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Happy Reformation Day

October 31, 2016

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This is probably my favorite Martin Luther quotation, ever. I have quoted the italicized section in many sermons over the years. Let me set the quote in a bit of context that I read in Carl Trueman’s book on Luther and the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom. Most of us may know of his stand […]

For a Tongue Like Thunder

April 7, 2015

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“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2.14 ESV). I make it my particular intercession from Palm Sunday to Good Friday to pray for all Anglican ministers who are preparing Easter sermons and services, that they will […]

Our Misery

March 26, 2015

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Reformed Anglican worship in Morning and Evening Prayer and in the Lord’s Supper keeps to the three-fold biblical pattern that was rediscovered in the Reformation: Guilt, where in preparation to receive Him, we realize and confess our need for salvation and a Savior. Grace, where we hear and understand from God’s gospel Word His provision […]

March On

March 6, 2015

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A very sobering and at times a very modern read is G. R. Craig’s 1957 classic, Puritanism in the Period of the Great Persecution 1660-1688 that chronicles the suffering of the Anglican Puritan movement. From the return of the Stewart monarchy in 1660, Anglicans were persecuted by their fellow churchmen and citizens. Priests were removed […]

Read The Christian’s Reasonable Service in a Year

December 4, 2014

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“This brings us at once to the heart of the matter. À Brakel wrote this work for church members—not for theologians.” – Bartel Elshout, Translator A NEW 2015 Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristiansReasonableService/) has been created where a one-year reading plan is provided and members may engage in lively discussion of Wilhelmus à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service. […]

Sin and Salvation

September 6, 2014

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Partly for sermon preparation and partly for my own personal edification, I have been reading Marcus Peter Johnson’s great book, One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation. It is an excellent discussion of union with Christ. You can listen to him explain his book in part one and part two of a recent two-part Reformed […]

A Reflection on a Minister’s Prayer

May 21, 2014

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A favorite prayer of mine from the Valley of Vision is A Minister’s Prayer. It breaks down into 4 themes of petition that every godly gospel minister will know.         The first petition sets the trajectory of the entire prayer, moving the minister’s attention away from what is seen in worldly success, to […]