Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Matthew's Begats (video, book and cd)

Families may also want to check out Andrew Peterson's book The Ballad of Matthew's Begats: An Unlikely Royal Family Tree.  Included with the book is a CD of the song.  Peterson makes the genealogy of Jesus memorable for children of all ages.  

Buy the book by clicking on the image below!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The gift we really need this Christmas: contentment

Wherever you are, say "I am where God has set me. God knows what is better for me than I do myself. He who has put all things in their places has put me in this place, and here I will glorify Him."

Thomas Manton, An Exposition on the Epistle of Jude, p. 25

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What's the big deal about Calvinism?

Where the Arminian says, "I owe my election to my faith," the Calvinist says, "I owe my faith to my election." Clearly, these two concepts of elections are very far apart.

Where the Arminian says, "I could not have gained my salvation without Calvary," the Calvinist says, "Christ gained my salvation for me at Calvary."

Where the Arminian is content to say, "I decided for Christ," the Calvinist says

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
fast bound in sin and nature's night.
Thine eye difused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my heart was free;
I rose, went forth and followed Thee.

("And Can It Be?" by Charles Wesley)

To say, in the Arminian sense, that God elects believers, Christ died for all men and the Spirit quickens those who receive the Word is really to say that, in the biblical sense, God elects nobody, Christ died for nobody and the Spirit quickens nobody.

- JI Packer

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Like Lemmings to the Shopping Sea

By now the murdering stampede to death of a Walmart greeter on Long Island five days ago is old news, but that news is not too old for us to thoughtfully ponder some sad facts which the recent 'Black Friday' incident reveals about us as humans, Americans and idolaters.

Few lead us on such a soul-searching quest better than poet and cultural analyst Andre Codrescu. You can read or listen to his thoughts here.