Monthly Archives: December 2006

The heyday of non-denominationalism

Even in small towns, there appears to be a shift afoot. People who once attended moderate-to-liberal mainline churches are leaving to attend non-denominational ones. Mainline denominations have done their best to assist this with their liberal gibberish. Is this migration … Continue reading

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The “Purpose” of Christmas

Pastor Riddlebarger was unfortunate enough to catch Rick Warren’s Christmas special on Fox News: The Purpose — get it? — of Christmas.

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Messing with Christmas songs

A belated Merry Christmas! Last evening we visited a conservative, by ELCA standards, church, mainly to hear the music. After a bit we noticed a few things weren’t quite right. In the theological heavyweight “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” we … Continue reading

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Your warmest smile

Psalm 34:4-5 in the ESV: 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. And now, Psalm 34:4-5 … Continue reading

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The good shepherd

PCA Pastor Ron Gleason writes about the neglected evangelical practice of pastors visiting the congregation in their homes as “an office bearer in a true congregation of Jesus Christ.” How different this is than the megachurch philosophy that sees the … Continue reading

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A stranger on earth

Whosoever professes that he has a Father in heaven, confesses himself a stranger on earth; hence there is in the heart an ardent longing, like that of a child living among strangers, in want and grief, far from his fatherland. … Continue reading

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God’s righteousness

Oldtruth has some interesting postings on Hell, from a series by R.C. Sproul. This brief clip is a hard teaching. It addresses the question: How I can be happy in heaven if someone dear to me is in Hell? Sproul … Continue reading

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Shacking up

In olden days a glimpse of stocking / Was looked on as something shocking / Now heaven knows / anything goes God is the only barrier restraining the total disintegration of society. Most people simply float with the tide of … Continue reading

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CNN’s theological turkey

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? -Jer 17:9 I stumbled across a segment of Anderson Cooper’s show the other day. They were reporting from Turkey since the Pope is visiting. In the … Continue reading

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Unrequited love, the Lutheran pecking order, etc.

Speaking of Lutherans, I have always sensed that they don’t requite Reformed love for them. Presbyterians often quote Luther. But to a Lutheran, I think Presbyterians are fallen Lutherans. But we don’t annoy them as much as Reformed Baptists (particularly … Continue reading

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Lutherans and the third use of the law

This post from Paul McCain’s blog is refreshing to see. One of the reasons (though not the only one) that I am not a Lutheran, though I was raised such and remain attracted by its liturgy, is this very issue. … Continue reading

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