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Archive for November, 2011

Preaching Jesus according to the Book of Acts: thoughts by Thomas Bernard

What does it mean to preach Jesus? Is it the proclamation of his doctrine, lessons from his life, his holy character, his love? Bernard says no, and he does so emphatically. To preach Jesus (according to the Book of Acts) involved the proclamation of the Messiahship of Jesus and the explanation of its nature. Bernard says, “The Christ who was now proclaimed was one who had died and risen again,  [ Read More ]

Quote from “The Evils of Pulpit Notoriety” – W. G. T. Shedd

It is a dark day for a church and it betokens great spiritual decline when the people cease to be content with thoughtful, devout, and scriptural teaching, and clamor for celebrated preachers. The demand will create the supply, and the church will be filled with declaimers and ecclesiastical charlatans. There will be no truly great men produced; and what is far worse no truly good men. (William G.T. Shedd)

Markan priority is the rule of the day when it comes to dating the Synoptics. However, this is a very recent phenomenon in the Christian Church. I think a good case can be made for Matthean priority. Here’s my case. Many contemporary scholars date Matthew after A.D. 70 (80-100). They deny predictive prophecy and prejudice their view with presuppositions or, in the words of Carson and Moo, “antecedent judgments.”[1] This view  [ Read More ]

Reformed Baptist Theological Review VII:2

RBTR VII:2 should be available soon. Below is the table of contents. If you would like a copy, contact Eddie Goodwin at Reformed Baptist Theological Review, Volume VII, No. 2, Fall 2010 Articles: 1. The Sacramental Implications of 1 Corinthians 10:1-4: A Confessional Study of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, by W. G. Crampton, Th.D. 2. Ecclesiology in Debate: “Whether Iesus Christ Shal be a King or No,” by James  [ Read More ]

Review of Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers

Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Christopher A. Hall (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 1998, 223 pages), reviewed by Richard C. Barcellos Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers is comprised of eight very helpful chapters. Hall states the goal of his book in the Preface as follows: “My goal is to present as clearly, simply and accurately as possible the methodology and content of patristic biblical interpretation” (8). Though Hall  [ Read More ]

The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace (4)

Part 1 can be read here. Part 2 can be read here. Part 3 can be read here. Q: How do the benefits of His death become present? That leads us into our next consideration. Two texts which speak about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in relation to our exalted Redeemer in bringing mediatorial, redemptive benefits to the souls of believers (Eph. 1:3 and 3:16-17). Part 3 discussed Eph.  [ Read More ]

When Jesus is Worship Leader ( Video Sermon ) – Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson

This is an excellent sermon by Dr. Ferguson. It’s only 30 minutes but has volumes of profound thought.

John Eadie on Col. 1:28 and the importance of the Christian ministry

“When we reflect upon the motive–the presentation of perfect men to God, and upon the instrument–the preaching of the cross, we cease to wonder at the apostle’s zeal and toils. For there is no function so momentous, –not that which studies the constitution of man, in order to ascertain his diseases in order to remove them; nor that which labours for social improvement, and the promotion of science and civilization;  [ Read More ]

As a pastor, I have always struggled with discussing the issue of giving. It seems that quite often folks just want to make sure they are not required or expected to tithe (give 10% of their earnings to their local church). I think that kind of defensive attitude is wrong, at least it is when it’s in me. Brow-beating from the pulpit, the pen, or even in private is wrong also,  [ Read More ]

Update on Elephant Room 2

Phil Johnson has posted a commentary on the most recent Elephant Room 2 video clip. If you have not been following this, it won’t make that much sense to you. If you have, it still won’t. Here it is. Watch the video clip first, then read Phil’s commentary.

GRBC morning worship

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sermons from Lord's

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public worship on Oc

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The Father loves the

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