Author: Ross

  • Prayer on Sunday, June 11

    Prayer on Sunday, June 11

    for Joe and Martha Prayer for Sunday, June 11, 2023 — the day after Martha Racchi died Father in heaven, last evening, I looked up and saw majestically huge clouds in a beautiful pale sky. Whether your clouds are white or grey, black or golden, heavy or flung lightly across your sky, they all point…

  • Why do we… ?

    Why do we… ?

    Why do we read the Bible in our worship service? A rubric is a set of directions or an explanation for the conduct of Christian church services. Rubrics ought to be presented briefly and clearly, without rambling or being extraneous. Rubrics can be helpful in moving from one part of worship to another. A rubric…

  • God prays for us

    God prays for us

    Prayer Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according…

  • for the PCC

    for the PCC

    The house is on fire!

  • A Review of Providence by John Piper

    A Review of Providence by John Piper

    Yes, Providence is a long book. This book is also filled with real hope, joy, encouragement, and valuable teaching about living fully and confidently. I am convinced that our age is one of self-worship, anxiety, and angst. What better alternative could we find than a God who is patient, gracious, in sovereign control of every…

  • God made promises!

    God made promises!

    Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives Edited by Guy Prentiss Waters, J. Nicholas Reid, and John R. Muether.  Crossway (Wheaton, IL), 2020. When I encountered Reformed, covenantal theology as a young Christian, I found it initially challenging and even confusing. Much of my difficulty lay in the dispensational fragmentation of the Bible I had…

  • ennui… not for me… nor for you

    ennui… not for me… nor for you

    ennui – a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement. lethargy – a lack of energy and enthusiasm. dispirited – having lost enthusiasm and hope; disheartened. Just looking at these words is enough to put you in a mood! But I suspect that many of us are struggling some…

  • commonplacing at random

    commonplacing at random

    Following are some article excerpts I thought worth keeping track of… sort of a Commonplace Book entry. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a Commonplace Book, you can quickly get the general idea on Google. I came across it from Douglas Wilson. To ask questions about the context of an action is not…

  • The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

    The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

    Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl R. Trueman; Foreword by Rod Dreher. Copyright © 2020 by Carl   R. Trueman. Published by Crossway, Wheaton, Illinois An incredible book! Carl Trueman clearly and forcefully connects a lot of dots for understanding the modern self. He explains the roots, development, and…

  • Commentary :: Ezra to Job

    Commentary :: Ezra to Job

    ESV Expository Commentary, Volume IV: Ezra – Job Editors: Iain M. Duguid, James M. Hamilton Jr., Jay Sklar Authors: W. Brian Aucker (Ezra and Nehemiah), Eric Ortlund (Esther), Douglas Sean O’Donnell (Job) Crossway: Wheaton, IL, 2020 Among the several criteria by which I select a commentary is the academic and literary pedigree and track record…