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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Wednesday
Nov122014

"The Lamb of God" -- John 1:29-34

The Sixth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

God sent John the Baptist to bear witness to Israel about the one coming after him–the word become flesh and Israel’s Messiah.  John has faithfully fulfilled his mission which now comes to an end when John identifies Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  The crowds which had come to hear John and receive his baptism will now be introduced to that one greater than John, that one about whom John had been speaking.  There is no more need to for John to “prepare the way,” because the way, the truth, and the life, has now come.  The messianic ministry of Jesus is about to begin.  

We continue to work our way through the Gospel of John.  Last week we spent our time in verses 19-28 of John chapter 1, discussing the significant role which John the Baptist plays in redemptive history.  The Baptist has been sent by God to give testimony (“bearing witness”) about the one who was coming after him–Jesus, the Messiah.  In the prologue of his gospel (vv. 6-8), John the Disciple (and the author of this Gospel) introduced us to John the Baptist as follows.  “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.”  The Baptist has been sent by God to bear witness about that one coming after him, Jesus Christ, the word become flesh.  From the prologue we know that John the Baptist is herald (forerunner) of the Messiah, and that when the Baptist appears out in the wilderness to bear witness about the light shining in the darkness, we know that Israel’s Messiah is about to be revealed.

John the Disciple has not only told us about John the Baptist in his prologue, he has also told us about the word become flesh (logos).  John has told us that the eternal word was with God in the beginning, indicating that Jesus is God, and he is a distinct person from the father (and therefore, the second person of the Holy Trinity).  The Disciple also tells us that the word is “the true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.  He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  Jesus is the word become flesh (in his incarnation), who did so to save us from our sins (John’s metaphor for our sinfulness is darkness) and to grant us authority to become children of God–something we cannot do by natural means (either our birth or an act of our wills).  To be a child of God requires the new birth, and a new creation every bit as supernatural as that moment when God spoke and created the world.  Yet, when Jesus came bringing light (grace and truth) to his own people, sadly they either did not know him, or else they rejected him.

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Monday
Nov102014

I Am Pleased to Announce . . . . "The Lion of Princeton: B. B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian"

 

Coming in January 2015, in both a print (Lexham Press) and an electronic version (Logos)!

You can pre-order the Logos edition here.  The price is right!  The Lion of Princeton

 

Overview

There’s little doubt about the impact B.B. Warfield has had on American Christianity. Some hail him for his apologetic and polemical skills, praising him as a defender of Reformed orthodoxy. Others view him with less regard—as too focused on the role of reason in faith and too devoted to the inerrancy of Scripture. But all agree that he is a man with whom one must reckon.

Despite the resurging interest in his life and work, Warfield’s views are often misunderstood. In The Lion of Princeton, Kim Riddlebarger investigates Warfield’s theological, apologetical, and polemical writings, bringing clarity to the confusion that surrounds this key figure of the Princeton tradition.

Riddlebarger provides a biographical overview of Warfield’s life and traces the growing appreciation for Warfield’s thought by contemporary Reformed thinkers. Furthermore, he evaluates the fundamental structures in Warfield’s overall theology and examines Warfield’s work in the field of systematic theology.

Warfield’s theological heirs revere his memory, while his critics continue to find his work misguided and his legacy troubling. “The Lion of Princeton,” as he was known, was certainly up for the challenge. We must therefore take a fresh look at the work of this great scholar, who was in many ways the most significant American apologist, polemicist, and theologian of his age.

Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology is a peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs exploring key figures, themes, and issues in historical and systematic theology from an evangelical perspective.

In the Logos edition, this valuable volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Praise for the Print Edition

It has been a pleasure for me to learn more about Warfield as a colleague of Kim Riddlebarger. To my mind, Kim is a lot like Warfield: lucid and learned, measured and careful with his judgments, yet bold just where it’s needed. This book exposes us to Warfield on his own terms, and usually in his own words.

Michael Horton, professor of systematic theology, Westminster Seminary, CA

Kim Riddlebarger’s accounting of his philosophical influences raises again the controversial question of the role of Scottish Common Sense Realism in the Princeton tradition. All who owe a debt to Warfield’s vast erudition and evident devotion to Christ and the Scriptures will find much to enjoy in this portrait of The Lion of Princeton.

—Fred G. Zaspel, Author of The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary

Contents

  • Introduction
  • Biography
  • The Wisdom of the Vulgar—Scottish Common Sense Realism and Princeton
  • New Testament Studies
  • Apologetics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Didactics and Polemics
  • Contemporary Critics

Product Details

  • Title: The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian
  • Author: Kim Riddlebarger
  • Series: Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: January, 2015
Monday
Nov102014

Looking for a Good Church in the Greater St. Louis Area?

I was privileged to lead a men's retreat last week for Christ Presbyterian Church (OPC) in St. Charles, MO.  White Horse Inn Producer Shane Rosenthal is a member here (don't count that against the church!) and the pastor is Scott Churnock.  This is a solid bunch, and I heartily encourage you to consider worshiping here (or recommending Christ Presbyterian to anyone you may know living in the area).

Thanks to Rev. Churnock and session for your hospitality!  I appreciated and enjoyed my time with you all very much!

Here's their website.  Christ Presbyterian OPC

Monday
Nov102014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (November 10-16)

Sunday Morning (November 16):  We begin to wrap-up our sermon series on 1 Peter.  This Lord's Day we will turn our attention to 1 Peter 5:1-14, and consider Peter's teaching on the rule of elders as a bulwark against the attacks of the devil, before we conclude our time in 1 Peter, next Lord's Day.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday AfternoonWe are continuing our study of the Canons of Dort, and we are currently in the 3rd/4th Head of Doctrine.  We are discussing the consequences of rejecting the doctrine of original sin (Refutation of Errors, paragraph 2).  Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (November 12):  We continue our study of the Book of Romans with a rapid-fire "run through Romans."  We will work our way through Romans 7.  Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m.

Academy (November 14):  Prof. Ken Samples continues his six week series entitled, "If I Had Lunch with St. Augustine." Ken's fifth lecture is entitled, "Augustine’s Most Enduring Philosophical Idea."

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

Sunday
Nov092014

Audio from This Morning's Sermon

Here's the audio of this morning's sermon from Rev. Andrew Compton, on Luke 11:1-13; Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 47 -- Hallowing God’s Name: Praying for Soli Deo Gloria. 

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Sunday
Nov092014

Audio from Ken Samples' Academy Lecture (11/07/14)

Here's the audio from Ken Samples' Academy lecture, "Augustine’s Most Important Theological Contribution."

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Sunday
Nov092014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Is God a Religious Pluralist?

Is it true that all religious paths lead to the same God? Can something be true for you, but not for others? How are we to deal with the exclusive claims of Jesus in our pluralistic age? On this special edition of White Horse Inn, our friend Greg Koukl will discuss these questions in his address at a recent WHI conference.

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Thursday
Nov062014

Friday Feature -- The First Kumbaya Campfire Moment

It must have been tough to memorize the dialogue for this film!

Thursday
Nov062014

"The Testimony of John" -- John 1:19-28

The Fifth in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Although we read about him in the New Testament, Jesus said he was the greatest of the Old Testament prophets.  And given his rather odd diet (locusts and honey) and his distinctive attire (camel hair with a leather belt), it is easy to think of John the Baptist as some sort of religious eccentric who appears out in the Judean wilderness and begins preaching “the end is near.”  But John the Baptist is an important figure in redemptive history, and is identified as such in the opening chapter of John’s Gospel when the Baptist appears as the messianic forerunner who bears witness to the fact that with the coming of Jesus, the light has come into the world of darkness.

We have completed our time in the prologue to John’s Gospel (vv. 1-18) and we now move into the body of John’s Gospel beginning with John the Disciple’s account of John the Baptist in verses 19-28 of chapter 1.  In John’s prologue we have learned that Jesus is the eternal word (logos) who was with God in the beginning.  Therefore, Jesus is God, yet distinct from the father.  We have also learned that Jesus is the creator of all things who then took to himself a true human nature (the word “became” flesh) to save us from our sins.  John speaks of the creator becoming our redeemer in terms of darkness (human sinfulness and willful ignorance of the truth) and light (the grace and truth of Jesus Christ).  It is Jesus who gives us the authority to become children of God, something which cannot be accomplished by natural birth or through an act of the human will.  

In the prologue, John the Disciple (and the author of this gospel) has also introduced us to the “other” John, John the Baptist.  The Baptist is that one who sent by God to bear witness to Jesus Christ, the light who has come into the world to overcome the darkness.  Says John (about the Baptist) in verses 6-8, “there was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.”  In verse 15, the disciple adds, “John bore witness about him, and cried out, `This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’” In John’s prologue we learn who Jesus is so that when John begins to recount the details of our Lord’s messianic mission later in chapter 1, we already know that Jesus is the eternal God become flesh.  In his prologue, John also tells us who the Baptist is, and what his mission as messianic forerunner will entail.  John the Baptist’s calling is to give testimony about the one coming after him.

Given the important role that John the Baptist plays in redemptive history, it would be a good idea to go through the biblical background regarding John the Baptist to learn more about him and dispel the idea that he is some sort of self-appointed religious zealot.  It is vital to understand the critical role he plays in preparing the way for the coming of Jesus Christ.  If John the Baptist is the greatest of the Old Testament prophets, then we should know more about him.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

I Was On "Issues, Etc." Today

I was on Issues, Etc., today discussing the doctrine of the Trinity.

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