Monthly Archives: August 2012

God Sovereign over our Ministry and its Fruit

Words to rest in, from the Puritan William Greenhill, in an exposition of the call of Ezekiel: “Sometimes God gives large encouragement, promises, hope, success, providing for our infirmities; at other times a bare commission and command must suffice to … Continue reading

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What makes the New Covenant so much greater than the Old?

This is the question I attempted to answer in yesterday’s sermon from Jeremiah 31:31-37. From this text, I see at least four ways that the New Covenant relationship far outstrips the Old: 1. In the New Covenant, God transforms our … Continue reading

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Unsatisfied with lowest common denominator Christianity

Insightful analogy: “The Puritan Movement is to the Elizabethan Church what monasticism was to the Medieval Church. It expressed Gospel energy always unsatisfied with the lowest common denominator syndrome of Reformed religion, and in its desire for disciplined and holy … Continue reading

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Broadus on preaching: be yourself

John Broadus, “the Prince of Expositors” was a founding faculty member of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and regarded as one of the finest preachers of his day. His textbook, “On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons” was wildly popular, … Continue reading

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Enrolling David as a Puritan

The Puritans found tremendous comfort in singing the psalms in worship, and wove their message in to the fabric of their lives: “Like the Hugenots, they had endured persecution, and their feelings were mirrored in the Psalms. As Schones says, … Continue reading

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Augustine on the Indispensable Pastoral Epistles

I’m really on a roll now! From Augustine’s Teaching Christianity, Book IV: But anyone who says that people do not need to be given rules about what or how they should teach, if the Holy Spirit is making them teachers, … Continue reading

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Humiliations should lead to humility

It has been a busy, happy summer in life and ministry here. So much so that I have not slowed down to tap out any good quotes from the books I have been reading. This one, though, was worth taking … Continue reading

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