From the Heidelberg Catechism for August 25

By Charlie Wingard · August 25, 2013 · 0 Comments
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92. What is the Law of God? God spoke all these words, saying: First Commandment “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. Second Commandment “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate…

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A Prayer for the Lord’s Day, August 25

By Charlie Wingard · August 25, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“ALMIGHTY and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” – 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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Sunday, August 25, at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Charlie Wingard · August 24, 2013 · 0 Comments
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MORNING WORSHIP (9:30):  Charlie Wingard, preaching: 1 Kings 4 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL (11:00): 1. READING THE BIBLE BIBLICALLY A study of how to use the structure, genres, and themes of the Bible to read it with more wonder, depth and understanding. Having considered how these aspects are seen throughout Scripture as a whole, we will apply them to reading select books of the Old and New Testaments. 2. INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS Using the Westminster Larger Catechism, the class surveys important moral decisions that contemporary Christians face. Issues include the role of God’s law in a believer’s life, the sanctification of the Lord’s day, abortion, capital punishment, end of life issues, sexual purity, fidelity in marriage, homosexuality and same-sex “marriage,”…

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Matthew Henry and Thomas Watson on Idolatry

By Charlie Wingard · August 23, 2013 · 0 Comments
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“To love any thing more than God, is to make it a god.” – Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments (Banner of Truth, 2009, first pub. 1692), 55. “Pride makes a god of self, covetousness makes a god of money, sensuality makes a god of the belly; whatever is esteemed or loved, feared or served, delighted in or depended on, more than God, that (whatever it is) we do in effect make a god of.” – Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible, vol. 1 (Macdonald, orig. published 1706), 358-359.

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Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109): A Prayer to God

By Charlie Wingard · August 23, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Intellectual genius, courage, piety, and administrative skill make Anselm of Canterbury one of the most admired Christians of his age. Born in northern Italy, he accepted the formidable task of establishing order in the English church, serving as archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of two kings who demanded the right to appoint bishops in the church.  Anselm demurred. Conflict and exiles were the stiff price he paid for his principled stand. His most famous work, Cur deus homo (usually translated, Why God Became Man) presents his doctrine of Christ’s atoning work. Sin insults God’s honor, and man is forever lost unless he makes satisfaction. But this fallen man cannot do; sin is too grave, too outrageous. Wonderfully, the Triune…

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10 Favorite Books on Preaching

By Charlie Wingard · August 22, 2013 · 2 Comments
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At a Providence Presbytery meeting earlier this month, a fellow minister and I discussed books about preaching. It reminded me of a former colleague’s request several years ago for a list of my favorite books on preaching. In no particular order, my ten favorites are: 1. The Supremacy of God in Preaching, John Piper 2. The Art of Prophesying, William Perkins 3. Christ-Centered Preaching, Bryan Chapell 4. The Christian Ministry, Charles Bridges. My favorite book about the pastor and his work. 5. The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Hughes Oliphant Old. I believe there are now six volumes; I have read the first three. 6. Between Two Worlds, John Stott. This is the…

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Augustine on Love of God and Neighbor

By Charlie Wingard · August 21, 2013 · 0 Comments
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(“St. Augustine in His Study” by Vittore Carpaccio, 1502) “So anyone who thinks that he has understood the divine scriptures or any part of them, but cannot by his understanding build up this double love of God and neighbor, has not yet succeeded in understanding them.” Augustine of Hippo (354-430) On Christian Teaching, 1:36

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Book Review: Why Johnny Can’t Preach by T. David Gordon

By Charlie Wingard · August 20, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Seventeenth century Puritanism produced some of Christianity’s most able preachers. Many of them received a university training that required the careful reading of texts in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. A language-based educational system prepared future ministers to find a home in biblical texts. If they tutored children of the affluent, they sharpened their expository skills. (T. David Gordon, Why Johnny Can’t Preach. P&R, 2009) The written text no longer dominates America’s educational landscape, and comparatively few students devote themselves to rigorous study of literature or ancient languages before entering seminary. Preaching suffers. T. David Gordon’s Why Johnny Can’t Preach engages the modern preacher by considering his ability both to read biblical texts and communicate compellingly their God-breathed truth. The minister’s…

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Charles Simeon: A Cure for Speaking Evil

By Charlie Wingard · August 19, 2013 · 0 Comments
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Conflict is inevitable; lack of charity isn’t. One of my heroes of Christian ministry, Charles Simeon, served Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, England from 1782-1836. During the early years, his evangelical convictions became the target of ridicule and withering criticism, and  throughout his career, he fully engaged the theological controversies of his day.  Simeon had no fear of debate, but the trashing of reputations that often accompanies controversy gravely concerned him. If an argument’s merits won’t prevail, go after an opponent’s character when he’s absent. Debase his reputation; reduce the esteem others have for him. To fight against the temptation to speak evil of others, Simeon formulated a strategy. In a July 1817 letter, he counseled: “The longer I live,…

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