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Are Christians too polite? Perhaps that sounds like a stupid question. Is it possible to be too polite? I'm not talking about saying "Yes sir" and "thank you." I am thinking about our interaction with those in error. In our pluralistic culture it is not popular to identify error or to say something...
Check out this great message by Dominic Smart from Galatians 6.
Of the latest round of violence in Gaza, Victor Davis Hansen writes: Hamas with its serial rocket attacks on Israel interprets all of the above not as an opportunity for prosperity, but as a stage one for the great accomplishment of its generation — the absolute destruction of the Jewish state. Its...
You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then He is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation,--a rock rising above the storm. - Robert Murray M'Cheyne Grace tried is better than grace, and it is more than grace; it is glory in its infancy...
I love the Psalms in part because they provide us with the images, names, and terminology with which to understand God and how we are to relate to Him. They teach us how to speak to God. The Psalms give us the language of praise, confession, sorrow, complaint, thanksgiving, and ultimately trust...
No matter how many strong enemies plot to overthrow the church, they do not have sufficient strength to prevail over God's immutable decree by which he appointed his Son eternal King. - John Calvin
Al Gore knows a good deal when he sees one. He has parlayed his environmental activism into a multi-million (billion?) dollar enterprise. Now the hapless Church of England is giving him over 150 million dollars. The former Vice President is flush in green . The Church of England’s Church...
The Associated Press reports on a New Mexico man who beat to death his pregnant girlfriend which resulted in the death of her unborn son. The report reads: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Mexico believe they may be the first to use a 2004 law to charge someone with killing a...
There are some history books that are important but not very readable. Others are quite readable but not very important. When a book comes along that provides both an important contribution to our understanding of the world and is also a page-turner then something special has come our way. Such is...
Pretty cool: From the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, WHYY and NPR present Handel's holiday masterpiece performed by the "Fabulous Philadelphians" — one of the world's great orchestras, joined by the nationally-renowned Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Acclaimed British choral master Richard Hickox...
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I trust your Christmas was a joyous one. We spent time at both sets of grandparents (Pattonsburg, MO & Springfield, MO). The kids seemed to have a good time playing with cousins, etc. On the way out we ran into some nasty weather in Illinois. But the forcasts for Tomorrow and Tuesday call for...
You can listen to or download my first four sermons at Church of the Saviour HERE .
Westminster Seminary's Carl Truman has weighed in on the controversy surrounding President-elect Obama's decision to invite Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration. For many years, on many issues, I have seen myself as a man of the centre left; I am embarrassed at the inability of those whom I have...
The posting is going to be pretty spotty over the next week. We are traveling during the holidays. We drove across Pennsylvania today. What a beautiful state! We're staying in Dayton, Ohio tonight. By the way, if you're ever in Dayton during meal time don't eat at Tumbleweed . Let's just say that...
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USA Today goes to Michael Horton for some answers. Dr. Horton, professor at Westminster Seminary California is a J. Gresham Machen of our time. In her article Where Is Christ in Christmas, Cathy Lynn Grossman writes: A vocal faction of believers, grumpy about Christmas gone wild, insist that...
Al Mohler has a typically brilliant response to the fury over President-elect Obama's decision to have Rick Warren pray at his inauguration. In the process he asks some important questions concerning Mr. Obama's real position on the issue. Dr. Mohler writes: Now here is an interesting point. The...
It seems there is quite a bit of controversy over President-elect Obama's choice of Rick Warren to offer the inauguration prayer. You see, pastor Warren made the oh so indelicate decision to oppose gay marriage. But with all the fury over this you would have thought that Mr. Obama had selected some...
So says another CNN meteorologist. Check out the story HERE .
Check out Tony's picks for books of the year. His #1 pick is mine as well. I am currently walking through his #2 pick.
Pictures speak louder than a thousand bad scientists.
Thanks to Justin Taylor for reporting on a recent document posted on President-elect Obama's website. Gina Dalfonzo at Breakpoint's The Point blog : A coalition of pro-choice organizations has sent Barack Obama and his transition team a document titled “Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a...
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the...
’Twas the same love that spread the feast That sweetly drew us in; Else we had still refused to taste, And perished in our sin. Pity the nations, O our God! Constrain the earth to come; Send Thy victorious Word abroad, And bring the strangers home. We long to see Thy churches full, That all the...
One of my favorite magazines is Touchstone . In the December 08 issue James Hitchcock writes a spot-on editorial addressing abortion and single issue voting. He writes: If 2008 is remembered as the year of the “bailout,” when the federal government spent billions to rescue the nation’s financial...
"It is not surprising then that it [Liberalism] differs from Christianity in its account of the gospel itself; it is not surprising that it presents an entirely different account of the way of salvation. Liberalism finds salvation (so far as it is willing to speak at all of “salvation”) in man;...
Here is John MacArthur on TBN. That's right, on TBN! Notice how this crowd used to the usual pap offered on TBN responds to the true Gospel. Part 1 Part 2
D.A. Carson calls John’s prologue (vv. 1-18) “the foyer to the rest of the Fourth Gospel simultaneously drawing the reader in and introducing the major themes.” The major theological theme of the opening verses of John’s gospel is the incarnation. The incarnation is that miracle whereby the...
If you are not familiar with the writings of Professor Victor Davis Hanson then I encourage you to read him. His books and articles offer outstanding commentary. You can access his writings in the "Current Events and Culture" section of this blog. Dr. Hanson offers the following thoughts on the...
"The Incarnation, this mysterious miracle at the heart of historic Christianity, is central in the New Testament witness. That Jews should ever have come to such a belief is amazing. Eight of the nine New Testament writers, like Jesus’ original disciples, were Jews, drilled in the Jewish axiom that...
After the Christmas and New Year's holidays I plan on preaching a series of messages concerning the centrality of the Gospel in the life of the church. I was challenged, therefore, when I read the following post from Ligon Duncan. One of the things I had the pleasure of chatting with Al Mohler...
Just when you think government beaurocrats couldn't get more ridiculous Washington State comes along and ups the ante. In an effort to include every obscure group in the state the good folks at the Capital in Olympia have raised a glorious steel pole to celebrate "Festivus." Here's the story from...
It's snowing in Houston and New Orleans! Over a million homes from New York to Vermont are frozen and without power! How cold does it have to get before we realize it's getting warmer? When will we learn that the earth's temperature never fluctuated until the invention of the internal combustion...
Evangelical Scholoarship suffered a loss with the passing of Derek Kidner. Kidner was a servant of the church through the careful study and teaching of the Old Testament. During his life he served in the following positions: Curate of St. Nicholas, Sevenoaks (1941-1947) Vicar of Felsted (1947-1951...
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Dr. Robert Gagnon of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has written a thorough response to Newsweek's recent cover story/endorsement of homosexual marriage (and homosexuality). Gagnon writes: As its cover story for the Dec. 15, 2008 issue, the editors of Newsweek offer readers a hopelessly distorted...
R. Scott Clark of Westminster California has written an interesting post dealing with the thoroughly modern character of so-called "post-moderns." I have argued for some time that there is nothing new or "post" about post-modernism. Ignorantly, the leaders of the Emergent Church (MacLaren, Paggit,...
The corrupt and politically compromised UN has released a statement claiming that man-made global warming is incontrovertably true and is not longer up for debate. There are a growing number of scientists however who beg to differ. The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works reports...
One of my favorite Christmas albums is Andrew Peterson's "Behold The Lamb of God". Your favorites?
Here are a few outstanding books on the character of God. The Message of the Living God by Peter Lewis The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink Behold Your God by Donald Macleod A Heart for God by Sinclair Ferguson
"It must be acknowledged...that in much popular Protestantism synergism (salvation through both grace and free will) is even more evident than in Catholicism, and human reason and experience firgure more prominently than Scripture in determining the norms for faith." - Donald Bloesch from God,...
"Alas, most 'evangelistic' preaching I know about is an effort to drag people even deeper into their subjectivity rather than an attempt to rescue them from it." - William Willimon, United Methodist Bishop
"Christian man was born to be saved. Psychological man is born to be pleased." Philip Rieff from The Triumph of the Therapeutic
Check out this post from Pyromaniacs : Nō´-mĭ-kə-fō´-bē-ə Derivation: In the NT, the term νομικός (nomikos) is commonly translated "lawyer." Actually in form it is an adjective meaning "law-related, legal." It is most commonly used as a noun in the Gospels to describe men who are expert in the Law...
Justin Taylor links to some important responses to Newsweek's latest foray into biblical studies: Here's the tease for Lisa Miller's new Newsweek cover story on The Religious Case for Gay Marriage : "Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for...
My sermon from Sunday can be downloaded HERE .