Monthly Archives: September 2006

Thumbs up on the Vitamix

We’ve had our Vitamix 5000 for perhaps 6 months, and the verdict is in: big thumbs up. I’ve never been the biggest fan of fresh fruit, but throw it all in a blender with some ice and I can gulp … Continue reading

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Joy unspeakable

And [the Pharisees] said to him, The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink. And Jesus said to them, Can you make wedding guests fast while … Continue reading

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The nominal Christian funeral

Anyone who has been to a nominal Christian funeral knows what happens there. After we are told that the dearly departed lived life with gusto, it’s time for noble comments about eternity. The weight of a thousand past funerals will … Continue reading

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The return of the comment

Last year I killed comments on le Pipe (as the French would call it) due to spam. Well, a year has passed and anti-spam tools have markedly improved. While comments will remain off for most posts, I may open them … Continue reading

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Is it love or idolatry?

Kind reader, I have opened the comments on this entry because I’d like your input on something that has long vexed me: What does the Christian do when invited to a funeral or wedding where the pastor is a woman … Continue reading

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Apostasy, 18th century style

One thing a reading of history shows is that the grand old past usually wasn’t all that grand. In all times and all ages, the church has been troubled and vexed by apathy and apostasy. One episode, recounted in Murray’s … Continue reading

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Byzantium, America, and the Holy Spirit

For the past year or two I have developed a keen interest in Byzantium. For 800 years it shielded Europe’s eastern flank from the Arabs and Turks, even though much of its time was also spent battling Bulgars, Slavs, Venetians, … Continue reading

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Because I did the right thing…

I had a discussion with some folks in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently. I was speaking on sola gratia, and one fellow was upset. He said, “Are you trying to tell me that in the final analysis it’s God who either … Continue reading

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Liberty, divorce, baptism, and grape juice

G.I. Williamson is a former OPC minister and author of various study guides of Reformed confessions. Here are some goodies from his Westminster Confession study guide. On Liberty (XX): Examples of rules which are contrary to the Word of God … Continue reading

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Farewell the candles

I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. -Matthew 26:29 Matthew Henry comments: Dying saints take their leave of sacraments, … Continue reading

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38 Volumes

Here you go. Get crackin’, it’s gonna take awhile!

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Luther and Islam

At the time of the Reformation the (Turkish) Ottoman Empire reached its greatest heights. After smashing what little remained of the 1000-year Byzantine Empire in the mid-15th century, the Turks made huge inroads into southeastern Europe until they were finally … Continue reading

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