Monthly Archives: October 2006

Luther’s Church Growth plan

I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such … Continue reading

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A youth pastor’s run-in with phony grace

A pastor friend who graduated from Dallas tells me that the anti-Lordship doctrine has been pretty thoroughly discredited there. That is good to hear. But this interesting post by Phil Johnson, an elder at John MacArthur’s church, about his time … Continue reading

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A blessing to all because He is near

Commenting on Luke 24:50 (“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.”), Hendriksen says: Acts 1:11 “This same Jesus will come back in the same way.” If, then, he departed while … Continue reading

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Matthew Henry in print

Many online Bible sites provide Matthew Henry’s commentary, unabridged and condensed versions, keyed to each verse. This is useful. However, sometimes one likes to move away from the computer. There are a number of print versions of the commentary available. … Continue reading

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Jesus in the parables

Ask a fellow citizen what he thinks of Jesus, and the answer will likely be that Jesus was a good man who wouldn’t harm a mouse. Read the Parables, though, and one thing you’ll notice is a recurrence of martial … Continue reading

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The internet whore

She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, Whoever is simple, let him turn in here! … Continue reading

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Luke 15 and Communion

“Quickly bring a robe, the best one,” etc. Note the intensity of the joy resulting from the successful search… Is not the material found in Luke 15 [the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, the Prodigal Son]… very suitable for meditation … Continue reading

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Redefining Christianity

Pastor Bob Dewaay oversees a non-denominational church in Minneapolis and seems doctrinally similar to John MacArthur. His Redefining Christianity radio series, based on his book of the same name, is a really good and accessible critique of Rick Warren and … Continue reading

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Daily Bible reading and study

Note: For a long time I didn’t read my Bible every day. Thorns choked the path during free time: sports, other books, web surfing, etc. For the past few months, though, God has been working within me to make time … Continue reading

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Take heed how you hear

Immediately after the Parable of the Sower, an application follows: No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Sower

And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was … Continue reading

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