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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Nov282016

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (November 28-December 4)

Sunday Morning, December (the second Sunday in Advent).   In Colossians 1:24-2:5, Paul speaks of Jesus as our hope of glory.  You are invited to join us as we continue our series on Paul's letter to the Colossian.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  This coming Lord's Day we will cover the Catechism's discussion of Christ's church, focusing upon the "communion of saints" (Lord's Day 21, Q & A 54-56).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study, November 30:  We are concluding our study of 2 Thessalonians.  Our study begins at 7:30 p.m.

Christ Reformed Christmas Party, Friday December 2 @ 7:00 p.m.

Academy:  Resumes in February 2017 with a viewing and discussion of Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Sunday
Nov272016

"The Image of the Invisible God" -- Colossians 1:15-23

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the Christ hymn of Colossians 1:15-23

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Sunday
Nov272016

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

The Image of the Invisible God

Was Jesus merely a nice Jewish teacher who over time began to be worshiped as a kind of god by later generations, or was he thought of as a divine from the earliest days of Christianity? What can we learn about this by examining the earliest documents of the Christian faith? On this program the hosts discuss Paul’s view of the deity of Christ in their continuing series on The Incarnation.

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Friday
Nov252016

Get the "Lion of Princeton" on Kindle for $2.99

Never thought I'd be pushing a "Black Friday" special, but Amazon has my book "Lion of Princeton" for cheap!

Lion of Princeton

Tuesday
Nov222016

"They Consecrated It" -- Nehemiah 3:1-12

The Thirteenth in a Series of Sermons on Ezra-Nehemiah

Details, details, details.  Why would Nehemiah take us on a counter-clockwise, brick by brick, tour of Jerusalem’s walls and gates–beginning at the northeastern corner of the city?  Why does he mention so many of the workers, by name, by family, and by town.  Why does he mention so many sections of the wall-some of which remain unknown to us today?  Why would the Holy Spirit breathe forth God’s inerrant word through Nehemiah, and choose to include so many seemingly mundane details?  We will attempt to answer these questions by looking first at Nehemiah’s historical account, and then to that to which the earthly city of Jerusalem points, the spiritual temple of God (the church) and ultimately to the New Jerusalem.

We resume our series on Nehemiah as we come to what one commentator has described as one of the “least lively and stirring of the narratives of the Old Testament.”  Nehemiah 3 contains 32 verses of difficult to pronounce Hebrew names, as well as seemingly obscure details about the gates and walls of Jerusalem which archaeologists and biblical scholars love (lots of fodder here for Ph.D. dissertations), but which most Bible readers very likely skip over without bothering to read.  There is a reason why I asked that only twelve verses be included for our Old Testament lesson even though we’ll be looking at the entire chapter–imagine making someone read this entire chapter out loud.   I’d venture a guess that many of you who have read through the Bible and/or Nehemiah have skipped this chapter–or just skimmed it.  I’ll also venture to guess that no one here has memorized any of these verses, or ever claimed one of them as a life verse.
 
To understand why this chapter is here and why it is important, we will begin by looking at some of the details within the passage, before we consider the role which the passage plays in the big picture of redemptive history.  It is easy to bog down in a list of foreign names and long-forgotten places and overlook the fact that it was not long before, that Nehemiah arrived in the city and surveyed the damage to the city’s walls and gates under the cover of darkness.  No doubt, the dry as dust content of this chapter encourages many to allegorize this account, attempting to turn Nehemiah’s factual narrative of how the walls of the city were rebuilt into a metaphor about how Jerusalem’s fallen walls symbolize problems in our lives from which we must rebuild.  To do this is to turn Nehemiah’s detailed report about former Jewish exiles rebuilding their capital city into a story about us–something Americans crave, but which circumvents the whole point of the passage–God has ordained that his city be rebuilt.    

According to Nehemiah 2:16-18, the author eventually informed “the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, and the rest who were to do the work, that “the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me.”  Their response was overwhelming.  “`Let us rise up and build.’  So they strengthened their hands for the good work.”  In a short period of time, Nehemiah has performed an extraordinary feat–getting virtually the entire population of the city of Jerusalem organized and mobilized to begin a massive reconstruction project.  This pretty remarkable in its own right, and explains the temptation to focus upon Nehemiah’s leadership skills (which are certainly apparent from the account) and not upon the bigger picture–the role the rebuilt Jerusalem and temple will play in redemptive history, especially in regards to the coming Messiah.

To read the rest of this sermon, Click Here

Monday
Nov212016

Sasse on Religious Liberty

Ben Sasse recently gave a lecture on religious liberty at Georgetown University.  Ben's speech begins about 10 minutes in.

Well worth the forty minutes of your time.

Monday
Nov212016

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (November 21-27)

Sunday Morning, November 27.  We are working our way through the Book of Colossians and now come to Paul's "Christ hymn" in verses 15-20 of Colossians 1.  Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  As we continue our study of the Heidelberg Catechism, we will take up Lord's 21, and the doctrine of the church (Lord's Day 21, Q & A 54-56).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study:  No Bible Study this week.

Thursday, November 24:  You are cordially invited to our annual Thanksgiving service @ 10:00 a.m.

Academy:  Resumes in February 2017 with a viewing and discussion of Allen Guelzo's Teaching Company Course, The American Mind.

For more information on Christ Reformed Church you can always find us here (Christ Reformed Info), or on Facebook (Christ Reformed on Facebook).

Sunday
Nov202016

"He Delivered Us" -- Colossians 1:3-14

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

Sunday
Nov202016

This Week's White Horse Inn (Updated Website)

The Word Became Flesh

Many commentators have argued that the Gospel of John makes use of categories from Greek philosophy, particularly in its portrayal of Jesus as the divine Word. But is this really the case? Has John blended the story of Jesus with the ideas of Plato? On this program, the hosts walk through the opening lines of John’s Gospel and discuss new evidence which points to the Jewishness of this amazing passage.

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Tuesday
Nov152016

Speaking of Politics . . . Great Essay from Scott Clark

Hillary Clinton in the pulpit?  What about President-elect Trump?

Dr. Clark nails it.  Let the Church Be the Church

 

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