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This Week at Christ Reformed Church (June 1-7)

Sunday Morning (June 7):  We are continuing our series on the books of Ezra-Nehemiah.  We have come to Ezra 9 and his call for the separation of Israel from her Canaanite neighbors.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  We return to our study of the Heidelberg Catechism.  This week are discussing the importance and practice of catechism.  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (June 3)We are continuing our series, "Run Through the Letters of Paul," and we have come to Galatians 5 and Paul's discussion of our freedom in Christ.

The Academy:  On Hiatus until Fall.

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


“That We Might Humble Ourselves Before Our God” -- Ezra 8:1-36

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This Week's White Horse Inn

Consumerism, Pragmatism, & the Triumph of the Therapeutic

This week on the White Horse Inn we had the opportunity to talk with Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith. He is the author of several books including Soul Searching and Souls in Transition. In his research Smith coined the phrase "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism" to describe the faith of most religious teens, and the religion he fears of their parents as well due to the failings of church leaders and parents to catechize and teach the doctrine of life in Christ.

Many churches in our day attempt to make their services relevant and entertaining in order to attract people in the marketplace of competing options. The focus often centers on practical lessons designed to help us cope with life’s problems. But what are the social and historic roots of this particular approach to ministry? Join us this week on the White Horse Inn as we discuss consumerism, pragmatism, and the therapeutic within the church.

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Machen's "Christianity and Liberalism" -- Free eBook

John Hendryx at is making available a free eBook edition of J. Gresham Machen's classic text Christianity and Liberalism.

This is one of those texts all Reformed Christians should read at least once.  Here it is, for free.  No excuses!

Christianity and Liberalism Free eBook

John also has a nice link to my Amillennialism 101 series (which is also found here on the Riddleblog's sidebar)

Amillennialism 101


"I and the Father Are One" -- John 10:22-42

The Thirty-Fourth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

When Jesus entered Jerusalem during the Feast of Booths, he began teaching regularly in the temple.  Although his hour has not yet come, it is drawing near.  Jesus’ messianic mission is reaching its conclusion.  Through a series of discourses and debates with the Jews, Jesus is preparing his disciples for that day just months away when he will depart from them.  There is much for them to learn and not much time remaining for Jesus to teach them.  But through these discourses and debates, Jesus is also bringing God’s covenant judgment upon unbelieving Israel.  His words do two things–they give life to his sheep, who hear his voice in his word, and his words serve to harden the hearts of the Pharisees who have opposed Jesus’ messianic mission from the moment he first set foot in the city.  During the Feast of Dedication, once again, Jesus demonstrates that he is Israel’s Messiah and one with YHWH.  And once again the Pharisees seek to arrest him.

In John 10:1-21 Jesus gives the “Good Shepherd” discourse in which our Lord affirms that he is the faithful shepherd over God’s messianic flock, that one who was foretold by Moses and Israel’s prophets (especially Ezekiel and Jeremiah).  Throughout the books of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Zechariah, Israel’s unbelieving kings and rulers are described as false shepherds who seek to exploit the people of God.  Many are singled out for God’s judgment in the form of covenant curse.  When Jesus gives the “Good Shepherd” discourse in John 10, it is clear to all listening to him that Jesus sees the Pharisees as false shepherds (strangers, thieves, and robbers).  These are men who, barring repentance, can expect to face the same covenant curses meted out upon Israel’s unbelieving kings as in the days of the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel, and the southern kingdom of Judah.  The Pharisees’ mistreatment of the people of God is exemplified in John 9 by the cruel and callous way they treated the man who had been blind from birth, and who had been healed by Jesus.  These men are nothing but hirelings who care nothing for God’s sheep.

The “Good Shepherd” discourse takes up the first half of John 10, while the second half (vv. 22-41) serves as an elaboration and an extension of the themes set forth by Jesus in vv. 1-21, who has identified himself as the “Good Shepherd” of Israel, who has come to tend to God’s scattered flock, and who, unlike the false shepherds and hirelings, will lay down his life for the sheep.  Jesus will not abandon God’s people when savage wolves approach.  He will do whatever is necessary to protect God’s flock, and lead God’s people into those green pastures spoken of by the Psalmist in the 23rd Psalm.

As we have seen throughout the last several discourses in John, whenever Jesus speaks, those listening to him are divided among themselves as to whether or not Jesus is a dangerous false teacher, or the coming of God’s prophet as predicted by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15).  There are messianic implications to virtually everything Jesus says and does.  As we saw last time, when Jesus finished his “Good Shepherd” discourse, we read in verses 19-21, “there was again a division among the Jews because of [Jesus’] words.  Many of them said, `He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?’  Others said, `These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon.  Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?’”

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This Week at Christ Reformed Church (May 25-31)

Sunday Morning (May 31):  We are moving forward with our sermon series on the books of Ezra-Nehemiah.  This Lord's day we will be working our way through Ezra 8:1-36, and considering Ezra's exodus from Babylon.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  Rev. Chris Coleman will be leading our catechism service, which begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (May 27)We are continuing our series, "Run Through the Letters of Paul," and we are considering Galatians 4:21-31, and Paul's discussion of the two mountains and the two women.

The Academy:  Friday, May 29 @ 7:30 p.m.  

Our current Academy series "The Great and Holy War" has focused upon the legacy of World War One, including the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine (Israel), the roots of ISIS (the end of the Caliphate/Ottoman Empire), the Bolshevik Revolution and the rise of Marxist-Leninism.

This week, we conclude our discussion of the text for this series is Philip Jenkin's book,  The Great and Holy War.  You are welcome to join us for our discussion, if you have not read, nor finished reading the book.

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



“The Hand of the Lord My God Was on Me” -- Ezra 7:1-28

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This Week's White Horse Inn

Members of the Body of Christ

This week on the White Horse Inn we discuss what it means to be a member of the body of Christ. We are joined by Thabiti Anyabwile who is the assistant pastor for church planting at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He has written numerous books, including most recently The Life of God in the Soul of the Church.

Should the church attempt to engage the culture in relevant ways, or does this strategy end up continuing to divide us by worldly preferences and priorities that are opposed to the gospel? What does it mean to be a member of a healthy church and, additionally, what does it mean to be a healthy church member? Join us as we seek discuss the body of Christ, the church, this week on the White Horse Inn.

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"The Great War" (World War One) -- Lectures and Handouts

Here is a complete list of lectures on "The Great War" and the topics covered in each of them.  The handouts, including a bibliography, can be found below


Lecture One:  "Why Study a War Fought One Hundred Years Ago?"

There are seven broad-ranging geopolitical implications which comprise the legacy of the Great War:

1).  The Great War marks the dawn of the modern world

2).  The Great War shook the very foundation of Europe and Western Civilization

3).  The Great War leads to a sequel (WW2)

4).  The Great War gives rise to the Arab-Israeli conflict

5).  The Great War sets the stage for the rise of ISIS and transnational terrorism

6). The Great War gave rise to the Soviet Union and international Communism

7). The Great War gave rise to America as the world’s foremost super-power

The Great War: Lecture One


 Lecture Two:  "Who Started It, and Why?"

Why did "Christian" Europe self-destruct?

1).  What are the causes of the Great War?

2).  What is just war theory, and how should it have been applied by the participants?

3).  How did Christian progressives and fundamentalists view the Great War?

The Great War: Lecture Two


Lecture Three:  "The Cessation of Hostilities"

Did the "Great War" really end?  Or was there merely a temporary cessation of hostilities?

1).  The Treaty of Versailles (1919)

2).  The Balfour Declaration (1917)

The Great War: Lecture Three


Lecture Four:  "One Hundred Years Later"

The scars from the Great War are deep and permanent

1).  The geopolitical, theological, and philosophical scars of the Great War

2).  The rise of ISIS

The Great War:  Lecture Four




J. I. Packer's "Introduction" to John Owen's "Death of Death"

J. I. Packer's "Introduction" to John Owen's magisterial defense of particular redemption (Owen's Death of Death) is simply must reading.  Packer's essay is one of the most succinct and clear presentations of the so-called "five points" of Calvinism you'll ever read.

John Hendryx (proprietor of has made this wonderful essay available for free in a number of e-book and printable formats.

If you've not read it, now is the time!

Packer's "Introduction"

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