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Piper on the Necessity of Adam

In further preparation for next week’s gathering of pastors and theologians to listen to Stan Fowler discuss the historical Adam, I found the following two posts from Desiring God and John Piper.

In the first – an audio interview w/transcript – Piper discusses the essentials that an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church must affirm to be qualified for the office. Importantly, he starts with the affirmation that Adam was an historical person and not the result of an evolutionary process. He follows with two other affirmations about creatio ex nihilo and the original goodness of creation. As an aside, he mentions their openness on the question of the age of the earth. Piper says that his personal perspective follows that of Old Testament scholar John Sailhammer, who believes that the earth is billions of years old, but humanity is younger. (Desiring God then gave a follow-up post with a quote from Sailhammer on the age of the earth here).

In the second (below) Piper is asked a question about what should be taught about creation. He builds on what he said in the previous link on the question of Adam pointing to the need to affirm Adam’s original goodness, his creation out of nothing, and the need to believe in a young humanity. On this last point he points to a conservative number of a 6000 year old humanity, and a “looser” (his words) number of 15000 years. He then continues, as in the first, to discuss his openness on the earth’s age. Here is the video:

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Michael, Anthony Cross and Ian at Anthony’s, Peasedown St. John

From a trip to Britain with Dr. Haykin

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Ussher on Christ’s One Person

“And here we must consider, that the divine Nature did not assume an humane Person, but the divine Person did assume an humane Nature: and that of the three divine Persons, it was neither the first nor the third that did assume this Nature; but it was the middle Person, who was to be the middle one, that must undertake this mediation betwixt God and us. which was otherwise also most requisite, as well for the better preservation of the integrity of the blessed Trinity in the Godhead, as for the higher advancement of Mankinde by meanes of that relation which the second Person the Mediator did beare unto his Father. For if the fulnesse of the Godhead should have thus dwelt in any humane Person, there should then a fourth Person necessarily have been added unto the Godhead: and if any of the three Persons, beside the second, had been borne of a woman; there should have been two Sons in the Trinity. Whereas now the Son of God and the Son of the blessed Virgin, being but one Person, is consequently but one Sonne; and so no alteration at all made in the relations of the Persons of the Trinity.”

James Ussher, Immanuel.

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Funeral Information for Pat Paas

On Friday, February 27, 2009, Pat Paas, the owner and proprietor of Crux Books passed away. This is a brutal, shocking and sad loss.

The following is information regarding his funeral:

Visitation: York Chapel, Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 2357 Bloor Street West, Friday March 6, 2009, 2-4pm and 6-9pm.

Funeral Mass: St. Michael’s Cathedral, 65 Bond Street, Saturday March 7, 2009 at 10am.

Celebration of Pat’s Life: Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Saturday March 7, 2009 at 1pm.

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Ezra’s Testimony

***PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A SAD UPDATE ABOUT EZRA VESAPOGU***
A little while ago I blogged about the amazing work that the Lord is doing in India through the ministry of a friend of mine named Ezra Vesapogu. Through his efforts of evangelism and church planting, Gospel Fellowship India has nearly two hundred Reformed Baptist Churches.
While Ezra was in Toronto, he spoke in a number of different churches. On the Wednesday that he was here, I drove he and my friend Justin to my home church in Essex, near Windsor. I knew that Ezra’s testimony would be a great encouragement to them and that they in turn would be a great encouragement to Ezra. I wasn’t disappointed. It was a great time of mutual edification and I’m really glad that we made the trip home.
I was delighted to see on the Grace Baptist Church of Essex website that they uploaded the MP3 of Ezra’s testimony. I thought I’d link it here in case anyone wanted to listen to it and be encouraged.
Please pray for Justin and I as we contemplate developing a Canadian wing to GFI – it would be so great to have churches in Canada supporting this revival in India. Maybe it would be like the trans-Atlantic Prayer Call before the Second Great Awakening and Canada might be affected? Only God knows.

***UPDATE*** Unfortunately, as things often happen in this world of sin, the above testimony and overall ministry of Ezra Vesapogu is a farce. Through a sad series of events it has come to light that Ezra lied completely about his testimony and about the scope and nature of his ministry. Myself and a lot of others were deceived into believing in and trusting Ezra – many people had invested ten years into him.
If you are at all considering working with Ezra and his new work, “Share Ministries,” I would advise you strongly to reconsider. Your money, your time and your energy will be wasted. After Ezra was caught in his deceit, he did nothing to repent and make amends – though he claims to people that he did. If you have any questions about Ezra, contact the leadership team at North Shore Baptist Church here at info@ns-bc.org. They can provide you with first hand details.
I have posted a picture of Ezra just in case he starts going by a fake name so that you know who you are dealing with. He is the bald one with the mustache:

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For Dog Lovers

Wanna sure fire what to get your doggy into heaven? Click here to find out more.

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Thoughts on Bob Shaker

Yesterday I made my way up Avenue Road to a little shop just south of highway 401 called Reformation Book Service. Because it is a bit of a distance from the school, I usually only make the trip once a year. The store is run by an elderly man whom I have tremendous respect for named Bob Shaker. Mr. Shaker is probably in his nineties, yet every week he sits in his store selling books. To be honest, I don’t know how much business he does, but I’m sure there are a faithful group who come by to see what’s in store.
It is always a privelege to chat with Mr. Shaker. Although his body is frail, and he walks slowly, his mind is like a steal trap. You can mention any book, or any author, and he can tell you if he has anything in inventory. Not only that, he can tell you all about the author, what books are good to read and others that are not. I asked him about Alexander Carson, and he knew much about him.
Reformation Book Service has been around for quite some time. Mr. Shaker can recall when my pastor in Essex, Richard Valade, used to go in there as a student at Central Baptist! Again, showing Mr. Shaker’s lightning quick mind, he remembered pastor Valade’s red hair and that he used to go in there with a guy named Gibb (I forgot his first name!).
The variety of books that Mr. Shaker has is quite amazing. It includes much more than just theology. I was quite surprised to see the amount of economic books there including F.A. Hayek, Frederic Bastiat, Adam Smith, J.S. Mill, Gary North, etc. It was a libertarian’s dream! I picked up a biography of Bastiat called Frederic Bastiat: A Man Alone by George Charles Roche III (Hillsdale, 1977). He had a lot in the way of English literature, grammar/language, secular history and a lot of Canadian religious history. That, with all of the great Reformed literature, makes for a well-rounded stock. Mr. Shaker is also a fan of the Christian Reconstructionists, although he wouldn’t consider himself one, so had a lot of works by North, Rushdoony, Sandlin, etc. I picked up a copy of Rushdoony’s Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum (Ross House, 2001) at Mr. Shaker’s recommendation. I have about 60 pages left!
There are also two copies of a very rare book on a certain Puritan whom I won’t mention because I’m going to back and snag them when I have more money!
So, if you are in Toronto and are looking to buy some good Reformed books, from systematic theologies to commentaries, histories to practical theology, go to Reformation Book Service at 2045 1/2 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario. Tell Bob that Ian Clary sent you and maybe he’ll give me a discount next time I go in!

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Geoff Adams Obituary


Many thanks to my friend Adrian who snagged this obituary for Dr. Geoff Adams out of the newspaper. I don’t know which paper it was though!

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Calvin’s Commentaries – $99

I bought my Calvin set for $99 from CBD a number of years ago. Although they often have it cheap, only once in a while does it get below a hundred bucks!
Go buy ’em!

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14th International Baptist Conference

This year Toronto Baptist Seminary will host the 14th International Baptist Conference. I am very much looking forward to this. It pops up on the calendar every two years, and I had the privelege of working at the last one. The IBC was phenomenal, with excellent speakers and a very important subject – the Trinity (you can get MP3’s at 416.925.3263).
In October it will be no different, as I expect it to be a great conference. It will be on another much needed subject – Worship.
Speakers will be: Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. Daniel Akin, Dr. David Barker, Rev. Frederick Serjeant, Dr. Roger Bergs and Rev. Joe Boot. The date for the conference is October 12-14, 2006 and will be held at Jarvis Street Baptist Church in downtown Toronto. For more information contact the Seminary at 416.925.3263 or info@tbs.edu.

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Acorns to Oaks: The Primacy and Practice of Biblical Theology

Three years ago Toronto Baptist Seminary celebrated Dr. Geoff Adams’ fifty year involvment with the school by publishing a festschrift for him. It is an excellent book called Acorns to Oaks: The Primacy and Practice of Biblical Theology edited by Michael Haykin, I highly recommend it. Along with a biographical sketch of his life, a table of congratulations from many of his friends and colleagues and a list of his publications, the festschrift also contains numerous articles. Some of those who contributed are John W. Campbell who wrote on Cornelius Van Til; Peter Gentry who wrote on the Son of Man in Daniel 7; Don Garlington who wrote on Biblical Theological method; Sharon James who wrote on Margaret Baxter; Erroll Hulse who wrote on Spurgeon and the Downgrade; Tom Wells who wrote on P.G. Wodehouse and Michael Haykin who wrote on the Holy Spirit and prayer in Puritan thought. There are a number of other excellent articles as well.
For those interested in picking up a copy, they can be purchased in Canada through Toronto Baptist Seminary at 416.925.3263. In the United States contact Reformation Heritage Books: click here.

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Funeral for Geoff Adams

Yesterday at 11am in the sanctuary at Jarvis Street Baptist Church a funeral service was held for Dr. Geoff Adams, long-time faculty member and former principal of Toronto Baptist Seminary. Dr. Adams passed away on Wednesday August 9, 2006 after a battle with cancer. He was 83.
The funeral, if one can say this about funerals, was outstanding. Although it was a time of great mourning over the loss of one so great as Dr. Adams, it was markedly a celebration of his life and of the God he served. Everything about the funeral was a celebration and was rooted deeply in the glory of Christ. Dr. Adams would not have had it any other way. I truly came away with a sense of awe for the God of Geoff Adams.
There were numerous people there to celebrate the life of Dr. Adams. It was very encouraging to see them all, considering that the funeral was on a Tuesday. People came from great lengths to pay their respects.
As well, a number were involved with the funeral itself, attesting to the great influence that Dr. Adams had on so many. Stephen Kring opened beautifully in prayer, Ed Fry read a number of passages of Scripture, Bert Oatley-Willis recalled his time spent with Dr. Adams on the HMS Indomitable during World War 11 (he was instrumental in Dr. Adams’ conversion), Dr. Haykin, at Dr. Adams’ request, spoke on the needs of TBS (it can be read here), Peter Ryttersgaard shared his experiences as a student of Dr. Adams at TBS. As well, Glendon Thompson preached a great message on resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15, and Norman Street committed Dr. Adams’ body to the ground. Although he was billed to do the benediction, a certain mistake made unfortunately left Rudy Wiebe out. I felt bad for Rudy, I know he would have loved to do that.
I intentionally left Doug Adams, Dr. Adams’ son, out of the list. He spoke first, right after Ed read from Scripture, and I must say, Doug’s words were beautiful and powerful. I sat captivated by him and had tears streaming down my eyes as I listened to what life was like having Dr. Adams for a father. Doug truly preached the Word of God as he explained to us all the devotion that his father had for Christ. It was such a hopeful and gospel oriented sermon. One that I didn’t expect to have such power and emotion. I was really taken aback by Doug and deeply impressed with the strength he had to say what he did.
Dr. Adams lived a life that was full of meaning and he has left a lasting legacy of Biblical fidelity and love for Christ. He truly was an example of godliness to us all. I marvelled to a friend after the service that I wish I had known Dr. Adams better. How wonderful would it have been to have taken Dr. Adams’ Old Testament Biblical Theology class in his prime! To hear the stories of what he was like as a teacher left me wishing I had known something of it.
May those of us involved at Toronto Baptist Seminary, by God’s grace, continue the work that Dr. Adams laboured over so many years for. May his torch be carried and may God be glorified forever. Amen.
The following is a poem by Mrs. Betty Adams, Dr. Adams’ wife:

An Answered Prayer
You prayed for me continually;
You asked the Lord to heal.
You pled that I would find relief
From agonies so real.
But eyelids closed in gentle peace,
And all at last was calm.
Your prayer had found its answer;
His pure, refreshing balm.

Was poured on one so sick and sore,
Oppressed by many an ill.
He graciously released His child
As always was His will.

So now I see that matchless face
That on the mount had shone.
No tears remain, no fear, no pain;
All trial and trouble gone —

If only you could catch a glimpse
Of glory here revealed
You would not wish me back with you,
Heaven’s glory still concealed.

Such joy, such bliss to worship here!
Such wealth of praise and love!
If only you could see me now
At home in heaven above.

That body, weak and faltering,
Exchanged for one like His,
The glorious, eternal Lamb,
I see Him as He is!
(1 John 3:2)

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Am I My Own Lord?

Death is a stark reminder that we are not the controllers of our destiny. It is an external force that works in spite of our wills. Not merely coercion, death is a force that violates our wants and desires. In the words of The Misfits, death comes ripping.
Humanism foolishly believes in the freedom of man, and that we are the masters of our fate. Yet man is not in total control and death is proof of this. Man is helpless when the cold barrel of death’s gun stares him in the face. It is an external working of a mechanism we know next to nothing about. With astounding arrogance, man believes that he can stare it down.
Yet, in a very real way, man does have a choice when it comes to death. Not physical death, but the “second death.” All of humankind are demanded to repent and come to Christ the only Lord to escape the all consuming death in the Lake of Fire. We do have a choice. We can turn to Christ. If only our desires would allow us to! But we are in need of a new desire, a new nature even, and that only can come from the regenerating, sovereign work of the Spirit of God.
Human beings are helpless when it comes to the hard fact of death’s reality. It is something that we cannot escape, no matter how hard we try through science and technology. Although we face the hand of death, our immortality is also sure, but not in the way many selfishly hope for. There is no magic serum that grants us eternal youth. Though we all face physical death, we all shall live forever. For some, in eternal life. For others, in everlasting punishment. The second death can be averted by coming to Christ. In that, the pistol is turned from our open mouths and cast to the ground. There is freedom from death but it is found only in Christ.

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You Know You Are Not Reformed If…

I thought the millions of you who read this blog would appreciate this.
You know you are not Reformed if:

. . . you think the Apostles Creed is the guy who fought Rocky in Rocky I.
. . . you think the Canons of Dort are like the Guns of Navarrone.
. . . you think Ursinus is a nasal condition.
. . . you think Arminians are the people who run convenience stores.
. . . you think the Belgic Confession was from WWII war crimes trials.
. . . you think “popery” in the church makes it smell flowery.
. . . you think the psalter goes with the pepper shaker.
. . . you think unconditional election is a practice of communist dictatorships.
. . . the only “kirk” you know is from Star Trek.
. . . you think the Three Forms of Unity are health, wealth, and happiness.
. . . you think “catechism” and “dogma” relate to pets.
. . . you think Post Tenebras Lux is a breakfast cereal (it’s actually the motto of post-Reformation Geneva).

[HT: The Riddleblog]

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The Politics of AIDS

Kirk Wellum posted on the politicization of AIDS and I whole-heartedly agree with what he wrote. Last week Vicky and I volunteered at an AIDS fundraiser that kicked off the AIDS Conference that will be going on all week in Toronto. It involved all of the Toronto elite and a lot of money was raised for a particular foundation. Of course, it was great to see philanthropic action taken by the big-wigs towards battling AIDS. But I couldn’t help but be cynical. Oh…I have my reasons.
First, the whole event seemed quite paternalistic. The attitude of many of those I came into contact with was “let’s US, help those poor, poor Africans and their epidemic.” It was very condescending, and quite frankly, it felt racist. I know that these kind, rich folk didn’t intend for that. And of course, I didn’t get that feeling from those workin “in the field.” But it was apparent that there was a “thank God it’s not us” attitude.
Second, and related, the event was very self-centred. It may seem odd, considering that it was a fundraiser for others, but much of what the people said focused on “I.” The guest musical performer, between her songs, kept encouraging the fat-cats to give money. She kept telling them that “it will make you feel so good to give.” Who cares how it makes you feel, that isn’t the point! I couldn’t help but think that this event in many ways alleviated the guilty conscience of being stinking rich. Let’s all throw some cash at the Africans, wear some beads that HIV infected women made, and get staggering drunk on expensive wine. Me, me, me.
Kirk’s post is timely, considering all the hoopla about Stephen Harper not going to the AIDS events in Toronto. With all of the good that’s supposed to be going on with these events, it’s predictably sad that all these media yahoos can think of is Harper’s non-attendance. Who cares??
Kirk is also dead on, and expressed my thoughts exactly, when he spoke of causality. As I listened to speeches last week about the staggering effects of AIDS, especially in Africa, my first thought was — what is the cause of this? All of this fighting for a cure, and talking about how we need to battle the pandemic, but nobody spoke of causes! It was incredible! AIDS is predominantly a sexually transmitted disease. Much of the problem is ethical. If people stop having promiscuous, premarital sex, AIDS deaths will rapidly decrease. Why not at least attempt to bring the battle to the ethical lines? As Kirk said, it would hinder the pocket-book, and quite frankly, it would hinder the so-called “sexual revolution” to do so.
Why do people think so foolishly? Oh wait, it’s called the noetic effects of sin. This is why the only remedy for AIDS and every other problem (which are all rooted in ethics), is the Gospel of Christ. I realised how much more important it was to support missionaries. Even more important than all of the politicians and rich people in Toronto giving all of their money to Africa. Don’t lend your support to some philanthropic group, or a medical help group, or whatever, unless the Gospel is there. You won’t be doing anyone any favours.
Sorry for the cynicism, but this kind of backward thinking deserves it.

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Stephen Colbert vs. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland

Oh man! This is hilarious!! This would have Rushdoony rolling over in his grave.
Colbert has the congressman who advocated for the Ten Commandments to be in court buildings on the show. See how he fares against Colbert! Not too good.

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Dr. Geoff Adams


Last night, at 11:15pm, the Lord saw fit to call Dr. Geoff Adams home to glory. A long time professor of Old Testament Biblical Theology, and former Principal of Toronto Baptist Seminary, Dr. Adams has had, through his students, a tremendous influence for the gospel around the globe.
When you read this post, please take a moment to praise God for the life of Dr. Adams. God alone raised him up for the challenges of our day. Dr. Adams’ legacy of faithfulness to Christ is an example to us all. Even in his last days at the hospital, he was engaged in deep conversations about Christ with the nurses and orderlies. In true Geoff Adams fashion, he had Doug bring gospel tracts written by T.T. Shields to pass out! He will be deeply and sorely missed! Yet what a great hope we have as Christians. That one day we, along with Dr. Adams and the countless others, will be with Christ in the New Heavens and New Earth!!
Please also remember Dr. Adams’ family, especially his wonderful wife Betty, as they go through this very trying time. May our great God of peace be with them as a comfort and encouragement.
The funeral celebration will be on Tuesday, August 15th, 2006. It will be held at Jarvist Street Baptist Church at 11am. Visitation will be on Monday the 14th at 7pm and 9pm. For more information call Jarvis Street Baptist Church at 416.925.3261.

For a recent testimony to Dr. Adams from Clint, one of his former students and colleagues, please see here, see also this one from Clint after hearing of Dr. Adams’ passing. See also Christian’s thoughts as a former student. Pastor Paul Martin has blogged his thoughts on Dr. Adams here. For some articles written by Dr. Adams available online, see here.

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Conspirings of a Man of Process

I wonder if conspiracy theories are on the comeback trail? Maybe we’ll find out who killed JFK and who killed JR? That would be neat.
Process theologian David Ray Griffin appeaars to be the one bringing back the age of the conspirator. His recently published book by Westminster/John Knox, along with other earlier publications, are proof positive that at least in some Presbyterian quarters, conspiracy theories are in vogue. I mean, heck, once you rename the Trinity, what’s left??
Frankly, I am glad that a guy like Griffin is claiming that 9-11 was set-up by the US government, and that demolition crews took down the Twin Towers. It makes me smile that somebody who has proven himself a wacko in the theological world is proving himself a wacko to everyone else. For anyone who is beginning to take his “theology of process” seriously, hopefully they’ll think again when they read that the World Trade Center attacks were staged.
Good grief!

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Fascism Is Fun

This is brilliant. Fascism is Fun! Vote for the Fascism Party!
This looks like an ad for the Canadian Liberal Party. At least these guys are honest about it. The Liberals only feign democracy and freedom.

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Area Reformed Conferences

After reading Clint’s post on conferences at Blessed Union, I wondered if I should post these!
Sola Scriptura Ministries will be hosting their annual Toronto and London conferences this year. I received my flyers in the mail today!
The first will be in Toronto, Sept 22-23, 2006. It is called “Getting the Most Out of Your Bible” with speakers James White, Derek Thomas and Bruce Waltke. It is essentially a conference on hermeneutics. It looks great! I have seen all three speakers before and am excited that they are part of the line-up. Derek Thomas is easily one of the few whom I would drive a day to hear speak.
The second will be in London, Nov 3-4, 2006. It is called “The Doctrine of Scripture” with speakers Joey Pipa, Michael Haykin and Joel Beeke. This too deals relatively with the topic of hermeneutics, although it will be more on issues of canonicity etc. It also looks great! As well, I’ve seen the three speakers and love hearing them. And as with Thomas, Joel Beeke is someone I would go to great lengths to hear preach.
It is quite appropriate for a ministry called “Sola Scriptura” to be hosting two excellent conferences on Scripture. For more information, contact them at http://www.sola-scriptura.ca/
Hope to see you there!!!

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