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Yearly Archives: 2004

Diego Guirao The Lord in his providence and mercy continues to feed us, giving meaning and content to our life and existence (Psalm 90:14; 36:7-9; 63:3-5). That is why we keep on with this privilege of serving him and his people with confidence and joy. What a wonderful thing the truth of God is as […]

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Date July 16, 2004
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At the December 2003 Westminster Conference held at Westminster Chapel Ian Hamilton of Cambridge Presbyterian Church gave a stimulating paper on the life and work of Charles Hodge. The following are his opening words. The remainder of this paper and the five others are now published in “Knowing the Mind of God” and can be […]

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Date July 13, 2004
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In the first edition of the excellent six monthly journal, Reformed Baptist Theological Review, Robert P. Martin, the author of Accuracy of Translation (Banner of Truth), writes the following review of The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation by Leland Ryken (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2002): This book is the […]

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Date July 13, 2004
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The age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys By Mark A. Noll (IVP. 316 pages. £16.99 ISBN 1 844740013) This, the first of a series of five projected volumes entitled A History of Evangelicalism, covers the period from the 1730s to the 179Os. Two centuries earlier an ‘evangelical’ was the equivalent of ‘a gospeller’. But […]

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Date July 3, 2004
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[Extracts from a moving tribute by John G. Reisinger] Yesterday I attended my older brother’s funeral. This is the second of my two brothers that have gone home to be with the Lord. At the time of refreshments following the funeral there was an opportunity for personal testimonies and nearly everyone who spoke had come […]

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Date July 3, 2004
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Iain H. Murray Last week I had an e-mail from this dear friend in which he quoted the words of an old preacher, ‘I am yet in the land of the dying, but am bound for the land of the living.’ At 7:30 AM on Monday morning, May 31, Ernest Reisinger, at the age of […]

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Date July 3, 2004
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A review of The Auburn Avenue Theology, Pros and Cons: Debating the Federal Vision. The Knox Theological Seminary Colloquium on the Federal Vision. Edited by E. Calvin Beisner. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Knox Theological Seminary, 2004. 331 pp. $16.00. The talks given at the 2002 Auburn Avenue Pastors’ Conference (AAPC) at the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church […]

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Date June 22, 2004
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A year ago Andrea Ferrari of Milan got in touch inviting me to Italy to take part in the Jonathan Edwards’ centenary celebrations. The Alfa & Omega publisher had just translated and printed Iain Murray’s life of Edwards, and Edwards’ “Religious Affections” had also been translated into Italian. I could not go last year and […]

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Date June 17, 2004
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On Tuesday June 1 at 11.20 we flew for an hour and a half from Milan in the north of Italy to Catania on the island of Sicily. Milan is nearer to London than it is to Sicily, and there was a time when it was nearer culturally, but we did not sense that difference […]

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Date June 17, 2004
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Our Lord has wonderfully designed His kingdom for sinners. Not only does He call us, just as we are, into the kingdom of God, but He has made provision for us to grow out of the dregs of our sin and into His likeness. The efficient cause behind such sanctifying growth is the Holy Spirit, […]

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Date June 17, 2004
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Ian Hamilton (Cambridge) Peter Marshall was a Scotsman who became the Chaplain to the United States Senate in the late 1940’s. He wrote some words that speak powerfully to our morally decaying society and to an evangelical Christianity that has its focus in all the wrong places. "The modern challenge to motherhood is the eternal […]

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Date June 17, 2004
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Much about this year’s Word Alive was the same as usual – happy reunions with old friends, challenging teaching, the strange, permanent half-rain that characterises Skegness in April. But in the book shop in the Skyline Pavilion, troubled voices could be heard: ‘Have you seen it?’, ‘I can’t believe he’s written that.’ OK, Christians can […]

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Date May 27, 2004
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What is the purpose driven life? In his popular book "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" Rick Warren claims simply to have taken the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first question and answer, and extended it into a devotional book. There are positive aspects to his book, such as his emphasis on […]

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Date May 27, 2004
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(Note: What follows is not a sermon manuscript or transcript, but notes made in preparation for preaching.) Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 38-42 We live in an age of busyness: Families: Work, school, housekeeping, shopping, and cooking, soccer, baseball, music lessons, youth group, church committees, and, of course, a little time has to be found for […]

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Date May 14, 2004
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Many Christians are haunted by their past. It can tyrannize them, paralyze them, and all but crush the life out of them. It is undeniably true that one of Satan’s many anti-Christian devices is his bringing our pasts to our remembrance, to humble us, distract us, turn us in upon ourselves, and leave us with […]

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Date May 14, 2004
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(Note: What follows below is not a sermon manuscript but sermon notes and worked out thoughts for preaching. Gospel Reading: Matthew 28: 16-20 On the first Easter morning two women, both bearing the name Mary, but neither the mother of our Lord, went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. To their surprise they […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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Historic evangelicalism has taken its cue on the needs of humans from the Philippian jailer whose question it assumed to be universal: “What must I do to be saved?” It has followed the lead of the Apostle Paul in proclaiming “how to be saved”: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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Recently a Presbyterian Church in America ruling elder posted a blog stating his stance on an earlier discussion regarding the Pope’s comments on Sunday sports. He made these points: (1) Though he is an elder who has subscribed to the Westminster Confession and Catechisms as “the system of doctrine” taught in Holy Scripture, He has […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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I returned to Israel from studies at the WEC College in Glasgow with clear and well laid out plans. I joined hands with the local Brethren Assembly in Tel Aviv, began a work among the Assembly’s younger people and was employed in Dolphin Press, then the only Christian publishing house in the country. Our means […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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Dr Ben Short was Geoff Thomas’ room-mate at Westminster Theological Seminary in 1961. Ben is now the pastor emeritus of the Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Cambridge Ontario. His wife, Elizabeth, has recently passed away and this is one of the tributes that has been paid to her: Elizabeth was born in North Vancouver to […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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Ian Hamilton, the pastor of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England, and William Harrell, the pastor of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, Virginia are old friends. Both adopt the Scottish tradition of writing a monthly letter to their congregations, and independently of one another the following were the letters they wrote in the past weeks […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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Ian Hamilton, the pastor of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England, and William Harrell, the pastor of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, Virginia are old friends. Both adopt the Scottish tradition of writing a monthly letter to their congregations, and independently of one another the following were the letters they wrote in the past weeks […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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N. T. Wright, in his book, “What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tars us the Real Founder of Christianity” (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997.192 pages), has written one of the most compelling and frightening books I have read in a long time. Compelling, because N. T. Wright winsomely presents […]

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Date April 6, 2004
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It has been 486 years since Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on his church door in Wittenberg in 1517. That act was itself not extraordinary. It was an ordinary way of making public notices in those days. Had Luther done it in 2004, he would have created Ninety-five Theses.com! Back in those days, nails […]

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Date April 6, 2004
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I finished the 1000 page book in January; I took three years reading Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy. I have watched the three films avidly each December since 2001. I claim no expertise on Tolkien or the famous Trilogy which has sold 50 million copies, but I admit being fascinated and hooked by the […]

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Date April 6, 2004
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