True Preaching Leads to the Theology of the Cross

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14)

This verse is one of those monumental verses we have in Scripture that point to the absolute necessity of preaching. Those who belong to Christ, must hear from Him, and the means by which we hear from Christ, is through the faithful preaching of His word.

Michael Horton, in his book A Better Way, makes the case that preaching is God’s means for reaching His people. While we can do all other manner of outreach, preaching is what God has ordained for us to do in order to reach the lost.

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Picture of the Week: Moving Again???

Yes…  we are. For the fourth time in three years, we are moving again. Hopefully, we will be able to stay in our new location for a long period of time, Lord willing.

By the time this post goes public, our move should be complete. Thank goodness. It grows old living out of boxes, around boxes, under boxes, in boxes… wait, maybe not inside of boxes, but you get the idea. We’re looking forward to life without boxes for a while.

Calvin on 1 Peter 2:9 A Chosen Race

“…it appears more fully how incomparable is God’s goodness towards us; for He sanctifies us, who are by nature polluted; He chose us, when He could find nothing in us but filth and vileness; He makes His peculiar possession from worthless dregs; He confers the honor of the priesthood on the profane; He brings the vassals of Satan, of sin, and of death, to the enjoyment of royal liberty.”

 

Out of Teaching

Talk about truth in advertising, this billboard nails it. The way children are raised these days, with the emphasis on their lives being all about them, they really do dare you to teach. I spent 3 1/2 years in the public schools and have come to believe in the existence of purgatory. So when you see the sign up and around Dallas, don’t take the dare.

 

Picture of the Week: Pharmacy Signs

Apparently downtown pharmacies are not doing well. Neither Buford Drugs, nor Bass And Rutledge Drug are still open. But it is fashionable to keep the sign up even if the building is occupied by The Fireman’s Wife Boutique.

I also couldn’t leave this one alone either. Here is an extra-bonus picture of the week.

Spurgeon on a Rock of Refuge

Be a rock of refuge for me,

a strong fortress to save me!

Our reliance on God in adversity is a principle method of glorifying Him. Active service is good, but the passive confidence of faith is not one jot less esteemed in God’s sight.

The words appear to embrace and fasten on the LORD with a confident grip of faith that is not to be relaxed. The personal pronouns lay hold on the LORD’s faithfulness. We need grace to have our hearts fixed in a firm belief in God! The figure of a rock and a fortress may be illustrated by the fortress of Gibraltar, often besieged by enemies but never wrested from its defenders. Ancient strongholds, though far from impregnable by modern warfare, were important in those remote ages. Fleeing to the mountains, feeble bands felt secure. Note the singular fact that David asked the LORD to be his rock, because He was his rock. Let us learn from it that we may pray to enjoy in experience what we grasp by faith. Faith is the foundation of prayer.

Charles H. Spurgeon, from The Treasury of David, Psalm 31:2.

Blog Is Back Up

Just wanted my regular readers to know that my blog is up and running again. Thank you for your patience.

And, I have a lot more pictures to post. I’ve been working hard lately on my photography, and I hope you can enjoy some of the results. Some of the shots I’ve taken lately have been truly surprising in how good they have come out. This is the first time in a long time that I have slowed down and spent time taking the shots.

Picture of the Week: A113

This is from downtown Terrell, TX. I took it to share with my sons, since we are always looking for A113 in the Pixar movies we watch. Those who know Pixar legend know that A113 was the room number where most of the animators got their start in school, at the California Institute for the Arts.

Picture of the Week: Mr. Blue Sky

 

I love this picture because of the richness of the blue sky. It could have been a tad bit better had I had some puffy-white clouds to go with it. But haven’t had a lot of those here of late.

I also enjoyed being with my family when I took this shot. My wife and two sons were with me. We needed to get out of the house after Thanksgiving and found a park on the lake for some fresh air.

Picture of the Week: SunRISE

On a good morning, I take Heidi to work at Starbucks and then sit, read some wonderful theological treatise, and drink my coffee. This week, I was greeted with this sun rise as I came out of Starbucks. I had to drive to another location to get a decent view, and spent some time setting up the camera on my tripod. I’m trying to bring out the rich colors. Not as easy as it sounds.