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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Friday, 25 May 2018 07:04

The Spiritual Chymist, Meditation LIX

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Upon Going to Bed

How like is the frail life of Man to a day, as well for the inequality of its length, as the mixture that it has both of clouds and sunshine? What a kind of exact parallel are sleep and death: the one being a state of ligation of the senses; and the other, the privation of them?...

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I have attached a rough draft copy of an essay on common grace, biblical counseling and psychology  here. If anyone is interested and willing, I would appreciate the comments, critiques, et cetera.  It is 11,457 words, with 42 footnotes, so it is not a breezy read. In its final version,...

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(From William Spurstowe’s The Spiritual Chymist, 1666)

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Who can either think or read what a slaughter was made by one angel in the numerous army of Sennacherib, who in a night destroyed a hundred fourscore and five thousand men [Is. 37:36] without reflecting upon a vast disparity that is...

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Collins lays down  series of rules for his congregation, that they may not swerve or fail in the faith. The first rule is discussed here.

The second rule give my Collins is

Be very well rooted and established in the right that has been delivered to you.

When the roots do not go down deep, one can...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:49

What must you know of the author?

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There is a debate within literature study as to whether one must know about the author or not in order to make sense of the text. Here in the first essay in the Spectator, Addison places the question a bit differently: rather than speaking of “meaning” he writes of...

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From William Spurstowe, The Spiritual Chymist, 1666.

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(A detail from the Gutenberg Bible)

Upon the Bible

Quintillian [a Roman rhetorician who lived 1 century AD] who makes it a question why unlearned men in discourse seem oft times more free and copious than learned gives as the answer, That the one...

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Evidence of the role of extraterrestrial viruses in affecting terrestrial evolution has recently been plausibly implied in the gene and transcriptomesequencing of Cephalopods. The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than is present in Ho...

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John Collins, one of the Puritans who became unable to preach at the Great Ejectment (1662), delivered this sermon on Jude 3, “Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” In that sermon he sets out the rule

Bring all doctrines that offered you to believe...

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Saturday, 12 May 2018 13:26

The Kind of Preaching People Want

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Published under the title, The Salvation of Souls, Richard A. Bailey and Gregory A. Wills, edited nine sermons of Jonathan Edwards on Christian ministry. One of the sermons entitled, “The Kind of Preaching People Want” considers the text:

Micah 2:11 (ESV)

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But I fear that while I propound the difficulties which are great, as well as many, intending thereby to shake only the pillars of those men’s confidence who consider neither the length of the way, nor the hardness of the task by which salvation is attained; that I may dishearten others, who,...

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William Spurstowe, London, 1666

MEDITATION LVI

Upon Going Up an High Mountain

Lord, who shall dwell in the mountain of thy holiness? [Ps 15:1]

was a question made by the prophet David, but the answer returned unto to it was by the Spirit of God, who can give the best character of all those who shall be...

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 07:24

It wasn’t billions of years

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I like mysteries:

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“How this assembly of galaxies got so big, so fast is a mystery,” Tim Miller, a doctoral candidate at Yale University and lead author of one of the papers, said in the statement. “It wasn’t built up gradually over billions of years, as astronomers might...

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These sermons on Hosea by Samuel Eyles Pierce, published in 1822 are remarkable for their encouragement gospel grace. Here is a bit from the first sermon on Hosea 14:1, “O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.” The sermon ends as follows:

It...

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In this section, Kierkegaard makes some interesting observations about resolutions — and about desire.

Finally, if we true benediction thou art to behold thyself in the mirror of the Word, thou must not straightway forget what manner of man thou art, not be the forgetful hearer (or reader)...

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Friday, 27 April 2018 05:11

Horatius Bonar, The Flesh Resting in Hope

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[The headstone reads, “Thomas E, son of W.L. & [?] White, Born Sept. 26, 1871, Died Dec. 26, 1871.” The photo was found on flickr, photographer “Midnight Believer”; Sulphur Springs Cemetery; Crittenden County, Kentucky. No copyright claimed, but thank you anyway.]

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Now we come to the primary purpose of discourse: What does it mean to use the Word of God as a “mirror”:

It is required that when thou readest God’s Word in order to see thyself in the mirror, thou must remember (so as really to get to the point of seeing thyself in the mirror),...

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Kierkegaard has explained that there is “reading and reading”. The Word is given not to be observed and interpreted, but to effect and transform. Yes, understanding what is contained in the Word is a part of understanding anything — but there is a kind of reading to understand...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:08

Politics Controlling Science

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Science is a marvelous discipline. Sadly, the scourge of politics – actually legal and social control of others – is constantly degrading even physical science

There are two ways to get a scientific consensus. One is to present the data and the analysis in a manner that is so persuasive...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 05:43

A Pilgrim’s Song, Horatius Bonar

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(I have a lovely little volume from 1871 which fits in my pocket. Hymns of Faith and Hope by Horatius Bonar, D.D. This week two friends lost someone they loved (an aged mother for one, a young wife for the other). As I was reading through these hymns, I came upon three which made a pointed...

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“What is Required in Order to Derive True Benediction From Beholding Oneself in the Mirror of the Word?

“First of all, what is required is that thou must not look at the mirror, not behold the mirror, but must see thyself in the mirror.”

At this point, Kierkegaard is getting to what...

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How to Derive True Benediction from Beholding Oneself in the Mirror of the Word

James 1:22 to the End
Fifth Sunday After Easter

Introduction

Kierkegaard prefaces his discourse with a note about the necessary “eloquence” of Christian preaching: it must be an eloquence of word and...

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Friday, 20 April 2018 01:27

The Church’s Power is Ministerial

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John Collins Sermons of the Great Ejection (Banner of Truth), “Contending For The Faith”image

Authors: memoirandremains...

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(The following is a draft of a tool for analyzing the common grace elements of psychology. It will be for the second half of an article on the usefulness and limitations of common grace for counseling in a manner which is consistent with the claims of Scripture).

As will be set forth at length...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 14:46

The Savior Who Bears Shame

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(This is the introduction to a sermon on Hosea 1-2)

Hosea 1:2 (NASB95)

2          When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for...

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You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

James 4:4

Ray Ortland explains (God’s Unfaithdul Wife):

James is not seeking merely to guard his readers from worldly...

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