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Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship Genesis 25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac) This week we are looking at part three of the "Generations of Isaac." The "Generations of Isaac" can be seen in three basic movements: Genesis 25:19-28:22 -- Jacob and Esau Genesis...

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Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship Genesis 25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac) This week we are looking at part two of the "Generations of Isaac." The "Generations of Isaac" can be seen in three basic movements: Genesis 25:19-28:22 -- Jacob and Esau Genesis...

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Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship Genesis 25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac) Why do we hear so little about Isaac? No sooner does the story of Abraham end (the Generations of Terah), then we move on to the story of Jacob (the Generations of Isaac). There is...

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Family Worship Intro

Family Worship I have been thinking about how to encourage family worship. So over the next few weeks (months? years?) I will walk you through our family practice -- which I hope will be helpful for you in your homes. I started this practice as a bachelor, so I trust...

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Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate

“Persons Act, Natures Are” – Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate Peter J. Wallace It was good to see Lewis Ayres comment today. I had some of the same concerns about the blithe use of “Nicene” – and a tendency on the part of many participants to talk as...

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What Is a Christian?

And what is a Christian?   In light of all the discussions about Kim Davis and her anti-Trinitarian church, it is useful to think about how the Bible describes a Christian:   "And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians." (Acts 11:26)   What is a...

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Does God Hate You?

Does God hate you? In Jeremiah 11, the prophet lays out God's covenant lawsuit against Jerusalem. The logic of the chapter is pretty simple: God said that if you disobey him and turn to idols, then he will destroy you. Well, for generations now Israel and Judah have...

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Reflections on Abuse

It seems as though everywhere you turn, you see another example of the abuse, the manipulation, and the deceitfulness of power. In recent months I've encountered so many stories of abusive husbands, fathers, pastors, and politicians that I've been left reeling. One...

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“This Can’t End Well” — a Wedding Homily

A Wedding Homily by Peter J. Wallace [Note: This was my homily for the wedding of Christopher and Shelby Aemmer last Saturday. I don't think I've ever heard so many people laughing at one of my sermons -- but then again, you also need to read the homily in the light...

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Aronofsky’s “Noah”

By Peter J. Wallace [There are spoilers all through this review -- so be forewarned!] "Noah" is one of the finest movies ever made. First, let me say that Mattson gets it wrong. Aronofsky does not present a Gnostic Noah. I've worked through a lot of Gnostic texts,...

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Psalm 16 – ph

Psalm 16 I concur with the proposed Sing Psalms text with “Leominster” (as edited by MCPC). I am not familiar with “Stirling” (a recent tune found in the BPW). Text: Sing Psalms, 2003, alt. MCPC, 2013 (SMD) 1 Preserve me, O my God; you are my refuge true. 2 I say, "O...

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Psalm 15 – ph

Psalm 15 I concur with the proposed MCPC text with "Herr Jesu Christ." I am not familiar with the paraphrase with "Helen" as proposed by the URC. Text: MCPC, 2011 (LM) 1 LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? And dwell upon your holy hill? 2 The one who walks in...

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Psalm 14 – ph

Psalm 14 I concur with the proposed Sing Psalms text with "Southwell." Text: Sing Psalms, 2003; alt. MCPC, 2011 (SM) 1 The fool speaks in his heart; "There is no God," he says. They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; none walks in godly ways. 2 The LORD from heav'n...

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