Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

The Blessed Life (Part 3)

“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.” (Psalm 67:1) In Part 1, we saw that the writer of this Psalm is after something.  Above anything else he could wish for, this man wants the blessing of God. He knows that God’s blessing enriches our lives […]

The Blessed Life (Part 2)

“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.” (Psalm 67:1) In Part 1, we saw that the writer of this Psalm is after something.  Above anything else he could wish for, this man wants the blessing of God. And we noted that God wants to bless. […]

The Blessed Life (Part 1)

“God be merciful to us and bless us,And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah.” (Psalm 67:1) The writer of this Psalm is after something.  Something that to him is worth more than anything else he could sing or write songs about. More than money, or fame, or power, or even any human relationship, […]

The Glorious Doctrine of The Ascension of Christ

Christmas brings the incarnation before us every year.  Easter does the same for Jesus death and resurrection.  But the doctrine of the Ascension is a part of the story that is not given nearly as much attention. There is an “Ascension Day” on the Christian calendar, but when were you last in a church service […]

“Fan Mail to Calvin” by J.I.Packer [Classic Reprint]

Last week I came across the following article clipping in my files. The article appeared in Christianity Today, January 14, 1991. (I was in my just starting my final year in Bible College at the time … how on earth did I find the time to read CT?) Packer’s article, which in light of the “New […]

My Top 5 Inspirational Christian Movies

Here’s my shortlist of inspirational Christian movies that everyone should watch. You’ll note that (a) they’re all true stories, (b) that all but one are biographies of famous Christians, and (c) that only one is a story from the Bible. These are personal preferences, of course, and they reflect my love of church history. I […]

“Delight In The Will of God” by John A. Broadus [Dead Guy University]

It’s a joy to return to Dead Guy University. On Sundays I like to post classic articles and sermons from Church history. Today we have a wonderful sermon by John A. Broadus (1827-1895). I confess that I have not read a lot of Broadus, but I have a desire to read lot more. He was […]

Friday Dispatches – Week Ending 8/2/2013

A collection of assorted postings and pages I picked up while aimlessly wandering around the net this past week.   We start out with something truly bizarre. This Roman Catholic news story actually hit the wires on June 19th, but I only came across it this past week. The Pope is offering an indulgence for […]

The First Language Tool You Should Get For Bible Study

I’m sometimes asked by members of our congregation, “Pastor, I’d like to go deeper in my study of the Bible, can you recommend some tools to dig into the original languages?” I love to hear questions like that, because it means these folks have a healthy appetite and desire for God’s Word. It’s a great […]

Nice Things or Good Things?

“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in […]

He Who Did Not Spare

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all …” (Romans 8:32) Look at that phrase: “did not spare”. It’s made up of two Greek words … “pheidomai ou”, literally “spared not”. It means “to not act leniently, to not hold back”. But to really get the full picture […]