Monthly Archives: February 2005

Man alive!

Okay.
I bought more books.

Clint and I just went to Atticus Books while our wives were at a Bible-study at Second Cup (they’re studying Hebrews).  I bought three books, one that I already have.  I bought the following:

For Whom Did Christ Die? – R. B. Kuiper

The Atonement – Leon Morris

Both look like good studies on the Atonement.  I also bought the Ridderbos book on Authority and Canon for $2, I gave it to one of our students, Ryan Case.  I figured he’d like it.  The Morris book is a revised, less technical version of his earlier The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross.
I had a good time looking through all of the great books there with Clint.  He has a great knowledge on a whole host of different topics, so it was neat to pick up a book and discuss it with him.
I’ve been wanting to buy the Border Trilogy by Cormack McCarthy (sp?).  Clint says they are a great read – a bit dark, but really good.

Last night I went out with to P.J. O’Brien’s for a pint or two.  He and I do that every once in a while, and I really enjoy the time spent with him.  I’m going to miss him when he goes to Japan.

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I just got back from trudging through the snow in downtown Toronto. I had to go to the bank and deposit some cheques and get a new debit card. My old one was pretty beaten up. Vicky’s old dog Cydney had grabbed my wallet once and chewed it up. The card had her teeth marks on it. Hehe.

I also went to Elliott’s Bookstore and bought:

The Complete Works of Thomas Goodwin Vol. 3 – Exposition of the Book of Revelation – Selected Cases Revolved – Vanity of Thoughts – by Thomas Goodwin

God’s Outlaw – The Story of William Tyndale and the English Bible – Brian H. Edwards

I’m about to go get Vicky from work. She’ll be happy to not walk in the snow!

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Went to prayer meeting last night with Clint and Christel.  Then I made a huge mistake and bought to quarter pounder with cheese combos to bring back to Vicky.  We ate them and then went to bed.

Yeah, absolutely disgusting.

I feel like a wretch now.  McDonald’s before bed isn’t a good idea.  Thankfully we’re going to work out tonight, so I won’t feel so lame about myself.

My buddy is coming to stay with us for the weekend.  He has some interviews to teach ESL in Japan, so he’s gonna crash with us to save jack on hotel fees.  It’s gonna be good to have him around for a bit, especially if he ends up going to Japan soon, I probably won’t see him for a while.  Not that I see him a whole heck of a lot while I live in TO.  We need another good pub night.

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Ooooo-ooo-ooo-ooooooo-ooooo-eeee, wild nights are callin’,

I love the opening chords to Wild Nights.  There’s nothing like hearing their groove, with Van Morrison’s wail oozing out from within the sound.  It reminds me of the night at Eric Lindsay’s in Belfast last year when we found out about our mutual love of all things Van.  There we all were, Eric, his wife and daughter, myself, Nigel Wheeler and Dr. Haykin, sitting around the kitchen table with Van Morrison BLARING.  And of course, Eric and I singing our guts out.  It was awesome.
I really want to go visit them again.  Their daughter Heather was writing her entrance exams for Cambridge when we were there, and since then was accepted and is now in her second semester.  She’s very young, so it’s quite incredible that she got in.  Man alive, can you imagine going to Cambridge???

Last night Vicky and I watched the first episode of Pride and Prejudice.  I love that story.  The movie is excellent too.  Colin Firth is the man.

Today Dr. Barry Howson is preaching in chapel.  He is a professor at Heritage – the only good one left in my opinion.  I took “plan of redemption” with him a few years ago.  It was an awesome class.  It’s the only BibTheo class I’ve had.  He used Graeme Goldsworthy’s Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scriptures and Scott Hafemann’s The God of Promise and the Life of Faith.  His course notes drew heavily from W. Van Gemeren’s According to Plan.
It was awesome to see God’s masterful plan of redemption in Christ drawn through all of Scripture – Old and New Testament.  I’m very thankful for that class and am greatly looking forward to hearing from him today.

I want to get some coffee soon.

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Books, books, books…

Yeesh.  I just went to Crux again.  This time with our professor of New Testament, Pierre Constant.  He recommended a book, so of course, like a chump, I bought it:

Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul’s Gospel – Seyoon Kim

After my next paycheque I plan on buying Murray’s commentary on Romans.  And possibly Where is Boasting? by Gathercole.  This is getting nuts.

*note: Jonny, I saw Pat, but he was in his office and I didn’t want to bug him.  I’ll be in Crux again sometime soon and I’ll mention it to him.

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I fought piranhas

Me sore.

I worked out last night for about an hour or so with Josh.  It’s good to workout and burn off the fat I’ve accumulated since I stopped working out.  But needless to say, I’m sore.
Other than that, I really didn’t do anything last night.  I stayed in the office and worked on some stuff while Vicky was out watching Ruth play harp.
We have a faculty meeting today.  I’m also leading the chapel service.  Dr. Haykin is preaching.  Oh yeah, and Dr. Constant is coming in by train, so I have to pick him up.  It’s going to be nice and busy today.

I had marmite on toast with tea this morning.  I read an article about Tori Amos and the new album she’s releasing coinciding with the release of her autobiography.  I think I’d like to get the autobiography.  She seems like an interesting person.  She grew up in a Christian home, but hasn’t seemed to follow along the path her parents took.  She was raped at a young age, which no doubt has shaped her music and thinking.  There seems to be a strength about her, which I’m interested in reading about.  She now lives in England with her husband and child.  Generally speaking I’ve liked her music, although some of it can drive me crazy.  I wonder if this new album will be good?

I also read about the Canadian cowboy singer Ian Tyson.  Apparently he played a club in west Toronto recently.  If I’d known, I would have gone.  As much as I don’t like Tyson as a person, I love his old cowboy music.

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I’ve been spending the day working on an ad for the conference we will be holding in the summer.  It will be on the spirituality of the book of Romans, and our guest lecturer is Thomas R. Schreiner.  I’m excited about it.  He is also teaching a one week intensive on Romans as well.  I can’t wait to take that!

I’m waiting for Josh to get out of his Isaiah class so we can go work out.  I haven’t worked out in a while, and I really need to.  Vicky won’t be coming with us because she’s at a rehearsal for our friend Ruth who plays the harp.  She went with Christel, Melody, Phil and some other friends.  I hope she has a good time.

My weekend was good.  Last night after the evening service at Jarvis St. Vicky and I went to Clint and Christel’s for some tea.  It was a good way to end the Lord’s Day – good Christian fellowship.
Clint and I discussed the Auburn Avenue theology.  We both have mixed feelings over it.  I just downloaded the lectures from the AAPC 2002 conference on the Covenant.  That is the conference that spawned the whole controversy.

I’ve been reading more of Resurrection and Redemption by Gaffin.  I started section three yesterday.

Vicky and I spent the afternoon sleeping.  Church was good in the morning.  Christian preached on Christian hyprocrites.  May I never be a hypocrite.

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Hunter S. Thompson dead

This isn’t surprising. Sad though:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2026&ncid=2026&e=2&u=/latimests/20050221/ts_latimes/gonzojournalistthompsonkillsself

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Jungle love, it’s drivin’ me mad…

I just got back from Crux.  I went over there with Clint and Justin.  I bought some good books, most of them not for myself!

I bought for moi the following:

Galatians – NICNT – Herman Ridderbos (yes, more Ridderbos)
Night of Weeping – When God’s Children Suffer – Horatius Bonar

I bought as a birthday gift for my friend Greg:

Paul – An Outline of His Theology – Herman Ridderbos

And I also bought him Christ of the Covenants – O. Palmer Robertson, because I borrowed his ages ago and wrote on it.  Hehe.

I bought John Bell for his birthday:

Preface to the Study of Paul – Stephen Westerholm

The sun is shining, so it is VERY appropriate to be listening to Steve Miller.
I’m going to go and get Vicky soon.  I’m looking forward to hanging out with everyone tonight.

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Y’know it’s not okay…

I like the blend of styles in Wilco.  I especially appreciate their county influence – mixed with a poppy groove.
I fell asleep yesterday after dinner.  It sucked especially because my evening was shot and I didn’t get anything done.  Vicky and I did go grocery shopping later on.  The fresh air, coupled with the two and a half hour nap made me wide awake.  There was nothing on TV, so I sat and read from The Westminster Confession Into the 21st Century.  I read a lot of the chapter on the Westminster Confession in Australia, but I couldn’t keep focused on it.  It was really good, am I’m looking forward to spending the time finishing it.  I have a great interest in things Australian.  All the crazy Irish and Scottish went down there and caused a ruckus back in the day, so it’s gotta be respected.  You know, Ned Kelly and all.  The band played Waltzing Matilda.
I finished the chapter on Westminster and the Sabbath by Richard Gaffin.  He argued that the Christian Sabbath functions as an eschatological sign pointing forward to the final rest that we’ll receive once Christ returns.  He believes that this is the thrust of the passage in the early parts of Hebrews 4.  I thought that the argument was good.  It’s a condensed version of the chapter he wrote in Pressing Towards the Mark which I really thought was excellent.  He argues against Lincoln in the Carson edited From Sabbath to Lord’s Day.  
I didn’t go to bed until 1am.  I had to get up early and take Vicky to work.  I didn’t take a shower this morning, which is rare for me.  I just had a Greek class, finishing up participles.  We did some group work going through some translation that Clint found in Machen’s New Testament Greek for Beginners.  A lot of it threw me for a loop because of the heavy use of second aorists and deponent verbs.  I need to get that stuff straight in my mind.

Tonight a bunch of us are going to see Clint’s wife Christel sing in the Kiwanis Music Festival.  She will be singing an aria from Bach.  I believe that Justin and Elisha, Vicky and myself and Josh and Lydia will all go.  It should be a nice night out.
Tomorrow, hopefully, Vicky and I will go to the gym at Ruth Labeth’s apartment and work out for a bit.  I need to get in shape!!!  I’m a fat bastard.  The rest of the day will be spent doing Greek.

After lunch today some of us are going to go to Crux Discount Theological Books to buy some books.  I buy way too many books.  I have three large bookshelves almost full in my office – all theological books.  I have two bookshelves at home in Windsor filled with non-theological books.  I can’t wait to have my own house with a nice library.  My goal is to have a gluttonous amount of books to shame myself with.  :/

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Historia/Ordo

Wow, it’s snowing pretty hard here.

I’m listening to Gaffin’s inaugural lecture for the chair of Systematic and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
You can access it here: http://wts.edu/alumni/conted.html#gaffin

It’s about the relationship of the so-called “ordo salutis” and “historia salutis”, otherwise known as the “order of salvation” and the “history of salvation”. I’m about halfway through and am enjoying it.

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Geerhardus Vos and poetry

I had been told that the great biblical theologian Geerhardus Vos considered himself to be somewhat of a mystic.  Hearing that caught my attention and sort’ve endeared me more to him.  Yesterday I came across some of his poetry that confirmed in my mind what I had heard.  Though he was no St. John of the Cross, his poetry is still very deep and moving.  Considering he was a master theologian from Princeton Seminary, it’s interesting to see that his poetry isn’t typically “Christian.”  Rather, there is a depth to it that reflects Vos as a person.  Not to say that his being is somehow disengaged from his Christianity, far from it, instead I mean he does not appear to be stuck writing on Christian themes.
His poetry is intriguing, especially if you are familiar with his major scholarly works like “Biblical Theology” or “The Pauline Eschatology.”  There is nothing of the dense, biblical, theological onslaught of information.  His poetry is reflective, observant, and even (dare I say) dark.

Here is an excerpt from one that you might enjoy:

PAGAN REMEDIES

He turned him in the sickness of desire,
That could not be appeased and yet would live,
Unto his gods: “Have ye no help to give?
O, for physicians who can quench this fire

Of fever in my blood!” Anon an answer came:
“The nature of thy pain allows but three
Can work relief from this infirmity,
Their methods differing but their task the same.

Peace on her brow and lethe in her hand,
Night’s first-born daughter shall attend thee, Sleep,
With lashes dark shading the slumbrous deep
Of her eyes’ tranquil waters. To a land

Where sense is hushed she bids thee follow blind,
Or where, if stirred, it stirs but in a dream,
Causing the fruit of thy desire to seem
Within thy hand, upon thy lips. While kind

To all, for all are sufferers more or less,
Awake, yet men most desperately bestead,
Like to a nurse by her sick lover’s bed,
She touches with a tenderer tenderness,

And in the realm of Sorrow sits, a Queen
Of Consolation, who from untold hosts
Has grateful reverence the far-flung coasts
Of silence and oblivion between.”

So spake the gods. But he said: “O, my Lords,
Ye are the Unsleeping Ones, and ye should know,
How oft that messenger disdains to go
Where sorest needed; no beguiling words

No magic spell her to the pillow woo
Of one within whose heart some passion burns,
Which, blazing up, all other presence spurns;
Jealous she flees and I in vain pursue.”

Responsive to his plaint, they from their feast
Paused long enough to render thus reply:
“Ourselves we too would fain encircled lie
By Sleep’s soft arms, from that same joy released,

Thee

visits not, and from us not departs;
Could but oblivion with Immortals dwell,
We would not wait one instant to expel
All rival loves from our joy-weary hearts.

The poem goes on further, but I figure you can read the poem yourselves if you want to.  They can be downloaded as PDFs at:

http://www.biblicaltheology.org/charis.pdf
http://www.biblicaltheology.org/westernrhymes.pdf

Some of the names of the poems are interesting in and of themselves.  Such as: Dream Suffering, Jealousy, Helen-Rust, Loving the Sea, Sea Idyl, Sea Silence, Night and Sea, California, San Diego, Autumn Roses, Nativity, The Solitary Tree, The Mission Bell, Disquietude etc.

You can also find some of his works on theological matters at that site as well, including stuff on the Pentateuch, the Kingdom of God etc.

Other theological sites dedicated to Vos and his tradition are:

http://www.kerux.com/
http://www.two-age.org/

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I’m thankful for the friends that I have.  To be able to talk to friends on a deep, spiritual level is something very important.  I had a very encouraging discussion with my friend Clint today – one that I really appreciated and helped me gain some perspective on things.  I consider my boss to be a good friend as well, and he was very helpful today.  Sometimes things can be rough, and it is great to be a part of the body of Christ.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the kingdom of God.  I wrote about a conversation I had with Justin, Josh and Clint at Justin’s last week.  That talk has really changed my outlook on my Christian life.  I really  have started to come to a realization about being a member of God’s kingdom – making me a stranger and alien in this world.  I am a part of a kingdom (by God’s grace), that is completely antithetical to the kingdom of this world.  I am under the dominion of Christ and have been set free from sin and death.  I now live as a member of this kingdom.  And we are at war.
When I say at war, I don’t mean that in the fundamentalist, whacko sense.  I don’t mean that we are to take up arms and blow up any who disagree with us.  As Paul said, we do not fight against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities.  And not only am I at war with the outside world, I am at war with the old nature that exists inside of me.
Reading “Tolkien and the Great War” has also been beneficial to me spiritually.  Although Tolkien was a devout Catholic, we share a similar Christian worldview.  When he would write about absolute good vs. absolute evil, he wasn’t merely writing about England vs. Germany.  Nor was it just about God vs. Satan.  He was writing about the good and evil that exists in man.  Within my own self, I am at war.

That is what it means to be a part of the kingdom.

It’s like a sermon that I heard a while ago about being a pilgrim.  All Christians are pilgrims.  This world is not our home – we’re only passing through.

Today Dr. Haykin gave me the following books:

The Westminster Confession Into the 21st CenturyVolume One – ed. J. Ligon Duncan III
Opening Up Nahum – Clive Anderson
Readings from James – Tim Shenton

The latter two are for me to read and review in The Gospel Witness (www.gw.ca).  They are both published by Day One.  I also photocopied some articles on John Owen’s view of sanctification.  I need to read his work The Mortification of Sin – I believe it will be beneficial to my soul.  His saying will sometimes get stuck in my head, “Be killing sin, or it will be killing you.”
I have already read some of the chapters in the Westminster Confession Into the 21st Century.  I read Gaffin’s article on Westminster and the Sabbath.  I read Timothy George on Westminster and the Baptists.  I read Mark Dever on Westminster and Assurance.  I’m anxious to read more.

I bought Pride and Prejudice for Vicky for Valentines.  We have it on VHS, but I thought that the DVD would be good to have.  It’s one of my favourite movies.  Being a good Calvinist, I also bought her tulips – yellow ones.  She bought me a bottle of wine to share with her.

When I picked her up today and we went back to the house and we lay on the bed talking I was very thankful to God for the wife that I have.  It is nice to be able to look at her and think “that’s my wife!”  God has been so good to me, especially by entrusting such a wonderful gift as Vicky.
She is out shopping with Lydia right now.  I, on the other hand, am about to do some Greek homework.  Boo.

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Common Grace

I was thinking about the doctrine of “Common Grace” this morning, in relation to God’s sovereignty.  I went to pick Vicky up from work yesterday and as I waited for her, I listened to Richard Gaffin’s exegesis of Romans 1:18ff and he talked about Common Grace – specifically in the Van Tillian view.  Van Til published a book called “Common Grace and the Gospel” which is a collection of essays on the subject.  Gaffin was giving a biblical theological perspective to Van Til’s more philosophical views.
Common Grace explains so much.  It explains why good things happen to bad people and vice-versa.  It explains why the unbeliever, whose thinking is futile (Rom 1:21; 1 Cor. 3:20), can actually make some sense out of reality.  Why they can become some of the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, engineers etc.  It explains why the unbeliever, who is dead in sin (Eph 2:1-2) can actually function as a living being.  It even explains why a person who once professed Christ can fall away into sin and death.

It’s the last point that I’ve been mulling over in my mind.  If anyone bothers to read this blog, you’ll know that I write every so often about the friends I once had in my early days as a Christian.  How each one of them has turned aside, forsaken Christ, sold out and sold their soul.  It’s something that frequently comes to my mind, and in a sense, really shapes what I do as a Christian.  I am who I am and it has a lot to do with the reaction against who and what they have become.  They are, in a very real sense, living examples of Common Grace.

The one friend, he in fact led me to Christ.  His father pastored us for a number of years, yet now he has completely, completely turned his back on Christ.  Suffice it to say, he hates Christ.  He hates Christ just as much as he hates himself.  But how is it that he led me to the same Christ he now hates?
I think that without an understanding of God’s Common Grace, there wouldn’t be a sufficient answer to the problem.  We’d end up saying that he was once a converted Christian, but fell away from grace and lost his salvation.  But biblically speaking, this isn’t true.  Just a reading of John 10 will tell you that Christ is the Good Shepherd and doesn’t loose His sheep.  To say that a sheep is lost after he has already been found is a slight to the Shepherd.  He hasn’t done His job.  He is, in fact, a Bad Shepherd.  But Christ doesn’t loose His sheep.  Once you’re in the fold, though you may stray now and again, the Shepherd’s Rod will always pull you back.  You will never be lost.
But how is it that my friend, who went on mission trips, took a strong stand for Christ in high-school, played in a worship team, didn’t drink or do drugs etc., is now anti-Christ?

Common Grace.

For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matt. 5:45)

For a time, my friend had the sun shining on him and the rain fall.  For both sun and rain are important for growth.  He grew up in a Christian home, deeply flawed though it was.  He went to church since birth and sat under the means of grace.  He had Christian friends.  All of this was grace.  These were things that he didn’t deserve – for that is the very definition of grace – unmerited favour.  None of us deserve grace.  The moment Adam sinned, all of his progeny deserved hell.  Why?  Because we all sinned in Adam (see Rom. 5).
Yet my old friend was given many gifts, and with these gifts came responsibility.  These gifts don’t presuppose ability, but they do presuppose responsibility.  All of creation is responsible to God and so is my friend.  In Matthew 15, Jesus recounted the “Parable of the Talents.”  This parable speaks of responsibility to do something with the gifts that God has given you.  If you don’t, then you will be like the worthless servant who will be cast into the “outer darkness.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
When the Spirit converts a sinner and makes him a believer in Christ (aka, saves his soul), the Spirit also gives the ability to deal responsibly with the gifts given by God.  That is the key.  That is what it means when Christ spoke of the coming Spirit as “The Helper” (John 14:6 ESV).  The Spirit too is a gift of grace.  We have the responsibility given to us, and we don’t deserve the Helper.  When He is given to us, it is an act of sheer grace.
My friend was given gifts – a tremendous amount of gifts.  He was given understanding.  He was given the ability to read Scriptures.  But he has rejected them.  God’s Common Grace was on his life.  And just as much as God can justly give grace to some, He can also revoke it.  By revoking grace, God is not to be placed under judgment – because how can you indict someone who revokes something that is His only.  If I were to give someone a million dollars, and with that money a certain responsibility to do something with it, and the person fails at my request – I have every right to take back the money.  Just so, God has every right to remove grace.

In my friend, Common Grace, and it’s removal, is apparent.  He has been “given over” to himself (Romans 1:24&26).  And man alive, when God’s grace is removed, it is horrible.  It’s hard to fathom what is in humankind.  What we are really like apart from the grace of God.  My friend has fallen hard.  He was once in a high place, so his fall is even harder.  He’s a textbook case and it’s quite horrifying turning the pages of his life.  As Douglas Vickers said in his great work “The Fracture of Faith – Recovering Belief in the Gospel in a Postmodern World,”

There is no restraint now, apart from those external restraints of conduct that civilization, due to the common grace of God, establishes.  Their heart is wicked and unruly.  “Who can know it?” Jeremiah asks (Jer. 17:9).  Reason has capitulated to passion in the human condition.  There is no longer a holy law before the minds of men.  Ignorance, guilt, and misery disguise their seductions and pretenses and degrades men’s souls.  Only the rescue and relief that Christ our Redeemer has provided can meet the sorry case.

All of this is to say, and surely can be inferred from my above comments, that Common Grace is not “Saving Grace.”  There is no effectual call of the Spirit with Common Grace.  Common Grace is upon all of those who share in God’s image.  It does not lead one to blessing outside of this world, only within.  Common Grace can be revoked, but God promised that Saving Grace never will be. 

By God’s grace, I pray often that my friend would be truly converted.  I pray that maybe even the slightest chance is possible that my friend is still a Christian and is in a wretched state of back-sliddenness.  That God has turned himself over to his own lustful passions as a form of chastising (much like a loving father punishes his child), instead of judgment.  If it is judgment, surely it is only a sign of what is to come.  May God save him.

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Just been doing some Greek homework. I’m studying the “panta” wordgroup. It’s uberfun.
Josh and I went out and tossed a football around. My hands burn and smell like mud. My arm is sore because I haven’t thrown a football for a while. I enjoyed it.
Vicky’s twin sister Corinne is here. They are at a seminar on “Breast FNA’s”. They’ll be back soon. John bought the anniversary edition of Raging Bull, so we might watch that tonight.
Last night I went to the Holy Word bible study. We started reading a new book together called “War of Words” by Paul David Tripp – it’s excellent.

The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash)

And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder: One of the four beasts saying: “Come and see.” And I saw. And behold, a white horse.
There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names. An’ he decides who to free and who to blame. Everybody won’t be treated all the same. There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down. When the man comes around.

The hairs on your arm will stand up. At the terror in each sip and in each sup. For you partake of that last offered cup, Or disappear into the potter’s ground. When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers. One hundred million angels singin’. Multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum. Voices callin’, voices cryin’. Some are born an’ some are dyin’. It’s Alpha’s and Omega’s Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree. The virgins are all trimming their wicks. The whirlwind is in the thorn tree. It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom. Then the father hen will call his chickens home. The wise men will bow down before the throne. And at his feet they’ll cast their golden crown. When the man comes around.

Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still. Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still. Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still. Listen to the words long written down, When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers. One hundred million angels singin’. Multitudes are marchin’ to the big kettle drum. Voices callin’, voices cryin’. Some are born an’ some are dyin’. It’s Alpha’s and Omega’s Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree. The virgins are all trimming their wicks. The whirlwind is in the thorn tree. It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

In measured hundredweight and penny pound. When the man comes around.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, And I looked and behold: a pale horse. And his name, that sat on him, was Death. And Hell followed with him.

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ESV Draw

If you enter the draw, please submit my referral ID in the space provided! ;)

Referral ID – 33087

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You gotta love Tolkien’s poetry!

To the Bottle I Go

Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe.
Rain may fall and wind may blow,
And many miles be still to go
But under a tall tree I will lie,
And let the clouds go sailing by.

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Bahnsen-Stein Debate

Huh. Here’s an interesting link about the Bahnsen-Stein debate over the existence of God in which Bahnsen absolutely demolished Stein’s argument (against).
I didn’t realize that today marks the twenty-year anniversary of the debate. I also didn’t know that Stein died a year after Bahnsen.
Weird.

http://aomin.org/index.php?itemid=218

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Quiz

Uck. I just wrote a quiz on Third Declension nouns and adjectives. I had all of the paradigms memorized, but I lost it on “polis”. The vocabulary for the tranlsations I didn’t have, so I don’t think I did well on that part.

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I had the opportunity to hang out with my friend Nigel Wheeler, whom I travelled to Britain with last year. He is doing his PhD on Andrew Fuller under Dr. Haykin. It was very good to see him again and talk. He’s going back for research in the Spring. I’m heartbreakingly jealous of him, because he’ll essentially be retracing the steps we took (minus Scotland) last year.
My Toronto Pastor, Christian Grewal, came down and we went to Tim Horton’s for coffee (I had tea).

I’m watching a spider crawling on the wall. I haven’t killed it. But I’m horrified looking at it. They’re such ugly creatures.

Tonight I have to do Greek homework. I have a quiz on third declension nouns, adjectives, numerals, liquid and contract verbs tomorrow morning. Yay.

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