Monthly Archives: February 2020

Church Write-Up: Ash Wednesday 2020

Today is Ash Wednesday, and the church that I attend had an Ash Wednesday service. The pastor opened his sermon by saying that he did not have a poker face. One can look at his face and tell what he … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: God in Himself, by Steven J. Duby

Steven J. Duby. God in Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology. IVP Academic, 2019.  See here to purchase the book. Steven J. Duby teaches theology at Grand Canyon University. This book is about divine revelation. There are … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Listening, and the Dark Night of the Soul

Here are some items from church this morning. A. The theme of the service was “Listen to him,” taken from what God says in Matthew 17:5 at the Transfiguration. The youth pastor talked about the fictional town of Duckberg. The … Continue reading

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How to Kill Your Christian Joy and Assurance

Originally posted on Citizen of New Jerusalem:
Want to kill your Christian joy and assurance of salvation? Believe your Christian adverbs. (Adverbs modify verbs, e.g. “slowly running.”) Become a pietist. When we use and believe our own adverbs to describe…

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Church Write-Up: The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9)

The adult Bible study today talked about Jesus’s Transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-9. Here are some items: A. Transfiguration Sunday marks a transition between Epiphany and Lent. Epiphany is about the revelation of Jesus as God, to both Israel and also … Continue reading

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Review of “J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir” by Ned B. Stonehouse

Originally posted on Morgan Trotter:
Stonehouse, Ned B.  J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1987. I first learned about J. Gresham Machen in church history class during my initial year as a student at…

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My cloud of witnesses: 7 traits of highly effective race runners

Originally posted on TheoThoughts:
I’ve been mulling on this passage in Hebrews for the past couple of weeks; Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which…

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