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The Scandal

Originally posted on chantrynotes:

valiant for truthNo one could ever question his giftedness. From the very first he combined an incisive mind, brilliant communicative abilities, and a dynamic personality. Yet he was no pragmatist. He genuinely cared about right doctrine, and he energetically pursued both its study and its dissemination. As a young man he could have been the model for Bunyan’s young hero: Mr. Valiant-for-Truth.

As he preached, his evident talent quickly gained him a hearing, and at an early age he began a rise to prominence. In fact, it wasn’t long until others wanted to learn from him. Young men aspiring to the pulpit not only wanted to learn from him, they wanted to become him. His tics and mannerisms were copied, and soon his strengths and his weaknesses were reproduced in many churches. He became more than a pastor; he was the focal point of a new approach to ministry.

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John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)

Originally posted on Contrast:

In talking with a number of well read people, I have been surprised how many of them are completely unaware of John Owen’s contribution to covenant theology. I had one person ridicule baptists for rejecting “Reformed orthodoxy” in the Westminster Standards because of our view of covenant theology. He then informed me he would “stick with Witsius, Owen, Petto, and Colquhoun.” This man was completely unaware that John Owen rejected the “Reformed orthodoxy” of the Westminster Standards.

Owen rejected the formulation of the Westminster Confession (one covenant, two administrations) and held that the new and the old were two distinct covenants with two different mediators and everything else that follows. I believe he provides a valuable contribution to current debate over covenant theology and everyone who is interested should read him. However, I also know not everyone has time to read through his 150 pages on Hebrews 8:6-13, so I…

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Available Fall 2014

Originally posted on Heritage Booktalk:

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study BibleKJV cover

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A Study Bible to Feed Your Soul . . .

  • Thoughts for personal and family devotions for every chapter
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  • Thousands of study notes with integrated cross-references
  • Introductions to each section and every book of the Bible
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  • Overview of twenty centuries of church history
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The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible – Book of Hosea

Originally posted on Heritage Booktalk:

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible will be available Fall 2014. Click on image to view full sample!KJV Sample Booklet - Hosea cover

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Defining the Incomprehensible

Originally posted on chantrynotes:

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That Which Cannot Be Defined

One of the most fascinating descriptions of sanctuary design which I have heard came from an unbelieving architect hired to design a new facility for a Reformed Baptist church. After meeting with various members and officers, interviewing them about their beliefs, their concerns and their architectural theories, he concluded, “So we’re trying to point to something which ultimately cannot be defined, right?”

Far from making a post-modern statement about the know-ability of truth, he was approaching a matter of great importance in Christian theology. The Christian can never define God, because definition requires absolute comprehension. To define God, we would need to know the limits of His essence, and He has no limits. That which is infinite may only be described; it can never be dissected.

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Send The Light

Originally posted on Live Life! God's way:

While Charles H. Gabriel was a choir singer in a church in San Francisco he penned today’s hymn.  The value of lighthouses along the rugged California shore probably lies in the background.  How tragic when a lighthouse designed to provide a clear consistent signal failed to shine.   The song builds from a general call to one WE own, to accompanying that call with prayer and lastly continuing to labour in extending the impact of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  May today be a day of “letting the light shine!”

There is an interesting selection of Biblical verses woven into this hymn.  Do you know your Bible well enough to identify them?

There’s a call comes ringing over the restless wave,
“Send the light! Send the light!”
There are souls to rescue there are souls to save,
Send the light! Send the light!

Send the light, the blessed Gospel light;
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New Calvinism: Conclusions

Originally posted on chantrynotes:

A few weeks ago I began blogging about the phenomenon which is called “New Calvinism.” The immediate impetus for this series was an article from Iain Murray of Banner of Truth on the Together for the Gospel Conference. I, too, have been encouraged by the gatherings of so many Christians in which old literature is read, old hymns are sung, and old doctrine is preached. However, I am deeply concerned by statements such as this:

‘New Calvinist’ too easily suggests some kind of departure from ‘the Old’. But what is now occurring in many parts of the United States can patently be seen to have sprung out of what is far from new. It is no more ‘new’ than the doctrine that was heard under Whitefield and Edwards in the 1740s, or later, under Spurgeon or Lloyd-Jones. What was supposed to be ‘as dead as Queen Anne’ is very much…

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New Calvinism and Orthodoxy

Originally posted on chantrynotes:

As I have written about the New Calvinism, some have commented to the effect that it is wrong of me to write about the problems inherent in the new movement without first saying what is good about it. I suppose I could reply in simple and curmudgeonly fashion that the “Calvinism” part is good, while everything “New” about it is bad – which wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

Underlying this charge is the assumption that the New Calvinism is essentially a good thing. I increasingly find myself reading the critiques of Calvinism from outside the Reformed camp – written by bloggers and others who really don’t know anything but the New Calvinism – and agreeing with them! Calvinism as it is known to many today is fraught with theological danger, although I would insist that the problem isn’t the Calvinism so much as the New! At some point…

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New Calvinism and Celebrity

Originally posted on chantrynotes:

Earlier this week I wrote about the legalism inherent in much of the New Calvinism, a legalism which grows easily in the rich soil of antinomianism fertilized with charismaticism. Legalism, as I noted, takes many forms. In some cases it will manifest itself in a complex ethical construct built apart from the law of God. In others the ethical construct will be a simple follow-the-leader mentality responding to a charismatic personality with the supposed input of the Holy Spirit.

Such a system is depends upon and promotes the celebrity of the chosen leader. Carl Trueman has put some effort into defining what exactly makes for celebrity in ecclesiastical leadership, but if I could add my two cents – celebrity occurs wherever the leader is greater than the creed, or more properly, wherever the leader becomes the creed.

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There’s Nothing too Hard for Thee

Originally posted on Live Life! God's way:

Jeremiah 32:27 is a faith-building verse. The issue for us is whether we believe it to be true. How well do you know God? What is He capable of doing? Read and reread this statement. Why not begin every prayer this week with it? Why not hold this claim up before every impossible situation over which you are praying?
“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

The author of this chorus declares the omnipotence of God in stanza one drilling home this truth into the recesses of the soul. Then in stanza two a confidence is declared, a reminder to oneself and to the Lord that the posture of trust is the one we are seeking by grace to maintain.
As you ponder these words of encouragement, why not combine them with the simple request – “Lord, increase my faith!”

There’s nothing…

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