Traveling Thru Here

April 12, 2011

In Like Flynn: For My First Time Ever.

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 11:52 PM

This was unexpectedly soon. I thought I had to join a small group first (seriously!). I’m very happy because now I am allowed to take the Lord’s Supper and am one baby-step closer to perfection.

Dear Joseph,

Congratulations! You have been approved by the Session for membership and are now officially a member of Redeemer.

Please schedule your baptism and/or vows online at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,
Redeemer Membership

 

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Two Kingdom Tuesday: Does 2K Need the “Fear of the Lord” to be Potentially Non-Redemption?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — j.hansen @ 11:36 AM

In late March, an interesting discussion on 2K and natural law took place at Dr. Darryl G. Hart’s blog (here). In the comment thread (here) Dr. Hart had this to say:

Jeff, why do you think the fear of the Lord is different from the wisdom of ants. People who do not believe in Christ have the fear of the Lord. Fear of the lord is not necessarily redemptive.

Now I’m no minister of the Word, but Psalm 103 seems to speak as if the fear of the Lord is necessarily redemptive (or are there two kinds of fears of the Lord?).

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

14 For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;

he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

and its place knows it no more.

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,

and his righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep his covenant

and remember to do his commandments.

What heavy lifting does this notion (i.e., “the fear of the Lord is potentially non-redemptive”) do for 2K natural law adherents and is there another way to skin that cat?

April 10, 2011

Catechesis Versus Cultus: Dr. R. Scott Clark on the Regulative Principal of Worship [Please, See Comments for Dr. Clark’s Explanation for How I Misunderstood Him]

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 6:58 PM

There is an interesting discussion taking place, regarding the Regulative Principal of Worship, between Dr. R. Scott Clark here and Rev. Lane Keister here.

In his most recent post, Clark makes a distinction between Christian instruction (catechesis) and praise/adoration (cultus). With this distinction I take it that Clark means to say that it is appropriate to impose congregational readings of paraphrases of Biblical truth (e.g., questions and answers from a catechism) in Lord’s Day worship when the main goal is didactic, but where the main goal is doxological, paraphrases of Biblical truth are forbidden. Imposition of paraphrases for teaching, and straight-up Bible-words only for doxology, stems from Clark’s understanding of the sufficiency of Scripture? If so, then is Clark saying that Scripture is sufficient to achieve doxological goals, but not to achieve didactic ones?

Then there is the trickier part of the liturgy: confession of sins. Is confession of sins more doxological or more didactic? Isn’t it on the basis of this the distinction that Clark determines whether to impose paraphrases or the ipsissima verba of Scripture alone? Even if we accept this distinction as the basis of the determination, aren’t some hymns more didactic than doxological?

April 5, 2011

Mark Driscoll to Speak at Doug Wilson’s Conference in Moscow, Idaho.

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 1:17 AM

Many Reformed folks disapproved of GC council member and pastor / doctor John Piper’s having Douglas Wilson speak at the Desiring God conference in the recent past.  This Fall, another GC council member and pastor  is slated to speak at a conference with Douglas Wilson; however, this time the conference is in Moscow, Idaho and sponsored by Douglas Wilson’s church.

March 26, 2011

Christian, Baptize Thyself.

Filed under: Ecclesia — Tags: , — j.hansen @ 3:45 PM

I had a friendly argument with a Calvinistic Baptist last week on the topic of baptism. Yet, it was not chiefly focused on what you might think: the propriety of baptizing babies. We were focused, rather, on the question of who is suited to performing baptism. I argued that it is connected to the binding and losing ministry and the “keys of the kingdom” that Christ gave to Peter and therefore, without other textual warrant for broadening the ministry of baptism, it is really something that only Church officers should be doing. My friends position was that all believers are able to baptize those who have trusted Christ for forgiveness. Thus, I suggested to him that under his logic the newly repentant should be able to baptize himself. “Sinner, repent, believe the Gospel and baptize thyself!”

March 8, 2011

Women Are So Rude

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 5:06 PM

How rude of women everywhere to plop their “international women’s day” (http://www.internationalwomensday.com/) smack-dab in the middle of “ground water awareness week” (http://southeastfarmpress.com/management/groundwater-awareness-week-set-march-6-12), “national consumer protection week” (http://www.gobankingrates.com/credit/national-consumer-protection-week-march-6-12/), “national problem gambling awareness week” (http://www.kake.com/news/headlines/March_6-12_Is_National_Problem_Gambling_Awareness_Week_117515878.html), “read an e-book week” (http://www.libraries.wright.edu/noshelfrequired/?p=2030), “teen tech week” (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/teen-tech-week-march-6-12-2011), and “ag safety awareness week” (http://www.fb.org/index.php?fuseaction=newsroom.focusfocus&year=2011&file=fo0228.html).  Shame on you, women.

February 11, 2011

Why am I posting this?

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 2:27 AM

I used to think women should not teach in the Church, but then I saw this…

January 21, 2011

A Question for 2K Adherents:

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 6:50 AM

If obedience to the commands in the Covenant of Works w/ Adam is inconsistent with a Reformed view of justification and Sinai is a republication of the Covenant of Works, then do the ten commandments have any bearing now on living the Christian life?

December 12, 2010

From the Church Bulletin: Confession @ Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 3:11 AM

Prayer of Confession

October 2, 2010

Lest he drag you to the judge

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 3:44 PM

Luke 15:58-59:

As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.

I thought this was good advice about how to avoid incurring expensive court judgments. From the context, you will see that it’s not about that at all. Rather Christ is telling the people: “The time for repentance is now, not later. Repent and turn from your sin before it’s too late because once the time has passed, you’ll be thrown into hell. And you’ll never escape from there.”

For a long time I didn’t know what Christ was saying in this verse because I had zoomed in on the verse with a microscope. I was analyzing it atomistically. That is, I failed to see it in context. I was focused on the trees and could not see the forest. Looking at the few verses preceding these two verses changes everything. Here they are, verses 54-56:

He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

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