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The Rev. Clive Hawkins: “Aspiration: The Sluggard and the Ant” (Proverbs 6:6-11; 24:30-34; 26:13-16)

September 18, 2018

From the Rev. Clive Hawkins of St. Mary’s Church, Basingstoke in the United Kingdom, here is an audio sermon on “Aspiration: The Sluggard and the Ant” that is based on Proverbs 6:6-11; 24:30-34; 26:13-16 and continues their series on Proverbs.  Here, Rev. Hawkins reminds us of the dangers of being a sluggard!

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A prayer request for a friend

September 17, 2018

Dear friends and readers of this blog, a friend of mine, who I will call “E.”, was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year.  At the time he was diagnosed he was prescribed a form of treatment with a drug called rituximab.  It is my layperson’s understanding that rituximab is a very well-regarded treatment for lymphoma, but his case has not responded to it and hence the doctors are having to revise his treatment plan.

If you would pray for “E.” and lift him and his family up before the Throne of Grace, asking the Lord for his healing, I would very, very much appreciate this.  Thank you so much.

Another worthwhile podcast: “Core Christianity”

September 16, 2018

If you like the works of Dr. Michael Horton, who I would describe as Reformed evangelical (and he is in fact Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary in California, as well as host of The White Horse Inn radio broadcast), you might like the podcast Core Christianity.  This is a relatively new podcast but in its short existence Dr. Horton and Adriel Sanchez have answered such questions as “is the Bible the only authority for Christians?” and “what is most important for progress in holiness?”  As you can see they do not avoid the hard questions at Core Christianity.

A brief quote from Bonhoeffer’s students in seminary

September 15, 2018

This week I have been reading in a book by Dr. Paul R. House of Beeson Divinity School titled Bonhoeffer’s Seminary Vision: A Case for Costly Discipleship and Life Together.  This is quite a thought-provoking book and I may have comments about it in the future, but here is a quote he has from a report made by Bonhoeffer’s students at Finkenwalde in 1935:

Discipleship is the unconditional, sole commitment to Jesus Christ and thus to the cross, a commitment whose content cannot wholly be articulated. The place to which the church is called is the cross, and the only form in which the church can exist is discipleship.
You can certainly hear echoes of The Cost of Discipleship here.  Can you imagine the impact Bonhoeffer must have had on those students?

The Rev. Vaughan Roberts: “The King’s proclamation” (Mark 1:1-13)

September 14, 2018

From St. Ebbe’s Church in Oxford, here is an audio sermon by the Rev. Vaughan Roberts titled The King’s proclamation.  This is based on Mark 1:1-13, and begins a series on that Gospel that is called “The King of Kings”.

John Anderson talks with Melanie Phillips about societal change in the West

September 13, 2018

This is a rather good “conversation” between British journalist, author and broadcaster Melanie Phillips and John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.  I have a great deal of respect for both of them and they have quite an exchange of ideas in this interview.  (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)

(For some reason the YouTube video cannot be viewed as an embedded video, for now.  If the video becomes unavailable at the link I have given above, try this podcast link.)

The Rev. David Holloway: “Amputating our Adultery” (Matthew 5:27-32)

September 12, 2018

From the good people of Jesmond Parish Church in the United Kingdom, here is a message titled “Amputating our Adultery” by the Rev. David Holloway. In this sermon, he deals with this question: “Why is our approach to infidelity so important and how can we cut sexual impurity out of our lives? David Holloway opens up the next section of Matthew 5, to explore what Jesus tell us about our adulterous hearts and lustful desires.”

From The Bible Project: an animated guide to the Book of Hebrews

September 11, 2018

Courtesy of The Bible Project, here is a quite good overview of the Book of Hebrews, contained in an eight-minute video.  It will help anyone understand the Epistle to the Hebrews better – well worth eight minutes!

Dr. R.C. Sproul: “The Holiness of Christ” (Lecture 6 in “The Holiness of God”)

September 9, 2018

Here is the sixth lecture by the late Dr. R.C. Sproul in his series “The Holiness of God”. This one is titled “The Holiness of Christ” and here the notes say: “The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. R.C. Sproul says, ‘The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.’”

The Rev. Rob Phillips: “Follow good advice” (Proverbs 3:1-12)

September 8, 2018

From the Rev. Rob Phillips of St. Mary’s Church, Basingstoke in the United Kingdom, here is an audio sermon on “Follow good advice” that is based on Proverbs 3:1-12 and continues their series on Proverbs.  Here, Rev. Phillips reminds us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.