Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His Servant?

Archive for August, 2009

The Supreme Test I – Genesis 22

I posted the first part of my message on Genesis 22.

You can find it here.

This is such a monumental passage that I need to get back to it over and over again!

Dr. Alan Cairns has an excellent message on this  here.

Pastor Chris


FORMATIO – Ancient Christian Devotional

I am excited about a new book I just bought:   Ancient Christian Devotional (Lectionary Cycle C).

This book is from the InterVarsity Press FORMATIO series (Tradition – Experience – Transformation).

FORMATIO books from InterVarsity Press are about “being transformed by Christ and conformed to his image,” and they intend to integrate God’s Word with spiritual practice by prompting its readers “to move from inward change to outward witness.”

“We believe that each of us is made with a deep desire to be in God’s presence.  Formatio books are intended to help “fulfill  our deepest desires and to become our true selves in light of God’s grace.”

I must say that the goals of the FORMATION series are most worthy, and I am looking forward to ‘swimming’ in this book.  After all, St. Chrysostom gives very good advice (quoted on the first page of this book):

Listen carefully to me.  Procure books [of the Bible] that will be medicines for the soul….Don’t simply dive into them.  Swim in them.  Keep them constantly in your mind.  (Homilies on Colossians 9)

This is a book  for Christians who lack the grounding in the riches of church history…who are rootless and are drifting in a barren secular and ecclesiastical landscape.

If you are one of those – consider this book to get rooted in the WORD!

Pastor Chris


On PRIDE and HUMILITY

One of the best commentaries (and a true classic) on the book of Proverbs is the one by Charles Bridges.

You can download it for free here .

Here are his excellent comments on Proverbs 18:12 – Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.

We have had both of these proverbs separately (16:18; 15:33).  Surely this repetition was intended to deepen our sense of their importance.  It is hard to persuade a man that he is proud.  Everyone protests against this sin.

Yet who does not cherish the viper in his own heart?

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Look to the Rock

As I was jogging down the hill this morning (I crawled up in the first phase) I was listening to the great messages by Keller and Clowney on preaching Christ in a postmodern world.  See more about these lectures (free to download) here .

Keller mentioned a very important book in one of his lectures by Alec Motyer: Look to the Rock: An Old Testament background to our understanding of Christ .

I was very excited when I heard about this book and I was getting ready to put it on my wishlist at Amazon.  UNFORTUNATELY, even though the book is only about $10-15 dollars, it is out of stock everywhere (including at IVP), and the cheapest copy at Amazon is almost $350.00.

Thank God it is available at   Google books .  That is not my favorite was to read a book, but at least it is available.

I hope that I will find it soon in hard copy so I can buy it.  From what Keller said in his lecture, it promises to be a great book for understanding the Old Testament background of Christ.

And I like the title too: Look to the Rock! AMEN!