Monthly Archives: January 2006

Foolish Galatians

Not sure whether to laugh or cry at this. But this is funny stuff. Hash. By the way, Spurgeon smoked cigars.

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Not my own

Q: What is your only comfort in life and death? A. That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for … Continue reading

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Primer on why women’s ordination is unbiblical

[Gordon-Conwell Seminary] was well-known for its adherence to the inerrancy of Scripture, but precisely in those areas where our culture focused its attack on God’s Word and doctrine, our professors often seemed to fall all over themselves demonstrating their acceptance … Continue reading

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MiniMe and Scripture

Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way? There you have Psalm 8:4 in “The Message” Bible. This swell interpretation of Scripture claims 10,000,000 readers and has … Continue reading

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Lutheran tour

Here is an interesting photo tour of Reformation Germany.

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The Shape of Sola Scriptura, conclusion

So, on one side, we have solo scriptura, which is rooted in “the individualism of the Radical Reformation, the rationalism of the Enlightenment, and the democratic populism of early America.” This view has neutered the Church and made the individual … Continue reading

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The Shape of Sola Scriptura, part 3

Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox see a divided Protestant church, much of it non-confessional and chaotic. They see an Evangelical movement disconnected not just from the pre-Reformation period, but from 20 years ago. They see worship lacking in reverence and … Continue reading

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The Shape of Sola Scriptura, part 2

Many Evanglicals believe that Luther and Calvin taught solo scriptura, but this is not true. Mathison points to “On the Councils and the Church,” where Luther claims the authority of the early councils and fathers. Calvin did too: “[T]hose to … Continue reading

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The Shape of Sola Scriptura, part 1

Ligonier’s Keith Mathison, one of the Reformation Study Bible editors, wrote an interesting book a few years ago called The Shape of Sola Scriptura. In it, he notes that Reformed theologians were quick to pounce on the reductionistic corruption of … Continue reading

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The necessity of creeds

One of the signs of the evangelical movement’s ahistorical attitude is its downplaying or outright denial of creeds. In how many Protestant churches is the Nicene Creed still recited? Much of the church seems to cede all pre-Reformation ground to … Continue reading

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Sex: The mysticism of materialism

The other night, there was a story on TV about a reporter at a Houston station who posed as an underaged teen in a chat room frequented by pedophiles. Invited to a house for a tryst, men knocked at the … Continue reading

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Notes from Nashville

Driving to take a look at Johnny Cash’s former home, lakeside in Hendersonville (a sign outside it says “Sold”), I came across a little village called Trinity Music City USA. Wondering what it was, I drove in and entered the … Continue reading

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Johnny Cash: Thy will be done

According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, when we pray “Thy will be done” we pray that God would graciously “make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to His will in all things.” Here is a Johnny Cash … Continue reading

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Types of unbelievers

In Tell the Truth, Will Metzger identifies classes of unbelievers. While I am generally suspicious of cookie-cutter evangelistic “methods,” these are better than most: The ignorant and indifferent. This is the largest class of unbelievers. They need to be surprised … Continue reading

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Phony Authenticity

[O]ur longing for “authenticity” also bears a suspicious resemblance to the latest plot twist in the story of consumer culture: the tendency to rapidly replace the squeaky-clean franchise with the “authentic” franchise. The leather seats in our sport-utility vehicle caress … Continue reading

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Another year of pilgrimage

Lord, make me to know my end and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am. Another year of my pilgrimage has passed. I am a year nearer to my death, nearer to judgement, nearer … Continue reading

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