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

Originally posted on Resurrectio et Vita:
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…

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Infrequent Celebration of the Supper is the Devil’s Work

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What we have so far said of the Sacrament abundantly shows that it was not ordained to be received only once a year—and that, too, perfunctorily, as now is the usual custom. Rather it…

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What is Trinity Sunday?

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The Church celebrates this Sunday the blessed, Holy Trinity. God is Three and One. In the calendar, Trinity Sunday follows Pentecost. Pentecost was the pouring of the Spirit (The Third Person of the Holy…

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Delivered at Providence Church…a service with Christ Church in Pace, Fl Prayer: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock, and…

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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…

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Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the grace given to me through Your Son, Jesus Christ,which enables me to approach You in peace, having my sins washed away by His blood. As we joyfully…

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The concept of a church calendar is certainly rooted in biblical principles (especially the fact that God gave Israel a calendar to commemorate his work on their behalf) and the pattern of the church’s calendar is…

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Perhaps that cross which you have so long and so anxiously asked God to lift from you, may be in itself a channel of mercy which you can not afford to lose. –Rev. T.M.…

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The Trinity House (Peter Leithart, James Jordan, Rich Lusk, et al.)

For those of us who have been following closely the genesis of the Trinity House, here is another good news: their website is officially live. Check it out!

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Shameless Plugs!

Editor and Contributor to The Church-Friendly Family (Published by Covenant Media Foundation) Or on Kindle Of the making of books about marriage and the family, there is no end. The family is in trouble today―and has been since the sin of our first … Continue reading

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But the Bible is not a devotional manual: it is a battle plan and a prescriptive word, a command word, and therefore a law word. The “spiritual” preachers deserve not even a yawn: they…

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Punished by the Tongue

The Devil, because he had deceived Eve with his tongue, is punished by the tongue, that he might not speak.” –Bede

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The Devil Went Down to Capernaum (Luke 4:31-44)

Luke emphasizes the authority of Jesus’ word. The demonic reaction emphasizes this point. The demons wanted their synagogue revival. They wanted their week to shine by showing their power through erratic behavior and violent preaching techniques. Jesus’ appearance on the … Continue reading

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On Earth is not His Equal

And Christ is the truth in such wise that thou shouldst receive the whole to be true in Him. The true Word, God equal with the Father, true soul, true flesh, true man, true God, true nativity, true passion, true … Continue reading

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What the Incarnation Means…

Here is a gem from Donald MacLeod, quoted by Peter Leitart on what it means for Jesus to be with us: “For the Son of God, the incarnation meant a whole new set of relationships: with his father and mother; with … Continue reading

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Martin Luther on Jesus’ Baptism

I may have to read this sermon again next year. It was filled with rich imagery and powerful sacramental statements. Here are a few from Luther’s sermon preached on the Epiphany of our Lord, January 6th, 1534: “Christ is holier … Continue reading

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Advent means Christ dressed himself in human flesh and became man for us that we might become true humans for him. But Advent also entails a fuller picture. The Advent signifies past, present, and…

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Machinery as Evil

This is how Tolkien views machinery in his Middle-Earth. Horne elaborates: The basics of Tolkien’s love for trees and nature over his dislike for machinery were set early in his life. Later, the reader finds virtually all mention of “machinery” … 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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Baptism for the Dead I Corinthians 15:29

The problem with taking this baptism as something erroneous occurring in Corinth is that Paul does not express any form of grave or minuscule disapproval of the practice. Daniel Hoffman pointed me to an interpretation that sees baptism happening as a result of the … Continue reading

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Baptism for the Dead

Paul’s “baptism for the dead” language in I Corinthians 15:29 has been the source of enormous headache for exegetes. Gordon Fee does a superb job in elaborating the different possibilities. He concurs that the most natural textual reading implies that … Continue reading

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Our lovely Church has a new website!

Providence Church in Pensacola, FL

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Communion Meditation: The Table of Joy

The Resurrection of Jesus created this newly gathered body, called the Church. Of course, the Church has existed since the Garden, but never has the Church possessed such glory, such overflowing joy, and such unity than when she was bathed … Continue reading

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They Believed…

“The early Christians did not believe in the resurrection because theycould not find his dead body. They believed because they did find a living Christ.”  FF Bruce, The Apostle of the Heart Set Free, p. 93

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Maundy Thursday Exhortation

The Bible gives us one ritual to do consistently in the New Covenant: The Lord’s Supper.  On this evening, we do what our Lord taught us once more. We dine with the King of glory, just as his disciples dined … Continue reading

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Chrysostom Papers

I always encourage my young parishioners in Word and in Sacrament that the world is Christ’s. Everything is His, and not one square inch can be taken. I am always delighted to have our young parishioners articulate these ideas in … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter, Psalm 2

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Genevan Psalm 1 in Korean

{Thanks to David Koyzis}

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