The below letter (recently discovered) was penned by President Reagan to his Father-in-Law as the latter lay dying. I have cut/pasted it from The Washington Post. Would to God we had such leaders in this day! When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. (Proverbs … Continue reading President Reagan’s Letter to Dying FiL
In my last post, I wrote about the purpose of life - to glorify God! In this, I look at how we do this. To this end, we turn our attention to Thomas Watson's masterful work, A Body of Divinity - a really great and readable Puritan work and one my my top 5 books … Continue reading In How Many Ways May We Glorify God?
The first question of the 1646 Westminster Shorter Catechism aks: Q: What is the chief end of man? Today, we might ask - "what is the meaning of life?" The answer given by the Westminster Assembly was: A: To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Note that the answer is not phrased in the man-centered … Continue reading What Is the Purpose of Life?
In recent years, the Mormon church has tried to re-brand itself as a Christian denomination. It takes very little investigation, however, to discover that this odd cult is anything but. In fact, the Christian faith actually has far more in common with Islam than it does with Mormonism, in spite of sharing the Bible and … Continue reading The Mormon is Not My Brother
The Prayer of Manasseh is not inspired, but worth meditating on... O Lord Almighty, God of our fathers, of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and of their righteous posterity; you who have made heaven and earth with all their ornament; who have shackled the sea by your word of command, who have confined the deep … Continue reading The Prayer of Manasseh
Below is an interview with Michael Kruger and a few of his helpful blog series on the NT Canon. Audio 10 Misconceptions About the NT Canon: The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon The New Testament Authors … Continue reading Michael Kruger on Dividing Line
Brandon provides great quotes from Jonathan Edwards on the carnal nation of Israel as a parenthesis in God’s Plan with the Church. Israel was, in many ways, carnal and typical of the true people of God (the body of Christ), which was true and spiritual. The Old Covenant (OC) Israel had the capital of Jerusalem, which corresponds to the true Jerusalem, which is above. Israel had a law written on tables of stone, which typify the law written on the heart. Israel had a physical circumcision, which typifies the true circumcision of the heart. I could go on concerning the temple, the priesthood, the monarchy, etc…
Gary Crampton included a quote from Jonathan Edwards in his book “From Paedobaptism to Credobaptism” regarding the status of the nation of Israel as a type of the church, the Israel of God (rather than equivalent to it). Crampton quoted the following:
That nation was a typical nation. There was then literally a land, which was a type of heaven, the true dwelling-place of God; and an external city, which was a type of the spiritual city of God; an external temple of God, which was a type of his spiritual temple. So there was an external people and family of God, by carnal generation, which was a type of his spiritual progeny. And the covenant by which they were made a people of God, was a type of the covenant of grace; and so is sometimes represented as a marriage-covenant. God, agreeably to the nature of that dispensation…
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I attended a church this morning that has no pulpit. It was removed some time ago to make room on the "stage" for musical instruments, etc. I spent some time meditating today on what message this sends to the modern evangelical church. As I was thinking, I was reminded of a story I recently heard … Continue reading The Pulpit
It's the season for New Year's Resolutions and I've been reading various lists here and there of goals that people have set for themselves in 2018. This goal setting and resolving remind me of some resolutions I read several years ago that were penned by Jonathan Edwards. I was able to find these again at … Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
[New York, 3 October 1789] By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have … Continue reading Thanksgiving Proclamation, 3 Oct 1769