August 30, 2012 • 10:11 am
On Sunday evening we will be thinking about the fifth commandment as we continue our way through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. John Frame in his excellent The Doctrine of the Christian Life, shows how the narrow application of the command within the context of family relationships, is rightly to be broadened to the other areas of authority in life – church and state. He also gives a timely warning against one sphere of authority encroaching upon another.
So the family is the basic unit of human society. … all the institutions of society—prophetic, priestly, and kingly—begin in the family. To children, parents are rulers, educators, providers, and evangelists. All other forms of authority are extended forms of fatherhood and motherhood. Historically developmentally, and logically, the family is, I said in the previous chapter, “the fundamental sphere from which all others are derived.” Honor in all spheres is derived from parental honor.
The family is also crucial to economic well-being. Honor to parents brings inheritance. It brings long life and prosperity. Rousas Rushdoony points out that “throughout history the basic welfare agency has been the family.” Government policies that weaken the family lead to poverty and cultural decline. (Frame, Doctrine of the Christian Life, 595)
Filed under: Marriage & Family, Sermon prep, John Frame, westminster shorter catechism
August 28, 2012 • 11:04 am
Why don’t we see God at work in revival in Western society today?
In the video below Doug Wilson suggests it’s because we’re not convinced God is the only one who can do this and so we use our own methods, and secondly, we’re not convinced as we should be that God wants revival, that He desires the nations to come to him.
Filed under: Evangelism
August 27, 2012 • 7:49 am
Here’s the latest offering from The Good Book Company in their info graphic series – a time line through the books of Acts and the Epistles.
The dates for when various books of the Bible were written (the purple circles) are suggestions only, and it would be my suggestion that at least some of them are wrong. If all of the New Testament books were written prior to AD 70 that allows for the Revelation to John to refer primarily to the forthcoming divine judgement upon Jerusalem and the nation that had proved themselves unfaithful.
Filed under: On the links, visual theology
August 21, 2012 • 7:45 am
One of the barriers that can prevent unbelievers from genuinely considering Christ is an false understanding of the authenticity of contemporary Christianity. Can what we believe in 2012 really be the faith once delivered to the saints by the Apostles?
One of the false claims is that orthodox Christianity as it’s been held throughout history was actually all made up at the Council of Nicaea in 325AD by the Emperor Constantine and a group of bishops. The video below is helpful account of what actually took place.
Filed under: Apologetics, On the links, History
August 20, 2012 • 6:40 pm
August 16, 2012 • 6:52 am
This coming Sunday evening we’ll be continuing our look through the Westminster Shorter Catechism where we’ve reached questions on the second commandment.
To get you thinking have a listen to the below
Filed under: On the links, Sermon prep, westminster shorter catechism
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. – 1 Corinthians 9:25
The nation is riding the crest of a wave after our success so far in the Olympics. Here’s a list of at least some of the athletes who are running not merely for a perishable crown but for one that will last forever. On the page there are further links to each athletes individual testimony.
Filed under: On the links