Archive for May 28th, 2007

Dear Daughter Debra

Monday, May 28th, 2007

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This photo of Debra is from last fall, and was taken on the back patio.
Debra is child number six, daughter number four in our family.
Debra is a junior in high school, and plans on doing a landscaping project for her senior project.
Debra is a serious fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and of the Harry Potter books. She loves listening to these and other books on CD.
She is also a serious coffee aficionado.
Debra and her dad spend lots of time singing from the Scottish Psalmody (The Scottish Metrical Version of the Psalms (1650)) together, she singing the alto part, and Dad the melody or sometimes the tenor.
There’s lots more to say, but this is just a little test to see if Debra reads my blog. 😀 (And of course it is a tribute to one of my dear daughters!)

The Effectual Call to Come to Christ

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I’m still thinking about the Sunday morning sermon. In particular, I’m thinking about the blessing of being broken by the Chief Cornerstone, who is Christ.

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. – Matthew 21:44

Once again, familiar teaching from the Westminster Shorter Catechism comes to mind.

Question 29: How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?
Answer: We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us by his Holy Spirit.
Question 30: How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
Answer: The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.

This teaching leads us to Question and Answer 31 which, to my mind, help me to understand what it means to be blessedly broken by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Question 31: What is effectual calling?
Answer: Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing our wills, he doth persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel.

One cause of trouble in the leaderships of little church groups

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Sin in High Places: An Interview with Carl Trueman, Part 2, has been posted by Martin Downes on his blog Against Heresies.

Carl Trueman believes that PRIDE is at the root of many ministerial and elder problems that we see in the church. Here is a short quote:

Their desire is not to teach but to be teachers. There is an important difference here: their focus is on their own status, not on the words they proclaim. At most, the latter are merely instrumental to getting them status and boosting their careers.

Thus, what concerns me most is that students may simply desire to be teachers. If that is their motivation, then they have already abandoned a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith, and their theology, no matter how orthodox, is just a means to an end and no sound thing.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
– I Timothy 1:5-7