December 2010 Archives

Christmas Preaching

Article by   December 2010
Christmas Day and Boxing Day sermons to preach and another Christmas is done. This will be my eighth at IPC and I'm officially out of jokes and illustrations.  The tank is empty, the screen is blank, there's no juice left... continue

Leo Tolstoy and the Real Meaning of Christmas

Article by   December 2010
Maybe you have seen this before, but I just came across it.  This is Leo Tolstoy's take on Jesus, pitting the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount vs. the Jesus of the Creeds, namely the Nicene Creed, and of... continue

Glad ministerial pay has advanced beyond this...

Article by   December 2010
From Lyman Beecher's Autobiography, p. 67:"East Hampton was originally settled by the best sort of men, and had never been divided in religion. There was only one church in place, over which three successive pastors had been settled during a... continue

Apologies and Kuyper on the incarnation

Article by   December 2010
 In response to Carl and Jeremy   First of all sincerest apologies to my American friends (all 3 of them) for misplacing Jackson, unforgivable really. For the two readers who've anonymously sent me 'Improve your punctuation and grammar' and 'Essential English', perhaps an... continue

On the Morning of Christ's Nativity

Article by   December 2010
I'm going to ignore the irreverent reference to my 'blond' period below - though I was sure I had destroyed all those old videos...! On re-vewing them I notice they haven't aged well. On another subject altogether, it's easy to... continue

Welshmen in glass houses....

Article by   December 2010
Mr Levy should be careful about criticising the Ref21 establishment for dress sense and camera presence.   A careful search of the internet had revealed some early footage of Liam Goligher in his 'blond' period, introducing the then ACE house... continue

I wish it could be Christmas everyday

Article by   December 2010
  From the Reformation 21 video................... 'What does Christmas mean to you?' said Derek Thomas 'The older I get the more difficult it is to get comfortable with Christmas' replied a youthful Jeremy Smith A couple of comments Firstly, I've watched 2 or 3 of... continue

Don't Judge a Man by his Books

Article by   December 2010
This afternoon, I had a very rare experience in my ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi: an open two-hour block between sermon writing and appointments and our Wednesday night activities. And so, I set myself to something that I've... continue

More on Communion with God

Article by   December 2010
I'm working my way through 'Communion with God', the revamped version by Kelly Kapic and Justin Taylor. It's excellent. When you're as dopey as I am the Banner of Truth Gould edition makes you want to run to your mother... continue

Placing People

Article by   December 2010
For a while now, I've been working with a theory for understanding religious controversy. While I've mainly thought about this theory as a historical explanation, it does have its contemporary application as well. Here it is: while most religious controversies... continue
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