Monthly Archives: December 2005

Religion vs. Theology

RC Sproul tells this story: Several years ago I was invited to address the faculty of a prominent Midwestern college with a rich Christian and Reformed tradition… Before my lecture the dean showed me around the campus. When we entered … Continue reading

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Covenant Renewal (“High Presbyterian”) worship

This profound writing on worship by Pastor Jeffrey Meyers is one of the most thought-provoking I’ve read in some time. Among other things, it: Recommends a specific order of worship following the OT steps of cleansing (confession of sin), consecration … Continue reading

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John Piper on “getting” in worship

Worship is nothing less than obedience to the command of God, “Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4)… The true diagnosis of weak worship is not that our people are coming to get and not to give… People ought to … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming, as those of old have sung. God rest ye merry this Christmas, content in His matchless love. Soli Deo Gloria!

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Moralism or Christ crucified?

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2) The late John Osteen was a popular word-faith pastor along the lines of Ken Copeland, Creflo Dollar, and Rod Parsley. … Continue reading

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White Horse Inn archives

Here is Michael Horton discussing the bad theology underlying the increasing informality of our worship services (emphasis is mine): If you don’t believe that the most important thing that happens on Sunday morning is that GOD shows up and summons … Continue reading

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The pattern of praying

ACTS is an oft-suggested pattern for prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (requests). For years I found this pattern bothersome and peculiarly legalistic, as it seemed as if I often had to go through “preliminaries” to get to whatever was … Continue reading

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Bumper sticker wisdom

I visited a Christian bookstore tonight to look for a portable ESV Bible – which they had not a one – and was rendered speechless by this.

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JI Packer on being known by God

Again, From Knowing God: We do not make friends with God; God makes friends with us…”Now that you know God-or rather are known by God” (Gal 4:9)… “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I am pleased with you and I … Continue reading

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JI Packer on knowing God emotionally

From Knowing God: [W]e must not lose sight of the fact that knowing God is an emotional relationship, as well as an intellectual and volitional one, and could not indeed be a deep relation between persons were it not so. … Continue reading

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Hallowed be, not hallowed is

Our father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name… This is the familiar opening of the Lord’s prayer, from Matthew 6:9. And here is what the Westminster Shorter Catechism says about “Hallowed be Thy name:” Q. 101. What do … Continue reading

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Wilson and McLaren

Doug Wilson is busy pummelling “A Generous Orthodoxy” chapter-by-chapter with a rubber truncheon, and he is making brilliant observations in the process. To restate a few of them in Bunyan-speak: “I’m Mr. Worldly-wiseman, meet my brothers: Mr. Holier-than-thou, Mr. Garble, … Continue reading

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Search for Filtering Software, part 3

Men: I have stated before that most of you should consider using filtering and/or accountability software. Better safe than sorry. However, I have seen few decent evaluations on the web, and some emails expressed interest in the topic, so this … Continue reading

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A right view of Sola Scriptura

C. Matthew McMahon from “A Puritan’s Mind” wrote this article to clarify the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. He writes against the “Solo Scriptura” views of some evangelicals who have thrown out the baby (the sub-Biblical authority of the communion of … Continue reading

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Wise advice from Luther

Martin Luther from the preface to his large catechism (my emphasis): I must still read and study daily, and yet I cannot master it as I wish, but must remain a child and pupil of the Catechism, and am glad … Continue reading

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Looking along the beam

A friend reading the recent article on fundamentalism quipped that it’s a case of only looking at the beam. He was referring to one of Lewis’s loveliest illustrations, from “Meditation in a Toolshed:” I was standing today in the dark … Continue reading

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Narnia director deals blow to patriarchy

The Narnia film’s director explains how he felt a strong need to alter a line from Lewis’s original: [W]hen Father Christmas gives the weapons to all the kids, and he says to the girls: “I don’t intend for you to … Continue reading

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The Celestial Railroad

Yesterday’s reference to Pilgrim’s Progress reminded me of one of my favorite short stories, Hawthorne’s The Celestial Railroad. Check it out.

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Fundamentalism and Narnia

[He is] a classic theological Ishmael, a wild man whose hand is against every man.” That’s Phil Johnson aptly summarizing a certain fundamentalist who posts uneven and often absurd “exposes” of well-known Christians on his web site. To the world, … Continue reading

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The Authority-free Church and its tame god

Do you want to be ordained without having having to believe much of anything? Do you want to dispense with seminary and take care of things in a few minutes? Well, then Universal Life Church is for you. After you … Continue reading

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Muggeridge on Christendom and Christ

It’s a mystery why Malcolm Muggeridge is not more popular among Christians. Many of his works are sadly out of print. He was a superb writer and a keen observer, a lifelong journalist and TV personality who held out little … Continue reading

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Search for Filtering Software, part 2

Based on the response to the earlier post, there is general interest in internet filtering, so please excuse another detour to talk software… After extensive review of many sites (examples: here and here), two candidates are now vying to replace … Continue reading

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