Archive for September, 2008

Revelation 5 describes Jesus as “the Unfolder of the scroll, the majestic Expositor of the otherwise inscrutable counsels.”

John MacDuff Memories from Patmos, 1871.

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Growing in Christ

Spurgeon once said that as time passes …

“The veil grows thinner and thinner, and our faith in the unseen grows stronger.”

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Baptism in a grave

In parts of India where there is not much water they will dig a grave, line the bottom with white sheets. The one getting baptised will be laid in the grave and covered with another white sheet. A small amount of water will be sprinkled on top of the sheet, and it will then be whipped off of the person. The person will then climb out of the grave.

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Arminians in heaven?

When the news of John Goodwin’s death was brought to his uncle, Dr. Thomas Goodwin, the latter cried out, “Then there is another good man gone to heaven.”

“Gone to heaven, Sir?” answered the person; “why your nephew was an Arminian.”

The Doctor replied “True: he was an Arminian on earth, but he is not an Arminian now.”

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The mystery of providence defies our attempt to tame it by reason. I do not mean it is illogical; I mean that we do not know enough to be able to unpack it and domesticate it. Perhaps we may gauge how content we are to live with our limitations by assessing whether we are comfortable in joining the biblical writers in utterances that mock our frankly idolatrous devotion to our own capacity to understand.

Source: D. A. Carson, How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1990), p. 226.

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mature masculinity

“at the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships”

source: John Piper, Recovering Biblical Manhood, 35.

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I have included Matthew Henry’s “A Church in the House” also titled “Family Religion” in the Downloads section on the right.

It is a very good sermon by the Puritan pastor in 1704.

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