Monday, April 30, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Here is the link to an apologetics and outreach course by Jerram Barrs at Covenant Seminary. It looks like the accompanying book is "The Heart of Evangelism" by Barrs. I'm going to download this to my Ipod and listen to it on Sabbatical this May. The lecture titles look very promising. It sure looks like this is not just your standard apologetics stuff (teleological argument for the existence of God, presuppositionalism vs. evidentialism, etc) It looks instead to be very oriented toward engaging the world with the Faith. Check it out.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
This kind of preaching is most helpfully done when a minister follows the logic of the Scriptures, systematically preaching chapter by chapter and verse by verse through entire books of the Bible. This helps ensure that a congregation hears what God wants them to hear, and not simply what their minister thinks they ought to hear.
But expository preaching is not so much a method as it is a mindset. A minister who sees himself as an expositor knows that he is not the master of the Word, but its servant. He has no other ambition than to preach what the Scriptures actually teach. His aim is to be faithful to God’s Word so that his people can hear God’s voice. He himself is only God’s mouthpiece, speaking God’s message into the ears of God’s people, and thus into their minds and hearts. To that end, he carefully works his way through the Scriptures, reading, explaining, and applying them to his congregation. On occasion he may find it necessary to address some pastoral concerns in a topical fashion, but even then his sermons come from his exposition of particular passages of Scripture. Rather than focusing on his own spiritual experience, or on current events, or on what he perceives as his congregation’s needs and interests, the minister gives his fullest attention to teaching what the Bible actually says.
If you care to read the rest of the interview, go here: http://unashamedworkman.wordpress.com/2007/04/11/ten-questions-for-expositors-ryken/
Meredith G. Kline, born 1922 in Coplay Pennsylvania, is an American theologian and Old Testament scholar. Kline is an influential voice for Covenant theology in the Reformed tradition. He is perhaps best known for his important contributions in the area of Suzerain-Vassal treaties in the 2nd millennium BC. He is also well-known for his defense of the "framework" interpretation of the creation story in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis.
Kline received a B.A., Gordon College; Th.B., Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia (1947), and a Ph.D. in Assyriology and Egyptology from Dropsie University (1956). He is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and has had a long career as Professor of Old Testament at various institutions, including Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; and Westminster Seminary California.
- God, Heaven and Har Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos (2006) ISBN 1597524786
- Glory in Our Midst: A Biblical-Theological Reading of Zechariah's Night Visions (2001) ISBN 1579105998
- Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview (2000) ISBN 1597525642
- The Genesis Debate: Three Views on the Days of Creation (contributor, 2000) ISBN 0970224508
- Images of the Spirit (1999) ISBN 1579102050
- The Structure of Biblical Authority (1997) ISBN 1579100694
- "Space and Time in the Genesis Cosmogony," Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith 48 (1996) pp. 2-15
- By Oath Consigned: A Reinterpretation of the Covenant Signs of Circumcision and Baptism (1968)
- Treaty of the Great King: The Covenant Structure of Deuteronomy: Studies and Commentary (1963)
- "Because It Had Not Rained," Westminster Theological Journal 20 (1958) pp. 146-57.
Monday, April 9, 2007
Of course we could never get Christopher and Sarah to look at the camera at the same time!
Here we are with my folks
Here they are on the couch after church. Sarah loves "holding" her little sister.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
My enemy is the flesh. My flesh.
That body of sin that resides in me. It corrupts my joys. It twists my desires. It reprograms my thoughts. The flesh takes things in my life that are of minor importance and make them seem as if they are critical. And the flesh takes truly important things and makes them feel distant, remote, inaccessible, uncertain, and small. The Flesh knows my weak spots. It knows which buttons to push. And I'm at war with my flesh. The point of the war is to determine who or what will rule and reign in my life. Fundamentally, what kind of person am I. Where do my deepest loyalties truly lie? Who am I and what are the things that I think, feel, do and say. What rules my heart? What fruits of my life will sprout from what kind of roots in my soul? Oh, there's a war going on inside of me. And even tonight as Mindy and I watched Will Smith's "Pursuit of Happyness" with a little tear in each of our eyes, that same war was being played out in the way that I was going to interpret this movie and appropriate it to my life. So perhaps for me the better part of wisdom will be to push aside all sermon/worship preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday later this week, and instead devote the rest of my week to prayer, Scripture and John Owen. But I won't do that. I might just be indulging the flesh right at that point, rather than squaring myself fully towards the duty that must be done to have something edifying to say to God's people this holy weekend. So I'm going to turn out the lights now and pray that the Lord would awaken me at an early enough hour so that I can begin a day given over to His glory through sermon preparation. Tomorrow is going to be another day in the war. It's a good thing that I have a Captain and King who has every resource at my disposal to beat back the flesh tomorrow and enable me to walk with the Spirit.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
"But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep." 1 Corinthians 15:20
Christopher loves his new guitar! Watch out James Taylor! Sarah likes it too.
Birthday cupcakes (with an Easter theme)
Monday, April 2, 2007
Here were the messages:
- Your Walk with God Is a Community Project – Paul Tripp
- Progressive Sanctification and the Anti-Social Nature of Sin – Paul Tripp
- The Pastor’s Role in Sanctification – Sinclair Ferguson
- Colossians 3:1-17 – Sinclair Ferguson
- Sanctification in the Middle of the Messiness of Relationships – Paul Tripp
Here is a pic that Mindy took of Hannah today
Sarah, our mother hen, cheerfully keeps watch over baby Hannah