Archive for December 2008

“One Glorious Whole”

December 26, 2008

“One Glorious Whole”

“All that Christ did and suffered, from the manger to the tomb, forms one glorious whole, no part of which shall ever become needless or obsolete; no part of which one can ever leave without forsaking the whole.

I am always at the manger, and yet I know that mere incarnation cannot save; always at Gethsemane, and yet I believe that its agony was not the finished work; always at the cross, with my face toward it, and my eye on the crucified One, and yet I am persuaded that the sacrifice there was completed once for all; always looking into the grave, though I rejoice that it is empty, and that ‘He is not here, but is risen’; always resting (with the angel) on the stone that was rolled away, and handling the grave-clothes, and realizing a risen Christ, nay, an ascended and interceding Lord, yet on no pretext whatever leaving any part of my Lord’s life or death behind me, but unceasingly keeping up my connection with Him, as born, living, dying, buried, and rising again, and drawing out from each part some new blessing every day and hour.”

“Not Faith, But Christ” – Horatius Bonar

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I received this quote by the 18th Century Scottish preacher, Horatius Bonar, on Christmas morning from the Of First Importance web feed. I thought it was a very inspirational thought.

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Good News – He Is Born!

December 24, 2008

I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”                       Luke 2:10,11

May the Lord bless you and yours at this special time of the year as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Reformation Reading

December 19, 2008

I have a number of books in my library that have been helpful to me in learning about the Protestant Reformation, Reformed Theology and the Covenant of Grace.

Four that have been particularly helpful are:

  • Amazing Grace: God’s Initiative – Our Response (a Bible study) – Timothy George
  • Baptists and the Bible – L. Russ Bush and Tom J. Nettles
  • Grace Unknown – The Heart of Reformed Theology – R.C. Sproul
  • Theology of the Reformers – Timothy George

If you have read any of these books, I would appreciate your opinion of them.

There are a number of other books about the Reformation that I would like to have someday and I will share that list with you in a day or two.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions about books that address  Reformation-related issues that you would like to suggest to me, especially about the Scottish Reformation, I’d appreciate hearing from you.

Though Dead, They Still Speak

December 17, 2008

my-heart-i-offer-to-you-lord-promptly-and-sincerely-john-calvinI have long been interested in everything Reformed – the beginnings of the Reformation, the unfolding of Reformation events, Reformed theology, and the Reformed pastors and preachers of old.

There is alot of information on the web about Reformation-related topics that I have read that have helped me learn about and understand the great theological and ecclesiastical changes that took place in the 1500 and 1600s.

One of the great benefits that has been mine as I have read about the Reformation is that I have become aware of and more familiar with some of the great pastors, preachers and theologians of that period of church history and beyond. I have found many wonderful websites on which the sermons and writings of these men can found, but I have to admit, I don’t read them as much or as often as I would like to.

So, in order to encourage myself to spend more time with these spititual giants, I have added a widget, “Reformed Sermons”, on my side-bar. This will enable me to more easily link to the sermons of some of the men whose writings and sermons the Lord has used to inspire and impact me over the last couple of years.

I would like to encourage you to check out each of these pastors, preachers, and contenders for the faith from the past, to read some of their sermons, and be encouraged by the Lord through the preaching of His Word.

Establish Thy Word to Thy servant, As that which produces reverence for Thee.” (Psalm 119:38)

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( The title of this post is taken from Hebrews 11:4 – “…through faith, though he is dead, still speaks.” )