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14 November 2021

Naturalism and the Holiness of God. I had a really interesting experience recently through reading a tract by a French Reformer named Theodore Beza (1519-1605).  It’s always interesting to read the words of folk from significantly earlier times than ourselves, because we come across ideas and ways of thinking that are so… Read More

28 November 2021

The Key to the Christian’s Joy. By R.C.Sproul. The word joy appears over and over again in the Scriptures.  For instance, the Psalms are filled with references to joy. The psalmists write, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5b) and “Shout for joy to God, all the… Read More

7 November 2021

The Holiness is Righteousness Error. When I say the word “holiness”, what is the idea that comes into your mind?  I think that for many Christians, we think of holiness primarily in terms of righteousness or moral purity.  When we say things like “I want to live a holy life”, what we’re referring to is a desire that we have… Read More

21 November 2021

The Grandfather’s Vocation. by Peter J. Leithart. October was Grandchildren Month for my wife and me.  Early in the month, two new Leithart boys entered the world, each a first son of one of my sons.  With their births, our grandchild tally rises to fifteen.  For those keeping score, grandsons have moved into a fourth-inning… Read More

31 October 2021

Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness. In Psalm 99 we read: “The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he!” (Ps 99:2-3).  The refrain continues in v5: “Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!”  The threefold… Read More

24 October 2021

Making Mention of You All - Fellowship in prayer An excerpt from: Gordon J. Keddie Prayers of the Bible (Crown and Covenant, 2017) p.590-591  Without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers.  - Romans 1:9  READ ROMANS 1:8-12  “There must be fellowship… Read More

17 October 2021

Pursuing Holiness. What does it mean to pursue holiness?  As God’s redeemed people, we already actually enjoy a status of holiness.  What I mean by that is that God has saved us, taken us to himself, and made us to be his own – he’s set us apart for himself as a “holy nation” of people through Christ (1 Pt 2:9).  We are,… Read More

10 October 2021

Thankful for God’s Holiness. One of the most basic and obvious things that we should realise about God’s holiness is this one very simple insight: that if we are to have any hope of knowing God, he must reveal himself to us.  Now why do I say that?  Well, let’s just remember for a moment and ask the question once again: What… Read More

3 October 2021

The Desperate Need for Reformed Ethics By Keith Mathison, courtesy of https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/desperate-need-reformed-ethics  I recently watched a short video of a lecture by my mentor and former pastor Dr. R.C. Sproul.… Read More

26 September 2021

5 Methods for Fighting Half-Hearted Prayer by Joel Beeke. The Puritans were prone to give five methods for fighting our natural tendency to lapse into half-hearted prayer: 1. Give priority to prayer. Prayer is the first and most important thing you are called to do. "You can do more… Read More

19 September 2021

“I can’t help the way I feel.” As I looked through my feed on facebook the other day, I read an article mentioning some celebrity who had cheated on her spouse.  In defence of her actions, she said: “I can’t help the way I feel.”  The idea that we can’t control our feelings pops up often in modern culture.  Sometimes we may… Read More

12 September 2021

The power of art, the glory of God. They’re in the movies we watch.  The books we read.  The songs we listen to.  I’m talking about the constant messages that bombard us in everyday life – messages telling us that we can do it ourselves.  Solve our own problems, dig ourselves out of the pits we fall into.  You might hear… Read More