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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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:37

David Lynch on video and memory

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Lynch also expressed disappointment with sharing videos on such platforms as YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. The director banned festival-goers from using their phones during his hour-long discussion on May 20, with everyone in the audience forced to put their mobile devices in locked cases that...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 12:31

How should one translate Ecclesiates 2:24a?

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(This is a question I am posting over at the Facebook Group, Nerdy Language Majors — if you’re a language geek, it is a great place to discuss Greek, Latin, Hebrew and other far more exotic ancient languages)

A translation history question: How did the Hebrew text end up as the standard...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:09

Edward Feser: Materialism Subverts Itself

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So, if we start with the modern materialist’s conception of matter and start to unpack it, materialism ends up being transformed into one or another of the various views that one would have thought to be at odds with materialism – dualism, panpsychism, Platonism, idealism, or pantheism.

Y...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 13:47

James Denney: Walking in the Light

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WALKING IN THE LIGHT

“If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”—1 JOHN 1:7.

THIS is one of the passages in Scripture in which the language is so spiritual, and so remote from that...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:45

Some Further Notes on Hosea 2:14-15

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Hosea 2:14–15(ESV)

The Lord’s Mercy on Israel

14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,

and bring her into the wilderness,

and speak tenderly to her.

15  And there I will give her her vineyards

and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.

And there she shall answer as in...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 13:22

Why the Scripture Uses Poetry (Hosea 2:14-15)

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Hosea 2:14–15 (ESV)

14    “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,

and bring her into the wilderness,

and speak tenderly to her.

15    And there I will give her her vineyards

and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.

Notice the...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 08:29

Persuasion and discontentment

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[Working on a book about persuasion. Here are some notes from a section on sloth — and if you ask what does sloth have to do with persuasion ….]

Persuasion controls the will, it determines direction. Here among the Lotus-Eaters and the Soma takers we have ultimate persuasion: we have...

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Monday, 31 December 2018 04:05

Introduction to a Sermon on Hosea 2:14-23

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Look down at Hosea 2:14, consider that word

Therefore

The God of Israel having pronounced judgment upon his adulterous wife says

Therefore.

It is a word which should not be in this place. It is a word of miracle; it is a marvel, a wonderous act of God; a lightning bolt of grace from beyond the...

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The first device addressed by Brooks has two elements: presentation and concealment

Device (1). To present the bait and hide the hook; to present the golden cup, and hide the poison; to present the sweet, the pleasure, and the profit that may flow in upon the soul by yielding to sin, and by hiding...

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Primary obligation:
Create disciples: Matthew 28:18-20
1) Baptism — introduction into congregation
2) Teach them to observe
 
Means of instruction:
1) Propositional
A) Congregational
i) Entire congregation
ii) Smaller gatherings
iii) Personal (counseling)
iv) Other than elder
a) one – another
b)...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 12:31

Ruth 4

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Brooks takes as his starting text, 2 Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

He then makes a series of observations about the text. The overall context is the restoration of a man who had been under church discipline. Although...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 10:01

My ruin is from myself

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Let my hand smite my breast, 
as the fountain and root from which all my iniquities do spring. 
Let my tongue confess them, 
my eye mourn for them, 
my face, blush for them, 
and my heart bleed for them. 
Then shall I unfeigningly say and acknowledge, 
My ruin is from my...

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A WORD TO THE READER

This section of the work contains Thomas Brooks Directions for Reading. He begins with the proposition drawn from the Proverbs, that one must obtain truth. Thus, Brooks is not speaking of all reading, but of reading that which is profitable.

DEAR FRIEND!—Solomon bids us buy...

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Thomas Brooks’ work Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices begins with a pastoral letter to his reader(s). He first lays out the pastoral office:

Beloved in our dearest Lord, Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices, are the four prime things that should be...

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Practically, then, at present, "advancement in life" means, becoming conspicuous in life; obtaining a position which shall be acknowledged by others to be respectable or honourable. We do not understand by this advancement, in general, the mere making of money, but the being known to have made it;...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 14:31

James Denney: Wrong Roads to the Kingdom.3

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The last post on this sermon may be found here

The last of our Lord’s temptations is the one which has been most variously interpreted, which is another way of saying the one which has been least certainly understood. The tempter takes Jesus to a high mountain, shows Him all the kingdoms of...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 10:39

Ruth Chapter 2

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:38

James Denney, Wrong Roads to the Kingdom.2

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The first post on this sermon may be found here

The Second Temptation entailed an appeal to the spectacular:

Then the devil taketh Him unto the Holy City, and he set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto Him, If Thou art the Son of God, cast Thyself down: for it is written, He shall give...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 09:25

Sin Usually Enters as a Flatter

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For it goes so easily to join the dance of pleasure; but when it has gone apace, and it is pleasure which dances with the man against his will – that is a heavy dance! And it is so eay to give rein to the passions – audacious speed, one scarcely can follow it with the eye! – until...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 06:43

Some Notes on Hosea 2:2-13

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Notes on Hosea 2:2-13. 

Verses 2-13 constitute an indictment and sentencing for the adulterous wife:

Hosea 2:2–13 (NASB95)

Introduction/Original Charge:

2 “Contend with your mother, contend,

The word “contend” can be used to introduce a formal legal charge. Here, it is used...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:10

James Denney, Wrong Roads to the Kingdom.1

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James Denney in his sermon “Wrong Ways to the Kingdom” considers the three temptations of Jesus and applies them to the functioning of the Church. While his sermon was published in 1911, the applications he makes concerning the Church have more pertinence today than when he published...

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Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:05

Ruth, Trusting in the Lord

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 08:37

Thomas Manton Sermon on Titus 2:11-14 1.3

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For the previous post on this sermon see here: 

DOCTRINE 2:

Hath appeared unto all men.—The word ἐπεφάνη, appeared, signifies it is broken out of a sudden, like a star, or like a light that was not seen before; and so it refers to the late manifestation of...

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