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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Monday
Feb162015

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (February 16-22)

Sunday Morning (February 22):  We return to our series on 2 Peter and Jude.  This coming Lord's Day we will take up Peter's discussion of the Lord's return (2 Peter 3:1-13).  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  Rev. Chris Coleman is conducting our  catechism service which begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (February 18)We are continuing our "Run Through the Letters of Paul" and we are in the opening chapter of Galatians. 

The Academy (February 20):  We are continuing our study of Michael Horton's theology text The Christian Faith.  We will be discussing the Filioque clause and then turning to chapter nine, which deals with God's decree (pp. 303-313).

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

Sunday
Feb152015

"A Noble Task" -- 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon on the occasion of the installation and ordination of elders and deacons

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Sunday
Feb152015

This Week's White Horse Inn

The Eternal Sacrifice

This week on the White Horse Inn we begin part six of our series on the Book of Hebrews, focusing on chapters nine and ten. Special guest Nancy Guthrie joins us once more as we delve into this critical section of the text. Nancy is a teacher and the author of several books including Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God, Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose and Provision in Suffering, and a five book series entitled Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.

On this episode we will look at the nature of Christ’s eternal sacrifice. On what basis could Christ enter into the true Holy of Holies? What is the relationship between redemption and Christ’s sacrifice? How did the old covenant sacrifices ultimately relate to Christ? Was there any benefit to the sacrificial system of the temple? Why was it necessary for an eternal high priest to win our salvation? Join us as we meditate on the essence of the gospel of our redemption, the eternal sacrifice of Christ’s blood, on the White Horse Inn.

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Thursday
Feb122015

Dr. Godfrey on the Crusades

A great lecture on an important topic.  Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for making this available!

Thursday
Feb122015

"It's Good to Be the King"--Unless You Are a German King in Great Britain

Americans love the Royal Family and are quite fascinated by them.

In 1981, countless Americans stayed up very late to watch the fairy-tale wedding of lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles, only to spend a very sleepless Saturday night years later watching the news coverage when Diana died in Paris in a horrific 1997 traffic accident.  Americans express great admiration for Queen Elizabeth, and we comb the tabloids to keep up with the doings of Kate and Prince William.

This fascination is aided by the fact that Great Britain has been our greatest ally through two world wars, the Cold War, and in the seemingly endless war on terror.

A recent essay in the BBC New reminded me that although Americans greatly admire Great Britain and the House of Windsor, during the Great War, the English people had big problems trusting their own monarch.  The UK was led by a man (King George V), whom many considered to be a German sympathizer, and who happened to be Kaiser Wilhelm II's first cousin.  

King George V cut a striking figure.  But he was a Hanoverian king, whose family name included the suffix "of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha."  This might not be that big a deal, until your nation is engaged in a fight to the death with Germany.  Throughout the war years, there was an increasing wave of suspicion that England's royals were not terribly loyal to England's cause.  And so with the stroke of a pen, the "Hanovers" of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, became the "Windsors," the Royal Family we now know and love.

According to a recent essay in the BBC News (Click Here), the growing pressure of anti-German sentiment in the UK in the years between 1914-1917, brought about a significant change in the Royal Family's identity.

So in 1917 the royal family saw their name change overnight, princes lost their titles and became lords, the Battenbergs opted for literal translation and became Mountbatten, and the quintessentially royal and English "Windsor" was introduced - the brainchild of the king's private secretary Lord Stamfordham.

"Prince Louis of Battenberg went to stay with his son at a naval base in Scotland and wrote in the visitors book 'arrived Prince Hyde, left Lord Jekyll'," says Mr Little.

The BBC News essay goes on to note, this name change had far-reaching consequences for many immigrants.

But the royals' decision to change name was a path also trodden by immigrants to the UK in the 19th and 20th Century, particularly Jewish.

For Jews and other immigrants arriving in the 19th Century to live in an East End populated by co-religionists a name change was unnecessary, but for those aiming for middle class respectability it could be a temptation.

It may be "good to be the king," just not a Hanovarian king from Saxe-Gotha, while ruling over a British empire, which happens to be at war with Germany.  It is worth noting that while the Hapburgs and Hohenzollerns lost all titles and rule, the Windsors live on, beloved in the UK, as well as here in America.

Tuesday
Feb102015

"This Is Indeed the Prophet Who Is to Come Into the World" -- John 6:1-15

The Nineteenth in Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John

Everywhere he went Jesus was followed by larger and larger crowds.  John the Baptist’s ministry had come to an end, yet the messianic fervor sweeping throughout Israel did not die down.  It only increased.  Jesus had shown himself to be greater than the Baptist–not only in the power of his preaching, but also in the amazing signs and wonders he performed which proved that God was with him.  While many were following Jesus out of desperation (because of disease or demon possession), others saw in Jesus a potential king who could lead Israel to victory over Rome.  Although Jesus is Israel’s king, and God’s final prophet, and even though he shows great compassion upon those sick and suffering, it will become clear in John 6, that the vast majority of Jesus’ followers badly misjudged who he was, and were following him for all the wrong reasons.  This will begin to become clear in the wilderness east of the Sea of Galilee.

We return to our series on the Gospel of John and we now come to John 6, surely one of the most interesting and theologically-loaded chapters in all the Bible.  In this passage (which Bob Godfrey has aptly called “Jesus’ church shrinkage seminar”) we find two important miracles; the feeding of the five-thousand–the fifth miraculous sign which Jesus performed, followed by the account of Jesus walking on water.  These two miracles are, in turn, followed by a lengthy discourse in which Jesus says of number of things so difficult to accept that many of his disciples walked away and no longer followed him.  

And then in the discourse which makes up the bulk of the chapter (vv. 22-58), Jesus places himself at the very center of Israel’s redemptive history.  Jesus makes a number of striking allusions to key Old Testament events–all of which, he implies, are fulfilled in his messianic mission.  Jesus speaks directly about the doctrine of election, and tells the crowds that they cannot come to him unless they are drawn to him by the Father.  Jesus speaks of the true nature of faith, he speaks of the spiritual eating of his flesh because he is the living bread come down from heaven, and he lays important groundwork for his institution of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper later on.  As you can see, there is much in this passage for us to consider.

Ideally, we should go through this entire passage in one sitting–but that would take several hours to do it justice.  So, what I will do is break the passage down into a number of smaller units so we can go through the whole discourse in some detail.  But while we are in John 6, I ask you to read through the entire chapter several times so that we don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees.  First, we will look at each of the two miracles which provide the setting and the context for the discourse which follows.  Then, we will divide our study of the discourse into three parts, before we wrap up with the outcome of the discourse (vv. 59-71) when many of Jesus’ disciples walk away because of our Lord’s difficult sayings.  

In the first 15 verses of John 6, Jesus miraculously feeds well over five thousand people.  This is the only miracle found in all four gospels (other than the account of the resurrection), yet the only mention by John of the lengthy Galilean phase of Jesus’ ministry which figures so prominently in the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).  The first thing we should notice when we come to John 6 is that the scene has shifted from Jerusalem (in John 5) back to the Galilee region.  John informs us in verse 1, “after this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.”

To read the rest of this sermon,  Click Here

Monday
Feb092015

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (February 9-15)

Sunday Morning (February 15):  We are ordaining and installing new elders and deacons.  Our texts for Sunday are 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Exodus 18:13-27; and article 30 of the Belgic Confession.  Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Afternoon:  I am continuing my series on the Canons of Dort, and this Lord's Day we are working our way through the Fifth Head of Doctrine (articles 9-11).  We will discuss the cultivation of the Christian's assurance of salvation.  Our  catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study (February 11) This week we begin our "run through the letters of Paul," starting with the Book of Galatians.  Great time to join us!

The Academy (February 13):  We are continuing our study of Michael Horton's The Christian Faith.  We will be discussing the doctrine of the Trinity in modern theology (pp. 294-302).

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

Sunday
Feb082015

"It Would Have Been Better" -- 2 Peter 2:10b-22

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

Sunday
Feb082015

This Week's White Horse Inn

This Week's White Horse Inn

This week on the White Horse Inn we begin part five of our series on the Book of Hebrews, focusing on chapter eight. We are joined by special guest Nancy Guthrie. Nancy is a teacher and the author of several books including Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God, Be Still, My Soul: Embracing God's Purpose and Provision in Suffering, and a five-volume series entitled Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.

On this episode we will look at the superiority of the new covenant. Why did the Lord find fault in the old covenant? What were its deficiencies? How did Christ’s work usher in the new covenant? What benefit is there in having Christ ascended on high and seated at the right hand of God? How was the new covenant hinted at in the writings of the Old Testament prophets? How is Christ’s work for the church connected to the new covenant? Join us as we continue to look at the superiority of the new covenant in Christ’s blood from the Book of Hebrews on the White Horse Inn.

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Friday
Feb062015

Friday Feature -- The Lock Box

Political parody at its best!

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