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Exegeting a Stop Sign

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

The following has been on the internet for a long time, but it is worth posting here again. It was apparently first written by a Canadian Anglican minister named Bill Cliff who was rector of the Parish of Hanover and Durham in the Diocese of Huron, in Ontario.

The Simplicity of Early Baptist Worship

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

The earliest English Baptist churches held a high view of the Regulative Principle of Worship. Before anything could be introduced into worship and thus imposed on God’s people, it was necessary to demonstrate that the Lord himself had authorized that act. Since Scripture only mentions a few ‘elements’ of worship, their corporate services were very […]

The Midlands Association on Mixed Marriage

Monday, December 29th, 2008

At the second General Meeting [so they called association gatherings] of the Midlands Association, held on June 26, 1655, the marriage of believers with unbelievers was discussed as the first item of business. This is a good example of how early Baptist associations wrestled with and resolved doctrinal and ethical problems.

The Importance of Truthfulness in Preaching

Friday, December 26th, 2008

We all agree that the first and most important task of every preacher is the careful and accurate exposition of Scripture. The Spirit of God will not bless the mishandling of the holy book He inspired. When we stand in the pulpit and proclaim the word, we must seek to do so with great care […]

Great is the Mystery of Godliness

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Profound words, very relevant today, from John Owen, Vol. 1 Some would have all things that we are to believe to be leveled absolutely unto our reason and comprehension — a principle which, at this day, shakes the very foundations of the Christian religion.

Absolutely Amazing

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

In August, our family visited Sea World San Diego for a day of fun and relaxation. We purchased tickets which gave us two days of admission, the second day could be used almost any time through the rest of 2008. Since our daughter is out of school this week, we decided to return and visit […]

Daniel Neal’s Summary of Bradshaw’s “English Puritanisme “

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

From Daniel Neal’s History of the Puritans, I:432 ff. (NB: The ‘Ex Officio’ oath required men to answer all questions directed toward them when under examination, forcing self-incrimination. To refuse the oath was illegal). The puritans universally objected to coercion of this type.

John Owen’s Epitaph

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The greatest puritan, John Owen, is buried in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in London. His epitaph is in Latin; here is an English translation. The reference in the final sentence is to 24 August–St. Bartholomew’s Day–a day upon which in previous years French Protestants were massacred and English Puritans were driven from the church by […]

Christ’s Ascension Gifts

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

From Spurgeon’s Sermon on Eph. 4:7-12 preached in March 1871 (Thanks to Rob Cosby for these quotations) We have thought that Christ’s gifts were valuable enough for us to treasure up and improve them. Our College has now received and sent forth, in the name of Jesus, more than two hundred ministers of the word. […]

Isaiah’s Experience of the Numinous

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

In 1917, theologian Rudolf Otto coined the term ‘numinous’ to express an individual’s encounter with something ‘wholly other’, something beyond himself and even beyond the created order. It is a good and fitting term to describe Isaiah’s encounter with God recorded in Isaiah 6.

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