A good (though painful in the good way) piece here.
Archive for April, 2012
“What exactly are you doing when you go to church on Sundays? If you had to analogize going to church with something in everyday life, what would that analogy be? One popular analogy is that going to church is like stopping at a gas station. Church is a place where we stop to fill up our tanks after a tiring and stressful week and thus get recharged for the week [ Read More ]
“…many [writers] seem to treat the church as secondary importance for the Christian life and the various activities of human culture as where Christianity is really lived. In this book I defend the opposite position. The church is primary for the Christian life. Every other institution-the family, the school, the business corporation, the state-is secondary in the practice of the Christian religion. The church is where the chief action of [ Read More ]
Almighty God, just because He is all mighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one. Yet if we look at the popular conception of God, that is precisely what we see. Twentieth-century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy to believe that we are [ Read More ]
“There are some professing Christians who can speak of themselves in terms of admiration; but, from my inmost heart, I loathe such speeches more and more every day that I live. Those who talk in such a boastful fashion must be constituted very different from me. While they are congratulating themselves, I have to lie humbly at the foot of Christ’s cross, and marvel that I am saved at all, [ Read More ]
This is taken from a book by R. T. France, Jesus and the Old Testament. “The conclusions reached are not profoundly new and revolutionary. Those theologians to whom novelty is the criterion of academic respectability may not find it to their taste…Indeed, the most revolutionary suggestion that can be made in contemporary theological debate is that the traditional viewpoint is not axiomatically wrong, that even among the heady outpourings of [ Read More ]
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, (Eph 1:3 NAU) “And so the triune operation of the triune God is introduced: the Father who blesses–the Son, in whom those blessings are conferred–and the Spirit, by whose inner work they are enjoyed, and from whom they receive their distinctive epithet.”  John Eadie, Ephesians [ Read More ]
John Divito of the Midwest Center for Theological Studies interviewed me last November on various subjects. You can find the interviews here. The subjects include: what I was reading in November 2011; The Christian Sabbath; The Threefold Division of the Law; Update on California Church Plant; The Synoptic Problem; and The New Testament Use of the Old Testament.
There is no ordinance in Scripture of any one Lord’s-day in the year being set apart to commemorate the rising of Christ from the dead, for this reason, that every Lord’s-day is the memorial of our Lord’s resurrection. Wake up any Lord’s-day you please, whether in the depth of winter, or in the warmth of summer, and you may sing “To day he rose and left the dead, And Satan’s [ Read More ]
“It must be remembered that the Sabbath, though a world-aged observance, has passed through the various phases of the development of redemption, remaining the same in essence but modified as to its form, as the new state of affairs at each point might require. The Sabbath is not only the most venerable, it is likewise the most living of all the sacramental realities of our religion. It has faithfully accompanied [ Read More ]