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The statist mentality is repellent to true Christianity

17-Dec-09

When confronted with a charitable need, the statist reflexively supplicates the government: You must do something! he cries. But he himself does nothing because he feels no personal responsibility to do squat. Responsibilities are for others to shoulder, and the biggest shoulders he can think of are those of the government. The statist mentality seldom […]

A few things will have to change around here

07-Dec-09

We heard a great message Sunday from Hosea about how the prophet took care of his wife Gomer even when she was being a whore.  The basic theme was the old Gospel in a grumble from Luke 15:2 where the Pharisees said, “This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.”  Well, not only does Jesus […]

When justice takes a little down time

01-Dec-09

After David took possession of the kingdom, the house of Saul was left desolate.  At first the only known survivor was a servant named Ziba.  For a while, Ziba possessed all that had been Saul’s.  In time, David inquired whether anyone was alive of Saul’s house so that he could repay the debt of kindness […]

Thanksgiving day prayer

27-Nov-09

Our Father in heaven, On this of all days, we thank you for giving us a Savior, Christ Jesus our Lord. We thank you for his willingness to pay the price, for the just to die for the unjust, for the holy one to die for the sinner, for the creator to die for his […]

The man of excess

18-Oct-09

Genesis 4:18-24 tells the brief history of Lamech, one of the descendants of Cain.  Genesis is the book of beginnings, so its theme is a recounting of quite a few first things.  One of the “first things” presented is polygamy, as Lamech procured two wives for himself. Lamech’s son Tubal-cain is another first, the inventor […]

Organized perversion issues its demands

12-Oct-09

Homosexuals staged a march in Washington this past weekend.  The New York Times is reporting 150,000 in attendance, a number that is distressingly large as a measure of America’s immorality, but also thankfully small given the media advocacy behind this issue.  If that’s the best they can muster with virtually unlimited favorable publicity, they had […]

I’m right enough to kill you.

11-Oct-09

Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.  (Gen 4:8) Church politics is sometimes conducted with napalm and white phosphorus.  Everbody wishes this didn’t happen, but it does.  Here’s why. Cain’s original grievance was against God for rejecting his offering.  Cain’s underlying assumption about approaching God involved works-righteousness, a theological strategy in which […]

Tale of two cities, Bible-style

01-Oct-09

The Two Cities One of the great themes that emerges repeatedly through the Bible is the unfriendly rivalry between Jerusalem and Babylon.  Historically, Babylon was established first in the land of Shinar.  Its founding was an expression of rebellion against God.  After the Flood, mankind was told to spread out over the face of the […]

How to fix a spiritual cadaver

22-Sep-09

I give unto them eternal life…  —  John 10:28 Salvation happens because God wants it to.  John said that people enter into life “not of the will of man, nor of the will of the flesh.”  (John 1:13)  We misunderstand everything when we view conversion as a man-initiated act of getting religion with “getting” implying […]

The Beast

19-Sep-09

The Bible foretells a time when political power, idolatry, and economics will converge around a system of individual surveillance so pervasive that no person will be able to evade it.  When this was written in A.D. 92 or so, the degree of control described by John in Revelation 13 was physically impossible to establish.  One […]

Providence

13-Sep-09

And Ruth went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.  – Ruth 2:3 One of the lost concepts in modern Christianity is providence.  The notion of personal autonomy has been […]

Does it mean this or not?

08-Sep-09

One of the central controversies involved in the doctrine of the limited atonement is whether the relevant plain-language texts actually mean what they appear to say.  The question is valid since what’s supposedly plain didn’t originate in English.  Either we all have to learn Greek, or else some fundamental rules of comprehending the basic textual […]

Israel’s best soldier wished for peace

06-Sep-09

David mourned when Saul and his friend Jonathan fell in battle.  And he looked forward to a day when nation would not lift up sword against nation, and they shall not learn war any more.  Even so come, Lord Jesus! The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! […]

Not in the book

05-Sep-09

Nehemiah’s task of putting the pieces of Israel back together included reconstructing the priesthood.  Israel had a hereditary priesthood comprised of the descendants of Aaron.  Among the Jews released by Persia to return to Jerusalem were certain people who identified themselves as priests.  Nehemiah checked the records (Neh 7:5) to confirm their identities, but their […]

Vine story

03-Sep-09

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without […]