mountain with clouds and glittering … Continue reading

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Baptismal Exhortation: Not an Accidental Picture

The Bible is a sacramental book. It is filled with strange occurrences to be sure; but it is also filled with the common. The Bible speaks about hair, love, axes, sickness, marriage, and wine. The Bible is anti-gnostic. And if … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Genevan Psalm 2

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The Instrospective Conscience of the West

Krister Stendahl’s 1963 essay The Apostle Paul and the Instrospective Conscience of the West was a clear foreshadowing to the modern New Perspective on Paul movement. Stendahl’s controversial article is available here. Stendahl concludes: Thus, the theologian would note that the Pauline original … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Resurrectio et Vita:
We are celebrating the Transfiguration of our Lord. Our colors are white this morning representing the brightness of the Son on the Mountain. We can say that the Transfiguration is right at the center,…

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It is quite stunning that the Transfiguration of our Lord and the Crucifixion share so many parallels. In liturgical churches, Transfiguration Sunday is followed by the Lenten Season. Indeed, there is great beauty in the…

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Leaving Egypt

A quick plug for my old friend and professor, Chuck DeGroat. I am getting myself a copy soon.

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Theocracy and Libertarianism

“Few things are more commonly misunderstood than the nature and meaning of theocracy. It is commonly assumed to be a dictatorial rule by self-appointed men who claim to rule for God. In reality, theocracy in Biblical law is the closest … Continue reading

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We have glory. We are image bearers, which means we share the glory of the Triune God. We are made partakers of the divine image. We are glory, and becoming glorified. Glory is given, not earned. Jesus takes this glory … Continue reading

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Jeremy Lin and Faith

Here is Evangelical Portal’s interview with Lin in two parts – 1 & 2.

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Andrew Sandlin and Westminster Seminary’s Breezy Response

Andrew Sandlin writes a devastating response to WTS’s (West) response to John Frame’s extensive analysis of the theology espoused by the WTS faculty.  Sandlin’s soberly concludes: Young scholars and students, let this be a lesson to you: if you ever have … Continue reading

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Doing Love

Steve Wilkins adds a little romance and realism to the Valentine conversation here: Namely this, St. Valentine (who, by the way, was a real guy who lived in the 3rd century, that’s his picture over there on the left) ended … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Epiphany: Mark 1:40-45

People of God, we come to the end of Mark 1. We continue where we left off last week. Mark is an action-packed gospel filled with movement. Jesus is moving from wilderness, synagogue, city, and the world. This is a … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The New Garden

This gospel movement is a great illustration for how God works in history. The God who planted a garden in the beginning of history is redeeming the garden in our history. He expects us to find satisfaction in this garden.. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: God’s Way

When Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman, the leper, in II Kings 5, he said: “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” Naaman could not humble himself to see … Continue reading

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