Hallowed Be Thy Name

5 May 2008

Articles:
Late Night in Dever’s Study–Mohler on reform (9 Marks) A nice quick quote from Al mohler

How To Listen To A Sermon (The Reformed Reader)

Dispensationalism – A critique of Classic Dispensationalism (Monergism)

Who or What Defines “Reformed?” (Heidelblog)

News:
Wheaton College professor’s divorce costs him his job (Chicago Tribune) I’m glad Wheaton is not conforming and molding to this world’s ideas of qualifications for teachers

Readings:
Good stuff from Horatius Bonar

Scripture is wonderfully balanced in all its parts; let our study of it be the same that we may be well-balanced men. The study of prophetic word must not supersede that of the Proverbs, nor must we search the latter merely to discover the traces of the ‘higher doctrines’ which may be found in that book. We must not overlook the homely, and the little, and the common; we must stoop to the petty moralities, and courtesies, and honesties of tamer life, not neglecting those parts of Scripture which treat of these as vapid or obsolete, but bringing them to bear upon each step of our daily walk, and delighting in them as the wisdom of the God only wise. There is a vitiated literary taste, arising not so much from reading what is bad, as from exclusive study of one class of books, and these perhaps the more exciting. There is also a vitiated spiritual taste, not necessarily growing out of error or the study of unsound books, but arising from favouritism in the reading of Scripture, which shows itself both in the preference of certain parts to others, and in the propensity to search these others only for their references to certain favourite truths. Let the whole soul be fed by the study of the whole Bible, that so there may be no irregularity not inequality in the growth of its parts and powers. Let us beware of ‘itching’ ears and eyes. True, we must not be ‘babes,’ unable to relish strong meat, and ‘unskilful in the word of righteousness’ (Heb. 5:13). But we need to beware of the soarings of an ill-balanced theology and an ill-kint creed. True Christianity is healthy and robust, not soft, nor sickly, not sentimental; yet, on the other hand, not hard, nor lean, nor ill-favoured, nor ungenial.

– Horatius Bonar, God’s Way of Holiness, 109-110

Random:
If I have it my way and I have at least $7,000 to spend on a photographer I want Cliff Mautner to photograph my wedding, and no I didn’t find him because I was searching for wedding photographers I found him through photo articles. Favorite picture in his portfolio. I think I have to add wedding photographer now to my dream jobs.

Videos:
The Bravery – Believe

I love macs!

Verses:
1 Peter 3:13-17
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

Christ Is Hallowed in Us When We Hope in Him (Desiring God)

The great central heartbeat of Christianity is that Jesus Christ, the Savior and Lord, is exalted and hallowed and sanctified by the happy hope that his people put in him. And he shines all the brighter when our hope is fearless and well-defended and meek and zealous for good deeds.

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7 April 2008

Articles:
Who Says What’s “Christian” Music? (Colossians Three Sixteen) A taste of Sufjan Stevens in Videos

Marriage and the Glory of God (Al Mohler) “The end of marriage is its beginning–the glory of God, the mystery of Christ and the church. The exclusivity and purity of the marriage bond points to the exclusivity and purity of the relationship between Christ and His church.”

Gospel Counterfeits (9 Marks)

Preaching What You Don’t Feel (Desiring God)

One-to-one ministry (The Briefing)

Effective one-to-one Christian ministry is not limited to counselling, nor is it essentially about solving personal or emotional problems. What is it then? It is forming a relationship with another individual for the purpose of mutual growth in Christian understanding, obedience and service of others.

News:
A slide show presenting China’s pollution (NBC)

Videos:
Sufjan Stevens – Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause for Your Step-Mother!

Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

Sufjan Stevens – Come Thou Font of Every Blessing

Verses:
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

The Life of the justified must be one of praise and prayer. His justification has drawn him near to God. It has opened his lips and enlarged his heart. He cannot but praise; he cannot but pray. He has ten thousand things to ask for; he has ten thousand things for which to give thanks. He knows what it is to speak in psalms and hymn sand spiritual songs, singing with grace in his heart to the Lord.

– Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness


17 March 2008

Articles:
Things to ask a church when considering a pastorate (9 Marks) I think this is not only very relevant to pastorates, but to churches to examine itself to see what areas are being neglected

Deacons: Full of the Spirit and Wisdom, Sincere (Pure Church) Looks to be another mini-series this time on deacons

Trusting in Our Own Ability (Pure Church)

The Tempter in the Child’s Bedroom — Television (Al Mohler)

The Digital Age–A New Dark Age?: A Look At How Christianity Can Speak To Those Lost In A Storm of Information (Resurgence)

News:
J. I. Packer to Be Suspended from the Anglican Church of Canada (Between Two Worlds)

Videos:
Blast from the past, not really (this is the random stuff you get sometimes on Pandora when you put in Jack’s Mannequin as the artist)

Verses:
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God

For a guy this is usually the passage that is turned to when dealing with lust whatever form it may come in. I found it interesting while looking over the passage on the solution to sanctification. I use to think that defeating sin was some kind of magical formula and that if you pray to God your sins are forgiven and you won’t sin anymore. But look how the passage says to “know how to control” you body. Defeating sin takes a proactive approach, it takes work, it takes time to figure out your body, but it doesn’t stop there, to know how to control your body is only half the battle. If you can stop yourself from watching pornography or stop yourself from looking at a guy/girl lustfully then good, but then we must not fill in that space with some other junk. We need to control our body “in holiness and honor,” we must turn from the sin and turn to “holiness and honor.”


10 March 2008

Articles:
Ministering in a Difficult Church (Said at Southern Seminary)

I think Dr. Lawless’ message should be heard by all aspiring ministers. There are too many students at Southern and other seminaries who are attending not because they need to learn anything–they already know everything. Rather, they are attending simply to gain credibility. In essence their education has become the choice idol they would rather worship.

How to Ruin a Women’s Ministry (Resurgence), for the ladies

Jesus Christ: The Interpretive Key to the Scripture (Monergism), this article tackles some key concepts of Christianity that are taken to a level that it shouldn’t just because Christ was not the focus, for example the first point of how there is a false assertion that one can lose his salvation, but this is only “because the focus becomes your own moral ability rather than Christ.”

Love and Marriage: Luther Style (Boundless) “In a handwritten invitation to the public ceremony for their wedding, [Martin] Luther wrote to a friend, ‘I feel neither passionate love nor burning for my spouse, but I cherish her.'”

The Vow (Washington Post) Must be the sweetest story I’ve read in a long time, if not ever; I hope I will some day be as loving to my wife as he is

News:
If you have not heard, the New York Philharmonic (NY Times) has recently paid a visit to North Korea getting a chance to perform in front of the North Koreans (Times). With the orchestra came of course journalists, here are some photos not usually seen by Americans of North Korea (NY Times). (Links are to photoblogs and they are all different sets)

That Martin Luther? He wasn’t so bad, says Pope (Times UK), “the Pope will argue that Luther, who was excommunicated and condemned for heresy, was not a heretic.” If you read the article it seems to me that no one really has a solid stand on anything happening anymore, the article is confusing in the way it will say something like this, “the move would help to promote ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Protestants,” and then say it is to “counteract the impact of July’s papal statement describing the Protestant and Orthodox faiths as defective and ‘not proper Churches.'” I think that sums up ecumenicalism.

Randoms:
Ligonier Ministries (Ligonier) now has started there own blog

Readings:
Five Books to Read Before Easter (Challies)

Here is a quote of a quote from Charles Swindoll’s book, Improve Your Serve, that I found most insightful and surprising that it came from a child’s book. The chapter is on how we are called to be servants and how it is what we were made to be, but so often we don’t think that way. The child’s book is about a stuff rabbit that wants so hard to be “real,” but then encounters a worn-out stuffed horse and begins to have a dialogue (If you’re wondering what child’s book it is, it is The Velveteen Rabbit.

The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for the had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “orbit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and yours eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all because once you are real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Thoughts:
Usually on the bus ride from campus back to my apartment I tend to just stare at things or play some solitaire on my phone, it’s only a 10 minute ride so there isn’t much time to do anything. Well last Tuesday I look up just to look at what kind of ads there were this time around, and I look at one that seems to be a timeline, it had a the point ‘born’ at one end and ‘die’ at the other, and in between were just the “normal” phases of life, nothing fancy, it had ‘graduate,’ ‘get a job,’ and ‘retire.’ What I found interesting was that there was a hand (computer) drawn dot between ‘graduate’ and ‘get a job,’ it read ‘change the world.’ One would think, “O, how clever, maybe I should think about doing something after graduation?” I took a step back and I thought, “I can only change the world after I graduate and before I get a job?” Of course that is absurd thinking and not what the ad wanted to convey, but how many times do we think that way. We get stirred up by some sermon, we get pumped up about some future job, we hear stories about guys who are ‘living the life,’ and we think to ourselves, “Man, I wish man, too bad schools in the way, too bad I have this job.” How many times are we jealous of other’s circumstances, how many times do we just look at opportunities in the future and dwell on them and not see the plain opportunities now. For example, I would love to go on missions right now, but what is holding me back, school. See, already I put a condition in-front of myself, I was taking school as only the pathway between the parking lot and track. To me school wasn’t the main event, it was just stalling the main event to me, but I really don’t think we should think that way. I think each aspect of our lives we should take as a main event.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24) Who is your master?

Videos:


(For the Bereans you can see Diane, Mimi and Brian at the 1:03 mark)

Verses:
1 Kings 8:27
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!

God’s immensity, His eternality has always been some abstract concept that I never really grasped, and I know I will never fully grasp it in my lifetime, and knowing that I never really gave it much attention. But recently during my prayers questions like ‘Why did he make us?’ Why did he make us so small?’ started coming up. ‘If He’s so big, why make something so small to worship Him?’ Growing up in the church I heard all the illustrations comparing God’s immensity to us, like the universe compared to earth, a human to an ant, and so on, and that has always been my picture of God and us, but I think that has brought about a misguided illustration. All these analogies have something in common, the problem arises when all of them seem to place a finite quality unto an infinite God, they equate a Human which dies, which grows old, which is a certain height, which is a certain weight to God, who never will die, does not need to grow, and has no certain measurement. What I have recently realized is that we will be small and always small compared to God. You might say to yourself that I have gone in a complete circle and have not accomplished anything, but what I am trying to say is that if God created us as giants the size of planets, we still would be miniscule compared to God, if each of us were the size of solar system, we would be still be microscopic compared to God, what I am trying to say is we must realize how small we are and will always be, not because God purposely made us small, but because when you compare anything to an infinite, eternal God what you compare with Him will be essentially nothing. We cannot think or even compare Him in terms of physical capacities and earthly dimensions but I think we should grasp the idea that we will never know the immensity of Him and dwell not on analogies that show how small we are compared to Him, but we should show just how great, how everlasting He is and from that we begin to see how we are nothing. So the question I need to ask is not ‘Why did He make something so small worship Him?’ but ‘How glorious is our God?’


11 February 2008

Abouts:
Updated a little of the “About me” section

Articles:
True Male Friendship: Part II (The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood)

Cherishing Your Marriage (CBMW) part 1, part 2

Called to Preach (Unashamed Workman) 1: Ash On the Four Criteria, 2: The Church and the Call, 3: How They Started; I especially liked the “How they started,” section because this is when it gets personal and you get to see the criteria in action

News:
Bottom Line for (Red) (NY Times), what do you think, spending $100 million on advertising and raising $18 million for the Red AIDs campaign, if you don’t know the Red campaign it is the effort to raise money for the Research center for AIDS, where company’s participate by selling red products, like Apple with their red iPod, or Dell with Red laptops

Audios:
All the audio and transcripts of the 2008 Conference for Pastors (Desiring God) has been uploaded on the website, the theme for this year was “The Pastor as Father & Son,” and had D.A. Carson as one of their speakers

Beulah, great fun indie band, there are some youtube videos of them below. Eclectic, relaxed-summer feel, fun feel that is a little reminiscent of the early 90’s alternative pop like the upbeat side of Oasis with a little Ska like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and a little Rooney and the Shins mixed in, everything that makes a sweet indie find, plus they are from San Francisco, another bonus. Of course my description doesn’t really do them justice so just listen to them.

Messages:
The Spiritual Watch (Thomas Watson)

Keep your heart as you would keep a WATCH. The heart will unwind to the world; therefore wind it up every morning and evening by prayer. The motion of a watch is not constant: sometimes it goes fast, sometimes slower. And so it is with the heart: sometimes it goes faster in vanity and sometimes it goes slower in duty. Therefore set this spiritual watch by the sundial of the Word.

It is not a message paralleling the heart with a watch, this is just a paragraph I liked; what it is, is a exposition of Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Readings:
Mohler: Top 10 Books Every Preacher Should Read in 2008 (Between Two Worlds), even if you are not going to preach I think there are a lot of books that anyone can benefit from

I don’t like how the indent for the block quotation makes it seem that that quote has something to do with the topic above it so I wrote this so it wouldn’t look that bad

The true Christian is the only man, because he has sources of happiness entirely independent of this world. He has something which cannot be affected by sickness and by deaths, by private losses and by public calamities, the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding.” He has a hope laid up for him in heaven; he has a treasure which moth and rust cannot corrupt; he has a house which can never be taken down. His loving wife may die, and his heart feel rent in twain; his darling children may be taken from him, and he may be left alone in this cold world; his earthly plans may be crossed; his health may fail: but all this time he has a portion which nothing can hurt. He has one Friend who never dies; he has possessions beyond the grave, of which nothing can deprive him: his nether springs may fail, but his upper springs are never dry. This is real happiness.

-J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion

Videos:

Verses:
Galatians 6:1-3
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Recently reading Respectable Sins (Jerry Bridges) while in the envy, jealously, and competitiveness chapter I was directed to this passage. The feelings of envy, jealously, and the related all have something in common, if nurtured enough will divide brothers and sisters. These are the sins that look at others and start comparisons. Now what does it have to do with the passage, this passage leads us to humility when dealing with others, it is easy to find someone who isn’t as good as you in something, there is always that person who just isn’t that smart as you, or as mature as you are; so what does it say “if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him,” of course being human we stop reading there and finish that sentence in our own minds. “you who are spiritual should restore him,” because you are so great, now pat yourself on the back because you did something good, and they better appreciate it because they should be begging for someone like me to help them. Of course the Bible won’t have it that way, so continuing we read, “in a spirit of gentleness.” Of course rarely do we admit or say such things out loud to the person we are helping, but if you read the message up there by Thomas Watson he points out that even if you don’t verbally announce your feelings it begins with the heart, it comes from the condition of the heart and spirit, you could look perfectly clean on the outside but your heart could be a black abyss . Paul didn’t write “in the voice of gentleness,” but the “spirit.” After figuring that out we stop once again and feel that we have done right which you would not be wrong about, you have done right, but he continues “keep watch on yourself,” what?! Why do you need to address me, the other person is caught in transgression, not me?! Well, “lest you too be tempted.”


1 January 2008

Abouts:
Sorry about the late post, but Monday falling on New Year’s Eve, not really an empty day…

Articles:
Who is responsible for dealing with false teaching in the church (Against Heresies)

I’m Just Not Attracted to Her (Boundless)

We shouldn’t be surprised that attraction has such power over us. God designed us that way. He didn’t want us to merely know the truth and do what was right. He wanted us to love the truth; He wanted us to be powerfully attracted to the good. Ultimately, He made us to love and be attracted to the most beautiful person in the universe — Him! So He created beauty in this world, not as an end in itself for our selfish pleasure, but as a means to the end of our ultimate pleasure in Him (Psalm 16:11).

How Not to Lose Your Faith in College (Boundless)

News/Thoughts:
Foul-mouthed customer leaves waitress $50,000 (CNN), when I read the article I just thought how many times I thought my own life serving God all I was doing was serving some old guy who only cares about their own needs and wants, and who is only looking out for their own gain, but I put on a happy face and still serve because it is what I was suppose to do, it was the “right thing to-do,” how far from the truth I was. I think that’s what non-Christians think of the Christian life, when they hear us say that we live to serve our God and worship Him with everything we have, they think what a wasted life, just following rules, because this God said so, but we get to go to heaven after. But what are we going to do in heaven? Is God a grumpy old man too you?

Readings:
Monergism Books “End of the Year Sale,” which they say is their biggest ever sale which I believe with stuff marked down up to 80%, this is probably the last day for the sale so get a buying

Videos:

Verses/Messages:
Romans 15:30-31
Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints.

Prayer Changes People’s Wills (Desiring God)


21 August 2007

Abouts:
I said there was not going to be an update, sorry I lied, but I figured I had some time to do some stuff, but it will be shorter than the other posts and not really have anything too important

News:
Retreat was awesome, super tired right now though

Not really apart of news, but I could not find a place to put this, but I am in!major.jpg

Audios:
If you liked or are still interested in the Q&A session with Greg Koukl and Francis Beckwith, then you might be interested in the review/response James White, from Alpha & Omega Ministries, gives it

Randoms:
You UC Davis kids, I am officially jealous of you guys