Monthly Archives: December 2010

Why are we so un-sacramental?

From Calvin’s Short Treatise on the Supper of Our Lord, section 12: We begin now to enter on the question so much debated, both anciently and at the present time—how we are to understand the words in which the bread … Continue reading

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Charles Finney Redux

Coming back to the topic of Mr Finney the Pelagian heretic in the light of R.C. Sproul’s excellent Willing to Believe (also @google books) Some quotes from the 8th chapter on Charles Grandison Finney: “Later in the same article [Robert] … Continue reading

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Good read: Willing to Believe

Out of the same God Alone series by RC Sproul in his Renewing Your Mind broadcasts which prompted my own mini investigation and polemic against Charles Finney came a recommendation for his book Willing to Believe subtitled The Controversy over … Continue reading

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Let them be fondly cherished…

Wonderfully moving commentary by John Calvin on Ephesians 6:4 “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” where he says that “bring them up in” should be … Continue reading

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The Morning Star of the Refomation

In our desire to “honour the fathers” and flowing out of a desire to understand some of the reformation better I had ordered some DVDs. The first was John Wycliffe who is known as the Morning Star of the Reformation. … Continue reading

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The pen of the old goose of Bohemia

I read this wonderful anecdote on Reformation Sunday (with a disclaimer since I struggled to find the reference to the source at the time), which sadly appears to be fiction: We step a moment out of the domain of history, … Continue reading

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Denomination Blues

But you’d better have Jesus, I tell you that’s all. — Washington Phillips Wonderful lyrics in this blues song! Continues into Part 2, (unfortunately the video is terrible so just do the audio…) Part I: 1. I want to tell … Continue reading

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“The old Puritans made a parade of work…”

Wonderfully quotable introduction to Spurgeon’s sermon 57 “The Incarnation and Birth of Christ” on December 23rd, 1855… THIS is the season of the year when, whether we wish it or not, we are compelled to think of the birth of … Continue reading

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Good read: Counted Righteous in Christ

Many thanks to Brett, from whom I borrowed this book: Counted Righteous in Christ by John Piper. It is subtitled “Should we abandon the imputation of Christ’s righteousness?” and is a well reasoned defence of the doctrine of imputation — … Continue reading

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Fast Money: it softens sufferings dread; it offers work and bread

A wonderfully inspiring story from a pre-WWII town in Austria called Worgl that was in the grip of the Depression, but was saved (temporarily) by a very insightful mayor, one Michael Unterguggenberger. He issued a local stamp script money… “On … Continue reading

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