Monthly Archives: November 2005

In Adam’s fall we sinned all

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. -1 Tim 2:12-13 To add to a previous entry about women’s ordination, … Continue reading

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Initial thoughts on the Emergent Church

A friend recently sent along a few links (1, 2, 3, 4) on the Emergent Church Movement(ECM). Modern Reformation also has a very good summary article (hat tip to Oldtruth). I doubt that the ECM influences the worship of most … Continue reading

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The search for better filtering software

Note: Going off the beaten path today to discuss software… Every red-blooded male using the internet should strongly consider filtering software (it helps to fulfill the A in Piper’s ANTHEM). Men are led by their eyes, and it’s not hard … Continue reading

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How Lovely Shines the Morning Star

As Christmas season approaches, can I recommend a favorite hymn? It is How Lovely Shines the Morning Star an adaptation of the German “Wie Schon Leuchtet Der Morgenstern.” Alas, it is hard to find but ITunes does have a fine … Continue reading

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Growing in the Grace of Giving

“Giving” is a subject that has long been on the heart of my former pastor, Larry Allen. And now Larry has written a book on this topic. Do check it out. From the back cover: Growing in the Grace of … Continue reading

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On Discernment and Humility

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke … Continue reading

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Before Abraham was…

Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad. So the Jews said to him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham? Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, … Continue reading

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Those abominable shellfish

I don’t understand why the religious right fears homosexuality. They say it’s an abomination. The Bible says that shellfish are also an abomination. They who oppose sodomy must also oppose scallops. Jon Stewart made this quip at a recent event, … Continue reading

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Bring back the organ

As a recent Internetmonk posting noted, there is a basic issue of musical competence in our churches. You once had one music professional on the organ, and that instrument covered the bases. Now, unless perhaps you attend a megachurch, you … Continue reading

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Waylon, Christianity, and water

I do believe in a higher power one that loves us one and all not someone to solve our problems or to catch me when I fall … I believe in a loving father one I never have to fear … Continue reading

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New words for Amazing Grace

Oldtruth mentions that some have changed Amazing Grace’s lyrics from “saved a wretch like me” to “saved and strengthened me.” If you don’t believe it, check this out. In the words of one hymnal editor, the old lyrics are a … Continue reading

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Shadowy Brides

Lewis discusses the abuse of fantasy in this excerpt from a 1956 letter. For me the real evil of masturbation would be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and … Continue reading

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ELCA church provides cover for abortionist

Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita KS has a special attendee. His name is George Tiller and he has done more than 50,000 abortions over the past 30 years. Has Tiller been disciplined by his church? Quite the contrary. His pastor … Continue reading

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God’s Presence in Hell

A breath of relief is usually heard when someone declares, “Hell is a symbol for separation from God.” To be separated from God for eternity is no great threat to the impenitent person. The ungodly want nothing more than to … Continue reading

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One Mississippi

PBS Frontline tonight was about abortion. One of its themes was that abortion clinics are disappearing in many states, with Mississippi down to one clinic. In the usual tendentious PBS style, the show fades out on the ominous note that … Continue reading

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Worship and the Puritans

I do not suppose that I am the only evangelical who finds that the actual exercise of worship, the deliberate lifting of one’s eyes from man and his mistakes to contemplate God and his glory, grows increasingly precious as the … Continue reading

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Space: revealer of glory, part 3

One of the first things you learn as an amateur astronomer is that the view through your telescope is a lot different than the photographs in a book. A nebula that bursts with color on the page is a small … Continue reading

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Space: revealer of glory, part 2

To give you an idea of how far away the nearest star (other than the Sun) is to earth, NASA notes that a car travelling 55 miles per hour would take 50 million (!) years to reach Proxima Centauri. The … Continue reading

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