But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 14 July 2018 11:00

A method of preaching

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John Calvin on Hosea 4:1

Hosea now relates how vehemently he reproved the people, because every kind of corruption so commonly prevailed, that there was no sound part in the whole community. We hence see what the Prophet treats of now; and this ought to be observed, for hypocrites wish ever to be...

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Friday, 13 July 2018 04:11

Teaching Outline Hosea 4:1-3

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(This is an initial outline and observations on Hosea 4:1-3) Hosea 4:1–3 (ESV)

4 Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; 2 there is...

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(Chapter 8, God, Revelation and Authority. Btw, these short takes on his essays cannot begin to cover the density and wealth of thought in Henry.  They really must be read, but) Theologian Millard Erickson once said, “I love Carl Henry’s work. It’s extremely important. I...

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Wednesday, 04 July 2018 09:54

Dangers are Tyrants’ Desires

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Reading Medea by Euripides today. Here is a quotation appropriate for the 4th of July:

Deina turannon lemata kai pos

Olig’ archomenoi, polla kratountes

Chalepos orgas metaballounsin

To gar eithisthai zen ep’ isoisin

Kpreisson.

 

Dangerous are tyrants’ desires

For how little are they...

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Spurgeon was a master preacher. Today, preachers often quote him when they wish to particularly emphasize a point.  This passage, taken nearly at random, illustrates two of his common attributes: (1) Turning abstractions into images; and (2) divide concepts into their parts and examine each in...

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Years ago, a fellow Christian asked me why I spent so much time trying to understand doctrine when we would all just “know it” when we got to heaven (so why “waste time” now). This post is the answer to his question.

The Domain for Truth

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Christians do you desire to grow more...

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Theologian Millard Erickson once said, “I love Carl Henry’s work. It’s extremely important. I hope someday that it is translated into English!”

Briefly summarized, this essay gives a taxonomy of the Jesus Movement as it appeared. First, he ties the Jesus Movement to the...

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Monday, 25 June 2018 11:16

James Denney, The Superlative Way

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From his collected sermons, The Way Everlasting. The sermon concerns 1 Corinthians 13, on the call for Christians to love:

For what the theologian defines and the Apostle depicts is illustrated and embodied in our Lord Himself, and what we have to do is to look at Him. “Herein is love.”...

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(From The Way Everlasting).

This sermon is based upon 1 John 5:6:

6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. (ESV)

This sermon concerns the reality of...

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We are known by the company we keep: to be associated with another may raise or lower the opinions of others. Therefore, one important means of persuading others is to be aware of, and manage our connections to others

At the height of his wealth and success, the financier Baron de Rothschild was...

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Journal of Experimental Psychology 2015, vol. 144, no. 3, 674-687 Matthew Fisher, Mariel K. Goddu, Frank C. Keil “Searching for Explanations: How the Internet Inflates Estimates of Internal Knowledge”

Human beings can create systems for distributing tasks and information. Families and...

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Thursday, 21 June 2018 15:34

The Issue of “Race” and the Gospel

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There is a sad spectacle of Christians feuding in public over the question of “race”.  There is a great thing that has been said and can be said on this question. Everyone (every Christian) agrees that the matter of racism is a sin — even though this has not always been...

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The authors of an essay in Scientific American have couple constitute panpsychism and Dissociative Identity Disorder as a mechanism for explaining the existence of consciousness in the material universe. A fundamental trouble of the materialist worldview is that there is consciousness and rocks...

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 01:43

How Did Israel Begin to Worship Baal?

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The wealthy and powerful nations around her, whom she feared and envied, sought the favour of their gods by pagan devices and seemed to find compensation for doing so. McComiskey helps one to picture how this influence may have emerged in Israel’s life:

It began, perhaps, with something as...

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Theologian Millard Erickson once said, “I love Carl Henry’s work. It’s extremely important. I hope someday that it is translated into English!”

The date of Henry’s work God, Revelation and Authority, is important for this essay (and the subsequent essay on the Jesus...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:00

An Irrational Question (Romans 6:1)

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Romans 6:1(ESV)

 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Paul has developed the doctrine that (1) human beings are accountable to God; (2) that humans beings are rebellion against God, and that no good acts can atone for the rebellion; (3) but God has graciously...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:49

Bonhoeffer on Christian Unity

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The question of unity among Christians is easily and often misunderstood. It is typically reduced to affectionate or friendly feelings toward people I know who attend my congregation and agree with me a lot. That is the unity of a club — it could easily be the unity of a cult. But Christian...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 11:07

Edgar Allan Poe — A Tale of Jerusalem

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imageThis is a strange and wildly ahistorical tale. It speaks of three Jewish temple workers, one identified as a priest, who are upon a battlement looking over the army of Pompey surrounding the city. They have made deal with Pompey to purchase a temple sacrifice. They let down the money in a...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 09:41

The Rise and Fall of Logical Positivism

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[Henry wrote] the six-volume God, Revelation and Authority. GRAis still the most sustained theological epistemology by any American theologian. It deserves to be read more than it is, but it is not easy to read. Theologian Millard Erickson once said, with a twinkle in his eye, “I love Carl...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 08:43

Religion Meddles in All Matters

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[As with everything, I reserve the right to correct this argument; it is like most things here, a draft]

In his history of early Christianity, Rodney Stark noted the following conclusion of those who have studied the mechanics of conversion (that is movement into some religious group to the point of...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 08:31

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation XXXI

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Upon the Shadow of a Man

imageHow absolute as well as general is David’s assertion, Surely every man walketh in a vain shew, or image [Ps. 39:6]: leading an imaginary life rather than a real life: fleeing away as a shadow, rather than abiding as a substance. 

How shall I therefore...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 12:13

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation XXX

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Who is the favorite of heaven, with whom the high and lofty one, that inhabits eternity, will dwell?

Upon the Palpitation of the Heart

The pearl which is in the oyster is a disease, in the cabinet is a jewel of rich value, and in the ear an ornament of an orient beauty. And such a thin is the...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 17:05

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation XXIX

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imageUpon the Balsam Tree

Soem faces are by the painter drawn with less difficulty than others, the lineaments and features of them being such as are more easy for his eye to observe, and for his hand also happily to express. And so it wi with some subjects of meditation above others, which with less...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 12:12

Killing as Contagion

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Investigators say school shootings have become the American equivalent of suicide bombings — not just a tactic, but an ideology. Young men, many of them depressed, alienated or mentally disturbed, are drawn to the Columbine subculture because they see it as a way to lash out at the world and...

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 06:26

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation XXVIII

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Upon the Rudder of a Ship

Among other similitudes which St. James uses to show that great matters are effected by small means, this of the rudder of a ship is one [James 3:4-5], and he ushers it in with a single word, which the Scripture often prefixes to weighty sayings to render them more...

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