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Reflections on Genesis 40-41

Gen. 39:20-21: And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Gen. 40:23: Yet the chief […]

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Two questions on Romans 5:12-21

I recently received two questions regarding two different verses in Romans 5:12-21. The zeroth rule of interpretation is to pray for illumination. O Father, would you open our eyes that we may behold wonderful things from your word.  Amen. And the first rule of interpretation is to never read a single Bible verse – always […]

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“Does the Bible Teach Prevenient Grace” by Willaim W. Combs

I finished reading a 16-page article by William W. Combs, “Does the Bible Teach Prevenient Grace?” Combs believes not and his article sets out as a brief survey of the history of interpretation and examines a few key passages.  At least twice Combs tips his hand, saying Apparently, Wesley did not want to identify involuntary transgressions […]

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“The Everlasting Gospel” by William Blake

What can this Gospel of Jesus be? What Life & Immortality, What was it that he brought to Light That Plato & Cicero did not write? The Heathen Deities wrote them all, These Moral Virtues, great & small. What is the Accusation of Sin But Moral Virtues’ deadly Gin? The Moral Virtues in their Pride […]

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“No Worst, There is None” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

No worst there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief, More pangs will, schooled at forepangs, wilder wring. Comforter, where, where is your comforting? Mary, mother of us, where is your relief? My cries have, herds-long; huddle in a main, a chief- woe, world-sorrow; on an age-old anvil wince and sing– Then lull, then leave […]

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Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Last night was Nick’s “Theology Monthly” where we discussed creation.  There was disagreement over the interpretation of “day” in Genesis 1-2 and even disagreement over its importance.  I believe that “day” refers to a literal 24-hour period of time.  It seems to me to be the most natural reading of the text to be the way later […]

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“The Revival” by Henry Vaughan

UNFOLD ! unfold !  Take in His light, Who makes thy cares more short than night. The joys which with His day-star rise He deals to all but drowsy eyes ; And, what the men of this world miss Some drops and dews of future bliss. Hark ! how His winds have chang’d their note ! […]

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Blogging the Belgic Confession of Faith

To better retain the things I read I’m getting back into the blogging habit.  On Mondays I aim to blog through the three forms of unity starting with the Belgic Confession of Faith.

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“On Cowper’s Grave” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

COWPER’S GRAVE I. It is a place where poets crowned may feel the heart’s decaying; It is a place where happy saints may weep amid their praying; Yet let the grief and humbleness as low as silence languish: Earth surely now may give her calm to whom she gave her anguish. II. O poets, from […]

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Reading Hebrews: Chapter 1, verses 1 to 4

My small group at church is currently going through the book of Hebrews.  Hebrews presents Jesus Christ as the supreme revelation of God with a special focus on showing how Christ is superior to the Old Testament covenant of works – that is, the law.  I thought I’d write up a few of my thoughts […]

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