Friday, October 15, 2010

Reformation Rally in Sunnyside, WA

Shane Lems from The Reformed Reader has announced the following:

Reformation Rally - October 29, 2010

We've got the date down for our 3rd annual Reformation Rally: October 29, 2010 (Friday night).

Time: 7-8 PM

Location: 1750 Sheller Road (in Sunnyside, WA - at the United Reformed Church)

Topic: Worship According to the Word: The Reformation Recovery of Biblical Worship

Speakers: Rev. Matt Barker (Emmanuel OPC in Kent, WA) and Rev. Shane Lems (The URC of Sunnyside)

Other notes: We will also sing several hymns and enjoy snacks and fellowship after the two lectures.

Stay tune for more details - and be sure to pass this info along!

Looks like it will be good.  I hope they post the audio.  If you're in the area, you may want to check it out.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tennessee Valley Presbytery Votes Against BCO 14 Ammendments

This is just to provide a quick update with more detail to follow. At Presbytery today, the TVP voted down BCO 14-1: the vote tally was 20 yes, 29 no, and 2 abstentions. The TVP Also voted down BCO 14-2: the vote tally was 1 yes, 37 no, and 15 abstentions.

I believe this now makes it 9 Presbyterys against and 4 Presbyterys for.

As I said, there will be more details to follow.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dennison Sermons on History of Salvation

In an earlier post, I highlighted an interview with Danny Olinger on the life and ministry of Geerhardus Vos, especially with his contribution to Reformed Biblical Theology. What Vos does so well is help with how the Bible fits together by looking at it through the lens of the history of salvation. I commented, "If you have ever struggled with how to understand how the Bible fits together, or have desired to learn how to read the Bible with more understanding, then you have to read Vos." The Bible is the self-revelation of the Triune God, in which he unfolds himself and his plan of salvation progressively through time. Vos uses the analogy of a rose. In the OT you find the seed that over the course of time begins to sprout and grow until you have the rose in full bloom.

In the interview, Danny suggests that one of the best ways to see the Biblical Theology of Vos in action is in the preaching of Charlie Dennison. Mr. Dennison was formerly the Historian for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and pastor of Grace OPC (where I was previously the intern). In light of that recommendation, I have decided to post here, 27 Sermons that Mr. Dennison preached on "The History of Salvation." These sermons are not for the faint of heart as they are rich in substance and the application of Christ, as they show forth the glory of God in Christ from the beginning to the end of biblical history.

There are no titles, only scripture references. If you like these and would like to listen to more, then check out the Audio Resources at Northwest Theological Seminary.  This series is provided here with the gracious permission of Charlie's widow, Mrs. Ginger Dennison.

1. Hebrews 3.12-4.13
2. Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7, 5:21-24, 6:5-8, 11:1-9
3. Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-6, 25:21-26, 32:24-31, 50:15-21
4. Exodus 1:1-14, 12:29-36, 14:10-14, 21-31
5. Joshua 1:1-9, 24:1-15 / Ephesians 3:14-21
6. Judges 2:11-23, 17:1-6 / Ruth 4:13-22
7. I Samuel 1:19-2:10, 16:1-13
8. I Kings 12:21-33 / II Kings 17:7-18
9. II Chronicles 24:1-22 / Micah 3:5-12
10. Exodus 24:1-18
11. Deuteronomy 4:1-24
12. Genesis 32:22-30 / Psalm 45:1-9 / Isaiah 9:6-7
13. I Corinthians 1:18-31
14. John 1:1-14 / Matthew 1:18-2:1 / Luke 2:41-52
15. Luke 4:14-37, 5:1-3
16. John 6:51-71
17. Matthew 16:1-20
18. Matthew 17:1-8, 18:1-6
19. Matthew 21:12-22 / Mark 12:28-34 / Luke 21:20-38
20. Luke 24:1-12, 36-52
21. Acts 5:1-16
22. Acts 7:46-8:3, 26-40
23. Acts 9:1-22
24. Acts 9:31-43, 11:19-30
25. Galatians 2:11-21 / Acts 18:1-11 / I Thessalonians 1:8-10
26. Acts 20:17-38
27. Philippians 3:1-21 / II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18

The Given Life

There are several big issues that members of my church are facing right now.  As a pastor, it is a reminder that life is not easy and simple or nice and neat.  Although it is wise to plan, there is no way to control things so that our plans come to pass.  There is no way to keep the unexpected from coming to pass--especially when the unexpected is difficult, challenging and seemingly earth shattering.

It during times like this that I like to reflect on the last line of Wendell Berry's poem "I think of Gloucester, blind, led through the world," which is about new birth,
We live the given life, and not the planned.
It is good to be reminded that the life of new birth, is a life that springs forth from the death of the son who is raised and exalted to the right hand of his father.  The new life found in the son is born out of the context of death and suffering, but leads to exaltation.

What makes it possible for us to live the given life rather than the planned life is a faith that grasps hold of grace--grace that is rooted in the fact that the given life we live is simultaneously the planned life decreed by God for us to live.

The reality of life is that more often than not our plans will not work out the way we hope--when that is the case, how will you respond?  Focus on the fact that the planned life is not coming to pass?  Or rely on the grace to live the life given in the power of the new birth?

(Ye must be born again.)

I think of Gloucester, blind, led through the world
To the world’s edge by the hand of a stranger
Who is his faithful son. At the cliff’s verge
He flings away his life, as of no worth,
The true way lost, his eyes two bleeding wounds—
And finds his life again, and is led on
By the forsaken son who has become
His father, that the good may recognize
Each other, and at last go ripe to death.
We live the given life, and not the planned.