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Living in Light of Two Ages
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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
"Feasting with God"
Throughout our series on Divine Hospitality, we’ve been exploring the feasting themes in Scripture. On this program the hosts continue their discussion as they consider how this theme is addressed throughout Luke’s Gospel. Here we meet with a God who exhibits such a lavish hospitality that he invites even strangers and foreigners to become co-heirs of the everlasting estate. Join Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Justin Holcomb, Steve Parks as they unpack this theme of feasting with God in the Gospel of Luke.