Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ride On, Ride On, In Majesty, Palm Sunday Hymn

Here is my recording of this beautiful hymn: “Ride On, Ride On, in Majesty” by Henry H. Milman, 1791-1868 1. Ride on, ride on, in majesty! Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry. 0 Savior meek, pursue Thy road, With palms … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Psalm 2

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Exhortation: Cross before Crown

We celebrate today the coming of the King into Jerusalem. I think if Hollywood were to put Palm Sunday into a movie it would be as horrific as Prince Caspian. They probably would have Jesus coming in a military tank … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Theology of Palm Sunday

The blood of the covenant is the basis for this sacred meal. The Eucharist is an indispensable element of this triumphal coming. You cannot separate blood from wine. We considered the shouts of the people of God in Zechariah. Yahweh … Continue reading

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Chesterton and the Donkey

Chesterton once penned a poem from the perspective of the donkey that Jesus rode: G.K. Chesterton (1874–1936) The Donkey When fishes flew and forests walked And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood Then surely I … Continue reading

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Zechariah summarized

In Zechariah, Yahweh is disarming the nations. He is promising peace between north and south; a clear foreshadow that peace will be declared to all nations, “and ensured by the presence of a king ruling over a world-wide empire.”[1] [1] … Continue reading

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Why all the joy with the triumphal entry?

It goes back to Psalm 2. Yahweh laughed at his enemies. In Zechariah 9, after ravaging the enemies of Israel in His North to South destruction tour, Yahweh enters Jerusalem to great shouts: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout … Continue reading

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The Visions of Zechariah

James Jordan has argued persuasively that these visions are creational visions. They parallel the creation account. These visions of Zechariah speak of Yahweh cleansing the temple sight and the high priest, so Israel may re-build the temple and make it … Continue reading

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Copyright Laws and Illegal Downloading

I would like to pursue this topic more thoroughly, but here is a perspectivea on how to view illegal downloading in this age. There is also an article by Christian Ethicist, John Frame discussing the nature of the copyright laws and … Continue reading

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Food as Fuel?

Barach analyzes and offers a healthy alternative to the “food as fuel” theory. He concludes: While it may be necessary for some Christians to diet, it seems to me that an approach to dieting that depends on eliminating all these … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Christine Murray, A Prayer

I was honored to open in prayer a service of remembrance for the mother of my dear friend, Richard Murray. Richard has been attending our early Friday study sponsored by Micah 6:8. He has been a dear brother, and it … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday in Lent: Psalm 119:9-16, Re-Shaped by the Word of God

Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock, and our nearest Kinsman, the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen. Sermon: People of God, this morning we conclude our … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Genevan, Psalm 17

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Exhortation: Feeding on the Word

C.S. Lewis observed in his Reflections on the Psalms that a Christian can’t always be defending the truth, sometimes he needs to feed on it. This is very appropriate for the people of God on the Lord’s Day. This is … Continue reading

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Responsive Psalm: Psalm 119:9-16

Here is my translation of Psalm 119:9-16 for Sunday’s Responsive Psalm: Pastor: How does a young man purify his paths? People: By taking heed to your word. With my whole heart have I sought you; O let me not wander … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on the Psalms

Lewis argues that the reason he first deals with Judgment in the Psalms is because his generation “was brought up to eat everything on the plate; and it was sound principle of nursery gastronomy to polish off the nasty things … Continue reading

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The Young Man in Psalm 119:9

It is interesting that the etymology of the Hebrew nä·ar’ is rooted in the idea of a roaring lion (Jer. 31:58). The young man in Psalm 119 refers then to the genesis of the exploratory phase of his life. He is moving from … Continue reading

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Romney and Mormonism

With the almost inevitable status of Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee, the American public will be getting a good dose of Mormon theology from all sorts of quarters. Some will likely misrepresent Mormonism, while others will present a more … Continue reading

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Faulkner’s Epigraph to Mosquitoes

I am not as erudite or as descriptively verbose, but this is uncontestable: In spring, the sweet young spring, decked out with little green, braceleted with the song of idiotic birds, spurious and sweet and tawdry as a shopgirl in … Continue reading

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Psalm 119, Brief Thoughts

This gigantic display of law-glory is a many-sided view of God’s Law-Word. It is the genuine delight of the psalmist to express his admiration and deepest regard for God’s revealed word, primarily in the Torah, and then in the whole … Continue reading

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Revelation Study, Part III (David Chilton’s Days of Vengeance)

In this third episode I discuss the question, “Why was John’s letter sent to Asia?” Episode 1 & Episode 2

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Introduction to Covenant Theology

Is Covenant Theology merely theologizing, or are there practical implications to this doctrine? How does God deal with history, and how does he relate to his people? These and other questions are discussed in this series by Gregg Strawbridge. This … Continue reading

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Greg Bahnsen’s Helpful Reminder

In the first introductory lecture on Political Ethics, Greg Bahnsen reminded his students that there are three main types of Christians: Doctrinarians, pietists, and transformationalists. Bahnsen reminded his students that if we isolate any one of those qualities we fail … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday in Lent: Psalm 107:1-9: Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so

People of God, this morning we are going to sample a little more of the Lenten journey in the Psalter by focusing on a small portion of the lengthy Psalm 107. This is a psalm of desperation.[1] It is a … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Genevan Psalm 13

Genevan, Psalm 13 (Words)

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Communion Meditation: The Father Instructs and Feeds

The Eucharist is a Lenten meditation without words. On this table we have bread and wine; body and blood given and broken for our sins. The gospel is an inescapable dimension of this Supper. The importance of its continual and … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Characteristics of a Worshiping People

The story in Numbers chapter 21 is one that will continue to be remembered in Israel’s history. The people of Israel are journeying to the Promised Land. Their travel has been hindered by acts of disobedience. This story is no … Continue reading

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Psalm 107 described in one sentence

Psalm 107 is given so that we may remember that trials are not the end, but the beginning of a journey that culminates on Resurrection Sunday.

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Baptism, Spiritual Rock, and Wilderness Wanderings

Psalm 107 speaks of the many ways in which Israel suffered. Those sufferings had a greater purpose. As Israel meditated on their journey they would remember the many ways God has protected and provided. They were to give thanks to … Continue reading

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Let the ga’al of Yahweh say so

Psalm 107 draws our attention to the kinsman redeemer (Let the redeemed of Yahweh say so). The gä·al’ takes us back to the ransoming of Ruth. Ruth (bridal) rejoices in her deliverance, and so Israel (bridal) gives thanks to God.

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