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Hello, I must be going

November 20, 2013

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The more determined men become to despise the teaching of Christ, the more zealous should godly ministers be to assert it and the more strenuous their efforts to preserve entire. And more than that, by their diligence to ward off Satan’s attack. John Calvin About three-thirty Thursday October 3rd I received a phone call from […]

The Ninety and Nine

August 7, 2013

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Our Wednesday service has been reading through Luke’s gospel consecutively each week. We have just concluded Luke 15, a favorite chapter of many. Jesus tells there the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost sons. Those of you who have read Luke 15 with frequency as I have done and have […]

Give ’em Watts, boys!

August 3, 2013

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I first read of Isaac Watts as a boy learning American history at school in that battle cry, “Give ’em Watts, boys!” at the battle of Springfield, New Jersey. Over time I spotted his name in hymnals as the author of the some of the most famous hymns in evangelical Christendom. It happened this week […]

Irrational Numbers

July 16, 2013

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We’ve just returned from our vacation in the Adirondacks. Part of the offerings where we were staying was a series of seminar talks by a well-known Christian celebrity with a very successful women’s ministry. What was so startling in the talks was her use of the Scriptures. Being in my little embattled corner as a […]

Lessons for a stronger Christianity

June 7, 2013

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Larry Alex Taunton—founder and executive director of Fixed Point Foundation—has a helpful article in The Atlantic on their recent study of college-aged atheists in the U.S. They were surprised by the composite picture that emerged from these interviews, which he summarizes later in the article: They had attended church Most of our participants had not […]

“Stoking” the boiler

May 5, 2013

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The Diocese of New Jersey elected its 12th Bishop on May 4th. Although the progress of the election and ballots fell out exactly as I had described it in our parish open forum, the Bishop elect was relatively unknown to me. So when I returned home and after a well-earned mug of tea, I had […]

Holy Week, Easter, Prayer and Preaching

March 28, 2013

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With sermons for tonight, tomorrow night and Easter Sunday done, my thoughts and prayer turn to those whom our heavenly Father draws to hear the gospel this year – those who only come to church on Christmas and Easter. Do you know what is true about folks who only come to church on Christmas and […]