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Waiting Well

In keeping with today’s theme, here is our first chapel message for the Fall semester.

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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Video

 

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Back In a Few…

Back In a Few…

Hacking Agag will be closing shop for a week or so. The end-of-semester crunch monster has tightened his grip around my throat… and I refuse to sacrifice my marriage, sanity, or nightly power-naps on the altar of blogging.

Happy Mondays, Morning Coffees, and ‘the like’ will be back soon.

Is this the end? Not likely.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Image

 

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Not Fair

Why do the wicked prosper? My Hebrew Exegesis professor preached this message through Psalm 73 in chapel last week.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Video

 

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A Living Sacrifice

Paul Washer gave an encouraging message at our chapel service on Thursday.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Video

 

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Rest For The Weary

Rest For The Weary

Few bands have impacted my young adulthood as much as Cool Hand Luke (this not this). I have fond memories of attending many of their Midwest shows, opening for them a time or two, and engaging in light theological discussions with their singer/drummer, Mark, from time to time. That was over ten years ago. Mark is currently a few semesters ahead of me towards completing his M.Div. and attends Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Good for him. The world will miss his music for a while, but benefit greatly from his preaching (or whatever scholarly pursuit he adopts). I say this… while eagerly anticipating his new project which releases in a few days.

Last night, I was working on my first syntactical analysis paper for Hebrew Exegesis class and feeling sorry for myself. (Biblical languages have not been my strongest suit in seminary so far.) After spending a few hours on two ancient words, Cool Hand Luke’s song Rest for the Weary came on in the background of my headphones. I never cry, but almost publicly lost it.

Immediately, I was taken back to some of the blackest days of my life. I remember listening to that song (and others like it) over and over again while weeping in the dark and praying through the psalms. My troubles in life are comparatively light at the moment and God has blessed me beyond imagination. Thankfully, as the bride of Christ, we have so much more to ultimately look forward to. The sufferings of this life are temporary. Morning’s joy will come. Maybe not right away, but it will come.

Jesus has always been my closest friend, comforter, and hope. The song below addresses all three realities of our relationship with Him. He knows our pain and has suffered greater. Christian, as we walk through the fires of life, let’s keep our eyes fixed on Christ and Him alone. No one else provides rest for the weary.

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Rest for the Weary

Hey, it’s me
I’m sorry it’s so late
I can’t sleep I knew you’d be awake
You’re always home
Waiting by the phone
For nights like these when I’m feeling all alone

I wish it didn’t always have to be this way
I wish that I could talk to you face to face
But nothing compares to the way
You always listen and know just what to say

Hold my hand
I can’t stand alone
Here I am
Waiting for you to take me home

Oh, I just want to sing
I only wish there was a word
For what you mean to me
I would only say it once
In hushed tones so it would not grow old
But all I have is, “I love you”

You’re my Jesus, You’re my hero
You’re everything I wish that I could be

You’re the one who comforts me
When everyone has gone away

I can’t stand alone
Here I am
Waiting for you to take me home

And I will keep on singing because you hear me
And I will keep on smiling because you’re near me

I’ll sleep well on a promise tonight

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Article, Video

 

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The Mighty Luther

The Mighty Luther

Today, Dr. Steve Lawson spent at least two hours lecturing on Martin Luther during his History of Expository Preaching class at the Master’s Seminary. Two hours was not enough time.

Martin Luther was a preaching machine. He often delivered as many as four sermons a day (over six thousand total) when he wasn’t teaching. According to section CCCXCVII of his Table-Talks, a good preacher should:

  • Teach systematically
  • Have a ready wit
  • Be eloquent
  • Have a good voice
  • Have a good memory
  • Know when to make an end
  • Be sure of his doctrine
  • Venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the Word
  • Suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of everyone

Luther was a man’s preacher who defended his flock and refused to shy from conflict.

A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.

Unflinchingly bold and vividly expressive, he burned with passion and compelling rhetoric. Luther also refused to mince words and hold punches when the times required him to drop the staff and pick up the sword.

Don’t believe me? Behold the LUTHER INSULTER! (with citations)

A more comprehensive list can be found here (as well as the compiler’s explanation).

The “Mighty Luther” was mighty indeed!

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2013 in Article

 

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I Demand Justice

An awesome illustration from R.C. Sproul’s presentation at the 2004’s Shepherd’s Conference…

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Video

 

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