Monthly Archives: June 2012

Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part VIII, I Corinthians 15:58

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. Text: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always … Continue reading

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Heavenly Fellowship and the Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness

This is a great day for these United States. It is a time of joy and celebration. And we hope to bathe ourselves with one of America’s greatest inventions: hot dogs. But beyond all the fireworks, parades, and the good … Continue reading

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Marriage as Gospel Picture

Marriage is instituted by the Triune God, and when rightly understood it is one of the most glorious pictures of the gospel ever given to man. And of course, when it is abused (as it often is), it presents a … Continue reading

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Chesterton and Marriage

In preparing for my speech at the Standing 4 Righteousness Rally, I have been reading some Chesterton. I came across this piece on LifeSiteNews.  

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Screwtape and Small Sins

In letter XII, Screwtape admonishes Wormwood that small sins matters: …The only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative … Continue reading

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Pleasure as God’s Invention

Screwtape articulates the fact that when the devil enters the realm of pleasure he is dealing with Enemy ground: Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in … Continue reading

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Douglas Wilson’s Sexual by Design Talks and Q&A

These lectures and Q & A are a must for those who want to understand the rationale (or lack thereof) of the homosexual agenda. The Christian cannot compromise on those foundational presuppositions of Orthodoxy. The Bible is authoritative, and even … Continue reading

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Trinity Talk Interview with Steve Deace

Righting the Religious Right   Interview with radio talk show host, Steve Deace on his book, We Won’t Get Fooled Again: Where the Christian Right Went Wrong and How to Make America Right Again.

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Movie Review: The Grey

The Grey is a fascinating display of survival of the fittest. In this case, an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks find themselves stranded in the Alaskan wilderness after a plane crash. Their only way to survive is to cooperate with … Continue reading

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Liturgy is Humbling

Joel Garver explores the nature of the liturgy in this wonderful piece. He concludes: Finally, liturgy is humbling. Our worship seeks a repeated encounter with our living Lord through word and sacrament to cultivate gospel-shaped lives for the sake of … Continue reading

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The Gospel of the Resurrection

Richard Hays offers a few of the implications of proclaiming a resurrection gospel: …if we deny the resurrection, we will find ourselves turning inward and focusing on our own religious experience as the matter of central interest. That is what … Continue reading

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Our Hope is not in Vain

Richard Hays concludes his excellent treatment of I Corinthians 15: Those who affirm the truth of Christ’s resurrection will be given the moral confidence to live in a way that shows that their hope is not in vain.

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Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part VII, I Corinthians 15:50-57

Note: At the request of a parishioner, I will now post my sermon manuscripts on Saturday nights. People of God, good music tells good stories. Bad music tells bad stories. The Bible is good music, therefore it tells good stories. … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Worship is Hard

Worship is hard work. By the end of this hour you should feel the exhilaration of a runner, except magnified. Biblically, New Covenant worship is far simpler than Old Covenant Worship. Those detailed descriptions of worship in Leviticus are no … Continue reading

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John Piper on the Myth of Same-Sex Marriage

In his recent sermon, which has caused some misunderstandings, John Piper explores the myth of same-sex marriage. He asserts that in fact “there is no such thing as so-called same-sex marriage.” He elaborates further: The point here is not only … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Resurrection Food

This new Narnia is more real than Narnia itself. We may be human now, but at the resurrection we will be fully human. The Lord’s Supper is practice for full humanity. We are eating bread and wine given to us … Continue reading

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Why Should We Read Novels?

Cherie Harder, writing for the Trinity Forum blog, offers some compelling reasons to pick up a novel. Among them are: Stories require, develop, and enhance the reader’s empathy. Reading well – or “getting into” a story both requires and engenders … Continue reading

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Loving her forever…

The Bible is—as we have said before—a marriage story. It is a story of how God showers his bride with love when she is polluted by sin, how he pursues her when she is chasing after other gods, and how … Continue reading

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Instantaneous Resurrection

At the end of history, Paul says our bodies will be transformed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye. God will dress us with new bodies and introduce us to a feast that will last forever.

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Flesh and Blood

This phrase ( I Cor. 15:50) occurs in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, and it has led to a wide level of speculation. But the more common reading is to be preferred. By “flesh and blood” Paul is simply referring … Continue reading

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Knowledge and Creation

Here is a brief summary of my argument in a lengthy exchange with a few friends on facebook. First, God is all wise. Wisdom and knowledge come from him. Second, this knowledge is dispensed in creation. Adam may have had … Continue reading

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Does knowing music help understand the Bible?

James Jordan affirms and explains: Does it help to be a musician to understand the Bible? Yes, because the Bible indicates that this is so. First, music is the God-appointed way of worshipping Him with His own words. The psalms … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, Part VI, I Corinthians 15:42-49

People of God, we are persevering through this dynamic and theologically astute response of the Apostle Paul to the skeptical Corinthians. This is Pau’s third and final response to their inquiries. He treats them with a profound conviction that they … Continue reading

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Trinity Talk: Discussing the Jason Stellman Case

In this episode, our guests discuss the recent case of Jason Stellman, the former prosecutor of Peter Leithart who resigned his PCA and Reformational badge. This is an informative, concise (nine minutes), and fruitful discussion. Click Icon for Interview

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Communion Meditation: Give us, Our Daily Grace

“We believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting, Amen.” This is our Creed. In eating and drinking with one another we are affirming that we all believe that same promise. We are affirming that full resurrection … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: The Scottish and Psalm-Singing

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A Father’s Day Exhortation: The Blessed Father

Blessings on you, and particular blessings be upon our fathers at Providence Church. The Bible is a covenantal book. It is all centered on this divine covenant made by the Father, Son, and Spirit. And that covenant relationship is then … Continue reading

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Respecting Pregnancy

Douglas Wilson in his challenging book The Federal Husband observes that in traditional conservative Christian circles there is a common lament that modern women are not eager to have children. Wilson continues, Women are too eager to rush off to a childless … Continue reading

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A Brief Theology of Satan and Resistance, Intro to Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

While C.S. Lewis’s interpretation of a demon writing letters of encouragement and rebuke to his nephew can be quite terrifying, the biblical reality is that the reality of Satan is even more terrifying. Satan was not only involved in the … Continue reading

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An Official Letter to Mayor Ashton J. Hayward III of Pensacola, Florida

Note: The Pastors of Providence Church have faxed and e-mailed an official letter to the Mayor’s office and Pensacola News Journal regarding the mayoral proclamation found here.  If you would like a copy, please e-mail me at To the … Continue reading

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