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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Sep292014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 29-October 5)

Sunday Morning (October 5):  We are continuing our current sermon series on 1 Peter.  We will address the theme of suffering for righteousness' sake from 1 Peter 3:8-17.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

New Members Class (9:00 a.m.):  Our Fall new members class continues with a discussion of  Reformed church government.  Inquirers welcome!

Sunday AfternoonAs we continue our study of the Canons of Dort, we are currently in the 3rd/4th head of Doctrine, and will be considering the effects of regeneration (articles 15-16).  Our  catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 1):  We will be concluding our study of the Book of Revelation.  Next week, we will begin a study of the Book of Romans.

Friday Night Academy (October 3):  The Academy wraps-up our four-week look at the life and times of John Calvin.  This week, we'll be discussing Mike Horton's book, Calvin on the Christian Life, (Crossway, 2014).

Special Academy Guest Lecture:  On Friday, October 10th, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt will be our special guest, lecturing on the "Trinity and the Nicene Creed."

New Academy Series:  Beginning Friday, October 17, Prof. Ken Samples will begin a six week series entitled, "If I Had Lunch with St. Augustine."  Here's the synopsis for the course:

The last and greatest of the men revered as the “Church Fathers” was Augustine of Hippo or “St. Augustine” (A.D. 354-430). Though Christianity has produced many prominent thinkers during the past two millennia, Augustine may be the most influential Christian thinker of all time outside of the New Testament. His significant influence, especially on Western Christianity, is directly tied to his profound work as a theologian, philosopher, apologist, and church bishop.  If you had lunch with the bishop, what would you ask him? What would you want to know about a man who was a great sinner who became a great saint?

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Sep282014

"The Beauty of a Quiet and Gentle Spirit" -- 1 Peter 3:1-7

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon:  Click Here

Sunday
Sep282014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Sharing in God's Hospitality

On this program, Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Justin Holcomb, Steve Parks wrap up their discussion of the feasting themes of the New Testament and begin a discussion of the ways in which we are called to share in God’s hospitality by giving of ourselves to our neighbors. Do our churches display kindness to strangers and outsiders? Or are they just a bunch of social clubs for clean living types of a particular political persuasion? How can we begin to show kindness and grace to outsiders in view of God’s own grace to us? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn.

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Friday
Sep262014

The Inevitable Consequence of the War Upon Isis

 

h.t. Andrew Compton

Friday
Sep262014

Friday Feature -- Farewell to the Captain

Derek Jeter was never my favorite Yankee, but I will sure miss watching him play.  His last game in Yankee Stadium represents the end of a two-decade long era of World Series championships and perennial trips to the playoffs.  In addition to the heroics in the video, it is pretty amazing to consider that Jeter was never once tossed by an umpire from a game in entire his twenty-year big league career.

I would rank him as the sixth greatest Yankee, behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra.  I saw Mantle and Berra play in person (at the end or their respective careers), but I watched Jeter's entire career, and loved every inning of it.

Tuesday
Sep232014

The Intellectual Laziness of the New Left

Mollie Hemingway drop-kicks the New York Times, by pointing out a rather serious factual error as it relates to the Christian faith (h.t. Shane Rosenthal).

You can read about it here, Will Someone Explain Christianity to the New York Times?

Tuesday
Sep232014

"Blessed Is the One" -- A Sermon on Psalm 32

 

A Sermon on the 32nd Psalm

There is nothing worse than to feel the conviction of sin–that miserable sense that you’ve done wrong and that your actions displease God because they violate his commandments.  The Psalmist describes this feeling as akin to the oppressive heat of a hot and sweltering day.  On the other hand, there is nothing better than to know the forgiveness of sin–the sense that the guilt of our wrong-doing has been forgiven, and that we are now considered righteous, as though we had never broken a single one of God’s commandments.  The Psalmist describes this sense as a safe hiding place in times of trouble.  This then, is the theme of the 32nd Psalm–where and how to find true happiness and peace stemming from the knowledge that our sins have been forgiven, and that we are counted as righteous before God.  When someone once asked Martin Luther which of the Psalms he liked best–he said the Psalms of Paul (the 32nd, the 51st, the 130th, the 146th) because they teach that the full forgiveness of sins comes without works to all who believe.  John Calvin says that in this Psalm we are reminded, “what a miserable thing it is to feel God’s hand heavy on account of sin,” but that “the highest and best part of a happy life consists in this, that God forgives a man’s guilt, and receives him graciously into his favor.”  Indeed, “blessed is the one.”

As we continue our series on select Psalms, we now consider the 32nd Psalm, which is quoted by the Apostle Paul in Romans 4, and used by the apostle as an important proof-text for the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone.  This Psalm is often considered a “penitential Psalm”–the prayer of someone deeply affected by the guilt of their sins.  This is the second of seven so-called penitential Psalms in the Psalter, and the second such Psalm to appear in Book One of the Psalter.  But this Psalm is much more than a penitential Psalm.  It includes thanksgiving on the part of David–the Psalm’s author–as well as an appeal to divine wisdom, wisdom which is revealed by YHWH.  The Psalmist gives thanks for this wisdom, which he has received through the “instruction,” “teaching” and “counsel” mentioned in verse 8.  Having gained this wisdom from God, the Psalmist is moved to confess his sins and gives thank to YHWH for this wonderful blessing.  Made wise by God’s wisdom, the Psalmist describes the contrast between the misery of the conviction of sin and the joy (indeed, the happiness) of knowing that he is forgiven.  The Psalmist can describe this sense so well because he has lived it.

To read the rest of this sermon, Click Here

Monday
Sep222014

Mike Horton on WSC's "Office Hours" Discussing His New Book, "Ordinary"

Here's the link to the Westminster Seminary California "Office Hours" interview:  Mike Horton on "Ordinary"

Pre-Order Mike Horton's new book Ordinary

Monday
Sep222014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (September 22-28) 

Sunday Morning (September 28):  We have come to chapter 3:1-7 in our series on 1 Peter.  We will be considering Peter's discussion of husbands and wives.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

New Members Class (9:00 a.m.):  Our Fall new members class continues with a discussion of the history the Reformed churches.  Inquirers welcome!

Sunday Afternoon:  Prof. Ken Samples will be leading our afternoon catechism service which begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (September 24): Our Bible study continues with a look at the closing chapters of the Book of Revelation, before we take up a study of the Book of Romans in the coming weeks.

Friday Night Academy (September 26):  The Academy continues our four-week reading/discussion format centering on the life and times of John Calvin.  This week, we'll be discussing Mike Horton's book, Calvin on the Christian Life, (Crossway, 2014).

Special Academy Guest Lecture:  On Friday, October 10th, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt will be our special guest, lecturing on the doctrine of the Trinity and the Nicene Creed.

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Sep212014

“Live As People Who Are Free” -- 1 Peter 2:13-25

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon:  Click Here