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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Having explained the nature and need of yielding to God, Howe ends with the call. The last section of this sermon is quite lovely and encouraging. First, Howe calls upon all to “yield to God”:

Shall we then all agree upon this thing?

Shall we unite in one resolution, “We will...

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Having set forth the intellectual elements of yielding to God, Howe know comes to the affective aspects of coming. Coming to God in both thought and affection. There is a tendency for one sort of Christian to know the right things, but be stiff or lacking in their affections; a cold orthodoxy....

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The the provocative title is Mr. Harrison’s not mine.

Read the essay by Darrel B. Harrison

A social justice-centered gospel will take you only so far (Mk. 8:36). How can we for whom the gospel was sufficient – and necessary – to change us, expect something other than the gospel...

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Continued from this post

The second, third and fourth elements of such yielding concerning the degree of intellectual assent which must be given in any true yielding: deliberation, judgment and “fulness of consent”.

Deliberation: 

It must be done with great deliberation; not as the...

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In the second of the “Two Sermons” Howe discusses how we are to approach the command in the text “yield”: “Yield yourselves to God.” Romans 6:13. The second sermon contains two main elements: first a discussion of the manner in which we must yield ourselves;...

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This is the third post in this series

Howe will argue that we must “yield” ourselves to God. Therefore, he next underscores aspects of God’s relationship to us which would necessitate such a yielding.  Thus, he notes that God is our Creator and Sustainer. Our very existence...

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Voddie here addresses the issues of “Social Justice”, and what this entails for evangelical Christianity.  His background on Marxism and Cultural Marxism is quite good (In college, I read the men he discusses in lecture. His explanation of what they were doing and why was far...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 07:00

Contemplating the Goodness of God

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Stephen Chanticleer explains that we impoverish our lives because we do not meditate up the goodness of God. He explains that such knowledge would transform what we desire

A sense of the Divine goodness would mount us above the world. It would damp our appetites after meaner things; we should look...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:25

Vampires Genesis 3 and Proverbs 5 7

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An image from Varney, the Vampire, 1848

Vampires are interesting beasts. They are extraordinarily wicked — and they will not die. Yet, they are not precisely alive. They are seductive; but rather than being procreative, they will kill. These are elements which are precisely described in the...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:43

The Problem Is Enmity, Not Ethnicity

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You should know this blog, and here is a good place to begin:

Hammon was born a slave in October 1711 and died a slave sometime around the year 1806. In February 1787, Hammon, who was a poet and the first black person in America to have their literary work published, gave a speech to the African...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:39

Making Bricks for Pharaoh

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If you’re being compared to pharaoh, you’re probably doing it wrong:

I worry that an awful lot of modern day ministry is about making bricks for evangelical pharaohs.  Whether those pharaohs are actual people, or whether they are systems and philosophies of ministry that have been...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:23

Something new about Shakespeare

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This article in the New York Times describes the work of Dennis McCarthy who used plagiarism software to discover a source mined by Shakespeare. It seems that the Bard used a book by George North, A Brief Discourse on Rebellion and Rebels. The book had been nearly lost to history, when Mr. McCarthy...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 10:28

My offenses have been countless

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Provocations against thy divine majesty have filled my whole life. My offences have been countless and aggravated. Conscience has rebuked me, friends have admonished me, the examples of others have reproached me, thy rod has chastised me, thy kindnesses allured me.

Thou hast seen and abhorred all my...

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This is the second post in this series on John Howe’s sermons on Roman 6:13. The prior sermon may be here

Having noted that much depends upon how we consider of “God” to whom we must yield, Howe briefly considers the nature of God as God is to himself. In this, Howe emphasizes...

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John Howe preached two sermons on Romans 6:13, “Yield yourselves to God”. From this he derives two basic questions: 1. How or under what notions we are to consider God and ourselves in this matter:2. What our yielding ourselves to him, so considered, must include.

This is a great secret...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 10:10

Letter from a Higher Critic

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I recently was gifted a copy of Analog 6, published May 1968. It contains a series of short stories from the Analog science fiction magazine. It was written by Stewart Robb. I have not been able to find it easily available elsewhere — so check your used book store and cross your fingers.

The...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:49

The History and Downfall of Lobotomies

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Fascinating article here: 

The total number of persons lobotomized by Freeman alone was close to 3,500.[24] During the 1940s and 1950s, lobotomies were performed on close to 50,000 patients in the United States, and around 17,000 in Western Europe and 4,500 in Sweden.[25] Most were women and...

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The third poem in what appears to be a triptych of Williams is again named “Pastoral” as was the first in the series. Williams again takes the part of a detached but certainly not disinterested observer. While he does not involve himself in the matter under consideration, he deeply...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:36

A poem by Thomas Hardy

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Fame and power in human beings is a relative thing. I knew a man who was quite famous in one country. His picture was on billboards and posters. He was on tv. People would wait for hours to great him. Yet in his home country, he was unknown. A lovely pleasant interesting man, but not the least...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 00:39

The Opposite of Wisdom?

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SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Plato, Alcibiades 2

Socrates: “I suppose you remember agreeing that madness is the opposite of wisdom?

Alkibiades: Yes, I do…

Soc. And isn’t it also the case that there is no third stage in the middle which makes a person neither wise nor mad?

Alk. I agreed to that...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:58

Hosea 3

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These are notes on a Bible study for Hosea 3

Hosea 3

“The third chapter of Hosea is, in my judgment, the greatest chapter in the Bible, because it portrays the greatest story in the Bible – the death of the Lord Jesus Christ for his people.” James Boice

Text:

Hosea 3 (NASB95)

Chapter 3

1...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 09:12

Sloth, Ease and Technology

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There is a kind of lethargy which does not lie precisely in pleasure. John Cassian, the 5thCentury Christian Monk (wrote approximately 495 A.D.), writes of a discontentment, a not caring (a-kedia, a lack of care):

 Our sixth combat is with what the Greeks call...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 08:17

James Denney, The Deadliness of Slander

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From his collected sermons, The Way Everlasting

This sermon concerns the slander of Jesus recorded by Matthew:

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever...

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This letter was written to his distant congregation on February 6, 1839. He first notes that in all difficulties, God at the same time and place provides some consolation, some good:

Even in the wildest storms the sky is not all dark; and so in the darkest dealings of God with his children, there...

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