Celebrating the World’s Newest Country

Last Friday evening, July 7th, we watched fireworks with friends from our front lawn.  As we commented on how they had been delayed by a storm the prior weekend, our friend, with relatives there, reminded us the fireworks were  just in time to celebrate the independence of South Sudan.  Indeed at that very time, on the other side of the world, a new day was dawning as South Sudan officially became independent from the Muslim-controlled north on July 8th.


The Gay Mirage

Warning: Though I have sought to word carefully this post so as not to be explicit, the nature of the subject means certain references are unavoidable.

To my knowledge it was the only time I have been followed in a threatening way.  


Introducing…

Gentle Reformation is happy that three new contributors are coming on board!  In the days ahead you should see their information loading up and contributions coming from them. Here is the briefest of introductions to these newest GenRef Gents.


Two Weeks of Listening. Some Snapshot Thoughts

Apologetics 315 Interview with David Wood

Excellent interview exploring the subject of Islam.  Instead of looking at the historical evidence, which is rarely what Muslims care to explore, David Wood very helpfully shows how one can and should use the Koran itself as a foil to the Muslim’s most common objections against Christianity.  Good stuff.

http://apologetics315.blogspot.com/2011/07/apologist-interview-david-wood.html

Epistemology – Andrew Fellows

In one of the most helpful and concise sketches of the history of epistemology I’ve run across, Andrew Fellows of L’Abri ministries shows how nearly everything after Plato and Aristotle, in the history of philosophy, is but footnotes.  Well worth the 90 minutes.


From the nightstand…

Sneaking a peek at friends’ bookshelves is always telling. But even more telling would be to see what’s on their nightstand. In lieu of real book reviews today, consider this a peek at my bedside table (which is straining under the guilty weight of unread or half-read books). Here are some books I’ve been reading and even some I’ve even been enjoying.


Interview of Michael LeFebvre, Co-Author of Our Triune God

Friend and fellow Gentle Reformation blogger Dr. Michael LeFebvre recently had a new book he coauthored published.  Below is a short interview I conducted to find out more about the book and Michael’s reasons for writing it.

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Michael, what led you to work on this book on the Trinity?  How did it come about that you co-authored it with Philip Ryken, the pastor of the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadephia?


Summer Funning

Watching a lively thunderstorm roll in Saturday night with my family on the back porch (God’s fireworks cancelling the puny ones by comparison planned that evening); drinking Miriam’s homemade slush while playing games with the children; being drenched with sweat while doing battle with my sons and their friends in another driveway b-ball game; sitting with a friend eating the best, messiest burger in town where my daughter works; riding the waves on Lake Michigan…enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of summer fun.

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RP Hearts and Hands in the Revolution

As recounted last month,  Rev. William Martin, on June 4, 1780, preached to the Covenanters of Rocky Creek, South Carolina, and stirred them up to fight in the revolutionary cause. As we celebrate Independence Day in America, it is good for us to recall what happened in the following days that year. The story continues from Mrs. Green whose first-hand account can be found in William Glasgow’s History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America, followed by a few personal reflections.


The Warnings of Scripture. A Reflection

Recent circumstances have reminded me again of the importance of the biblical warnings.  Here I have in mind those passages of Scripture that warn saints that they must continue in the faith or else be damned.  Colossians 1:21-23 is one such example.

Typically, when these passages are considered, the tendency is to immediately jump on the Arminianism vs. Calvinism ship and debate the matter long into the night, focusing largely on the question, “Can a Christian lose their salvation?”  The issue, of course, is tremendously important, but what is often forgotten is the more immediate point of the passage itself.  After answering the larger theological question, arriving no doubt at a Reformed conclusion (wink, wink), we often fail to return to the text and ask ourselves the more pastoral or practical question, namely, “How or when should the warnings be used?”

For here’s the thing.  If Paul was an Arminian, he wasn’t afraid to tell Christians that they must continue or else.  And conversely, if Paul was a Calvinist, he wasn’t afraid to tell Christians that they must continue or else.  Either way, the warnings are employed, and they’re employed fairly often.


From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!

The sun has set on a long, glorious summer Saturday in Indiana. I’m going to bed, and my voice will be silent in praising the name of the Lord. But, Psalm 113:3, quoted above, struck me afresh a few nights ago as I chatted on Skype with a brother I had just met who lives around the world. As we concluded in prayer, he was praising the Lord as the sun was rising, and I was praising the Lord as the sun was setting.

The Lord, by fulfilling his promises to save people from the uttermost parts of the earth, has brought even greater fulfillment to this passage than would be possible merely through one people in one part of the world praising his name from the time they rise to the time they go to bed.  So, I go to bed tonight rejoicing to know that some of you are picking up the chorus of praise, even as I leave off, for now. Praise the Lord!