The Child has Arrived!

Praise the Lord! Emma Jane was born on May 26th, 2015. We are so thankful for her!

This blog will remain open and occasionally updated, but not as regularly as last year.

Until next time, keep hacking!

Emma Jane

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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Special Announcement

We interrupt this silence for a very special announcement. We are going to be parents!

That is all.

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Posted by on November 11, 2014 in Image


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Out of Office

Out of Office

Two new jobs, Greek Exegesis, and a mid-semester move between apartments has made blogging nearly impossible. Something’s gotta give and this is it. Posts will be sporadic for the next 10 weeks.

Until then, keep hacking!

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Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Image


Holy Reliance

Holy Reliance

Today’s Morning and Evening is a warning against self-reliance and a reminder of God’s care.

As fallen men, it is easy for us to neglect the source of our strength. As those who have received grace, we know there is only one place to turn to for help. Lord, forgive us the moment we think to ourselves, “I got this…” Rather, may we declare with David,

Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. — Psalm 54:4

Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.

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For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers
and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way,
since we had told the king,
“The hand of our God is for good on all who seek Him,
and the power of His wrath is against all who forsake Him.” — Ezra 8:22

A convoy on many accounts would have been desirable for the pilgrim band, but Ezra was ashamed to ask for one. He feared that the heathen king might think his professions of faith in God were mere hypocrisy or might imagine that the God of Israel was not able to preserve His own worshipers. He could not bring his mind to depend on human instruments in a matter so evidently of the Lord, and therefore the caravan set out with no visible protection, and yet guarded by Him who is the sword and shield of His people.

It is to be feared that few believers sense this holy jealousy for God; even those who in some measure walk by faith occasionally spoil the sparkle of their life by seeking help from man. It is a most blessed thing to have no props and no buttresses, but to stand upright on the Rock of Ages, upheld by the Lord alone. Would any believers seek government funds for their church if they remembered that the Lord is dishonored by their asking for Caesar’s help? As if the Lord could not supply the needs of His own cause! Would we run so quickly to friends and relatives for assistance if we remembered that the Lord is glorified by our obvious reliance on His solitary arm? My soul, wait only on God.

“But,” says one, “are means never to be used?” Certainly they are. But our fault seldom lies in their neglect: Far more frequently it springs from foolishly believing in them instead of believing in God. Few run too far in neglecting the arm of man; but many sin greatly in making too much of it.

So learn, dear reader, to glorify the Lord by leaving means untried, if by using them you would dishonor the name of the Lord.

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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Devotional


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Happy Monday: Soul Games

“I can smell the carnage now…”

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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Video


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The Walk of Faith

The Walk of Faith

Today’s Morning and Evening echos the evangelical battle cry, “We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.” In other words, faith is the foundation of a holy life. As Spurgeon says below…

You will never find true faith unaccompanied by true godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life that does not have at its root a living faith relying upon the righteousness of Christ.

Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.

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If we live by the Spirit,
let us also walk by the Spirit. — Galatians 5:25

The two most important things in our Christian journey are the life of faith and the walk of faith. The person who grasps this is not far from being a master in experimental [experiential] theology, for they are vital points to a Christian. You will never find true faith unaccompanied by true godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life that does not have at its root a living faith relying upon the righteousness of Christ.

Woe to those who seek the one without the other! There are some who cultivate faith and forget holiness; these may be very high in orthodoxy, but they shall be very deep in condemnation, for they hold the truth in unrighteousness! There are others who have strained after a holy life but have denied the faith, like the Pharisees of old, of whom the Master said they were “whitewashed tombs.”1 We must have faith, for this is the foundation; we must have holiness of life, for this is the superstructure.

What use is the mere foundation of a building to a man on the day of tempest? Can he hide himself in it? He needs a house to cover him as well as a foundation for that house. Even so we need the superstructure of spiritual life if we want comfort in the day of doubt. But do not seek a holy life without faith, for that would be to erect a house that can provide no permanent shelter because it has no foundation on a rock. Let faith and life be put together, and like the two supports of an archway, they will make our devotion endure. Like light and heat streaming from the same sun, they are full of blessing. Like the two pillars of the temple, they are for glory and for beauty. They are two streams from the fountain of grace, two lamps lit with holy fire, two olive trees watered by heavenly care.

Lord, give us today life internally, and it will reveal itself externally to Your glory.

1 Matthew 23:27

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Devotional


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Morning Coffee – 09/17/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • What Does Repentance Look Like?
  • The Bible tells us explicitly and shows us implicitly that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. David knows this to be true. As broken as he is, he knows God and how God relates to penitent people. He understands that God never hates or despises a broken and contrite heart. This is what God desires from us.

  • God’s Sufficient Spirit
  • Only the Holy Spirit can work fundamental changes in the human heart. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the necessary agent in all effective biblical counseling. The counselor, armed with biblical truth, can offer objective guidance and steps for change. But unless the Holy Spirit is working in the heart of the counselee, any apparent change will be illusory, superficial, or temporary, and the same problems or worse ones will soon appear.

  • Give the Blessing of Rebuke
  • If we really believe that we all are sinners, and that unchecked sin leads to pain and misery and eternal destruction, love will constrain us to give the gift of loving reproof.

  • What’s All this ‘Gospel-Centered’ Talk About?
  • Every generation must rediscover the gospel for itself. “Gospel-centered” happens to be the label attached to this generation’s recovery of grace. When we tire of the label, get a new one. But keep the reality.

  • Built On a Single Behavior
  • God does not measure by a single behavior, but by complete and utter conformity to his perfect law. This truth will either drive you to despair or drive you to Christ, the One who lived a completely righteous life and offers his righteousness to those who have none of their own.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Links


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