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  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
    on Oct 5, 2008 in martin luther poetry hymns
    Among the voluminous writings of the German Reformer Martin Luther stands one of the most theologically profound hymns we have today. Read the words...mediate upon them and think about the God we serve:A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never fa...
  • The Holy Bible
    on Sep 29, 2008 in bible catechism
    Charles Spurgeon once remarked that the Baptist Confession of 1689 was "the most excellent epitome of the things surely believed among us". He saw that Confession as the best expression of the Holy Scriptures. Building from this premise, I start
  • John Bunyan's Poem of Encouragement
    on Sep 28, 2008 in poetry encouragement
    In the year 1660 preaching was forbidden in England as an attempt to eliminate independent congregrations. John Bunyan refused to obey the King's order and continued to preach the gospel. Bunyan was seized in Samsell, tried, and ordered to be held in
  • Predestination and the Efficacy of Prayer
    on Sep 27, 2008 in calvinism prayer predestination
    One of the most often cited arguments against Calvinism is that predestination renders prayer useless. Such a conclusion, however, overlooks the fundamental understanding of Reformed theology in general and prayer in particular. Despite objections to...
  • The Riddle of Roman Catholicism
    on Sep 25, 2008 in apologetics roman catholicism
    Today I returned from a three-day conference in Corpus Christi, Texas where I was without my computer and without access to the Internet. Despite being disconnected from the world and the blogosphere (or so it seemed), my time in the lone-star state...
  • John 3:16 and the Meaning of Kosmos
    on Sep 22, 2008 in calvinism greek
    It has been my experience in conversing with Arminians that there are several universalistic passages that stand in opposition to the doctrines of grace. Arguably the number one most cited passage by opponents to Reformed theology is John 3:16. We al...
  • A Prayer For Enlightening the Mind
    on Sep 21, 2008 in prayer
    Every temptation that Satan presents to us has been similarly experienced by the saints who have gone before us. Our temptations are not unique. We struggle in the same manner as did the Christians of ages past. Below is a prayer from Thomas à Kempi...
  • I Highly Recommend...
    on Sep 19, 2008 in sundry
    Netcraft Web Server Survey conducted a survey in 2007 in which it was estimated that the World Wide Web has some 110,000,000 websites (and this figure was on the lower end of the guestimate). So it is no wonder that it took me nine years to discover...
  • Inconsistent Conservatives
    on Sep 18, 2008 in abortion
    The one non-negotiable component in the abortion debate is the moment at which life begins. The conservative reasons that life commences at conception while opposers differ in their arguments. Some postulate that life begins the moment of "primitive.
  • The Islamization of England
    on Sep 16, 2008 in islam
    Earlier this year Rowan William, Archbishop of Canterbury, predicted that Sharia law "seems unavoidable" in Britain for which he was severely criticized. Similarly, the head of the judiciary, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, further flamed
  • When Death Comes Knocking
    on Sep 15, 2008 in death
    Today as I was walking through the parking lot outside of my office, I noticed a car with a static sticker dedicated to a departed loved one. Displayed on the back window was the man’s name and dates of his life. It was a poignant reminder of someo...
  • A Prayer from John Chrysostom
    on Sep 14, 2008 in prayer
    A prayer of illumination from an early church father:"Shine within our hearts, loving Master, the pure light of Your divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our minds that we may comprehend the message of your Gospel. Instill in us, also, reverence fo
  • Another California Outrage
    on Sep 13, 2008 in homosexuality liberalism
    Nearly a decade ago TIME Magazine selected 100 most important people of the century. The selection process included “people who exemplify courage, selflessness, exuberance, superhuman ability and amazing grace”. Among those honored with such high...
  • None Can Stay His HandEach generation has its life-changing moment when everyone remembers what he or she was doing. It used to be the hour Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, the day Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and the release of the movie Top Gun (okay, s...
  • The Big Dud
    on Sep 10, 2008 in evolution faith
    The next time you turn on your television or open your morning paper you will inevitably read a headline similar to the one I found online. “Physicists around the world…hope to unlock the secrets of the universe and its origins.” Now in order t...
  • Impromptu!
    on Sep 9, 2008 in hodgepodge
    If you have never heard of the book Impromptu you would not be alone. Most books with essays on the study of forensic eloquence do not find their way to the shelves of Barnes & Nobles. It took 25 years of searching (whether I knew it or not) to c.
  • The Christian Faith
    on Sep 8, 2008 in faith greek
    One of my favorite anecdotes used to illustrate the true meaning of faith as used in the Bible involves a tightwalker, a wheelbarrow, Niagra Falls and a challenge. I’m sure you have heard it more times than you can remember especially if you attend...
  • To Vote or Not To Vote
    on Sep 8, 2008 in politics
    It seems like flip-flopping is fast becoming a national pastime. What was once reserved for the politicians for political expediency has now crossed swimming lanes into the realm of Christian conservatism. Dr. James Dobson, aka the man whose conscien...
  • The Creation of Man
    on Sep 7, 2008 in poetry
    It was just after Thanksgiving 2005 that I received news I would be sent to the Middle East for a six-month deployment. I knew my departure was inevitable, but it never really sunk in until I received the phone call confirming my worst suspicions. Em...
  • The Crowing Achievement of Woman
    on Sep 6, 2008 in motherhood leadership
    If we have learned one thing since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidental candidate, it is that the overwhelming majority of Evangelical Christians are convinced that the pinnacle of womanhood transcends the family. Writes one Christ...
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