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December 11 2017, 6AM

Mantravadi, Amy. The Girl Empress: The Chronicle of Maud - Volume I. 442 pp.Somewhat recently, I stumbled across Amy Mantravadi’s blog, and based on the content would say she is Reformed Baptist. As a writer, she is no slouch: I may disagree with some o... [Review]

December 8, 6AM

Behold, the Lord is coming with strength,And His arm is with authority.Behold, His reward is with Him,And His work before Him.He will feed His flock like a shepherdAnd gather the lambs with His arm;And He will comfort those with young.(Is 40:10–11 LXX)T... [theodoret]

December 7, 6AM

While doing a bit of study for yesterday’s post from Psalm 107, I stumbled upon some interesting commentary. Apparently, the Eastern Orthodox church holds that 105-107 (104–106 in their numbering) are considered a unit because they each begin with the... [forgiveness] [God] [praise]

December 6, 6AM

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we heard good teaching from Psalm 107 on God’s deliverance of sinners. The psalmist presents four main characteristics of sinners:Wandering (4-9)Rebellious (10-16)Self-destructive (17-22)Self-confident (23-32)While each... [Thanks] [Thanksgiving]

December 1, 6AM

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power... [tertullian]

November 24, 6AM

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.... [Epiphanius]

November 17, 6AM

Last Judgment, St Elias Church, Brampton, ON“And it shall come to pass at that timeThat I will search Jerusalem with lamps,And punish the menWho are settled in complacency,Who say in their heart,‘The Lord will not do good,Nor will He do evil.’Theref... [gregory great]

November 15, 12 PM

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” (Mk 2:18)Fasting in Scripture was required on the Day of Atonement (Lv 1... [Christ]

November 14, 11AM

But since believers are not completely renewed in this world, but the old Adam clings to them even to the grave, there also remains in them the struggle between the spirit and the flesh. Therefore they delight indeed in God’s Law according to the inner ... [sanctification]

November 10, 6AM

May all who seek You greatly rejoice and be glad in You;And let those who love Your salvation always say,“Let God be magnified!” But I am poor and needy;O God, help me!You are my helper and my deliverer;O Lord, do not delay. (Ps 70:4–5 LXX)Believe H... [Clement of Alexandria] [theodoret]

November 3, 5AM

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out... [primasius]

November 1, 5AM

In Deuteronomy 12 and 13, Moses elaborates on the first commandment by reminding the nation of Israel that worship would occur in prescribed place and manner before a prescribed Person. Any deviancy was considered evil (De 13:5, 11, 17) inviting condemnat... [church] [heresy]

October 30, 6AM

Just in from Jonathan Aigner – 95 More for the Modern Church’s Door: Sparking a Reformation in the Entertainment Church.  As usual, he offers excellent thoughts on worship in the modern church.  Here are just a few (emphasis his):31. Corpora... [Worship]

October 27, 5AM

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and ... [Ambrosiaster]

October 26, 8AM

I have not offered up miscellanea for quite some time. Here are a few items for perusal.G. Shane Morris tells us the problem with the Sinner’s Prayer.Do you have a hankering to see signs and wonders? Michael Horton tells us where to find them. (Hint: it... [Miscellaneous]

October 20, 5AM

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. (1 Th 1:5)Thus, the obedient and responsive soul gives itself over to the virtu... [gregory nyssen]

October 13, 5AM

Then the Lord of hosts shall do this    to all the nations on this mountain.They shall drink in gladness; they shall drink wine;    they shall anoint themselves with ointment on this mountain.Deliver all these things to the n... [basil]

October 6, 5AM

Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts;Look down from heaven and see,And visit this vineAnd the vineyard which Your right hand has planted,And the branch that You made strong for Yourself.It is burned with fire, it is cut down;They perish at the rebuke of... [theodoret]

September 29, 5AM

Engraving of Ezekiel by Gustav Doré“I shall judge you, O house of Israel, each one according to his way,” says the Lord. “Return and turn away from all your ungodliness, and it shall not be to you as a punishment for wrongdoing. Cast away from your... [tertullian]

September 26, 5AM

We confess that the Lord’s teaching, which he gave to the disciples when he handed over to them the mystery of piety, is the foundation and root of the right and salutary faith, and we believe that nothing else is loftier or surer than that tradition. N... [baptism] [gregory nyssen]

September 22, 5AM

Prophet IsaiahSeek the Lord, and when you find Him,    call upon Him when He draws near to you,let the ungodly leave his ways,    and the transgressor his counsels;and let him return to the Lord, and he shall find mercy; ... [chrysostom] [jerome]

September 15, 5AM

So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, “You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged... [chrysostom]

September 12, 5AM

Psalm 127 is interesting because, on a surface reading, it is divided evenly between two separate themes. The first section addresses the building of houses and cities.Unless the Lord builds the house,They labor in vain who build it;Unless the Lord guards... [family] [Vocation]

September 8, 6AM

Léonard Gaultier (c. 1576/1580)At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Himself and set him in their midst. He then said, “Amen, I tell you that unless yo... [hilary] [jerome]

September 6, 5AM

Hemmer, Jeffrey.  Man Up!: A Quest for Masculinity.  St. Louis, MO.  Concordia Publishing House, 2017.  224 pp.Let me begin by saying that I want books that address manhood to succeed—I really do. My hopes are too often dashed by aut... [Review]

September 1, 5AM

O Lord, remember me, and visit me, and vindicate me before them that persecute me. Do not bear long with them; know how I have met with reproach for Your sake, from those who nullify Your words. Consume them, and Your word shall be to me for the joy and g... [origen]

August 30, 5AM

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he buil... [judgment]

August 29, 5AM

For years I (and many others) have noted that churchgoers no longer consider the lyrics they are singing. This comedy sketch from Cedarville Comedy is obtuse, but it demonstrates the current focus to lose oneself in the worship experience.One might retort... [chrysostom] [music] [Worship]

August 25, 5AM

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!“For who has known the mind of the Lord?Or who has become His counselor?”“Or who has first given to HimAnd it shall... [Ambrosiaster] [tertullian]

August 23, 5AM

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, and so the world hates you. (John 15:18–19)Last month&nb... [arnobius] [persecution]

August 18, 5AM

Apse mosaic, Santa Prudenziana, Rome, c. 415Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness; for My salvation is about to come, and My mercy shall be revealed.… And I will give it to the strangers that attach themselves to the Lord, to serve H... [leander]

August 16, 5AM

American Christians have a mixed relationship with creeds ranging from “Creeds are on equal standing with Scripture” to “No creed but Scripture.” Regardless of where one stands on this spectrum, there is an acknowledgment that creeds formed in the... [baptism] [creeds]

August 14, 5AM

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph 4:4–6)The rite of baptism, when it finally occurs... [baptism] [basil] [Holy Spirit]

August 11, 5AM

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Ro 10:9–10)... [theodoret]

August 4, 5AM

You that thirst, go to the water,    and all that have no money, go and buy;and eat and drink wine and milk    without money or price.Why do you value at the price of money,    and give your labor for that which wil... [cyril alexandria]

July 31, 5AM

And the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying, “You and your sons and your father's house shall bear the sins of the holy things, and you and your sons shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.” (Nu 18:1)It is worth asking how some are called holy and yet the... [origen]

July 28, 5AM

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when h... [Irenaeus]

July 26, 5AM

Give ear to my words, O Lord,    Consider my meditation.Give heed to the voice of my cry,    My King and my God,    For to You I will pray.My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;    In th... [Prayer]

July 21, 5AM

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a cro... [origen]

July 20, 5AM

Poussin, “Adoration of the Golden Calf”For I am the Lord your God, a jealous God. (Ex 20:5 LXX)Every married woman is either under her husband and subject to the rules of her husband, or she is a whore and uses her freedom to sin. The man who goes i... [origen] [sin]

July 14, 5AM

You have visited the earth, and saturated it;    You have abundantly enriched it.The river of God is filled with water;    You have prepared their food,    for thus is the preparation of it.Saturate her furrows... [theodoret]

July 12, 5AM

I remember a product from my youth that ran commercials reminding us that “natural means what’s natural for you.” While the slogan might be useful to advertise a dietary supplement, social progressives are using the same philosophy to promote altern... [arnobius] [cyril jerusalem] [postmodernism]

July 10, 5AM

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1Jo 4:10)For example, the love of God includes a consideration of God’s goodness and mercy, the remembrance of bodily and spiritual benef... [God] [love]

July 7, 5AM

At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been... [cyril alexandria] [origen]

July 6, 5AM

Five years ago I passed along a post from Bill Muehlenberg about modern Marcionism and its dangers to the Church. The dangers of Marcionite thinking is both dangerous and popular as noted in a current post wherein Carl Trueman warns against aspects of thi... [heresy]

July 3, 8AM

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lᴏʀᴅ God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” … And it came to pass after many days that the word of ... [ephrem]

June 30, 5AM

Rembrandt, “Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem”Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and in the presence of all the people who stood in the house of the Lᴏʀᴅ, and the prophet Jeremiah ... [jerome]

June 28, 5AM

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ... [Holy Spirit]

June 23, 5AM

“Jeremiah” by MichelangeloYou have deceived me, O Lord, and I have been deceived.     You have been strong, and have prevailed.I have become a  laughing stock,    I am continually mocked every day.For I will lau... [origen]

June 16, 5AM

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, bec... [hilary]

June 15, 5AM

For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. (Mt 24:28)Although we supposed that the adversaries would defend human traditions on other grounds, yet we did not think that this would come to pass, namely, that they would condemn... [heresy] [works]

June 14, 5AM

Taylor Huckabee has written an interesting piece at The Week entitled Who killed the contemporary Christian music industry? He examines the rise, crest, and decline of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) over the past decades. Having seen the reported phen... [music]

June 13, 5AM

So [Elijah] arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, h... [Ambrose]

June 9, 5AM

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.... [Patristics] [Trinity]

June 2, 5AM

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lᴏʀᴅ, and he gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tabernacle. Then the Lᴏʀᴅ came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that w... [cyril jerusalem]

May 26, 7AM

From “Maestà” by Duccio di Buoninsegna.Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should... [chrysostom]

May 19, 5AM

If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, fo... [theodore]

May 15, 5AM

I have not posted miscellaneous links to worthwhile posts and articles for a spell. Here are a few that I have been saving.Joe Willman reinforces the idea that songs effectively convey a message, whether truth or error, recommending the use of hymns in th... [Miscellaneous]

May 12, 5AM

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ... [cyril alexandria]

May 10, 5AM

For awhile now, I have noticed the increase in the use of broken or brokenness in discussions on the condition of people’s health, families, relationships, etc. Even with the increased knowledge and insights of various scientific and humanitarian endeav... [grace] [Law]

May 5, 5AM

Good Shepherd Lunette, Galla Placidia, RavennaThe Lord is my shepherd;    I shall not want. (Ps 23:1)Having said in the psalm before this, “The needy eat and will be filled, and those who seek him out will praise the Lord,” and again, ... [basil] [theodoret]

April 28, 5AM

Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to the... [augustine]

April 26, 5AM

Allen Cagle has posted a good piece, Should We Sing That Song? [HT: Glenn Chatfield], on gauging the appropriateness of a song for corporate worship. I have mentioned elements of the major points in the past, but I wish to consider “Association and Hist... [music] [Worship]

April 21, 5AM

Duccio di Buoninsegna, “Christ Taking Leave of His Disciples”Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said... [cyril alexandria]

April 11, 9AM

This morning, Pastor Christopher Jackson had a series of tweets on Twitter (@revcjackson) that I slightly edited for posting here. Reading the great preachers of the past (Chrysostom, Nazianzus, and Luther, in particular), I’m struck by a few things. (O... [Preaching]

April 10, 6AM

But after the Sabbath, at the dawning toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, a great earthquake occurred; for an angel of the Lord, having come down out of heaven, came and rolled back the sto... [jerome]

April 7, 5AM

The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:          “Hosanna! &nbs... [Irenaeus]

March 31, 5AM

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Chri... [cyril alexandria]

March 24, 5AM

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is H... [hilary]

March 17, 5AM

Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. (Jn 4:10–14)Let then ... [cyril alexandria] [cyril jerusalem]

March 10, 6AM

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world,but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:17)Many of the more careless sort of persons, using the lovingkindness of God to increase the magnitude of their sins and the excess of... [chrysostom] [mercy]

March 9, 6PM

Every now and then I send out a post that needed more editing than I initially gave. One such occurrence came on March 1st (The Downcast Soul) in which my response came out as a polemic against the women’s event and those in charge. (My wife and others ... [Miscellaneous]

March 7, 10AM

What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is o... [Marius Victorinus]

March 3, 6AM

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of ... [jerome]

March 1, 6AM

Early last month, I read an invitation sent out for a ladies’ gathering:How is your soul?In Psalm 42 the psalmist asks the question: “Why are you downcast, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?”Lately I have met a few downcast souls... [promise] [sanctification]

February 24, 6AM

But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.  So he prayed to the Lᴏʀᴅ, and said, “Ah, Lᴏʀᴅ, was not this what I said when I was still in my country?  Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gr... [theodore] [theodoret]

February 21, 7AM

Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  (Mt 6:9)This is, indeed, somewhat obscure, and not expressed in good German, for in our mother-tongue we would say: Heavenly Father, help that by all means Your name may be holy. ... [Holiness] [Prayer]

February 17, 7AM

Crispin de Passe, engraver - Story of Jonah, Plate 5So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.  Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid ... [Clement of Rome]

February 12, 6AM

Christians feel the tension between a proper relationship of trust and obedience, of faith and works.  On the one hand, we have clear instruction that the righteous live by faith (Hab 2:4; Ro 1:17); while on the other, there are clear eternal penalti... [faith] [works]

February 10, 7AM

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.”  So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.  Now Nineveh was a... [augustine]

February 9, 6AM

Domenico Gargiulo, “David before the Ark of the Covenant”Theology and doxology are inseparable.  Praise of God and faith in Him must spring from speaking about God using the Word of God.  The Word's own claims of power unto salvation drive u... [praise] [theology]

February 3, 6AM

Pieter Lastman, “Jonah and the Whale”Then Jonah prayed to the Lᴏʀᴅ his God from the belly of the fish.  He said:I called to the Lᴏʀᴅ out of my distress,    and He answered me.Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,  ... [cassiodorus]

January 27, 6AM

He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”  Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not,... [cyril alexandria] [jerome]

January 20, 6AM

“Jonah and the Whale” by Carlo Antonio Tavella But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lᴏʀᴅ.  He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to... [gregory nazianzen]

January 17, 6AM

Cooper, Jordan.  Christification: A Lutheran Approach to Theosis.  Eugene, Ore.  Wipf & Stock, 2014.  142 pp.Jordan Cooper’s purpose with this book is to bring light to the little-understood doctrine of theosis that has its basis... [Review]

January 13, 6AM

Jonah the Prophet – Byzantine iconNow the word of the Lᴏʀᴅ came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.”  (Jnh 1:1–2)In my view, the... [cyril alexandria]

January 10, 6AM

Last year, our pastor undertook a profitable study of Acts that extended over several months.  During the study, I noticed recurring statements concerning the Holy Spirit’s work in and through the work of the gospel.  Using Bible software, I ... [Holy Spirit] [scripture]

December 25, 6AM

Psalm 98 (LXX)Sing a new song to the Lord    for He did wondrous things;His right hand and His holy arm    saved peoples for Him.The Lord has made known His salvation;    He revealed His righteousness in the si... [Christmas] [salvation]

December 24, 6AM

“Annunciation to the Shepherds” by BerchemAnd the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lor... [gregory nazianzen]

December 23, 6AM

Back in November, Bob Hiller wrote a piece at The Jagged Word entitled “Airbrushing Beth Moore” in which he discusses the advertising ploy of creating a sanitized persona in order to sell products.  This is a common way to move product by creatin... [doctrine] [heresy]

December 20, 6AM

The country of Judah was in a dismal state.  Ahaz had taken the throne and was leading the nation into great wickedness, even offering his own son to be burned (2 Ki 16:2–4).  During his reign, Israel and Syria had joined forces and conspired... [Christ] [Prophecy]

December 18, 3PM

The next time you want to tweak your worship service, consider some input from godly men of the Reformation.  Give greatest thought and care to ensure what you add or change does not actually distract or detract from the Gospel.When there are useless... [church] [Worship]

December 16, 6AM

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of Hi... [chrysostom] [theodoret]

December 4, 6AM

There are seasons of life when we feel hopeless.  Loss of health, home, income, or family can come in pounding waves or together in a tsunami leaving our lives in desolation.  When these times come a natural reaction is to lay blame on the docto... [hope]

December 2, 6AM

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.  (2 Thess 2:16-17)See how by the method of prayer he ... [chrysostom]

December 1, 6AM

The title is not a trick question.  What do evangelicals believe?  Can we nail this down?  Some might point to the multi-volume The Fundamentals edited by A. C. Dixon and later by R. A. Torrey.  The 90 essays contained therein provide ... [church] [evangelicalism]

November 22, 6AM

“St John the Baptist Preaching to the Masses in the Wilderness,” Pieter Brueghel the YoungerBrethren, the time has come, once again, for the Church and her preachers to take heart and play the part of men in the face of the world’s whirling winds.&n... [pastor] [Preaching]

November 21, 6AM

Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom & God’s WifeRelatively recently, I came upon a post written in 2010 by Robin Phillips that struck me in it’s declaration of the obvious.  Entitled “8 Gnostic Myths You May Have Imbibed,” the author works through ... [heresy]

November 18, 6AM

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.”  (2 Chr 7:12)In addition to these things, [Moses] also appointed a place in which alone it s...

November 17, 2PM

Have you ever received a gift that caused you to stop and think about the giver.  These vary in shape, size, and worth.  A familiar form comes at the naming of a child, wherein parents consider several options that are important to them as a way... [Priesthood]

November 15, 6AM

Rembrandt, “Baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch”[T]he obligation to preach the Gospel also includes the duty and the goal to baptize.  Although conversion comes about through the preaching of God’s Word, it is anchored and made visibly manifest in ... [baptism]

November 11, 6AM

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together... [cyril alexandria]

November 10, 6AM

Recently, I have been pondering the common usage of “broken” and “brokenness.”  I looked for a dictionary definition on-line and found several definitions:infringed or violatedinterrupted, disrupted, or disconnectedweakened in strength, spiri... [gospel] [Law] [sin]

November 8, 6AM

Miguel Ruiz has posted a nice piece entitled “10 Signs a Church May Be Trying Too Hard to Be Hipster.”  Those ten points are:Trendy names.No visible leadership over 40.God is apparently doing everything (and endorses every leadership decision).Ov... [church]

November 7, 7AM

Over at The Federalist, Cheryl Magness has offered some tips on what to do tomorrow night instead of watching the election returns:Have Some Friends Over and Sing TogetherRead the ConstitutionMake It Movie NightHave a Game NightInvite Your Neighbors Over ... [Miscellaneous]

November 4, 5AM

The Church Fathers, 11th centuryI beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  (Rom 12:1)Paul pleads with them through the mercy o... [Ambrosiaster] [origen]

November 2, 9AM

Jonathan Aigner has written a good piece: “95 Theses for the Modern Church’s Door.”  As the title suggests, he mimics Martin Luther’s theses as debate points to address the abuses brought into the Church through modern worship.  These po... [Worship]

October 28, 5AM

David bringing the ark into Jerusalem And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.  And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah pu... [methodius]

October 27, 5AM

One of the harshest methods to deliver condemnation is to place the guilty party in an equal relationship—even a familial relationship—with others deemed worse by that guilty party.  Through the prophet Ezekiel, God roundly condemns Judah for its... [judgment] [promise]

October 26, 5AM

 I do not often post something political, but as I was reading Psalm 73, I could not but help seeing parallels to the current election cycle.  Many are swayed by the carefully crafted rhetoric, while others are emboldened to continue in their wa... [Miscellaneous]

October 25, 5AM

Steven FurtickThe word of the Lᴏʀᴅ came to me:  “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the Lᴏʀᴅ!’  Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ... [heresy]

October 24, 5AM

Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  (1 Cor 11:27-28)... [church] [Eucharist]

October 21, 5AM

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe a... [tertullian]

October 19, 5AM

Philip Baptizing the EunuchI have read many treatises on baptism, all of which attempt to define what it is and does.  One expects that approach as a sign of good rhetorical skills; however, my post presents the topic from the opposite direction, to ... [baptism]

October 14, 12 PM

I have used a variety of planners over the years, changing sizes and layouts as my needs change.  When Quo Vadis announced a giveaway of their Sapa X Pocket Diary in late 2015, I decided to enter.  Not long after I was notified that my planner w... [Miscellaneous] [Review]

5AM

The Lᴏʀᴅ has remembered us; He will bless us;    He will bless the house of Israel;    He will bless the house of Aaron;He will bless those who fear the Lᴏʀᴅ,    both the small and the great.  (P... [Athanasius] [theodoret]

October 6, 5AM

I was reading Psalm 61 recently and noticed the flow of David’s poetry.  He begins by crying out to God while remembering His faithfulness, security of care, and blessings.  What follows next, though, intrigued me because David suddenly shifts... [Christ] [Psalms] [theodore] [theodoret]

October 5, 5AM

First Council of NicaeaChristianity Today recently published the findings of a disturbing survey showing the abysmal condition of American evangelicalism.  While discerning Christians realize that CT regularly allows opinions from writers on the frin... [doctrine] [evangelicalism] [heresy]

October 4, 5AM

Anizor, Uche and Hank Voss. Representing Christ: A Vision for the Priesthood of All Believers.  Downers Grove, Ill.  IVP, 2016.  208 pp.Having fallen precipitously from watchword to buzzword, “the priesthood of all believers” is in... [Review]

October 3, 5AM

I am always on the lookout for “new” ancient hymnody.  This was written in the twelfth century by Adam of St. Victor and translated by Digby S. Wrangham.Sequence for Christmas, VSongs of joy let us be raisingTo that Savior now, in praisingWhom wi... [hymns]

September 30, 5AM

Peter Leithart at First Things has an interesting short post on the chiastic structure of Romans 10:9-10.  Here are the formatted verses:A.  Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is LordB.  and believe in your heart that God r... [salvation]

September 28, 5AM

For some time now, I have been considering the merits of an Old Testament (OT) based on the Greek Septuagint (LXX), rather than Masoretic Text (MT).  Christians in the Western Church have advocated the MT, which follows the line of reasoning:God gave... [Bible]

September 23, 5AM

2 Thess., Walters Ms. W.533But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by ... [chrysostom] [theodoret]

September 16, 5AM

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, ... [chrysostom]

September 14, 5AM

Being a doubting Christian is all the rage again because it’s supposed to signal your humility and non-judgmentalism.  It’s mostly a way to avoid hard answers and actions that require a commitment to the truth.  For example, everyone agrees... [Belief] [faith]

September 13, 5AM

He also commanded the storm, and it became a breeze,    And its waves were still.Then they were glad, for they were silent,    And He guided them to the haven of their desire.  (Ps 107:29-30)But we who hope for the Son o... [church] [hippolytus]

September 9, 5AM

Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, ... [theodore]

September 8, 5AM

[S]ince it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do no... [tertullian]

September 7, 5AM

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  (Gal 5:24)True believers are no hypocrites.  They crucify the flesh with its evil desires and lusts.  Inasmuch as they have not altogether put off the sin... [Luther] [sanctification]

August 31, 5AM

Church bodies that believe that the direct indwelling and experience of the Holy Spirit is to be sought independent of the Word and Holy Sacraments will be inclined to reject liturgical texts, music, and ceremony in favor of more ecstatic and emotional wo... [liturgy] [Worship]

August 26, 5AM

But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep.  Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”  (Rev 5:5)We read in Genesis that this lion of the tribe of Judah has... [victorinus petovium]

August 19, 5AM

Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so th... [archelaus]

August 17, 5AM

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lᴏʀᴅ.”  (1 Cor. 1:30-31)What I have hitherto and cons... [justification] [Luther]

August 9, 11AM

I have been saving some miscellaneous items to pass along, so without further ado …The first item comes from Dr. Michael J. Kruger at Canon Fodder.  He has begun a series entitled “Taking Back Christianese.”  He has just three posts in the... [Miscellaneous]

August 8, 10AM

HaggaiYesterday I heard some good teaching on Haggai 1 that related how God works to build His holy place through willing participants in the building process.  The final point point came from verse 14, which relates that the Lord stirred up the spir... [promise]

July 29, 5AM

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.  (1 Thess 5:14)Let us then bravely bear the evils that befall us; it is in war that heroes are discerned; in conflicts that athletes ar... [origen] [theodoret]

July 26, 5AM

I spotted the below piece at The Brothers of John the Steadfast.  Originally written in 1846, Dr. C.F.W. Walther admonishes Lutherans to awake from negligence and indifference to live as the baptized in Christ.  Walther’s assessment is not jus... [church] [revival] [walther]

July 22, 5AM

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you.  For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.  While people are saying, “There is peace a... [prudentius] [theodoret]

July 15, 5AM

Resurrection of the Flesh by Luca SignorelliBut we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through J... [Ambrose] [chrysostom]

July 8, 5AM

Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia.  But we urge you, brothers, to ... [john cassian]

July 7, 10AM

Merrill, Eugene H. A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles. Grand Rapids, Mich. Kregel, 2015. 637 pp. Hb; $39.99. Link to Kregel.There are portions of Biblical books that are avoided by Christians because the content seems insurmountable or downright boring.... [Review]

July 1, 5AM

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgres... [chrysostom] [tertullian]

June 24, 5AM

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Je... [chrysostom] [Clement of Alexandria]

June 17, 5AM

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God a... [chrysostom] [love]

June 10, 5AM

Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictio... [pastoral care] [theodoret]

June 3, 5AM

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.  For you, brothers, becam... [chrysostom] [theodoret]

May 27, 5AM

For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.  Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.  But we were gent... [Athanasius] [Clement of Alexandria]

May 22, 5AM

Trinity Sunday marks a time in the church year when specific attention is turned to God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  As part of this, many church groups will recite the Athanasian Creed, which was written to help explain the diffe... [Creator] [Trinity]

May 20, 5AM

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Thess 1:2-3)It is necessary not ... [chrysostom] [theodoret]

May 19, 5AM

I have never been an admirer of Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest.  My wife and I tried using it for devotions several years ago, which lasted about one week.  We could not understand the point of many readings.  Since that time,... [discernment] [doctrine]

May 17, 5AM

Anthony van Dyk, PentecostWhen the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongu... [Holy Spirit] [Worship]

May 10, 10AM

I like to plan ahead with my posts and have been frustrated that my schedule has reduced my involvement to offerings of patristic quotes; however, one benefit from this has been a loyal following interested in their continuation.  So, if I have suffi... [Miscellaneous]

April 29, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.I will meditate on your precepts    and fix my eyes on your ways.I will delight in your statutes;    I will not forget your word.  (Ps 11... [augustine] [Psalms]

April 28, 5AM

Blessed are you, O Lᴏʀᴅ;    teach me your statutes!With my lips I declare    all the rules of your mouth.I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,    As much as in all riches.  (Ps 119:12-14)You... [Psalms] [theodoret]

April 27, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.How can a young man keep his way pure?    By guarding it according to your word.  (Psalm 119:9)Let us listen, then, to the master of precaution: “I sa... [Ambrose] [Psalms]

April 22, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Hallelouia.Praise God among his saints;    praise him in the firmament of his power!Praise him for his acts of dominance;    praise him accord... [Psalms] [theodoret]

April 21, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Let everything that has breath praise the Lᴏʀᴅ!Praise the Lᴏʀᴅ!  (Ps 150:6)But someone will say, “If the Divine substance is incomprehensible, why then do ... [cyril jerusalem] [Psalms]

April 20, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence, ItalyPraise the Lᴏʀᴅ!Praise God in his sanctuary;    praise him in his mighty heavens!Praise him for his mighty de... [cassiodorus] [Psalms]

April 15, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.King David in Prayer - Pieter de GrebberI say to the Lᴏʀᴅ, You are my God;    give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lᴏʀᴅ!O Lᴏʀᴅ, my L... [Psalms] [theodoret]

April 14, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Deliver me, O Lᴏʀᴅ, from evil men;    preserve me from violent men,who plan evil things in their heart    and stir up wars continually.Th... [augustine] [Psalms]

April 8, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.To him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,    for his steadfast love endures forever;and brought Israel out from among them,    for His st... [novation] [Psalms]

April 7, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.To him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,    for his steadfast love endures forever;and brought Israel out from among them,    for His st... [Psalms] [theodoret]

April 6, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.To him who by understanding made the heavens,    for his steadfast love endures forever  (Ps 136:5)To the very end of the psalm, praise is proclaimed in... [cassiodorus] [Psalms]

April 2, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.The Lᴏʀᴅ is near to all who call on him,    to all who call on him in truth.He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;    he also hear... [Bede] [Psalms]

April 1, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.The Lᴏʀᴅ is faithful in all his words    and kind in all his works.The Lᴏʀᴅ upholds all who are falling    and raises up all who are... [cassiodorus] [Psalms]

March 31, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.The Lᴏʀᴅ is gracious and merciful,    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.The Lᴏʀᴅ is good to all,    and his mercy is ove... [augustine] [Psalms]

March 30, 5AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Great is the Lᴏʀᴅ, and greatly to be praised,    and his greatness is unsearchable.  (Ps 145:3)Now if any one should ask for some interpretation, a... [gregory nyssen] [Psalms]

March 29, 11AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.I will extol you, my God and King,    and bless your name forever and ever.Every day I will bless you    and praise your name forever and ever... [Psalms] [theodoret]

March 27, 4AM

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone ... [chrysostom] [resurrection]

March 26, 5AM

The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise.’  Therefore order the t... [chrysostom] [holy week]

March 25, 1PM

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  A... [holy week] [origen]

5AM

Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”  Jesus said, “You have said so.”  But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he gave no answer.  Then Pilate said to him,... [chrysostom] [holy week] [origen]

March 24, 5AM

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”  And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.  Then he said to... [chrysostom] [holy week] [origen]

March 23, 5AM

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!  See!  Your house is l... [chrysostom] [holy week]

March 22, 6AM

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him, ... [holy week] [theodoret]

March 21, 10AM

And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.  He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of p... [holy week] [Irenaeus]

March 18, 5AM

This Sunday we have multiple baptisms.  In view of that event, I am offering some patristic commentary referencing baptismal texts.In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the c... [baptism] [chrysostom] [severian]

March 17, 5AM

This Sunday we have multiple baptisms.  In view of that event, I am offering some patristic commentary referencing baptismal texts.Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were bur... [baptism] [chrysostom] [cyril jerusalem]

March 16, 10AM

This Sunday we have multiple baptisms.  In view of that event, I am offering some patristic commentary referencing baptismal texts.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy... [baptism] [gregory nyssen] [Irenaeus] [tertullian]

March 11, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Your wife will be like a fruitful vine    within your house;your children will be like olive shoots    around your table.Behold, thus shall th... [cassiodorus] [Psalms]

March 10, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Blessed is everyone who fears the Lᴏʀᴅ,    who walks in his ways!  (Ps 128:1)His words, blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, reveal that those w... [cassiodorus] [Psalms] [theodoret]

March 9, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.It is in vain that you rise up early    and go late to rest,eating the bread of anxious toil;    for he gives to his beloved sleep.  (Ps ... [Psalms] [theodoret]

March 8, 1PM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Solomon says in the book of Psalms (for the Song of Degrees is his, from which we shall quote the words):Unless the Lᴏʀᴅ builds the house,    those who ... [origen] [Psalms]

March 7, 9AM

There are so many people who are governed entirely by their feelings and they do not want to use their minds and their brains.  Even in a religious service they just want happiness and enjoyment.  They want to have a good time, as they call it, ... [Church Growth] [Worship]

March 4, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Bless the Lᴏʀᴅ, O you his angels,    you mighty ones who do his word,    obeying the voice of his word!Bless the Lᴏʀᴅ, all his hosts... [Psalms] [tertullian]

March 3, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.The Lᴏʀᴅ is merciful and gracious,    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  (Ps 103:8)For God is not an expression, neither does He have ... [gregory nyssen] [Psalms]

March 2, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study. The Lᴏʀᴅ works righteousness    and justice for all who are oppressed.  (Ps 103:6)[T]he Lord performs mercies for them that hope in Him, and takes... [cassiodorus] [Psalms]

March 1, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Bless the Lᴏʀᴅ, O my soul,    and all that is within me,    bless his holy name!  (Ps 103:1)Those feeling grateful for the divine gr... [Psalms] [theodoret]

February 26, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.And the Lord, with ceaseless assiduity, exhorts, terrifies, urges, rouses, admonishes.  He awakes from the sleep of darkness, and raises up those who have wandered in ... [Clement of Alexandria] [Psalms]

February 25, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Oh come, let us worship and bow down;    and weep before the Lᴏʀᴅ, who made us!For He is our God,    and we are the people of His pasture... [augustine] [Psalms] [theodoret]

February 24, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Oh come, let us sing to the Lᴏʀᴅ;    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!  (Ps 95:1)Today, the trumpet-blast of the prophets ha... [methodius] [Psalms]

February 20, 10AM

In his commentary on Psalm 55, Cassiodorus took a highly Christological view of the psalm, seeing David’s words as a prophecy of Jesus’ suffering approaching the cross.  While he may have gone a bit overboard, this portion of his conclusion is wo... [cassiodorus] [Psalms]

February 19, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Cast your burden on the Lᴏʀᴅ,    and he will sustain you;he will never permit    the righteous to be moved.  (Ps 55:22)In this way t... [Psalms] [theodoret]

February 18, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.But I call to God,    and the Lᴏʀᴅ will save me.Evening and morning and at noon    I utter my complaint and moan,    and h... [Psalms] [tertullian]

February 5, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Create in me a clean heart, O God,    and renew a right spirit within me.  (Ps 51:10)And in addition to what has been said, it is good with our head cle... [gregory nazianzen] [Psalms]

February 4, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Against you, you only, have I sinned    and done what is evil in your sight,so that you may be justified in your words    and blameless in you... [Psalms] [theodore] [theodoret]

February 3, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with this Sunday’s Psalm study.Have mercy on me, O God,    according to your steadfast love;according to your abundant mercy    blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly... [Psalms] [theodoret]

February 1, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with the Psalm series on Sunday.One thing have I asked of the Lᴏʀᴅ,    that will I seek after:that I may dwell in the house of the Lᴏʀᴅ    all the days of my life,to... [Psalms] [theodoret]

January 31, 6AM

Continuing my posts of patristic texts coinciding with the Psalm series on Sunday.The Lᴏʀᴅ is my light and my salvation;    whom shall I fear?The Lᴏʀᴅ is the stronghold of my life;    of whom shall I be afraid?When ... [origen] [Psalms]

January 27, 6AM

No, the title is not a reference to the 1982 song released by The Pointer Sisters, though I do remember when it hit the airwaves.  Instead, I would like to investigate the entire notion of getting excited for Christ being visibly exhibited both in wo... [motivation] [sanctification]

January 26, 6AM

Our pastor is teaching through some of the Psalms, so I thought it might be helpful to post some patristic reflections about the texts being used.My help is righteous, coming from God who saves the upright in heart.  (Ps 7:10 LXX)The offices of medic... [augustine] [Psalms]

January 25, 6AM

The Lᴏʀᴅ judges the peoples;    judge me, O Lᴏʀᴅ, according to my righteousness    and according to the integrity that is in me.  (Ps 7:8)“Recognize my worthiness of a share in your help, clearly aware that i... [Psalms] [theodore]

January 24, 6AM

O Lᴏʀᴅ my God, if I have done this,    if there is wrong in my hands,if I have repaid my friend with evil    or plundered my enemy without cause,let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,    and let him... [origen] [Psalms]

January 20, 6AM

Consider the following question: When the congregants of your church gather at the appointed time for worship on a Sunday morning, who or what is reflected?  The answer will vary and include, but not be limited to, such admirable attributes as love, ... [Worship]

January 19, 6AM

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;     be warned, O rulers of the earth.Serve the Lord with fear,    and rejoice with trembling.  (Ps 2:10-11)At this point the usefulness of exhortation is applied, and all are summone... [Psalms] [theodore]

January 18, 6AM

Our pastor is teaching through some of the Psalms, so I thought it might be helpful to post some patristic reflections about the texts being used.Blessed is the man    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,nor stands in the way of sinn... [Psalms] [theodore] [theodoret]

January 12, 6AM

A. Chadwick Thornhill.  The Chosen People: Election, Paul and Second Temple Judaism.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.As I was perusing new releases from IVP Academic, the subject matter of this book piqued my interest, and the description pro... [election] [Review]

January 6, 6AM

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  (Deut... [catechesis] [discipleship]

January 5, 6AM

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:    “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,        and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God wi... [chrysostom] [incarnation]

December 21, 6AM

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Mt 1:21)For this reason too the angel came bringing His name from Heaven, hereby again intimating that this is a wondrous birth: it being God Himself who... [chrysostom] [incarnation]

December 5, 6AM

I was listening to podcasts yesterday afternoon, and this one just hit me.   I give the text in toto.  The audio can be found here.In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.Maybe you’re sitting in your parents’ or... [Advent]

December 4, 9AM

Regardless of your office and vocation in our Lord’s church, this prayer penned by Martin Luther is yours.Lord God, You have appointed me as a Bishop and Pastor in Your Church, but you see how unsuited I am to meet so great and difficult a task.  I... [humility] [Prayer]

December 3, 6AM

What a precious thing to be the recipient of some divine communication of the coming Savior.  Over and again God revealed His intention of supplying the One who would take away the sin of the world.  Who was blessed to receive that news before t... [promise] [savior]

December 2, 6AM

Matthew Ferris has provided an examination of Evangelicals who have left their traditions in order to join with Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy, which leads to the subtitle Supplanting Scripture with Sacramentalism.  The author begins by ident... [Review]

November 24, 6AM

Since being the victim of a corporate downsizing two years ago, I have had a scant number of interviews relative to the number of positions in my field to which I have applied.  Thankfully, there has been part-time work through the same full-time emp... [Miscellaneous]

November 23, 11AM

My life has been busy, so this seems to be a good time to offer up a potpourri post.  I begin with a set of posts that might fall under the general topic of relevancy in the local church.Glenn Chatfield passes along Nancy Pearcey’s admonition to ma... [Miscellaneous]

November 9, 6AM

From the opening of Judges 13, we see that Samson was unique.  He was born to a barren woman.  From the beginning, his life's purpose was announced, and he was set apart, being placed under the Nazirite vow his entire life.  Even his mother... [Christ] [Eucharist]

October 27, 5AM

Last week, one of the latest rising stars in Christian celebrity, Jen Hatmaker, wrote a piece on freedom that just made me shake my head for having a complete lack of direction.  But maybe that was the point of it.Hatmaker opened the post with an ane... [doctrine] [freedom]

October 26, 10AM

The work of sanctification that God performs in the believer is important to grasp.  How does this process occur?  Assuming that God is active in our spiritual growth, to what extent are individuals active?  In order to answer these questio... [Review] [sanctification]

October 21, 5AM

Why do the nations rage    and the peoples plot in vain?The kings of the earth set themselves,    and the rulers take counsel together,    against the Lᴏʀᴅ and against his Anointed, saying,“Let us burst ... [arnobius]

October 14, 6AM

You are the Christ: this is a remarkable statement to make of a someone.  Whichever form of “Anointed” is used—Christ (Greek) or Messiah (Hebrew)—what would cause belief that another person is the one of whom all your holy writings have spoke... [Christ] [scripture] [understanding]

October 13, 5AM

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (Mt 11:29)He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,    yet he opened not his mouth;like a lamb that is led to the slaug... [arnobius] [Christ] [humility]

October 9, 5AM

I mentioned previously about our pastor’s current teaching series on prayer and the importance of beginning with God’s Word and incorporating worship.  Thinking more on these things, my mind returned to the general topic of worship, and how it, t... [Atonement] [confession] [Worship]

October 5, 6AM

For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.&nb... [goodness] [sin]

5AM

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.… No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.  (John 1:14,... [arnobius] [Christ] [incarnation]

October 2, 5AM

In the Lutheran confessions, The Epitome of the Formula of Concord regularly uses the phrase “we believe, teach, and confess” to explicitly state doctrinal points held by those within the Lutheran branch of the reformation.  The authors of the do... [confession] [creeds] [doctrine] [teaching]

September 30, 8AM

[Original sin] is an entire absence or lack of the created state of hereditary righteousness in Paradise, or of God’s image, according to which man was originally created in truth, holiness, and righteousness.  At the same time it is an inability a... [sin]

September 29, 5AM

Our pastor is leading a study on prayer, and this past Sunday he used Psalm 145 as a text, emphasizing the two reason why we pray: God is worthy, and we are needy.  In other words, praise and worship is as integral within prayer as the requests we br... [Prayer] [Psalms]

September 15, 5AM

Because sometimes you just need to relish the abundance of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless;My soul, believe and doubt it not.Why stagger at this word of promise?Has Scripture ever falsehood taught?No! Then this... [grace] [hymns] [music]

September 9, 7AM

I admit to curmudgeonly responses when confronted with certain attitudes and actions surrounding worship.  (You’re welcome by the way.)  I figure that someone needs to be, since playing nice tends to be taken as affirmation of worship attempts... [music] [Psalms] [Worship]

September 4, 5AM

Recently, I came upon a blog post by Christopher Smith, a Roman Catholic priest, entitled Let’s Revisit “Praise and Worship Music Is Praise But Not Worship,” in which he revisits to his blog post written four years prior critiquing and comparing Pra... [liturgy] [music] [Worship]

September 3, 5AM

This past Sunday, Tim Challies posted a piece entitled Why You Should Not Wear a Crucifix.  Because of my social network connections, I saw several responses both pro and con on the issue.  The lines were typically drawn along lines with Protest... [icon] [idolatry]

September 1, 5AM

The final chapter of the book of Joshua is rather sad.  The godly leader gave a farewell address in which he recounts God’s hand in leading Israel from past history to that time.  At the end of this, Joshua admonished the people to be faithful... [repentance] [sin]

August 26, 5AM

I want to give an update since my output has dwindled significantly because of our busy August.  First is an extended weekend camping requiring preparation, then there de-cluttering at the end.  When you own a travel trailer there is less of thi... [Miscellaneous]

August 18, 5AM

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.… And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  (Matthew 27:45, 51)It was now about... [arnobius] [Christ] [Crucifixion]

August 10, 5AM

Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ, the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of slavery.  And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and drove them out before you and gave yo... [grace] [Law] [promise] [Rest]

August 5, 10AM

Real is the cross: the cross of life in our fallen, broken, corrupted, and dying world, as well as the cross of Jesus Christ, the world’s only hope and the one thing in this life that is truly real in the sense of carrying us to salvation and everlastin... [Christ] [Culture]

August 4, 5AM

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.  (Ac 1:8)To complete his teaching on the book of Acts, our pastor mentioned someth... [evangelism] [gospel] [witness]

July 31, 12 PM

Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowl... [arnobius] [Christ] [resurrection]

July 30, 7AM

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.&... [cyprian] [Prayer] [repentance] [Worship]

July 23, 9AM

Torrey Gazette is a good website that I have been following for a time. This month they are promoting Top 5 Albums, and yours truly was asked to provide a post, which can be found here. Don't stop there, though. Have a look throughout. [Miscellaneous] [music]

July 14, 7AM

Oh come, let us sing to the Lᴏʀᴅ;    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!  (Ps 95:1-2)My... [music] [Worship]

July 13, 10AM

And I urge you to show great zeal by gathering here at dawn to make your prayers and confessions to the God of all things, and to thank Him for the gifts He has already given.  Beseech Him to deign to lend you from now on His powerful aid in guarding... [chrysostom] [confession] [Prayer]

July 10, 1PM

The “historical Jesus” has been sought after for many years.  Whether John Dominic Crossan, Elaine Pagels, Bart Ehrman, Reza Aslan, or Jesus Seminar conferees, critics have dismissed the gospel accounts as a well-meant effort to colorfully promot... [Apologetics] [arnobius] [Christ] [incarnation]

July 7, 5AM

Great care is needed by those who are under-shepherds of God’s flock  to balance pride and humility.  The below, from a paper entitled “Duties of the Pastor: Expectations and Evaluations” recently presented by Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, addres... [overseers] [pastor]

July 2, 5AM

When confronted with the consequences of sin, most people react in denial or avoidance—much the same way as when confronted with the actual committal leading to this point.  Regularly, what begins as a rationalization for acceptance of conduct in ... [repentance] [sin]

July 1, 5AM

If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.  (1 Cor 3:14)Recently, O blindness, I worshiped images produced from the furnace, gods made on anvils and by hammers, the bones of elephants, paintings, wreaths o... [arnobius] [Christ]

June 30, 5AM

Overcoming Believers Overcoming Christ Eat of the tree of life (2:7) The "water" of the tree of life comes from his throne (22:1-3) Not be hurt by the second death (2:11) Holds the keys of death (1:18) Will be given new manna... [Christ] [Christian] [jesus] [Revelation]

June 29, 5AM

A few thousand years ago, a nation of people descended from the same person were assembled at the base of a mountain in the Middle East, which was covered with thick, dark, thundering clouds.  In Exodus 20, God gave to Moses His “Ten Commandments... [grace] [Law]

June 26, 5AM

Yesterday, there was a memorial service for a brother in Christ who had died unexpectedly and suddenly at age 64.  Occasionally, there is time at a memorial for those in attendance to share their remembrances, and so, as is my custom, I had prepared ... [death] [praise] [resurrection]

June 24, 5AM

Recently, David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate Going to Church, identified weaknesses in what has become a de facto church-plant model and summarized it this way:Beyond this there are little variations: a video clip here, a testimony there. But the look, ... [discipleship] [overseers]

June 23, 5AM

God … But Christ … And Yet He … Is eternal (Psa 90:2; Isa 43:10) Was born (Matt 1:18) Always existed (John 8:58; Col 1:17) Is immutable (Psa 102:26-27) Grew (Luke 2:40, 52) Is also immutable (Heb 1:10-12) ... [jesus]

June 19, 5AM

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.  (Eph 3:20-21)But in... [arnobius] [praise] [Worship]

June 15, 5AM

Last month, Bob Heyton at Fundamentally Reformed mentioned a new book from Crossway entitled Blind Spots.  The intriguing part of his post was the ten-question quiz designed to identify in which of three basic categories one falls (courageous, compas... [church] [pride]

June 3, 5AM

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and br... [election]

June 2, 5AM

I have had more than one person wonder what is wrong because my blog is not being updated as regularly as before.  No, the problem is that I am so busy during these Spring months that there is little time for blogging.  Not only do I work my tem... [Miscellaneous]

May 22, 5AM

There is one God, the Father of the living Word, who is His subsistent Wisdom and Power and Eternal Image: perfect Begetter of the perfect Begotten, Father of the only-begotten Son.  There is one Lord, Only of the Only, God of God, Image and Likeness... [creeds] [gregory thaumaturgus] [Trinity]

May 20, 5AM

Many have commented on the recent survey from Pew Research Center on the dramatic rise of the religious group that are “Unaffiliated” or “None.”  I full understand the concern for this shift.  One Facebook acquaintance lamented that a ... [church] [repentance]

May 19, 5AM

Have you noticed that there is no end of nonsensical teaching coming from men and women who should know better?  I speak of seminary-trained individuals who have been instructed in all things biblical, yet jettison sound exegesis in order to promote ... [Holy Spirit] [Revelation]

May 6, 5AM

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Rememb... [arnobius] [Prayer]

April 28, 5AM

The sub-title of this book is: A Reading of Contemporary American Culture & Religion according to Christianity’s Oldest Heresy.  Peter Burfeind has accomplished that by identifying Gnostic traits and following the movement of this heresy as it ... [Review]

April 24, 1PM

Praise the Lᴏʀᴅ!I will give thanks to the Lᴏʀᴅ with my whole heart,    in the company of the upright, in the congregation.Great are the works of the Lᴏʀᴅ,    studied by all who delight in them.Full of splendor ... [arnobius] [Creator] [God]

April 21, 5AM

On April 7th, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts wrote a piece proclaiming that conservatives have lost the culture war on same-sex couples and are foolish for continuing to push “discriminatory” religious freedom laws.  We, as a society, have al... [arnobius] [Culture]

April 15, 8AM

A friend posted a link on Facebook referencing the following blog post from a Christian father offering four promises if he has a child coming out as homosexual:If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.If I have gay children, I’ll pray for them.If I... [Culture] [righteousness] [sin]

April 10, 10AM

Times of great stress cause people to act strangely—even repent of sin.  Under the Mosaic Covenant, should one Hebrew be destitute and sell himself into indentured service to repay a debt, the Law had specified, fixed limits and conditions for that... [judgment] [repentance]

April 8, 5AM

But it was not only by word, but also by deed, that the Lord revealed the resurrection of the bodies.  First He raised up Lazarus, even after he had been dead four days, and was stinking.  For He did not raise the soul without the body, but the ... [john damascene] [resurrection]

April 5, 5AM

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.  And they were sayi... [resurrection]

April 4, 5AM

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.  He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.  Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him.  And Joseph took the body and wrapped... [holy week]

April 3, 5AM

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him.  And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe.  They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.&nb... [holy week]

April 2, 5AM

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”  And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it.  And he said to the... [Assurance] [forgiveness] [holy week] [Unity]

April 1, 5AM

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  (Luke 22:39-40)Judas, soldiers, death. ... [holy week]

March 31, 5AM

And they went to a place called Gethsemane.  And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled.  And he said to them, “My soul is ver... [holy week]

March 30, 5AM

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.  So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.  Mary therefore... [holy week]

March 29, 5AM

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her.  Untie them a... [holy week]

March 27, 5AM

Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lᴏʀᴅ, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute ju... [eschatology] [kingdom] [Priesthood]

March 26, 5AM

What is more pleasing than a psalm?  David expresses it well: Praise the Lord, for a song of praise is good: let there be praise of our God with gladness and grace.  Yes, a psalm is a blessing on the lips of the people, a hymn in praise of Go... [Ambrose] [Psalms]

March 25, 5AM

Though all Scripture is fragrant with God’s grace, the Book of Psalms has a special attractiveness.  Moses wrote the history of Israel’s forefathers in prose, but after leading the people through the Red Sea—a wonder that remained in their memo... [Ambrose] [gospel] [Psalms]

March 24, 5AM

[T]he Lord, the true Lord of all, Who cares for all His works, did not only lay down precepts but also gave Himself as model of how they should be carried out, for all who would to know and imitate.  And therefore, before He came among us, He sketche... [Athanasius] [Psalms]

March 23, 5AM

I have told the glad news of deliverance     in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips,     as you know, O Lᴏʀᴅ.I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;     I have spoken ... [gospel] [Preaching]

March 20, 5AM

In a recorded video conference session, a presenter warned against chasing after the mirage of an ideal.  It simply does not exist.  Why can’t things be the way Scripture lays out?  Why can’t we establish pristine liturgy and doctrinal ... [Apologetics] [contend]

March 19, 5AM

Paul Receiving the Call to MacedoniaBut you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)And a vision appeared to Paul in... [Acts] [gospel] [tertullian]

March 18, 5AM

When reading the Church Fathers, there are times when they are befuddling.  Why did they suddenly take this turn or that, which seemingly has nothing at all to do with the passage at hand?  Why did they go to such great lengths to explain themse... [hermeneutics] [Patristics] [Review]

March 17, 5AM

Our pastor is going through the book of Acts right now.  While teaching on the opening paragraphs (Acts 17:1-15), a major point he made was “Know Your Stuff” with the idea that Christians are to “be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks... [Bible] [evangelism] [witness]

March 16, 10AM

In a recent episode of the “Boars in the Vineyard” podcast, one of the two pastors had to fly solo, so he decided to review the top five singles of the day in the Christian & Gospel genre of iTunes.  Those songs were:•  How Can It Be ... [catechesis] [creeds] [discipleship] [music] [teaching]

March 13, 11AM

This morning I read a blog post (HT: Bill Muehlenberg) warning of an article, “Contraception Saves Lives,” which promotes Margaret Sanger.  That’s right.  The queen of modern eugenics is lifted up for her undying quest to make contraceptiv... [Culture]

5AM

Their prince shall be one of themselves;    their ruler shall come out from their midst;I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me,    for who would dare of himself to approach me?declares the Lᴏʀᴅ.And you shall... [Christ] [high priest] [king] [prophet]

March 11, 5AM

Come now, when you read in the words of David, how that “the Lord reigns from the tree,”* I want to know what you understand by it.  Perhaps you think some wooden king of the Jews is meant!—and not Christ, who overcame death by His suffering o... [Crucifixion] [glory] [tertullian]

March 6, 6AM

Accordingly the prophet Nathan,… makes a promise to David for his seed, “which shall proceed,” says he, “from your loins.”*  Now, if you explain this simply of Solomon, you will send me into a fit of laughter.  For David will evidentl... [Christ] [tertullian]

March 4, 6AM

We affirm that, as there are two conditions demonstrated by the prophets to belong to Christ, so these foretold the same number of advents; one, and that the first, was to be in lowliness, when He had to be led as a sheep to be slain as a victim, and to b... [incarnation] [tertullian]

February 25, 6AM

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  (Col 1:19-20) God would have been unable to hold any intercourse with... [incarnation] [salvation] [tertullian]

February 24, 6AM

Thorns are nasty things.  Varying in size from the small, pinprick type to “nails” multiple inches long able to induce lacerations, we wonder what their purpose is, except to be an annoyance.  And that surmising would not be off target. ... [grace] [redemption]

February 18, 6AM

How do I ascertain God’s leading on a matter?  What am I to do?  Christians ask this question of the Lord quite often hoping for clarity in the midst of ambiguity.  The needs are varied, and generally there are two or more possible plans ... [Holy Spirit] [scripture] [Will]

February 17, 6AM

One could say, of course, that, indirectly, many of the psalms are about David, since so many of them are by David and in them he talks about himself. self. In this regard, we should notice the way in which the early church viewed the Psalter.  In hi... [hymns] [Psalms] [Song] [Worship]

February 13, 6AM

If we go through the entire book of Revelation and examine all of its doxological material, we find an almost complete overlap in the honorific language directed to God and that directed to the Lamb (see table).  The overlap is not artificially perfe... [Christology] [God] [jesus] [Trinity]

February 11, 6AM

Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.  But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  (2 Cor 3:15-16)The foretelling, of which we read in the Old Testament, has a veil on it, however; but when the veil is ... [Christ] [jesus] [origen] [scripture]

February 10, 6AM

Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.  (2 Ti 1:13-14)Here is the simple truth: either... [elders] [pastor]

February 6, 6AM

Inquire of the Lᴏʀᴅ for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us.  Perhaps the Lᴏʀᴅ will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.  (Jer 21:2)The armies of Babylon ha... [judgment] [Prayer] [righteousness]

February 4, 6AM

Have you ever found yourself in a place that called for a response but circumstances or propriety dictated that none be made?  You are caught in a situation wherein any move leaves you worse off.  Chess players refer to this as zugzwang: any leg... [discipline] [Prayer]

January 30, 6AM

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.  (Hebrews 1:3)And for this reason also Paul calls Him “the brightness of glory,” that we may learn that as the light... [God] [gregory nyssen] [incarnation] [jesus]

January 28, 6AM

I just finished Yawning at Tigers: You Can't Tame God, So Stop Trying by Drew Dyck.  Let me begin by saying that one should never review a book based on the Kindle version.  Though a more inexpensive alternative (and handy for reading at the gym... [Review]

January 27, 11AM

Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.  And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”  And they began discussing with one another ... [understanding]

January 21, 6AM

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  (1 Co 10:13)... [idolatry] [temptation]

January 19, 3PM

For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach.  He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold fi... [church] [overseers]

January 16, 6AM

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject... [gregory nazianzen] [incarnation] [salvation]

January 15, 3PM

It seems that if you put ask any number of Christians in a room and ask which book of the Bible they want to study, one of the top answers will invariably be the book of Revelation.  We have a curiosity for things not yet fully revealed.  A myst... [Bible] [Study]

January 13, 11AM

I have been reading books on liturgy recently* to better understand both the history and theology of what should happen as believers gather together on Sunday.  Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of God in the Divine Service by Arthur A. Just, Jr. is a welco... [Review]

January 12, 2PM

Many times over the centuries, the God of Scripture has been considered a capricious, vindictive, despotic monster for His actions against sinful actions.  Those stating these descriptors weigh actions of judgment against Jesus’ instruction that Go... [judgment] [mercy] [repentance]

January 7, 6AM

The word of the Lᴏʀᴅ came to me, saying,“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lᴏʀᴅ,    I remember the devotion of your youth,        your love as a bride,   ... [church] [doctrine]

January 6, 6AM

The Lᴏʀᴅ is near to all who call on him,    to all who call on him in truth.He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;    he also hears their cry and saves them.The Lᴏʀᴅ preserves all who love him,  &nb... [goodness] [grace] [mercy] [severian]

January 2, 3PM

Have you ever wanted to shout in triumph for how the Lord works?  King David has a similar desire in the words of Psalm 21.  Considered by some to be a song of battle triumph, this psalm has been called a Te Deum on the king’s return* as David... [glory] [Psalms]

December 31 2014, 11AM

Psalm 19 is divided into three main sections, each describing an aspect of the divine law being proclaimed.  The psalm can be outlined this way: Law of Creation (1-6) The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaim... [grace] [Law] [Psalms] [theodoret]

December 30, 6AM

As much as I rail against Contemporary Christian Music in worship, the responsible thing is to offer viable alternatives.  To that end I offer you—ta da!—hymns written recently.  Actually, hymn-writing never has gone out of practice, just ou... [hymns]

December 26, 6AM

O Lᴏʀᴅ, who shall sojourn in your tent?    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?He who walks blamelessly and does what is right    and speaks truth in his heart;who does not slander with his tongue    and doe... [Holiness] [Psalms]

December 25, 6AM

For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder,     and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Of th... [Christmas]

December 24, 6AM

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.  (Luke 1:32-33)God often... [grace] [jesus] [providence]

December 23, 6AM

Image from The Peanut GallerySave, O Lᴏʀᴅ, for the godly one is gone;    for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;    with flattering lips and a double heart they... [jesus] [Psalms] [salvation]

December 22, 6AM

If we keep vigil in the Church, David comes first, last, and midst.  If early in the morning, we seek for the melody of hymns, first, last, and midst is David again.  If we are occupied with the funeral solemnities of the departed, if virgins si... [chrysostom] [Psalms]

December 19, 6AM

Okay, I really do not hate Christmas.  I hate what commercialization and cultural expectation has done to the season that begins in late November after both the turkey and the Detroit Lions have been devoured, and then ends a month later when everyon... [Advent] [Christmas]

December 10, 5AM

Photo courtesy of WikiaTrolls.  Those who have been been on the internet long enough have witnessed their carnage.  Lurking silently, these denizens of the internet lay waste comment sections in forums, blogs, and Facebook groups expressing opin... [Miscellaneous]

December 3, 3PM

My morning Bible reading in Isaiah 59 was behind a previous post drawing attention to the armor of God in Ephesians 6 being the same that Jesus wears.  Continuing on through chapter 62 (or more precisely 63:6), I noted that the section details God’... [Christology] [righteousness] [salvation]

December 2, 6AM

Photo courtesy of Stephen PohlPraise the Lord from the earth,    you great sea creatures and all deeps,fire and hail, snow and mist,    stormy wind fulfilling his word!  (Psa 148:7-8)Louis McBride at Baker Book House has opportuni... [Worship]

November 27, 7AM

The Lᴏʀᴅ is my strength and my shield;    in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;my heart exults,    and with my song I give thanks to him.  (Psalm 28:7)On this day remember the Giver of all good gifts, especially ... [Thanksgiving]

November 26, 5AM

In recent years I have noted an increasing emphasis by pastors and other teachers to express that the normal Christian lives in a gregarious or extrovert manner: anything less is missing God’s plan for your life.  Terms such as radical, audacious, ... [Vocation]

November 25, 5AM

Put on the whole armor of God….  Therefore take up the whole armor of God… (Eph 6:11-13)Near the end of his epistle to Ephesus, Paul spends time admonishing the believers to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” and put on ... [spiritual warfare]

November 21, 6AM

Below is an image I found which gives a humorous flowchart for picking a religion.Do you see that box in the bottom right corner?  If it read “Be a pseudo-Christian,” this flowchart would be 100% accurate.  What the creator may not have real... [election] [salvation]

November 20, 6AM

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  (1 Tim 1:15)While reading more of Arnobius of Sicca, I was struck by a comment he makes about pagan reactio... [arnobius] [church] [Economics] [politics] [scripture]

November 19, 6AM

From 1885 to 1997, the U.S. Postal Service offered Special Delivery for mailed items.  When a posted item arrived at the destination office, it would immediately be sent by courier to the intended recipient.  This special service cost extra and ... [evangelism] [gospel]

November 17, 2PM

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us d... [Holiness] [incarnation] [redemption] [Worship]

November 13, 10AM

Christians are increasingly being marginalized in an attempt to silence the truth of man’s sinfulness and need of the Savior.  How do I know that this is the reason?  First, though I am a sinner saved by grace, my defensive reaction when confr... [arnobius] [sin] [suffering] [tertullian]

November 6, 8AM

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  (Col 3:16)Guest writer Sean Palmer has written a piece on Scot McK... [music] [Worship]

November 5, 9AM

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  (Col 1:13-14)It is very certain that even though all the gates of hell contradict us, yet the ... [forgiveness] [repentance] [sin]

October 29, 5AM

I do not often provide an anthology of other blog posts, but there are some recently that have piqued my interest.Let’s begin with Australian Bill Muehlenberg who offers a look at how a commitment to relevance, using as Brian Houston and Hillsong as ex... [Miscellaneous]

October 28, 5AM

Ascribe to the Lᴏʀᴅ the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!  (Psa 96:8)In the current situation, one of the most frequently repeated errors regarding our evaluation of contemporary worship music is that it is “mere... [music] [Worship]

October 22, 5AM

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  (Col 2:8)Vice mimics virtue, and the tares strive to be thought wheat... [cyril jerusalem] [heresy]

October 17, 5AM

The secret things belong to the Lᴏʀᴅ our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.  (Deut 29:29)If a definition must explain the nature of the thing defined so as to... [God] [Worship]

October 10, 5AM

And a word of the Lord came to me: And you, son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, “This is what the Lord says:Because your heart was exalted,    and you have said, ‘I am a god,I have inhabited a habitation of a god,    in... [origen] [pride]

October 9, 5AM

Through Glenn Chatfield, I learned of this post from The Cripplegate aimed at those who wish to repristinate the Church—or at least their own assembly—into a New Testament likeness.  Those desiring the “bliss” of the infant church are actuall... [church] [doctrine]

October 8, 4AM

I would dare say that most evangelical Christians have heard of the “Great Commission” and could give one or two points from it—go, make disciples, maybe something about baptism and teaching, but probably nothing else.  I dare say that very few... [discipleship] [evangelism] [great commission] [Missions]

October 6, 1PM

“Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship” is an attempt by well-meaning believers to drive home that the life of faith is one of daily repentance, active obedience, regular worship, and good works, as opposed to those performing deeds t... [religion] [righteousness]

October 2, 10AM

I once again in Revelation as part of my routine NT reading.  I finished chapter seven and noticed something I missed previously because of a section heading inserted by the publisher.  The scene is of four angels holding back the winds and give... [church] [eschatology]

October 1, 8AM

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.What does this mean?  Answer: We should fear and love God so that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slender, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the... [confession] [sin]

September 30, 9AM

In a previous post, I relayed that God’s punishment of his elect is a painful but necessary ordeal.  While undergoing such seasons, there are times, sometimes lengthy, when the Lord seems to have abandoned his children.  Read the psalms and no... [origen] [punishment] [sin]

September 25, 3PM

The adult daughter of an acquaintance has admitted on her blog that she has not been actively participating in church life for several months now because, in her own words:The truth is I've been hurt.  Badly.  So, I have some trust issues now.I ... [hurt] [Restoration] [sin]

September 24, 9AM

When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.  (1 Cor 5:... [origen] [punishment] [sin]

September 22, 8AM

And let us not think that we embitter only the word of the Lord if we sin.  Our transgression goes as far as to wrong God Himself; for it is written that one who sins “dishonors God by violating the Law.”*  It would be little enough if Scrip... [origen] [sin]

September 18, 5AM

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  (M... [grace]

September 17, 8AM

How sweet are your words to my taste,     sweeter than honey to my mouth!Through your precepts I get understanding;     therefore I hate every false way.  (Psalm 119:103-104)When believers have received these naturally s... [origen] [scripture] [sin]

September 16, 9AM

The people of our assembly have known for many months that the congregation has grown since moving downtown mid-2009.  We are the only evangelical presence in the neighborhood.  Other growing groups have abandoned the area for multi-acre plants ... [church] [Ministry] [Money]

September 11, 10AM

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on... [origen] [truth]

September 10, 1PM

In every local church I have attended, the consensus teaching was that the Lord was present when gathered together for worship.  I wonder, though, if this wonderful truth of Scripture is effectively denied by how corporate worship is conducted. ... [church] [Worship]

September 9, 7AM

The eucharistic prayer was a condensed form of the biblical story before creeds found a secure place in the order of service.  The eucharistic meal needs to be set in the context of the whole story of creation, redemption, and sanctification by the w... [church] [Eucharist]

September 3, 4AM

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. (Titus 1:7-8)Frequently,... [elders] [humility] [origen] [overseers] [pride]

September 2, 5AM

Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. (Ezek 16:49)There is no doubt for anyone that, according to the teaching of the Scriptures, their si... [origen] [pride]

September 1, 6AM

I had the privilege of writing a piece (based on Romans 10:5-8) for Grace for Sinners in their Ascension Series. My thesis was that we try to add works of faith to gain more righteousness before God, but nothing more is needed. The work is complete in Chr... [ascension] [death] [resurrection]

August 28, 12 PM

Title taken from Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee.In a previous post, I shared the requirement the Lord gave for the future kings of Israel to hand copy His Law (most likely the text of Deuteronomy), so that they have intimate unde... [church] [teaching]

August 26, 4AM

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21)If you pay attention at a visitation or funeral following a Christian’s death, the above verse gets used regularly—and for good reason. Death, for the believer, does not end at the grave. For... [death]

August 21, 5AM

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you wi... [chrysostom] [salvation]

August 19, 6AM

Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.  For he says,    “In a favorable time I listened to you,        and in a day of salvation I have ... [chrysostom] [salvation]

August 18, 7AM

Recently, Daniel Block has written a book aimed at recovering a proper theology of worship.  I have not purchased it yet, but if this quote from a Baker Book House blog post is an indicator of the contents, the book should be near the top of your wis... [Books] [Worship]

August 13, 4AM

I have been reading the Bible regularly for almost 40 years, and the surprises keep coming.  While reading a book this past Monday, an author pointed out a fact of scripture I had read before but never connected on my own: the Trinity is found in Isa... [Ambrose] [gregory nyssen] [Trinity]

August 12, 4AM

You took some of your garments and made for yourself colorful shrines, and on them played the whore.  The like has never been, nor ever shall be.  You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made f... [heresy] [origen]

August 11, 9AM

You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself images of men, and with them played the whore.  (Ezek 16:17)[T]he “vessels of exultation,”* about which Moses wrote in Numbers—the inc... [heresy] [idolatry] [origen]

August 6, 12 PM

In radio speak there is a phrase, “Copy that!” to inform the broadcaster that you received the message.  Maybe that should be used by church leaders in response to God.  What do I mean?There is a proscribed ancient practice that should be un... [Bible] [church] [overseers] [pastor] [scripture]

August 5, 11AM

Churches increasingly have became personalized and specialized.  Congregants are subdivided into common groups to cultivate specified devotional forms.  Music has changed from interaction between pastor, congregation, and choir (if available) t... [Orthodoxy] [Worship]

July 30, 12 PM

Among several podcasts heard and blogs read, I come across many telling of men and women claiming to receive direct revelation from God for revelation to a person or group.  These messages have characteristics deemed necessary to qualify as a Spirit-... [deception] [discernment]

July 25, 7AM

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,        slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  (Psa 86:15) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is p... [mercy] [patience] [repentance] [severian]

July 24, 6AM

But this is the meaning and substance of this addition: I believe that there is upon earth a little holy group and congregation of pure saints, under one head, even Christ,* called together by the Holy Spirit in one faith, one mind, and understanding, wit... [church] [Holy Spirit]

July 23, 4AM

Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: Hear the word of the Lord!  (Ezek 13:2)Just as he who was ordered to say these things had need of the Holy Spirit, so also ... [heresy] [origen]

July 22, 4AM

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for t... [Apologetics] [arnobius]

July 21, 9AM

Orthodoxia means “right praise” or “true worship” rather then “right doctrine.”  But, of course, the praise and worship is “right” only if its is directed to the right God.  Orthodox liturgy is that which prays to and worships th... [liturgy] [Worship]

July 18, 1PM

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.  (Heb 8:1-2)A theology... [liturgy] [Worship]

July 17, 6AM

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him... [blessing]

July 16, 4AM

I have begun reading Origen of Alexandria: Exegetical Works on Ezekiel, Roger Pearse, ed., Mischa Hooker, trans.  Those who have a general knowledge of Origen know that he would stretch the allegorical application of scripture beyond proper measure.&... [discipleship] [origen]

July 15, 4AM

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.… And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.  (Acts 2:42, 47)From the start of the New Testament churc... [Church Growth] [Worship]

July 14, 7AM

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven    and do not return there but water the earth,making it bring forth and sprout,    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,so shall my word be that goes ou... [Preaching] [teaching]

July 10, 4AM

You must know also that [marriage] is not only an honorable, but also a necessary state.  In general and in all conditions it is solemnly commanded by God that men and women, who were created for it, shall be found in this estate.  Yet there are... [Marriage]

July 1, 4AM

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.  (Exod 20:7; Deut 5:11)It is misusing God's name when we call upon the Lord God, no matter in what way, for purposes of fal... [commandment] [heresy]

June 26, 5AM

By those instances then which we have brought forward from the gospel records we can very clearly perceive that God brings salvation to mankind in diverse and innumerable methods and inscrutable ways, and that He stirs up the course of some, who are alrea... [john cassian] [providence]

June 25, 4AM

You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who ... [grace] [judgment] [Luther]

June 19, 8PM

Someone on the internet made a comment about how he had been considering the love surrounding Christ’s incarnation. Another person replied with a link to this hymn pointing out verse four, which considered the same thought.  This is a wonderful hy... [hymns] [incarnation] [judgment]

4AM

I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.I will delight in your statutes;I will not forget your word.  (Psalm 119:15-16) [W]e should feel sufficiently constrained by the command of God alone, who solemnly commands in Deuteronomy ... [catechesis] [discipleship] [spiritual warfare]

June 18, 4AM

And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah!  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall ... [church] [confession] [theodore]

June 17, 4AM

And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water!  What prevents me from being baptized?”  (Acts 8:36)Imitate the eunuch.  He found an instructor on the road, and he did not spurn i... [baptism] [basil] [salvation]

June 13, 1PM

When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.  Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.... [death] [grace]

June 11, 7AM

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.  Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.... [hippolytus] [judgment]

June 10, 6AM

The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”  (Psalm 110:1)All these things are brought about in us by Christ, the Lord who, before He returned to heaven, made this promise to His disciples: And I wi... [father] [God] [Holy Spirit] [son]

June 3, 1PM

I have recently finished reading one book on liturgy and am about to dive into another.  Christians can and will disagree on the degree of formality in liturgy.  From formality based on desire for adherence to historical and denominational norms... [liturgy] [Worship]

June 2, 7AM

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.  (2 Tim 4:2)Nothing that happens out of season wins compliments.  So Paul urges Timothy to preach not idly and to no purpose... [Preaching] [theodoret]

May 28, 4AM

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace... [Preaching] [suffering] [theodoret]

May 21, 4AM

What is the Gospel?  We quickly answer: It is the good news of salvation, the glad tidings of the gracious remission of sin through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. – The center of all Gospel preaching is Christ, as Paul testifies, “I determined... [gospel]

May 19, 4AM

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  (Mark 15:34)This prayer was not a cry of despair, not a complaint against God.  It was not a c... [Christ] [Crucifixion] [faith] [Prophecy] [Psalms]

May 16, 4AM

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himsel... [Christ] [reconciliation]

May 15, 4AM

When the Lord had clothed himself with humanity, and had suffered for the sake of the sufferer, and had been bound for the sake of the imprisoned, and had been judged for the sake of the condemned, and buried for the sake of the one who was buried, he ros... [Christ] [glory] [melito]

May 13, 4AM

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  (1 Tim 2:1-2)... [Prayer] [theodoret]

May 9, 4AM

To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.  (1 Tim 1:17)Since [Paul] had presented Christ the Lord as source of those good things, he wanted to make clear that they were made with the good... [God] [theodoret] [Trinity]

May 8, 9AM

The common recitation of the Psalter united the Jews scattered throughout many lands in their synagogue worship and in the temple services in Jerusalem upon the great feasts.  The early church incorporated the Psalter bodily into its worship.  I... [Psalms] [Worship]

May 6, 4AM

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect p... [salvation] [sin] [theodoret]

May 1, 6AM

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,        nor are there any works like yours.All the nations you have made shall come        and worship before you, O Lord, &... [Psalms] [Worship]

April 30, 6AM

Adriane Heins has shared a post that caught my attention, because I have read of multiple people who contemplate or have forsaken assembling with fellow Christians.  Here is the body of the post:If you are one of the multitude that calls yourself “... [church]

April 29, 10AM

Thom Rainer has written an article included in the April 2014 edition of The American Church Magazine entitled “14 Predictions for American Churches for 2014.”  Here are those predictions:Increased church acquisitions – small churches seeking t... [church] [evangelicalism]

April 28, 11AM

Yesterday morning, we heard a message from Greg Forseen, our church administrator, on reasons to believe the testimony of the eyewitness accounts of the resurrection as related in the Gospels.  He presented good, useful information to help each Chris... [resurrection]

April 25, 12 PM

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead?  If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?  Why are we in danger every hour?  I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in... [hermeneutics] [scripture]

April 23, 10AM

Pat Archbold posted The Seven Stages of Heresy at National Catholic Register.  Here is his list:Stage 1.Immoral practice is clearly condemned and anathematized.  The eternal salvation of souls is at stake.  Some people still do it, but the... [heresy]

April 22, 9AM

Let us compare with Scripture the rest of His dispensation.  Whatever that poor despised body may be, because it was an object of touch and sight, it shall be my Christ, be He inglorious, be He ignoble, be He dishonored.  For such was it announ... [humility] [Isaiah] [suffering] [tertullian]

April 18, 8AM

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!Are there any who are grateful servants?Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!Are there any weary with fasting?Let them now receive their wages!If any... [chrysostom] [resurrection]
Surely he has borne our griefs        and carried our sorrows;yet we esteemed him stricken,        smitten by God, and afflicted.But he was pierced for our transgressions;&nbs... [Cross] [hippolytus] [sin] [suffering]

April 17, 10AM

Today, I learned for the first time why the day before Good Friday is called “Maundy Thursday.”  The term comes from the Latin Dies Mandati or Day of Commandment, referring to the new commandment given by Christ in the Upper RoomA new commandment... [love]

April 16, 6PM

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.… And we also thank God constantly for t... [faith] [prosper]

April 15, 10AM

O Lord, God of my salvation;        I cry out day and night before you.Let my prayer come before you;        incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles, ... [Cross] [Lamb] [savior]

April 9, 6AM

Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood.  For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled bot... [Christ] [rubric] [theodoret]

April 7, 8AM

Readers may have noticed that my last post on liturgy was quoted from a Lutheran source.  Recently, I purchased two used books dealing with Christian liturgy, because I have noticed a lack of depth in the range of expression within the context of i... [liturgy] [Worship]

April 4, 3PM

A remarkable feature of early Christian worship is its high degree of unity.  Notwithstanding fluidity of form in different places, there was substantial agreement in the essentials.  Services of the same kind were held everywhere.… With all i... [liturgy] [Unity] [Worship]

April 3, 10AM

Matthew Cochran has written a good post on the devaluation of shame in our culture with its negative effects in our views on chastity and marriage.  Here is one snippet to whet your appetite:Men and women are increasingly becoming sexually barbaric. ... [morality]

April 2, 10AM

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good,... [Prayer] [prosper]

March 31, 11AM

Through Isaiah also the Lord foretells the same things about His grace by which He fashions all men into a new creation.Behold, I am doing a new thing;         now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will ma... [prosper] [salvation]

March 28, 7PM

Whenever, then, the Word of God enters into the ears of the body through the ministry of the preachers, the action of the divine power fuses with the sound of a human voice, and He who is the inspirer of the preacher’s office is also the strength of the... [prosper] [scripture]

March 27, 11AM

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;        let me never be put to shame;        in your righteousness deliver me!Incline your ear to me;       ... [providence] [Psalms] [theodore]

March 26, 8AM

He is eternal wisdom, eternal truth, eternal goodness, eternal justice, He is, in short, the eternal light of all virtues, and all that is virtue is God.  Unless He works in us, we cannot be partakers of any virtue.  For indeed without this Good... [God] [prosper]

March 25, 11AM

Ever notice how Christians tend to emphasize the wrong things and then let it permeate into its subculture?  I was reminded of this while reading Psalm 107.  Verses 2-3 say this:Let the redeemed of the Lord say so     &n... [God] [love] [Psalms]

March 24, 9AM

We have all become like one who is unclean,        and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.We all fade like a leaf,        and our iniquities, like the wind, t... [prosper aquitaine] [sin]

March 21, 2PM

Finally, I have empirical evidence that of my qualifications to teach the Bible.  Are you speaking of your seminary degree?  No, I have better. Seminary Office #1 Seminary Office #2 Dr. Cameron MacKenzie, Historical Theology Dr. Walter ... [Miscellaneous]

March 20, 7AM

Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the Law.  They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things.  For when Moses was about to erect the tent, he was instructed by God,... [Lord's Supper] [sacrifice] [theodoret]

March 19, 10AM

White Horse Inn is doing a short series on the gospel in Job.  The latest podcast took up Elihu’s response to Job and his three friends.  Elihu has been listening patiently and attentively hoping to to find wisdom in the conversation of the o... [gospel] [Law] [redemption] [salvation]

March 18, 9AM

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tabernacle that the Lord set up, not man.  (Heb 8:1-2)He l... [high priest] [jesus] [theodoret]

March 12, 9AM

He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.  For the law appoints men sin their weakness as high priests, but ... [high priest] [sacrifice] [theodoret]

March 11, 3PM

My companion stretched out his hand against his friends;        he violated his covenant.His speech was smooth as butter,        yet war was in his heart;his words were softer... [betrayal] [Christ]

March 7, 11AM

Repetitive songs bore me.  If a Sunday morning’s music set includes a song that has stanzas that repeat multiple times, I simply will not sing.  Contemporary praise music is rife with repetitive lyrics, especially in the bridge, where lyricis... [music] [Worship]

March 6, 10AM

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”  (Luke 18:13)I preached about the unlawfulness of speaking ill one of another, when I furnished y... [chrysostom] [repentance] [sin]

March 4, 10AM

For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.  (Heb 7:18-19)The Law ceases to ... [hope] [Law] [promise] [theodoret]

March 3, 10AM

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples    a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,    of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain&nbs... [high priest] [incarnation] [sacrifice] [theodoret]

February 27, 11AM

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.  (Heb 6:19-20... [Assurance] [promise] [theodoret]

February 26, 6AM

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow... [God] [judgment] [scripture] [theodoret]

February 25, 11AM

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.  For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not unit... [faith] [Rest]

February 24, 9PM

Biblical Dogmatics by A. G. Voigt is the third volume in the American Lutheran Classics series edited by Jordan Cooper.  As the title states, this is a dogmatic theology text focusing on the presentation of what is confessed about God and His work by... [Review]

February 21, 11AM

[W]e confess and believe in the “one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.”  Believing in the Church (as the Creed states) means that we are not looking for a Church that fits our own preferences, but rather a Church that teaches us what our prefe... [church]

February 19, 10AM

Yesterday, I was happy to receive news that my current position has been extended from the end of February to mid-May.  Those who are close to us know that I have had a permanent position for only seven of the past fourteen years.  (The unstable... [Miscellaneous]

February 18, 11AM

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  (Col 1:11-12)And after all these... [cyprian] [patience]

February 17, 11AM

My son, diligently apply yourself to the reading of the sacred Scriptures.  Apply yourself, I say.  For we who read the things of God need much application, lest we should say or think anything too rashly about them.  And applying yourself ... [origen] [scripture]

February 16, 3PM

While thinking on recent events affecting our church family, I was reminded of a saying my mother used in her efforts to keep me grounded in reality: Nothing is certain but death and taxes.  While both are true, both are unnatural.  Why is that ... [communion] [Lord's Supper]

February 13, 10AM

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  (1 John 4:9)He then who is so anxious to be loved by us, and does everything for this end, and did not spare even His o... [chrysostom] [confession] [repentance]

February 12, 10AM

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.  (Ps 103:11-12)And not only is this the wonderful thing th... [chrysostom] [grace] [salvation] [sin]

February 11, 11AM

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  (Heb 2:9)Of course, he endured the suf... [incarnation] [salvation] [theodoret]

February 10, 9PM

Jordan Cooper has undertaken the task of publishing Lutheran works from the early twentieth century American authors with slightly updated language and scripture references (English Standard Version) at an affordable price.  The series, entitled Amer... [Lutheran] [Review]

February 7, 12 PM

[L]et there be a revival in each individual heart.  Let there be an earnest and prayerful return to the neglected Word.  Let there be a devout reading and meditation of the Law of God, an earnest, persevering searching of the heart and life in t... [church] [revival]

February 6, 11AM

[To the temple] were the prophets sent by God through the Holy Spirit; and they instructed the people and turned them to the God of their fathers, the Almighty.  And they became heralds of the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, decla... [incarnation] [Irenaeus] [salvation] [sin]

February 4, 10AM

After [Jesus’] circumcision, [Mary] next waits for the time of her purification.  And when the days were fulfilled—and the fortieth was the full time—God the Word, who sits by the Father's side, is carried up to Jerusalem, and brought into the ... [cyril alexandria] [incarnation]

February 3, 11AM

Roger Pearse is the editor of a translation work, Eusebius of Caesarea: Gospel Problems and Solutions, comprising letters to both Stephanus and Marinus on various subjects from the gospel texts.  Complete letters and fragments have been compiled from... [Patristics] [Review]

February 2, 10AM

Let us then return from that table like lions breathing fire, having become terrible to the devil; thinking on our Head, and on the love which He has shown for us.…  Our Lord says: “But I feed you with My own flesh, desiring that you all be nobly... [chrysostom] [sacrifice] [salvation]

January 30, 8PM

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Je... [Bible] [catechesis]

January 29, 2PM

I purchased Defending Christ by Nicholas L. Thomas in an effort to further research on Arnobius of Sicca.  While this work did not aid toward the specifics of my research, the author did a good job in presenting five early Latin apologists in their d... [Apologetics] [Patristics] [Review]

January 28, 10AM

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject... [incarnation] [lactantius]

January 24, 11AM

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape i... [gospel] [Law]

January 22, 11AM

On January 10, or shortly thereafter, I briefly read a post by Matt Privett at The Mattrix that the members of the singing group Phillips, Craig, and Dean had signed a statement rejecting modalism (Sabellianism).*  Attached to the post is an image of... [modalism] [Trinity]

January 21, 2PM

[S]in came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because wall sinned…  (Rom 5:12)But why do we speak of Jerusalem, since, indeed, the fashion of the whole world must also pass away, when the time of i... [Irenaeus] [judgment] [sin]

January 17, 10AM

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  And I will remove the heart of stone f... [baptism] [justification] [redemption]

January 14, 7AM

This, then, is the thunderbolt of God by which He strikes down both obvious sinners and false saints, and permits no one to be in the right, but drives them all together to terror and despair.  This is the hammer, as Jeremiah 23:29 says: “Is not my... [repentance]

January 13, 10AM

But in the church I only know of one image, that is the image of the unseen God, of which God has said: “Let us make man in our image and our likeness;” that image of which it is written, that Christ is the brightness of his glory and the image of his... [creeds] [liturgy] [Trinity] [Worship]

January 8, 7AM

After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.  (Heb 1:3)Having thus discoursed about the divine nature, he moves to human matters to bring out the mystery of the divine plan….  He is the Son of the F... [incarnation] [redemption] [theodoret]

January 7, 7AM

Over the years, the music genre of Praise and Worship (P&W) has been castigated in terms like “Ear Candy” and “Ear Porn.”  The former are songs that have a simplistic sweetness with little or no spiritual nutritional value.  In the r... [music] [Worship]

January 6, 7AM

The price of our redemption is the body of Christ which is given for us and his blood which is shed for us.  Among Christians no one doubts that by this giving of Christ's body and shedding of his blood the wrath of the Father has been satisfied and ... [Assurance] [Eucharist] [Lord's Supper] [redemption]

December 31, 7AM

He is the radiance of the glory of God.  (Hebrews 1:3)Since in speaking of the Son he called him eternal, and yet to those not initiated in divine things, it seemed incredible how the Son is not posterior to the one begetting him, he brings out from ... [begotten] [Christ] [theodoret] [Word]

December 30, 11AM

For thus says the Lord,who created the heavens        (he is God!),who formed the earth and made it        (he established it;he did not create it empty,     &n... [Tatian] [Worship]

December 28, 8AM

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  (Psalm 19:1-2)Consider, O man, His works,—the timely rotation of the seasons, and the changes of tem... [Creator] [Theophilus]

December 26, 7AM

Christ is born, glorify him.  Christ from heaven, go out to meet him.  Christ on earth: be exalted.  Sing unto the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for him ... [gregory nazianzen] [incarnation]

December 24, 8AM

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: yo... [incarnation]

December 23, 11AM

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them.  (2 Cor 5:19)Therefore the Epistle [of Hebrews] is occupied to a great extent with the topic that the ancient priesthood and the ancient sacrifices were i... [reconciliation]

December 22, 2PM

One of the themes I considered in my preparation for the Lord’s Supper devotional was remembrance.  Jesus said on that night, “Do this in remembrance of me,” as recorded by both Luke (Luke 22:19) and Paul (1 Cor 11:24-25).  Remembrance doe... [remembrance]

December 20, 7AM

Now, the purpose of teaching that it is impossible to fulfill the Law is not to encourage or excuse carelessness, sloth, and intentional negligence…rather, it is so that(1) we, confessing the powerlessness of our abilities and the imperfection of our ow... [Law] [righteousness]

December 16, 8AM

Two weeks ago, I posted some thoughts on advent that were preparatory material for yesterday’s communion devotional.  Below is what I shared.“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”In Matthew 11, John the Baptizer from pr... [Advent] [communion]

December 14, 7AM

The author of this poem, A. D. Everingham, is a Canadian brother in Christ whom I met online.  His blog is entitled Hyperbolic Mediocrity.  Some people prefer more rhyme and rhythm (me included), but I hope you appreciate this one.AdventuForgive... [Advent]

December 13, 7AM

But in fact there has been only one propitiatory sacrifice in the world, namely, the death of Christ, as the epistle to the Hebrews 10:4 teaches: It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  And a little after, of t... [Atonement] [Christ] [sacrifice]

December 12, 6AM

This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you w... [comfort] [judgment]

December 11, 5AM

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.  (2 Thess 1:3)Again [Paul] presents thanksgiving as commendation, and on t... [faith] [love] [Thanksgiving] [theodoret]

December 6, 11AM

Psalm 48 is a beautiful meditation on Mount Zion: the place where God has chosen to place his name and to gather and contend for his people.  The sons of Korah use this backdrop to emphasize the response of a grateful people.We have thought on your s... [church] [faith] [Psalms]

December 5, 11AM

The Holy Spirit wishes certainly to be present with the Word preached, heard, considered, and to be efficacious and operate through it.… Moreover, even as God has ordained in His counsel that the Holy Spirit should call, enlighten, and convert the elect... [election] [reprobation]

December 2, 9PM

Thanksgiving has come and gone in whirlwind fashion lasting barely a day, as Black Friday shopping was set to begin anywhere from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday and continued until stores closed Friday evening.  Saturday, brought more shopping and tensi... [Advent] [Christ]

November 27, 1PM

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., and as a nation we give lip-service to being thankful for family and friends; but based on advertising, the real thankfulness comes in being able to watch NFL football on television that day, or in Black Friday sa... [Thanksgiving]

November 22, 3PM

Recently, I was reading in Jeremiah.  Judah had been so disobedient to God's warnings through the prophets that the ultimate punishment (Deut 28:36-44) must be brought against the nation.  After lowering the boom, he gives this promise:For thu... [hermeneutics] [promise]

8AM

Larry Peters admits to being critical of the Baby Boomer generation, of which he, my wife, and I are a part.  He makes the following summary points in a recent post:So it was my generation that:•  decided that you should hear the pop music you... [church]

November 21, 6AM

Ronald Stephens has written some reflections as he looks toward Christmas at his church.  I really enjoyed what he said at the end of the post, especially this first sentence.Every good hymn is a sung confession of the Word of God.  It works in ... [Christmas] [music]

November 20, 9AM

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe a... [discipleship] [evangelism]

November 19, 11AM

This past weekend, I had my Bible open to Matthew 7 to prepare for our Small Group. Verses 13-14 were being referenced in the video series, so I thought this was a good opportunity to build a couple questions for them.  As I was studying, a link to v... [discipleship]

November 14, 9PM

Yes, you read that correctly.  Issues, etc. has an annual 24-hour Bible study.  This year the speakers take up Major Themes in the Psalms.  Below is the schedule from their bulletin insert.  I try to catch snippets live but usually wai... [Bible] [Psalms] [Study]

November 12, 11AM

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”  (Matt 26:1-2)[M]en ought to know that the arrangements of the Mo... [Cross] [lactantius]

November 9, 6PM

There is no doubt that there are many figures of speech in Scripture, but it is also certain that not all the figures of speech or tropes are in veiled language.  Many in Scripture are very clear and can be treated and interpreted on their own terms ... [hermeneutics] [scripture]

November 8, 10AM

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have... [resurrection] [hope]

November 7, 11AM

“You brood of vipers!  Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”What a startling way to address someone, especially to those who were supposed to be your spiritual leaders, yet John the baptizer did this very thing (Matt 3:7) when he saw P... [salvation] [sin]

November 6, 11AM

Jeremiah 8:18-22My joy is gone; grief is upon me;    my heart is sick within me.Behold, the cry of the daughter of my people     from the length and breadth of the land: “Is the Lord not in Zion?     Is her K... [grief] [sin] [love]

November 5, 3PM

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord.  Thus says the Lord of hosts,... [church] [pride]

November 4, 7PM

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God a... [Holiness] [love] [theodoret]

October 31, 12 PM

I was interacting with one of Sandi’s cousins on Facebook earlier this week about our common state of joblessness and my status of being offered a less-than-desired position.  The exchange went like this:Jim: You're not the only one looking for a j... [Holiness] [sanctification]

October 30, 7AM

I am reading Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians in the morning, and a sentence jumped out anew.  I think the punctuation in my ESV helped bring this to light.*Paul wants to exhort the young church to continue on in Christ.  He has already... [sanctification]

October 28, 6AM

Gene Veith mentions an article in the American Conservative by Patrick Deneen positing that the solution to the health and higher education crises we are facing cannot be fixed by the solutions proffered by Conservatives or Liberals.The dominant voices in... [charity]

October 25, 1PM

Which do you say when asked: “I was baptized,” or “I am baptized?”  It is an interesting question.  I have heard a couple of Bible teachers recently speak of the present reality of baptism.  The idea intrigued me, because instead of... [baptism]

October 24, 9AM

You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers.  For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worth... [pastor]

October 23, 2PM

In the Church itself, infinite is the multitude of the wicked who oppress it.  Therefore, in order that we may not despair, but may know that the Church will nevertheless remain, likewise that we may know that, however great the multitude of the wick... [church]

October 22, 8PM

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Thess 1:2-3)We are taught first ... [Thanks] [theodoret]

October 18, 7PM

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.  (Col 3:15)Having called us, God made of us all one body.  Do not divide it, therefore.  Instead, if someone experiences tr... [peace] [theodoret] [Unity]

October 16, 9AM

Bill Nissen, a local pastor, posted a video on YouTube this morning with a message he believes to be the most important he has ever recorded or ever will record.Really?  Some quick thoughts on his points:1.  Be a friend of God – How does someo... [fallacy]

October 15, 5AM

When [Jesus] saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at ... [grace]

October 11, 6PM

Baptism and the Lord's Supper are signs that continually admonish, cheer, and encourage despairing minds to believe the more firmly that their sins are forgiven.  So the same promise is written and portrayed in good works, in order that these works m... [works] [Eucharist] [baptism]

October 10, 4AM

In reality and by nature it is the God of all, and His only-begotten Son and the Holy Spirit which are God.  This is distinctly taught us by the admirable Paul in the words “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed... [theodoret] [Trinity] [Worship]

October 8, 9AM

Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.  (James 1:18)When he says that we have been born again by the Gospel, he teaches that we have been born again and justified by faith.&... [works] [peace] [faith]

October 3, 7PM

We believe and teach that good works must necessarily be done…, nevertheless we give to Christ His own honor.  We believe and teach that by faith, for Christ's sake, we are accounted righteous before God, that we are not accounted righteous because... [works] [grace] [wrath]

October 2, 10AM

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God?  Certainly not!  For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.  But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by fa... [Luther] [promise]

October 1, 2PM

Yesterday, our pastor completed a series on Judges entitled Scandalous Grace looking at how God's grace overrules in our lives for our good and his purposes, and also pointing out that four of those judges are mentioned in the faith chapter of the New Tes... [grace] [sin] [sanctification]

September 27, 7PM

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.  Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thess 5:12-13)See how well he is aware that unpl... [church] [love]

September 25, 2PM

[God] saved us … by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5... [salvation] [chrysostom] [grace] [hope]

September 24, 3PM

Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  (Luke 24:46-47)Christ, in the last chap... [forgiveness] [repentance] [Conviction]

September 23, 12 PM

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ  (1 Thess 5:9)Thus God has not inclined to this, that He might destroy us, but that He might save us.  And how is it manifest that this is His will?&nbs... [salvation] [chrysostom] [hope] [love]

September 22, 1PM

You probably wondered why I had not been submitting posts this past week: my wife and I were in Branson, MO with two other couples on a vacation.  We are back, so my output should increase abundantly.  Here are two photos from the trip.Looking t... [Miscellaneous]

September 13, 9AM

Larry Peters has written a post entitled Trying to be something you are not... that strikes at a great problem—not being what God placed you into the world to be as his people.  Here are snippets directed first at men:It seems to me that we live in... [church] [Holiness]

September 11, 5AM

There is nothing more worthwhile than to pray to God and to converse with him, for prayer unites us with God as his companions.  As our bodily eyes are illuminated by seeing the light, so in contemplating God our soul is illuminated by him.  Of ... [chrysostom] [Prayer]

September 9, 6AM

But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.  (1 Tim 1:16)See how he further humbles and depreciates himself, by... [patience] [chrysostom] [mercy]

September 5, 8PM

Available at AmazonFrom the back cover:Since the publication of E.P. Sanders' Paul and Palestinian Judaism in 1977, Paul's soteriology has received extensive evaluation in light of second temple Judaism.  These works have focused on exegesis of the P... [Patristics] [Luther] [Review]

9AM

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  (1 Tim 1:15)The favors of God so far exceed human hope and expectation, that often they are not believed.&n... [salvation] [chrysostom] [grace] [faith]

September 4, 3PM

On any given Sunday morning, a man stands before a group of people in order to share what he has studied recently.  Hours of preparation are now culminating in a delivery to attentive ears—hearts desiring the pure milk of the word, hopeful of what ... [Church Growth] [Preaching] [doctrine]

September 3, 6AM

I just watched this video and had to share.  Tullian Tchividjian addresses suffering in the American context using Martin Luther's distinctions of a theology of glory and a theology of the cross. [tchividjian] [suffering]

September 2, 10AM

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promis... [salvation] [redemption] [incarnation]

September 1, 11AM

I found this quote on the internet and thought that this would be a good quiz question for the reading audience.Read the quote and answer the two questions following.1.  From what theological background is the person who made the statement? &nbs... [scripture] [discernment]

August 30, 8AM

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.  (Prov 4:23)And yet, certainly, when the mind is pleased in thought alone with unlawful things, while not indeed determining that they are to be done, but yet holding and ponde... [augustine] [sin] [confession]

August 27, 5AM

For [man's] sake He came down (from heaven), for his sake He preached, for his sake "He humbled Himself even unto death—the death of the cross" (Phil 2:8).  He loved, of course, the being whom He redeemed at so great a cost.  If Christ is the ... [tertullian] [redemption] [incarnation]

August 23, 2PM

Recently, I was asked (challenged?) to study the theme of waiting on/for the Lord as found in the Bible.  The context of the request was an effort to convince me that Christians should be led by "leading of the Spirit," not just from the words of scr... [sola scriptura] [waiting]

August 21, 7AM

Ignorantia juris non excusat is a legal principle holding that a person is liable whether or not the offender knows that law exists.  Mankind does not like a strict, disciplinarian, all-or-nothing approach to governance.  Guilt remains, though a... [Law] [guilt] [justification] [mercy] [grace]

August 20, 7AM

When used appropriately and sparingly, allegories delight, stimulate, and remove tedium, which is why they are especially well suited for sermon openings.  One must work tirelessly to make allegories appropriate, firstly and foremost that they be ana... [homiletics] [scripture] [Allegory]

August 14, 6AM

If you have followed this blog much, then you know my passion for the dignity of worship.  Yesterday morning I read a post by Ryan Ogrodowicz that in many ways expressed my thoughts in this area.  The thesis of the piece is that from the first "... [Holiness] [Worship]

August 12, 6AM

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.  (Psalm 119:18)The Holy Scriptures require a humble reader who shows reverence and fear toward the Word of God and constantly says, "Teach me, teach me, teach me!"  The Spirit resi... [scripture] [Luther] [humility] [pride]

August 10, 9AM

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (Rom 15:1-2)Yesterday in our Bible study, we were discussing Romans 15:1-7.&nb... [chrysostom] [edification]

August 8, 5AM

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner!" (Luke 18:13)Thus although the message of the Gospel is universal, only those who believe in Christ become ... [repentance] [gospel] [gerhard]

August 7, 6AM

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  (Rom 10:4)See the judgment of Paul.… He shows that there is but one righteousness, and that has its full issue in this.  And he that has taken to himself this, the o... [righteousness] [chrysostom]

August 6, 9AM

For see, we have our victim on high, our priest on high, our sacrifice on high: let us bring such sacrifices as can be offered on that altar, no longer sheep and oxen, no longer blood and fat.  All these things have been done away; and there has been... [chrysostom] [sacrifice]

July 31, 5PM

"Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets."  (2 Kings 17:13)And we, too, confess a God, but one, the Creator, M... [Theophilus] [repentance]

July 30, 6AM

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.  (Psalm 145:3)The appearance of God is ineffable and indescribable, and cannot be seen by eyes of flesh.  For in glory He is incomprehensible, in greatness unfathom... [Theophilus] [greatness] [God]

July 25, 6AM

If It Hurts, It's Good for You More than once I have heard this or a similar statement made in the context of physical labor or exercise.  Yet as difficult as those times of muscle strain might be, nothing in the ordinary seasons of life, compares to... [tertullian] [repentance] [confession]

July 22, 9AM

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.  (1 Thess ... [Holiness] [gregory nazianzen] [sanctification]

July 10, 12 PM

There can, therefore, be no reason to doubt that Jesus Christ our Lord died for the unbelievers and the sinners.  If there had been anyone who did not belong to these, then Christ would not have died for all.  But He did die for all men without ... [prosper] [redemption]

July 9, 6AM

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.(Isaiah... [tertullian] [repentance] [love]

July 7, 12 PM

Behold, here you have the entire divine essence, will, and work depicted most exquisitely in quite short and yet rich words. In these consists all our wisdom, which surpasses and exceeds the wisdom, mind, and reason of all men.[1]  For although the ... [Trinity] [creeds] [redemption]

July 5, 6AM

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.  (Eph 2:14)Souls born of God's fountain of goodness were detained in the world.  There was a wall in their midst, a sort of fe... [salvation] [victorinus]

July 4, 6AM

They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.  (Psalm 145:7)For when we had been created by God the Father, and had received from Him all manner of good, the devil came and led us into disobedien... [goodness] [Christ]

July 3, 12 PM

This is too good not to submit yet today—from Australian Bill Muehlenberg:OK, so where do you think the biggest and most pressing mission field is found today? The Muslim world perhaps? Maybe North Korea? Or a place like secular Europe? Yes, those are a... [church] [Missions]

6AM

God was moving to deliver his people from the Midianites and had chosen an unconvinced leader, Gideon, to lead the troops.  This Manassite sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, plus Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, for men to fight (Jud 6:35), and wh... [spiritual warfare]

July 2, 6AM

June 28, 10AM

He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:8)"See," says one, "He voluntarily became obedient.  He was not equal to Him whom He obeyed."O obstinate ones and unwise!  This does not at all lower h... [chrysostom] [humility] [Christ]

June 19, 6AM

Our local assembly is struggling with what to do about our growth in numbers.  We are putting a strain on available square footage.  Four proposals have been put forth: build at a new site, refurbish an existing building, modify/add to the exist... [church] [stewardship] [discipleship]

June 17, 6AM

To all sins, then, committed whether by flesh or spirit, whether by deed or will, the same God who has appointed penalty by means of judgment has also promised to grant pardon by means of repentance, saying to the people, "Repent, and I will save you;"[1]... [salvation] [tertullian] [repentance]

June 14, 6AM

I enjoy challenging preconceptions including my own all the while understanding that my own will color how I view the legitimacy and applicability of those preconceptions.  This is not to say that I willingly slip into a deconstruction of language an... [worldview] [philosophy]

June 13, 6AM

A year ago, I had shared a post from Paul McCain at CPH on the Apostles' Creed which included proof texts.  Recently, he shared another such list for the Nicene Creed.I BelieveRom. 10:9; Jas 2:19; John 14:1In one God,Deut. 6:4; Is. 44:6The FatherIs. ... [creeds] [Nicaea]

June 12, 6AM

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.  (Col 1:21-22)Again he lays down also the manne... [chrysostom] [reconciliation] [sanctification]

June 11, 4AM

Consider the words, the actions; consider that He is Lord, and you servant.  He is suffering for you, you for yourself; He on behalf of those who had been benefited by Him and had crucified Him, you on behalf of yourself.  He on behalf of those ... [chrysostom] [forbearance]

June 7, 5AM

When God planned the creation of the world, inasmuch as there is nothing without a cause, His thoughts traversed the whole course of the future, and He saw that when a certain thing takes place another follows, and if this occurs it will have its fitting ... [foreknowledge] [origen]

June 6, 6AM

T. David Gordon has a great post asking if praise bands are serving a biblical purpose in the local assembly.  Here is what I consider to be his thesis statement.For traditions that regard the church as an institution (not as a voluntary society), th... [music] [Worship]

May 31, 7AM

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  (1 John 3:16)For what more should I say?  Behold the mysteries of love.  And then you shall look into the bosom of the Father, w... [humility] [cyril alexandria] [love] [Christ]

May 29, 8PM

What follows Philip’s question, and the Lord’s whole treatment of it, to the end of John’s Gospel, continues to furnish us with statements of the same kind, distinguishing the Father and the Son, with the properties of each.  Then there is the ... [Trinity] [tertullian]

May 28, 10AM

For the under-shepherds of Christ's sheep performing their duties while dealing with their own flaws—the vestiges of the sin nature—I pass along this encouragement found at Ad Crucem to remain faithful in service according to God's word.So, pastor, I ... [pastor] [gospel]

May 23, 5AM

Christians are constantly presented with scenarios concerning unbelievers wherein the former must decide the best course of action based on their knowledge and understanding of scripture.  We bear the name of Christ and have no desire for the Lord's ... [tertullian] [Apologetics] [spiritual warfare]

May 18, 7AM

To true, Christian and salutary prayer it is requisite:That a man lift up holy hands (II Tim. 2) and offer his devotions with a good conscience; for God does not hear sinners who are not repentant (John 9).That a man pray in every time of trial and need; ... [Prayer]

May 16, 6AM

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.  (Proverbs 26:5)I had the pleasure of listening to an interview of Sye Ten Bruggencate by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith concerning the former's new film How to Answe... [Apologetics]

May 15, 6AM

It is the Lord your God you shall fear.  Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.  (Deuteronomy 6:13) But where there is no fear, in like manner there is no change; where there is no change, repentance is of necessity empty, for it ... [tertullian] [repentance]

May 13, 11AM

Actors and actresses are not the only professionals who should endeavor to give grand performances.  Here is bit of instruction officials that execute, legislate, or administer justice should heed in their duties.Hear therefore, you kings, and unders... [wisdom] [rulers]

May 1, 4AM

Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming ob... [gregory nazianzen] [incarnation] [Christ]

April 29, 1PM

One word in the Greek language that sums it all up, tetelestai.  It means, "it is finished."  It is the word Jesus spoke on the cross announcing to the world, to His people, and to His devilish enemies that His mission was accomplished.  It... [Cross]

April 25, 6AM

So it was necessary that the Word became flesh and lived among us, that He might overcome Satan by the tree of the cross as Satan once overcame man by a tree.  This Word, our Lord Jesus Christ, has dressed us in His righteousness by calling us throug... [gospel] [Christ]

April 22, 7PM

There has a been a long-fought war to dabble in social experiments and redefine gender roles.  It did not start in my generation nor in the previous but has been waged for centuries, even millenia.  We are not enlightened, civilized, or progress... [sin]

April 16, 7PM

Back in December, I was checking the website of a Lutheran church where a coworker of my wife was to be married. I noticed that one class under Christian Education was on the subject of apologetics using the pictured book and taught by the author.  T... [Apologetics] [Review]

4AM

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Psalm 119:103The pious listener learns then not so much to try to learn something new about God in the sermon, but to see himself as the object of the Law’s accusations and of t... [Preaching]

April 14, 2PM

Because it was necessary that we who were born later should receive faith concerning the above future good things and that we should believe that our Savior, our head and the cause of all of them for us, was Christ our Lord, it was imperative that He shou... [resurrection] [baptism]

April 8, 7PM

We were reminded in the sermon this past Sunday morning that one thing Christians are called to do is encourage one another to continue in unity.  On one hand this sounds easy: all we need do is believe God's Word.  In reality Satan opposes this... [Unity] [cyprian]

April 2, 6AM

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those ... [salvation] [election]

March 27, 9AM

I have met—and continue to meet—Christians who feel that they cannot partake of the Lord's Supper because of some weakness in their lives.  They place their inadequacy at the fore and condemn themselves as unworthy.  What these dear saints d... [communion] [sufficiency]

March 26, 9AM

It is folly, therefore, for the servants of the Word to cast about how to reach men’s hearts, how to fill the pews, how to bring people to the fear of the Lord; it is folly to suppose they must discover new powers, find a new content for their sermons, ... [homiletics] [scripture]

March 25, 11AM

Yesterday, eight people were baptized at our morning services.  While always a joyous occasion, the first person set this one apart.  Neil was asked to share why he wanted to be baptized and replied that he wanted to declare that he was a Christ... [baptism]

March 24, 3PM

Matthew Carver does the Church a service by translating hymns into English.  His latest offering is a Reformation-era Latin work by G. Fabricius, suitable for Good Friday. Qui Solis Excellit Jubar 1. The light whose brightness passes farThe beauty b... [hymns]

March 19, 7PM

The sense is not that faith only in the beginning lays hold of righteousness and salvation, and then resigns its office to the works as though thereafter they had to sustain faith, the righteousness received, and salvation.  But in order that the pro... [salvation] [works] [faith]

March 15, 1PM

And to the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness  (Rom 4:5)In order, therefore, that troubled hearts may have a firm, sure consolation, also, that due honor be given to the merit of Chri... [righteousness]

March 13, 2PM

For this is certainly true that in genuine conversion a change, new emotion, and movement in the intellect, will, and heart must take place, namely, that the heart perceive sin, dread God's wrath, turn from sin, perceive and accept the promise of grace in... [salvation]

March 12, 9AM

Somewhat recently, the music leader in our assembly introduced the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" with a new tune he had composed.  To give due credit, he did a good job reworking the melody, but the entire time we went through this song, I kept t... [music] [Worship]

March 9, 2PM

Tim Gombis has written a post asking an interesting question:In various settings over the years, I’ve heard evangelical leaders and pastors claim that the church’s main task is evangelism.  All sorts of evangelism initiatives have been kicked in... [evangelism] [discipleship]

March 7, 11AM

There are many reasons why a body may be missing a limb or organ, but the reason usually stems involuntary circumstances.  Christ's body is different in that the members regularly employ independent volition from the body.  We are reminded from ... [church] [didache]

March 2, 5PM

The doctrine of election has been misused and misunderstood, so that some have wandered into a reckless or prodigal lifestyle because their end is secure as one of the elect, while others have despaired because they could not be assured of their election ... [election]

February 26, 6AM

Basil of Caesarea asked the title's question in a.d. 374 amidst theological battle, defending the doctrine of the Holy Spirit's person and nature as true God.  He described the struggle as similar to naval warfare amongst those who are more intent on... [church] [basil] [spiritual warfare]

February 21, 11AM

When men feel confident in following their own understanding of scripture, bad things happen.  Attempting to find new insights or meanings in the text, they pour over passages searching for relevance or notoriety in their sphere of influence.  C... [heresy] [tertullian] [Apologetics]