Monthly Archives: July 2012

Communism is Doomed

Solzhenitsyn observed in 1983 that Christianity would one day triumph over communism. He observed: For no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter what successes it attains in seizing the planet, it is doomed never to … Continue reading

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Patrick Henry and the Revivalists

Thomas Kidd describes Rev. Patrick Henry’s (the revolutionary’s uncle) reaction to the revivalist era: For the revivalists, religiosity and morality were not enough for Christians: instead, they focused on the experience of personal conversion, or being “born again.” Some of the new … Continue reading

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Patrick Henry’s Obituary

Patrick Henry’s obituary in the Virginia Gazette: “Farewell, first-rate patriot, farewell! As long as our rivers flow, or mountains stand–so long will your excellence and worth be the theme of homage and endearment, and Virginia, bearing in mind her loss, … Continue reading

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“I Smelt a Rat”

Patrick Henry’s famous “I smelt a rat” response had to do with the invitation to participate in the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Patrick Henry, according to author, Thomas S. Kidd, “scented that decaying rodent in the notion that the states should surrender … Continue reading

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Bullying Chick-fil-A

That’s the title of W. James Antle III’s piece for the American Conservative. The piece touches on the inherent contradiction of the political bullies of our day. Antle concludes: Supporters of gay marriage have every right not to patronize a business that … Continue reading

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Revivalism and Anglicanism

Thomas Kidd elaborates further on the rage of Anglican ministers in the days of the Great Awakening: “Anglicans raged against these itinerant preachers because they intruded upon the turf of Anglican parishes and exhibited no respect for the established pastor’s … Continue reading

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Sermon: Proverbs 1:1-7, Kingly Wisdom

People of God, we are going to spend a few weeks on selected portions of the book of Proverbs. I do this for two reasons: First, because we live in a very foolish culture. We live in a culture that … Continue reading

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Biblical Horizon’s 2012 Synopsis

A Biblical Horizon’s Conference Summary   A Biblical Horizon’s Conference Summary: Hide Player | Play in Popup | Download Uri Brito talked with 2012 Biblical Horizon Conference speakers Jeffrey J. Meyers, Toby Sumpter, Peter Leithart, & James B. Jordan on this latest episode of Trinity Talk.

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Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots

The Introduction to Thomas Kidd’s Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots provides a helpful series of questions when considering the life of this great orator and hero of the Revolution. In light of Henry’s Anti-Federalism, how is one to view the ratification … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Eating Wisdom

Brothers and sisters, in the sermon I spoke of the necessity of wisdom as a way of life. Wisdom entails good habits. One of our habits is to eat together, because food unites us around one common purpose. As we … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Confession and Mercy

Proverbs 28 says that “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13 ESV) As we gather this morning, God provides for us a time of solemn confession both corporately … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about music…again

Rob Hadding drew my attention to this piece by Bill Blankschaen. The article attests to Bill’s frustration with modern contemporary music. He offers three general critiques: 1. They’re really, really simplistic. There, I tried to keep the words small. You certainly … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Proverbs

Leithart summarizes well: The Proverbs train us as kings in the basic sense that they teach us how to take mastery of life, rather than merely bumble and stumble through life from one crisis to another.

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The ESV Controversy in the Episcopal Church

John Stonestreet reports: According to John Burwell’s report from the 2012 General Convention of the Episcopal Church, church delegates got an unexpected education when discussing a resolution to include the English Standard Version of the Bible to the list of … Continue reading

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Race, Doug Wilson, Anthony Bradley, and Slavery

The brouhaha over Wilson’s comments has urged Dr. Anthony Bradley to enter the conversation. Bradley seems particularly perturbed over some of Pastor Wilson’s remarks. Wilson, in typical fashion, responds to Bradley’s accusations. This culminated in Wilson’s summary of some of … Continue reading

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Genesis 6, Giants, and Ungodliness

Recently an old acquaintance requested an old sermon of mine on Genesis 6. This gentleman and I had discussed the strange elements of the text many years ago, and recently he wanted to re-acquaint himself with my thoughts on this … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The Church as Strange and Ordinary

Grace, Mercy, and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is strange and ordinary. She is strange because she offers a unique message. “She is strange because she is the creation of the … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: Eating and Drinking the Gospel

Brothers and sisters, God is among us as we eat and drink with His beloved Son. The gospel was heard and now the gospel is eaten and drunk! Herein is truth, that Christ has provided eternal food and drink for … Continue reading

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In Support of Chick fil-A

The indignation of pro-gay groups is not surprising. What is surprising is that an extraordinarily wealthy businessman is echoing biblical truth with utter boldness. Chick-fil-A President, Dan Cathy says: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when … Continue reading

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The Death of the Episcopal Church

Ross Douthat’s scathing critique of the Episcopal Church is worth noting. The Episcopal Church is changing, but according to Douthat it is… …flexible to the point of indifference on dogma, friendly to sexual liberation in almost every form, willing to … Continue reading

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Easily Offended?

Frank Viola illustrates how easily Christians are offended: When I think about such things, the image I get is that of the Lord Jesus Christ descending from the heavens in great glory with a plethora of heavenly angels, returning to … Continue reading

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In Honor of Mickey Schneider

Note: Here is my speech at the Retirement of my mentor, Mickey Schnider. I am extremely honored to speak this evening. I am even more privileged to address you all on this occasion. I have the spent the majority of … Continue reading

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Religion is always there

Again Lusk on the inescapability of religion: …religion is always already there because God is always already there and religion is simply our way of interfacing with and interacting with God in our moment by moment existence.

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Secular Space

Rich Lusk observes in his insightful On Being the Church in America: Secular space had to be imagined ex nihlo and then constructed from scratch in order create a sphere of human life which would be governed by “pure reason,” free … Continue reading

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The Abuse of Introspection

Some people dwell so much on their sinfulness that they find themselves constantly bombarding their status with doubt. Am I really a Christian? Am I worthy? These questions are not atypical of those who grow up in environments where internalized … Continue reading

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John Armstrong Discusses Catholicity on Trinity Talk

  Catholicity with John H. Armstrong [24:05m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Hear our interview with John H. Armstrong of ACT3 as we discuss his book, “Your Church Is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission Is Vital to the Future of the … Continue reading

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Nominalism is everywhere

Says Peter Leithart: Anyone who thinks only high church traditions are afflicted with nominal believers should spend some time in the Bible Belt, where there’s a low-church nominal Baptist everywhere you look, a Baptist who stepped into a revival meeting … Continue reading

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Vain Regrets

Lloyd-Jones classifies a particular group of people with the following description: In the natural realm there is the type of person who tends to be always analyzing himself, analyzing everything he does, and worrying about the possible effects of his actions, … Continue reading

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Temperament and Spiritual Depression

Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers a fine distinction for pastors to consider: But while I emphasize, with all my being, the fact that temperament does not make the slightest difference in the matter of our fundamental salvation, I am equally anxious to … Continue reading

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Doug Wilson exhorts Idaho to act constitutionally:

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