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This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio: “Why the Reformation Still Matters”

December 5, 2017

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio is Why the Reformation Still Matters – a timely one in this, the 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation.  The notes say:

Five hundred years after the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, many people—Christians and non-Christians alike—view it as a conflict about issues that are no longer relevant to the church. But what if the Reformation still has something to teach us? What if the doctrines so vigorously debated and defended by the Reformers still matter today? In this accessible primer on the Reformation, Michael Reeves and Tim Chester introduce readers to eleven key questions raised by the Reformers. These questions continue to impact the church today—proving that the Reformation is much more than just a bit of history we can leave behind.

By all means, give Why the Reformation Still Matters a listen.

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An interesting new blog: “The Anglican Mind”

December 4, 2017

I wanted to call attention to what could be a very promising group blog: The Anglican Mind.  Their About page is well thought out and the five contributors hail from quite diverse theological backgrounds – from Anglo-Catholic to Tractarian to Reformed Catholic to Reformed.  And for good measure they also include an Anglo-Lutheran!  I will look forward to seeing what these guys have to say.

 

For the First Sunday in Advent: “Christ, the Mediating Judge”

December 3, 2017

To mark the First Sunday in Advent, here is a quote from the French writer Jean Baptiste Elias Avrillon (1652-1729), who wrote a book titled A Guide for Passing Advent Holily.  (This book was esteemed highly by E.B. Pusey, who translated it from its original French version into English.)  In this excerpt, Avrillon writes about Christ being our Judge and Mediator – a true Advent theme.

A MEDIATING JUDGE.

God is the sovereign Judge of angels and of men; this is an attribute inseparably attached to the supreme greatness of His Being, and to His quality of Creator. He judged the rebellious Angels. He hurled them into the hell which He created in His wrath for those revolted powers; and those hitherto perfect spirits have had neither Mediator nor Redeemer. We then are much more favoured by God than the Angelic nature was, since we have both, in God made man for our sakes. This is a favour which daily we should acknowledge, nay every moment of our life.

As Jesus Christ is God, He loseth not His quality of sovereign Judge of quick and dead, because He is man; He has it still more as Redeemer, and “because He is the Son of man,” says the well-beloved disciple (John v. 27). But He appeareth to renounce this quality in the manger, and during His whole mortal life, in order to become our Mediator with God His Father; or rather, He hath by a miracle of His Love united these two qualities of Judge and Mediator, hitherto altogether incompatible.

It is thus that the great Apostle speaks of it to his disciple Timothy (1 Tim. ii. 4) : “God will have all men to he saved, for there is One God, and One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all.” But it is important to mark, that in order to confirm our confidence in His Mercy, in the manger He exercises this one function of Mediator only, and He will take that of Judge but at the end of the world.

Let us go in spirit to the stable of Bethlehem, there shall we find God our Mediator, Who, though a Child, can succour us, because He is Almighty, and will succour us, because He loveth us. He is God with His Father before Whom He pleads for our reconciliation; He is Man with man for whom He prays; He belongs then to both, for He is both; and this it is which was needed in order to be a perfect Mediator: and consequently our confidence in His Power and in His Love ought to be perfect and without bounds, provided we accompany it by our good works.

His Childhood, His Weakness, His Infant Cries, His Tears, His Poverty, His Sorrows, and more than all, that Heart full of love plead for us, and make themselves effectually heard by God His Father; let us ask with Him, let us ask by Him, let us ask Him Himself to pray for us as our Mediator, and to spare us as our Judge.

From The Eric Metaxas Show: Eric interviews D.C. McAllister

December 2, 2017

Given the present political situation, this is an interesting interview by Eric Metaxas of D.C. McAllister, senior contributor at The Federalist. Here, she breaks down her latest targeted articles about sexual harassment charges and how those accusations should influence voters who are Christian.  (If you would prefer to read one of these articles, it can be found here.)

From Speak Life: “Meet the Nativity”, episode 1

December 1, 2017

From Glen Scrivener and his “Speak Life” team, here is the first episode of “Meet the Nativity“.  They tell us that “In the first 24 hours, Episode 1 has been seen 50 000 times across YouTube and Facebook. It tells the story of Will, a hapless boyfriend who tries to charm his way with his girlfriend’s family at Christmas. While nothing works with that family, Will finds a warm welcome from the most unexpected source.

The episodes are being accompanied by “explainer” videos, drawing out the gospel from each mini-film and directing people to follow-up. This follow-up comes in the form of a book –– Glen Scrivener’s best-selling Four Kinds of Christmas –– and a course, Life Explored, a visually sumptuous introduction to the Christian faith.”

For Advent: Resources for Advent 2017 from the PrayerMate app

November 29, 2017

If you have a smartphone or tablet, PrayerMate is delighted to announce their best ever range of devotional resources that you can subscribe to through the app and follow along daily from 1st December 2017. You can also get daily push notifications to remind you to check in each day.  (I believe you can also use this via the website as well if you are on a PC.)

And they have some really good resources, too – a free devotional from Paul David Tripp, called Come Let us Adore Him; a free devotional from John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, and others.  If you are looking for an Advent devotional, Advent 2017 with the PrayerMate app is a good place to start.

The Rev. Hunter Twitty: “Character Studies on the Kings of Israel: King Hezekiah”

November 28, 2017

This is an audio sermon that is somewhat different: Hunter Twitty of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham looks at the life of Hezekiah, one of the few good kings of Judah, and what we can learn from it.  As Rev. Twitty notes, in the time of Hezekiah, the tectonic plates of their very society could be felt shifting – much like in our own day.  So the life of this king of Judah truly has lessons for us, if we will only seek to learn.

 

A great new podcast: “In the Studio with Michael Card”

November 26, 2017

Many of you may be familiar with the talented singer Michael Card, who I would say is one of the deeper minds writing Christian music nowadays.  Today I found his new podcast, In the Studio with Michael Card, and I would say it is very much worth a listen.  There have been three episodes so far and they have included such luminaries as Dr. D.A. Carson and Dr. Roberta Miller.

It does appear that one may need iTunes to be able to listen to this podcast; I was not able to access it any other way.

The Rev. Dick Lucas: Four talks on the Gospel of John

November 25, 2017

Today I came across a series of audio messages by the Rev. Dick Lucas that was given at St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London this past October, on the Gospel of John.  These are, as always, very much worth hearing, and here is the first one, on John 1.

Message #1 (John, Chapter 1)

 

Michael Medved on “What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?”

November 23, 2017

From Prager U, here is a video by Michael Medved on “What’s the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?”…quite appropriate for this week in the United States.