I saw this on Tony Reinke’s blog. Tony is CJ Mahaney’s editorial and research assistant—what a cool job!
“Work in your hearts a hatred of sin… If a man had killed your friend, or father, or mother, how would you hate him! You would not endure the sight of him, but follow the law upon him. Send out the avenger of blood with a hue and cry after thy sin; bring it afore God’s judgment seat, arraign it, accuse it, spit on it, condemn it and thyself for it, have it to the cross, nail it there, if it cry I thirst, give it vinegar, stretch the body of sins upon his cross, stretch every vein of it, make the heart strings crack; and then when it hangs there, triumph over the dying of it, show it no pity, laugh at its destruction, say, Thou hast been a bloody sin to me and my husband, hang there and rot. And when thou art tempted to it [sin], and art very thirsty after the pleasure of it, say of that opportunity to enjoy it, It is the price of Christ’s blood, and pour it upon the ground. … Shall I live upon that which was Christ’s death? Shall I please myself in that which was his pain? Shall I be so dishonest, so unkind, as to enjoy the pleasure for which he endured the smart?”
—Thomas Goodwin (1600—1679), Christ the Mediator in The Works of Thomas Goodwin (RHB), 5:294.
Reformed Theological Seminary offers a very full list of courses online for free through iTunesU. I’ve listened to several of the Biblical studies courses and some of the various lectures. I particularly enjoyed the seminar (under ‘RTS Seminars and Lecture Series’) entitled ‘The Calvin I Never Knew’ by Dr. Frank James. He completely undermines the false claim that John Calvin has done more to hurt missions than anyone else. Apparently Calvin trained and deployed so many church-planting pastors that something like 2000 churches were planted in 7 years under his discipleship and at least two of them had attendance in the thousands and had to go to multiple services!
Our friend Curt Allen (Voice) has put out another album titled a theist.
It’s a digital album that you can preview here.
I haven’t seen the movie “Angels and Demons,” but it has created buzz in our
culture. The crew at Westminster has created an informative and helpful
website here: http://www.truthaboutangelsanddemons.com
Check it out so that you can “be prepared to make a defense to anyone who
asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3.15).
One of the guys that has had a major impact on my life theologically is Wayne Grudem. This post by Justin Taylor is worth checking out—especially the link to Grudem’s Sunday school class where he teaches through his systematic theology. I have been listening to his talks and highly recommend them!
Have you ever been around someone who just does things rather than just talking about doing things? My buddy, Seth Remsnyder, is one of those people. Instead of just talking about how horrible abortion is, he is seeking to do something about it. He and others in our ministry and church (Janet Remsnyder, Ryan and Jenny James, Andree and Becca Kless, Matt Wahl, and Kyle Martineau) have started a blog, We The Posterity, to play their part in changing our nation’s conscience on abortion. Check out their blog if you want to have your conscience informed on abortion and check out the two local pregnancy centers and contact them about how you can just do it: