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Christ Is All In The Bible! (Transcription)

Nick posted a great video of Tim Keller speaking about how the Bible is mainly about Jesus Christ and His finished work.  Here is a copy of the basic transcript of that helpful video.  Christ is all! Tim Keller said: "Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." (Luke 24:27) Jesus is...

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The Mission of God is the God of Missions

The audio and video from the Sunday Morning Worship Service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now online. The text was Acts 12:25-13:12, and the title, "The Mission of God is the God of Missions." You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/14550461...

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Contentment in the Ministry

There is a disastrous discontentment that permeates the very fabric of our being. This can be seen throughout the many and varied experiences of our lives. Solomon spoke of it in Ecclesiastes 1:8, "The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. " Paul learned how to be content in all things, but he had to learn it. Contentment is not a natural incli...

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The Bible Is Not About You

Well, that is only partly true. The Bible actually has a lot to say about you, to you and for you; but, the Bible is fundamentally about "Jesus Christ and Him crucified." How then can we understand the substance of the Scriptures as God understands it? Tim Keller does a good job of briefly explaining what the Bible is about in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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Toxic Tribalism

Tullian Tchividjian has a helpful post over at his blog, On Earth As It Is In Heaven titled "We are One." In it, Tullian takes an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson based on the recent development in his church.  Coral Ridge has recently combined two worship services separated by distinctive, generational music styles. I was most impacted by Tullian's warning agains...

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Dr. C.N. Willborn Sermons and Lectures

I have been extremely blessed to have studied theology under some outstanding theologians. One of those professors was Dr. Nick Willborn. Now serving as minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN. you listen to his sermons here. You can find several of his lectures here....

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The Kind of People We Can Learn From

There is tendency to think we can only learn from the smartest, most gifted, most successful, and most popular Christians. We must be ready to learn from all kinds of people, from a variety of backgrounds (young and old, weak and strong, well known and obscure), because they fear the Lord. Consider a few of the people the Lord uses to teach us: Mary the Mother of Jesus (a ...

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He Sets the Prisoner Free (Acts 12:1-24)

The audio and video from the Sunday morning service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now available online. The text was Acts 12:1-24 and the title, "He Sets the Prisoner Free." You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/14346903...

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Life in the Real World

It is a glorious thing to be called of God to proclaim his gospel.  Yes indeed!  I am blessed to be able to serve my congregation as a teacher (in the OPC, a minister can serve as a pastor, teacher, or evangelist).  I am able to teach, preach, serve on the session and sit at presbytery (and at the GA when appointed).  I am also a PhD candidate chipping away at ...

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More Westminster Standards Resources

Recently we at the Christ the Center internet audio program over at Reformed Forum interviewed the Rev. Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn about his involvement in the Westminster Assembly project.  The WAP is a boon to us for the historical and theological understanding of the WS.  We look forward to the publication in the near future of the minutes of the assembly under Dr. Van...

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Revelation Resources

While there have been endless volumes written on the book of Revelation--and, it seems as many interpretations as there are books--the following are some of the ones I have profited from most.  I would especially recommend the sermon series by Sinclair Ferguson, Eric Alexander and Brian Vos. B.B. Warfield's short article below is probably the most helpful three page pie...

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PCA Position Papers

I, for one, am thankful to be a part of a denomination that has many godly and knowledgeable men who care deeply about important theological and social issues. Many times when an issue is raised in the evangelical world, one or another theologian is appealed to for conclusive answers.  This can be helpful, but it lacks the collective wisdom of a unified body of biblical...

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What's in a Name?

The most recent sermon audio and video from New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now available online. The text was Acts 11:19-12:2, and the title, "What's in a Name?" You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/14183248...

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A Christian By Any Other Name...

Acts 11:26 is one of those verses that can easily be read over without giving due consideration to its significance. There we find Luke making the point, almost in passing,  that it was "at Antioch the disciples were first called Christians." This is the first time the title is used in the Scriptures, and it establishes for us the historical setting in which the nicknam...

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The Acts of the Apostles

Back in February I recommended several volumes the deal with the theology of the Acts of the Apostles. That was at the beginning of a sermon series I started at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Now that I am just about half way through I would like to expand that list and offer some further suggestions. I have provided links for each title, many of which link to Google Bo...

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The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards

Over at Christ the Center, we recently talked with Dr. Steve Lawson, senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, about his book The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards. You can listen to the interview here. Dr. Lawson is the author of several books including Famine in the Land, Foundations of Grace, and The Expository Genius of John...

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Pentecost 2: No Partiality (Acts 10:24-11:19)

The sermon video from the Sunday morning worship service at New Covenant is now available online. The text was Acts 10:24-11:18, and the title, "Pentecost 2: No Partiality."  You can watch the video below: Pentecost 2: No Partiality (Acts 10:24-11:18)...

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Was Cornelius Regenerate Prior to Peter's Preaching Christ to Him?

The thorny question of whether or not Cornelius--the Italian centurion officer to whom God appeared in a vision--was a regenerate believer prior to Peter's preaching Jesus to him has proven to be quite challenging for me as I prepare to preach the second part of the narrative (Acts 10:23-11:19). In the opening verses of chapter 10 we are told that Cornelius was "a devout m...

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Bringing Home the Bacon (Acts 10:1-23)

The audio and video from last week's Sunday morning worship service at New Covenant is now online. The text was Acts 10:1-23, and the title, "Bringing Home the Bacon." You can listen to it here. You can watch the video here....

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I Love Reading

I love to read.  I hope you do too.  Reading keeps the mind active and the imagination fired up.  Some recent books that I have been dipping into are the following:  James White's provocative Pulpit Crimes:  The Criminal Mishandling of God's Word which can be found here.  Dr. White provides hard hitting commentary on common misuses of the Bible in the pul...

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Chad Van Dixhoorn & The Westminster Assembly Project

We recently had the opportunity to interview Chad Van Dixhoorn, on Christ the Center, with regard to his work on The Westminster Assembly Project. Anyone interested in the development of Reformed and Confessional Theology will certainly want to listen to this interview. You can find it  here....

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Boaz: The Law-Keeping/Debt-Paying Redeemer

Many theologians have acknowledged the typological role that Boaz played in redemptive History. He descended from the tribe of Judah, comes out of Bethlehem to bless his people, grandfather of David, the one to whom the promise of Messiah was given, and was therefore in the genealogical line of the Christ. He owned a field into which he sent His laborers. He receives a Gen...

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Card's Biblical Lyricism

One cannot help but admire the biblical lyricism of Michael Card. He redefined biblical compositions at a time when the Christian music world was suffering from creative and theological anemia. Card's Things We Leave Behind and God's Own Fool are two of the best examples of his creativity and theological substance....

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WWSJ - (We Would See Jesus)

I am grateful when I am reminded of the urgent need to preach Christ for pardon and power--for justification and sanctification--and to continually look to Him for grace and mercy. It is far too easy to be moved away from Him into some sphere of self-reliance or self-renovation. When we do we inevitable fall into the trap of failure and condemnation or pride and self-right...

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The Puritan Exegesis Project: William Cowper on Revelation 11:15, 16

We’ve stumbled upon a real test for our trusting pre-modern exegetes. Revelation. In New Horizons in Hermeneutics Anthony Thiselton summarized the differences between pre- and post- modern attitudes for interpreting as ‘trusting’ and ‘suspicious’ of traditional readings. Our series so far has looked at how 17th c. expositors have treated di...

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