Monthly Archives: July 2005

We took Lydia to the airport this morning. She’s flying to Pennsylvania for Josh’s dad’s wedding. After the airport we went up to Avenue Road where Bob Shaker has “Reformation Book Service.” I returned a book for Dr. Haykin and bought some books for myself:

Shepherd’s Notes on Augustine’s City of God
Articles of Faith and Rules for a Strict Baptist Church
Foundations of Christian Scholarship – ed. Gary North
The Trinity – Augustine

I’m giving some lectures on Augustine for Dr. Haykin this semester, so I thought it would be good to stock up.

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British Particular Baptists

I just picked up:

The British Particular Baptists – Volume 1 – edited by Michael Haykin

Now I have all three volumes. Yay.

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It’s been a beautiful day weather-wise. Nice after all of this horrid heat we’ve had to endure.
I’ve done a lot of mundane tasks today for Dr. Haykin. I did get some more stuff for Abraham Booth though, which is cool. The more the merrier. I also had to call The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth and Colchester Divinity School, Rochester, NY; for some Booth letters. I have to call Wales back tomorrow and the NY library had nothing. I also have to call Yale tomorrow for the same.

David Daniels, one of the editors for “The Evangelical Baptist,” had asked me to do an article on apologetics. I wrote it while at the Haykins and sent it. He liked it and asked me to give him a thousand more words. I started reworking it last night and had tremendous writer’s block, so today I called my friend Greg McManus for some input. It’s good to have someone like-minded to bounce ideas off of. He gave me some good stuff to chew on, so hopefully I’ll get the article done tonight and send it off. I actually get paid for this – a decent wage as well! Hopefully it’ll result in more articles, I really enjoy writing. God has given me this opportunity as a test, I believe at least. I think it’s a test to see my calling as sure.

We’re going up north tomorrow. It’s weird to think that tomorrow night I’ll be sleeping at the cottage! I can’t wait to get out of this city. I’ll be giving two lectures on Augustine in the autumn semester for Dr. Haykin. He’ll be at the ETS in Philadelphia, and as my new role as his Lecturing Assistant, I have to fill in his shoes. While I’m up north I’m going to bring a bunch of books on Augustine with me. It may be that I have to teach on his view of the heavenly kingdom at the end of “City of God” or I may take an aspect of the Pelagian Controversy. He asked me which one I wanted to do, and I couldn’t answer – both seem so good. I also have to lecture on Early Church Spirituality – but I have no idea what yet. Hopefully it’ll be Augustine as well. We shall see.

I went out for pizza with Dr. Haykin today which was nice. It’s always good hanging out with him. Vicky walked by so she came in and ate with us. It was a nice time of fellowship.

Apparently the IRA have ceased their occupation of Northern Ireland. We’ll see how long that lasts! They haven’t disarmed, nor will they divulge any criminal activities. I have a hard time believing that they’ll actually cease their terrorism. What a sham.
I have some friends who had to live through The Troubles. It was horrific. In thirty years nearly 3000 people died as a result of the IRA.

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I’m starving.
I’m supposed to be going out for lunch with Dr. Haykin, but it hasn’t happened yet.
I’m starving.

Thankfully, it’s a beatiful day outside which always makes my mood happier. How can you be unhappy in such weather???

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Here’s another one:

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Ahhh…thank you Phil Johnson!

This must be what Fristianity really is.

And of course…

Absolutely brilliant. Made my day, that’s for sure.

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I’m a country-station,

Well, it seems I flubbed. I missed two short internment sermons by Booth, so I didn’t actually have it all done. I’m just finishing up volume 1, all I have to do is send an email to Dr. Haykin and it’s done. I’ve already started editing the second volume – a treatise on the Kingdom of Christ. It’s turning out to be quite good. He definitely has a realized eschatology.

The weather has taken a positive turn and it’s amazing out. I wish I wasn’t trapped in this accursed city. Ah well, Saturday we’ll be listening to the grooves of the River Valley Bluegrass Jamboree. I can’t wait. It would be nice going to NYC, but alas, it’s just not in the annals of providence.

Don’t you just love Joni Mitchell? I first heard her back in Windsor while I was loading the dishwasher and listening to CBC radio. “You Turn Me On I’m A Radio” was the song, and I was blown away. I’ve been hooked on her ever since. She has such a diverse style. Admittedly, I can’t stand the song she chose for The Last Waltz – I always skip it. But her early folk stuff is phenomenal. Her jazz album called “Mingus” is awesome too. And the lounge sounds of “Blue.” Man, she’s great.

“California, I’m comin’ home.”

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I’ve got no power captain!

At about 11am yesterday the power went off in the church and the residences. For whatever reason the Seminary (where my office is) stayed on. Because our internet and phone access is in the church, we had no phones or internet. The power came on at about 3pm and went off again at about 4:30. It stayed off most of the evening and eventually came on about around 10pm for around a half hour.
When the power came on at 10, I was stoked. I wasn’t looking forward to sleeping on the third floor with no airconditioner or fan. To celebrate, I went to take a cool shower to further relieve the hot temperature of my body. Just as I was about to get in the shower, BAM! the power went out again. I was sooooooo mad! I decided I’d shower anyways, and got out a candle. It was kinda neat showering by candle-light.
Throughout the night the power would come on, and faithfully my wife would get up and turn on the a/c. Then the power would go off, but at least the room had cooled down in the meantime. At one point I woke up, probably from being hot, and looked at the ceiling fan – it was at a stand-still. Ten minutes later I feel Vicky get up to turn on the a/c (it’s on her side) and I look at the fan again and it’s spinning around like crazy. It seemed so surreal.

The sky is gray and it’s raining outside. The temperature has cooled, but in the Seminary it’s still hot. Thankfully I had an a/c installed yesterday, so I’m alright. It’s still very humid though.

Doing all of this editing of Abraham Booth’s Works, I’ve been reading a tonne! In the last two days I read the whole of Volume 3. It’s been completely edited, as much as in my power to do so. Volume 3 will now become Volume 1, with some of the essays removed to another volume. In total we will be publishing 6 volumes, three of which I have in my possession. The other three volumes are all one work – Booth’s massive book against paedobaptism. The publisher wasn’t sure (nor Dr. Haykin) if they were going to publish the antipaedobaptism work, but I’ve strongly encouraged them to do so. God-willing they will, I think it’s important for two reasons: 1) historically; if you’re going to publish someone’s works, you should publish as much as you can, 2) theologically; this will provide a good resource to Baptist pastors who will have to deal with paedobaptism.

I was dinking around with the computer last night and made up a bookmark for the 18th century Particular Baptist John Gill. It’s pretty neat. I’m going to be making a series of these for The Edwards Centre called “Particular Baptist Worthies.” We’re going to sell them at conferences and in our bookroom. Maybe online even.

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We blew it.

Last night my friend Ben Maher came by. He hung around while I finished up sending more Abraham Booth stuff to Dr. Haykin. Afterwards he and I and Vicky went to the Elephant and Castle for food and a pint. We hung out there for a while and then came back to watch “Easy Rider” on DVD. Easy Rider is one of my favourite movies and Ben had never seen it. The sad thing was that the sound quality was horrid. All of the music came through fine, but the dialogue could hardly be heard. I had to turn on the subtitles.
Thankfully, in spite of the poor sound, Ben liked it. He did his undergrad in Philosophy and is doing his MA at York in philosophy, so he talked about the Marxist theory he saw in the movie – it was intriguing. Especially the whole dialogue with Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper about aliens. The highly evolved aliens were actually Marxist!! Hehe.

It’s raining out today, but it’s still humid.

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The Tempest

We had a great time in Stratford this weekend, it was a great way to celebrate our one-year anniversary. We left around noon on Saturday and drove into the place we stayed in Stratford, checked in, watched a little TV to unwind and then went shopping in the town. Stratford is a cute place, sort’ve in the vein of Elora or Niagara-on-the-Lake – it has an olde feel to it – Elizabethan really. I perused a number of bookstores and ended up buying a discounted copy of: Napoleon: His Wives and Women by Christopher Hibbert. I already have his Nelson: A Personal History that I bought last year in England.

After shopping we went back to the hotel and got ready, then went to Bentley’s for dinner. A couple of years ago Vicky and I went to Stratford to see My Fair Lady and ate at Bentley’s, so it was nice to be back. The food was good. When we finished we went down to the Festival Theatre where The Tempest was playing and hung out on the river. I can’t remember if they call it the Avon, or if it’s the Thames, but either way it was nice. There was a beautiful island with a wooden bridge that crosses over to it, that we went on. There were ducks, geese and swans all over the place and people having picnics under trees. A very romantic spot for sure. We sat by the water and watched a momma duck and her babies swim around.

Time came to see The Tempest. We are both really happy that we saw it because it was excellent. The man who played Prospero is 86, and this is his last year with the company, so for many it was a fond fairwell. He was absolutely wonderful and stole the show. William Hutt is his name. November will be his last performance ever.

We were going to get up for church on Sunday morning, but unfortunately didn’t wake in time. It was pouring with rain and we thought we’d forego the search for a church. Instead we got ourselves ready and checked out by noon. We went to a nice restaurant for breakfast and waited out the rain then went back into town.

Strictly speaking, I’m a Sabbatarian. I believe that the fourth commandment says that we’re to observe the Sabbath as a day of delight and a day of rest. So I had mixed feelings going back into town to shop, especially because we missed church. But, it was our one year anniversary and I didn’t want to put a damper on it. So Vicky and I shopped around some more and I bought another book: A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. It’s a massive volume that I’ll use mostly for reference. Vicky bought some nice wine-glasses and table-mats that she wanted. On our way out of town we stopped in a little English shop and bought her dad a metal poster of the “E” Type Jag. I bought a magnet of the HMS Victory that Nelson sailed to his death in Trafalgar.

We made it back to Toronto around 3pm, cleaned up, read and slept. Unfortunately, I fell asleep at about 5pm and slept until 8pm, completely missing the evening service. So it was a churchless day. How’s that for Sabbatarianism??? :(
We had John come over for a late dinner last night and he hung out until almost midnight. He’s going to stay in our place while we’re on vacation because we have airconditioning and he doesn’t.

Because I had napped for three hours yesterday evening, I couldn’t fall asleep last night until about 3am. I think I’ll be quite tired today.

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BIg Rock Candy Mountain

We went to Elene’s apartment last night for dinner. Elene is John Bell’s girlfriend – so John was there as well. She lives on the top (almost) of a high-rise over-looking Yonge Street. The view from her apartment was outstanding, you could just sit and stare out her massive windows all day. It’s so weird to look down at Yonge street instead of being a part of the sludge. I think I could stand Toronto a little better if I lived in a high-rise.
Elene is was born and raised in South Africa. She did her MD in biochemistry at the University of Praetoria, and now works at Mt. Sinai Hospital as a research fellow for cancer research. She was a general practitioner in Cardiff, Wales for a number of years. Her father is a Dutch Reformed minister in South Africa, and she grew up under the teachings of the Heidelberg Catechism and the Belgic Confession. She and John met at Jarvis Street Baptist Church. It’s likely that they’ll get married (at least I hope so).
She made some absolutely amazing food. We had bree (sp?) for an appetizer and salmon for the main course. Dessert was cherries, figs with cheese and other various fruits. For some reason I felt like I was in a high-class movie in the 80s, I don’t know why.

Today Vicky and I are going to Stratford (http://www.city.stratford.on.ca/) to see the Shakespearean play The Tempest. It’s our one year wedding anniversary tomorrow. We were married on a Saturday, so technically this time last year I was donning a tux with my groomsmen getting ready for the show. I can’t believe we’ve been married for a year! Time has flown by like a bullet. I can’t tell you how amazing being married is. It’s everything you tend to think marriage will be, only better. I couldn’t imagine not being married. I wonder what our 50th anniversary will be like?

Next weekend we’re leaving for northern ontario. We were going to be going to NYC, but some things came up for Justin and Elisha whom we were going to stay with, so we won’t be going. We might go at the end of August though.

I think I already wrote all of this stuff yesterday, didn’t I?

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Abraham Booth, again

I just finished re-editing “The Christian Triumph” – a sermon Booth preached at the funeral of a young woman from his church who died.
It’s rich in it’s view of the everlasting hope Christians have of heaven. He also balances it with the everlasting condemnation that awaits those outside of Christ. He is a bit heavy-handed though, I doubt I’d preach the same sermon!

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Abraham Booth (1734-1806)

Just finished the second edit of two of Abraham Booth’s works:

“Thoughts on Dr. Edward Williams’s Hypothesis Relative to The Origin of Moral Evil”

and

“Divine Justice Essential to the Divine Character”

The latter one is the longest of the second volume which I’m currently going through again. Which one shall I do next? I’m enjoying Booth’s works, they’re very good. He was an excellent theologian. He pastored Little Prescott Street Baptist Church in London, England. He was one of the early Particular (Calvinistic) Baptists.

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Here’s a site with some excellent sermons.
I highly recommend the ones by Greg Nichols.

In Christ,
Ian

http://www.vor.org/mebane/sermons/

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Then he sang a song, the Rare Old Mountain Dew

Books recently acquired:

A History of Christianity – Paul Johnson

How to Read a Christian Book – David McKenna

On Christian Liberty – Martin Luther

I really really dig anything that Paul Johnson writes. His topics are always huge. I’m dying to get “Intellectuals” by him. He writes on any type of history, and they’re always great and insightful.
The David McKenna could be interesting. His appendices suck though. They’re his recommended readings for laypeople. Good grief – the only thing he was missing was John Shelby Spong. If that’s what an evangelical library should look like, I don’t know what I’m missing.

Listening to The Pogues reminds me of how much I love Irish culture. We watched “The Devil’s Own” a few nights ago starring Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford (it took me a while to remember his name). Pitt was an IRA-man in NYC buying missiles, Ford was an NYC cop who unwittingly allowed Pitt to stay with his family. It wasn’t a mind-blowing movie, but I enjoyed it none-the-less. Anything Irish is good. I have a side interest in anything IRA.

Man alive, this is such a good song:

Billy’s Bones (The Pogues)

Billy ran around with the rare old crew
And he knew an Arsenal from Tottenham blue
We’d be a darn sight better of if we knew
Where Billy’s bones are resting now
Billy saw a copper and he hit him in the knee
And he took him down from six foot to five foot three
Then he hit him fair and square in the do-re-mi
That copper won’t be having any family

Hey Billy son where are you now
Don’t you know that we need you now
With a ra-ta-ta and the old kow-tow
Where are Billy’s bones resting now

Billy went away with the peace-keeping force
‘Cause he liked a bloody good fight of course
Went away in an old khaki van to the banks of the river Jordan
Billy saw the Arabs and he had ’em on the run
When he got ’em in the range of his sub-machine gun
Then he had the Israelis in his sights, went a ra-ta-ta
And they ran like Shiites

Hey Billy son where are you now
Don’t you know that we need you now
With a ra-ta-ta and the old kow-tow
Where are Billy’s bones resting now

One night Billy had a rare old time,
Laughing and singing on the Lebanon line
Came back to camp not looking too pretty
Never even got to see the Holy City
Now Billy’s out there in the desert sun
And his mother cries when the morning comes
And there’s mothers crying all over this world
For their poor dead darling boys and girls

Hey Billy son where are you now
Don’t you know that we need you now
With a ra-ta-ta and the old kow-tow
Where are Billy’s bones resting now

Have a Billy holiday
Born on a Monday
Married on a Tuesday
Drunk on a Wednesday
Got plugged on a Thursday
Sick on a Friday
Died on a Saturday
Buried on a Sunday

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I’ve started to read David G. Fountain’s biography of E.J. Poole-Connor. It’s updated from the original which was written in the 60s. After Fountain updated it he died. Poole-Connor was a Nonconformist minister in the late 1800s – early 1900s. He died in the 60s some time. He held to the old ideals of Nonconformist theology and was a major critic of “higher criticism.” He pastored Talbot Tabernacle in London and had sat under Spurgeon’s ministry through the Down-Grade Controversy. He was also good friends with Lloyd-Jones who wrote the preface. I’m enjoying reading it.

Yesterday afternoon Ian Vaillancourt came by the office and hung out. He and Natalie are going out east for a three-week vacation (PEI, Nova Scotia etc.), so I offered to burn some lectures and sermons for him. He and I burned about 30 hours worth of stuff. Including Lloyd-Jones, Sinclair Ferguson, Joel Beeke etc. With all of the driving they’ll have a great chance to listen to a lot of good stuff. Ian and Vicky and I went out for pizza afterwards.

My buddy John Bell preached last night, but because Ian was around and we were furiously burning stuff, I had to miss it. I felt bad about that, but I’ve seen him preach before, and I’m sure I’ll see him again.

On Saturday Vicky and I are going to see The Tempest in Stratford. We’re both looking forward to it. It’s our one year wedding anniversary on Sunday, so this is our celebration.

Apparently we’re not going to NYC now. I found out yesterday. Justin and Elisha had to move from where they’re staying to his mom’s place, so it’ll be hard to have people over. He’s moving later on in August, so we might go visit them then. I don’t mind really, I wasn’t looking forward to the drive. It would be cool to go to NYC with someone who lives there and can show us around. And give us somewhere to stay. So, instead Vicky and I will go up north. We’ll leave the civic holiday weekend and make it for the bluegrass festival in River Valley. I love bluegrass!!!

Thank the Almighty, it’s raining!

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Great minds think alike…

I just happened across the website of the son of one of my heroes, namely Greg Bahnsen. David Bahnsen (the son) has a site dedicated to recording some of his thoughts (a blog if you will). On there he has a link to his favourite part of the Bahnsen/Stein debate his dad took part in. Oddly enough, it’s the same as my favourite part, that I logged in my own blog a few weeks ago! Odd eh?

http://www.dlbthoughts.com/Articles.aspx?IDCol=92

Anyhoo.

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Girls just wanna have fun..

I finished George Grant’s book on Islam today. I average about a book every two days which is good. I wish I was like Al Mohler or Charles Spurgeon who could read a book a day. That’d be amazing.

We had a good time with the Vaillancourt’s for dinner last night. I really enjoy hanging out with them.

Church was great today. Good worship. Good preaching. Good fellowship. Both services were excellent.
He preached on John the Baptist’s beheading in the morning from Mark, and on the slavery of the Law being like Hagar from Galatians in the evening. The evening service is very interactive.

Vicky and I sat and talked all evening. We had taco’s for dinner.

I’m about to start C.J. Mahaney’s book on sex and romance tonight. It’s little, so hopefully I’ll breeze through it.

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Islam seeks to kill the infidel…

We’re getting ready for the Vaillancourt’s to come over in about half an hour for dinner. The smell of garlic in the air is making me mad with hunger.
It’s been a good day as I’ve got a lot done. I finalized everything for the first volume of Abraham Booth’s Works and am ready to start work on Volume Two.

I’ve realized that I can be a finicky reader. I put down Alan Bloom’s book. I saw that I was skipping large sections of it in the Introduction and seemed to be trying to speed through it. It seems to me that I should take my time with it, so I’ll wait until I buy my own copy and I’ll read it when I have time.
Instead, I started reading George Grant’s “The Blood of the Moon.” It’s a very excellent book on Islam, relating the events of Sept. 11 to Islamic faith. I saw Grant speak on Islam last November and really enjoyed him. He’s a dynamic speaker, a brilliant scholar (genius even) and a solidly Reformed Christian. He’s been featured in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune 500 etc. He’s very well respected in politics and is the pastor of the church that Jars of Clay go to.

Anyways, I must close to get myself ready.

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Portabello South sounds like Antebellum South

Well, we just got in from cutting, trimming and watering the grass. It feels so good to be outside doing things with my hands. Being in Toronto, I never get to do anything like that.

I realize that I keep comparing things to Toronto placing Toronto in a negative light. I think it’s because I can’t stand Toronto.

I’m anxious to go to NYC in a few weeks. It’ll be good to see a real big city, instead of the poseur city of Toronto (I figure I might as well stay on this T.O. bashing theme). It’ll be good to fellowship with Justin and Elisha again.

After a great chili dinner that Vicky made, we sat and watched all of the special features of the King Arthur DVD. It’s funny how watching bonus things actually make you like a movie more.
It’s also funny how one of the characters in King Arthur was none other than the heretic monk Pelagius. Yes, the same Pelagius who debated Augustine (and lost) on free-will and original sin. In fact, the idea of free-will was a predominant theme throughout the movie. And the whole way through, Arthur made quite clear his Christian commitment. Even the Lancelot character, who was unabashedly atheistic, came to terms with God (in a round about way).

Anyways, we’re gonna watch another movie soon. I may take a shower first though, I’m nice and sweaty and smell like grass.

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