Family Life Paul Washer (Youtube Video)
On God, Family & What It Means To Be A Christian
Defending Divine Election - Six Video Teaching Sessions
As a supplement to the "Twelve What Abouts - Answering Common Objections Concerning God's Sovereignty in Election" book, I recorded six video teaching sessions totaling more than two and a half hours of material. The sessions are now made available here (free of charge). I trust these will prove to be a useful resource for people. God bless. - John Samson
(1) The first session is on John chapter 6, verse 35 and following:
(2) Covering Scriptures in Matthew 11 and Romans 8:28-30, here’s a 27 minute teaching on the question of election and evangelism, as well as what is referred to as the Golden Chain of Redemption.
(3) Romans 9 stands like Mount Everest - a majestic, spectacular, lofty and immutable testimony to God's supremacy and sovereignty in salvation. Here's a 36 minute video teaching on the chapter:
(4) Many Christians reject the biblical doctrine of God's sovereignty in election because of traditions associated with the love of God and what amounts to a pagan concept of the human will, as I seek to explain in this 20 minute video teaching:
(5) A biblical study of foreknowledge and the grace of God:
(6) This video deals with the three texts most often raised as objections to the Biblical doctrine of Divine election, namely John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9 and Matt 23:37:
The Sufficiency of Grace Defended
Yesterday, on a Radio Free Geneva broadcast, James White responded to Michael Brown's Monday edition of The Line of Fire where he played audience clips and had callers on the subject of predestination and election. Dr. White sought to focus in upon the same issues as the Protestant Reformation, spelling out not merely the necessity of grace, but its total sufficiency. Here's the program.
William Still Sermons Online!
Finally a dozen or so mp3 sermon series by the late Rev. William Still. The lives of some of the most influential pastors and theologians such as Sinclair Ferguson, Eric Alexander, Phil Ryken and Ian Hamilton have been greatly influenced by the life and ministry of Rev. Still. I too have been greatly benefitting from listening to Still’s sermons and reading his writings; and glad to see that Christian Focus has recently reprinted two of his more more well known works, Towards Spiritual Maturity: Overcoming Evil in the Christian Life and Work of the Pastor. (Both also available as eBooks) Work of the Pastor is a must read for every minister, and Toward Spiritual Maturity ought to be read by every Christian.
I have long wished that his sermon series would be made available online. Now it appears that several have been posted at Tapes from Scotland. Monergism has gathered all those available sermon audio into their respective expositional categories.
Pray for Our Cities on Planet Earth
Take the time to watch this in full-screen mode - and consider how fragile we are and how desperately each one of those light clusters need Christ:
Salvation is of the Lord
I am not sure why there is a delay between the audio and video, but trust this can still be a blessing.
Michael Hortonâ€™s New Systematic Theology!
Anticipation has been building for quite some time, as people know that Dr. Horton's new systematic theology has been in the works for quite some time. The release date is set for February, but until then, take a look at this brief interview where Dr. Horton describes the nature of his work. If you want more, check out Dr. Horton's Office Hours interview on his new Systematic Theology.
A friend of mine with special technical talents has enabled me to post some of my sermons and teaching seminars online. Hopefully, over time, more material will be added, but the first three posted are:
The Five Solas of the Gospel
The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything
Rightly Handling the Word of Truth (a teaching session on interpreting the Bible)
I trust these will be a blessing.
They can be found here. - John Samson
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Purcell's Te Deum, Part 2
A centuries-old hymn, Clare College, Cambridge University
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Ligonier National Conference 2010
The teaching sessions for last Thursday (at the Ligonier National Conference) are now available to be watched online here.
Ed Stetzer - The Brave New World of New Media
Tim Challies - Principles for Conduct in Communication
Burk Parsons - Taking Captive New Media for the Church
Albert Mohler - The Hypersocialized Generation
Questions and Answers Session (various speakers)
John MacArthur - Why Did Jesus Have to Die?
Michael Horton - Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible?
John MacArthur - Does the Doctrine of Divine Decrees Eliminate Human Will?
Coventry Carol - Westminster Cathedral Choir
Featured Audio: Office Hours on â€˜The Law is Not of Faithâ€™
Authors Bryan Estelle, David VanDrunen, and John Fesko, professors at Westminster Seminary California â€” are interviewed by Scott Clark, host of Office Hours on their book, The Law is Not of Faith One of the best books anywhere to understand Covenant Theology AND one of my favorite books in the last 12 months. Must Reading
The Law is Not of Faith Available at Monergism Books for 40% off retail.
Office Hours Broadcast
Westminster Seminary California began an excellent new podcast on Monday 17 August. Here's the web link: http://www.wscal.edu/officehours
Listeners cans subscribe to Office Hours on iTunes and via our website
The first program is a 14:51 preview to season one and features audio from a few of the shows. To encourage people to subscribe and to listen they're giving away five gift packages (books by Horton, Godfrey, and Stonehouse, conference passes, and audio) during season one. Instructions for how to participate are in the preview show and on the website linked above.
The interviews are substantial but season 1 has a biographical theme running through it. They plan additional shows through the year, e.g. an interview with members of the faculty discussing the upcoming faculty conference Christ, Kingdom, and Culture. They also expect to broadcast interviews with visiting scholars. There is a broadcast scheduled for the first monday of each month with new broadcasts to be added to the schedule. Here are the shows ready for broadcast:
The first two full shows will be released on 31 August:
Episode #1 August 31 - Bob Godfrey President and Professor of Church History
Episode #2 August 31 - Julius Kim, Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Episode #3 October 5 - Mike Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Episode #4 Nov 2, 2009 - Steve Baugh, Professor of NT
Episode #5 Dec 7, 2009 - David Van Drunen, Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics
Episode #6 Jan 4, 2010- R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology (Mike Horton hosts)
Episode #7 Feb 1, 2010 - Joel Kim, Assistant Professor of NT
Episode #8 Mar 1, 2010 - John Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Episode #9 Apr 5, 2010 - (1) Josh Van Ee, Assistant Professor of OT and (2) David Zadok, A retired major in the Israeli Army, a WSC graduate, and elder in a Reformed congregation in Israel.
Episode #10 May 3, 2010 - Dennis Johnson, Professor of Practical Theology
Episode #11 June 7, 2010 - Bryan Estelle, Associate Professor of OT
Today, I watched two sessions from this year's Ligonier Ministries National Conference, made available through their web site. I would just like to highly recommend them to our readers. I was profoundly moved by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson's 40 minute message on "the Doctrines of Grace." As the teaching progressed, I found the clarity and depth of insight quite outstanding, giving me a new and fresh appreciation for both Calvin, and more importantly, the work of the perfect Savior and the grace of God found only in Christ.
Secondly, the question and answers session with Dr. Ferguson, Dr. Steve Lawson, Dr. Al Mohler and Dr. Ligon Duncan, fielding questions posed to them about the life, ministry and theology of Calvin (approx. 65 minutes) was extremely edifying also.
I am grateful for Ligonier Ministries making these sessions available to a wide audience on video through their website (if even for a limited time). They can be found here - (go to the video section and you can find the two sessions there as you scroll down the list of available messages).
Secular Media Bias and Codex Sinaiticus
Digital imagery of Codex Siniaticus is now online! OK, that's great! Amazing, in fact. But what exactly does this mean? Why is this significant?
First some background. At the site where this codex can be found it states, "One of the core undertakings of the project was to capture each page of Codex Sinaiticus as a high-quality digital image. Each image offers a substitute for the real manuscript leaf. Careful imaging of Codex Sinaiticus therefore provides a life-like view of the pages and allows, for the first time, worldwide access to the manuscript. The digital photography of Codex Sinaiticus had to establish the best practice, taking into account that the leaves could not travel and had to be photographed at four different venues with different equipment; the writing on the leaves had to be readable on the digital images; the natural appearance of the parchment and ink had to be faithfully reproduced."
If you want to see Codex Sinaiticus, you can do so here.
This is not a normal subject to discuss, but in the face of media that constantly spurns out factually inaccurate stuff, maybe one article that is just about understandable for most people is worth passing on. I appreciate the work of men like Dr. Dan Wallace because they spend their whole lives researching this kind of material and help us know with a fair degree of certainty, what the Bible actually stated when it was originally penned. I have heard a few of his lectures on the subject and the more I learn, the more my confidence in the actual text of the New Testament grows. The facts are on our side, but you would not know that if you just listened to the secular reports on television or read the newspaper headlines at the grocery store.
I quote Dr. Wallace below and provide a link should you wish to read more. Thank God for His word, preserved for us, so we can know what it is, believe it, and be saved!!! - John S
Dan Wallace writes, "One of the most important ancient manuscripts has just gone on-line. The manuscript, Codex Sinaiticus, was penned in Greek in the mid-fourth century and originally contained the whole Bible as well as some writings of the apostolic fathers. The manuscript is currently in four locations: St. Catherineâ€™s Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt; British Library, London; National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg; and Leipzig University, Germany. The British Library has the largest portion (about 350 leaves), Leipzig University has 43 leaves, St. Catherineâ€™s has something like 18 complete or fragmentary leaves, and St. Petersburg has just a few leaves. This week marked the first time that all these leaves could be seen since the manuscript was dissembled 150 years ago... The significance of the manuscript can hardly be overestimated. Some highlights are as follows:
Unequaled Greatness by Dr. Arturo Azurdia III
God, the Gospel and Your Marriage (MP3 Series) by Art Azurdia
Three Lecture/sermons by Art Azurida on Marriage and the Gospel
Wolfram|Alpha - A Highly Advanced Knowledge Data Engine
"But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." - Daniel 12:4
Just wanted to give you a heads up about what is certain to be one of the most popular web sites on the internet. Wolfram|Alpha is a brand new highly advanced and sophisticated knowledge data site that has been launched this week. You will find it here.
The web site states the following as its goal: "Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.
Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of peopleâ€”spanning all professions and education levels. Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.
Wolfram|Alpha is an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver increasing capabilities over the years and decades to come. With a world-class team and participation from top outside experts in countless fields, our goal is to create something that will stand as a major milestone of 21st century intellectual achievement. As of now, Wolfram|Alpha contains 10+ trillion of pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains. Built with Mathematicaâ€”which is itself the result of more than 20 years of development at Wolfram Research - Wolfram|Alpha's core code base now exceeds 5 million lines of symbolic Mathematica code. Running on supercomputer-class compute clusters, Wolfram|Alpha makes extensive use of the latest generation of web and parallel computing technologies, including webMathematica and gridMathematica."
It is definitely a site to bookmark. For a brief overview of some of the web site's capabilities, go here. You can use it for fun purposes such as to find out out how many days you have been alive or you can use it to calculate advanced mathematical questions. You can use it to find out the population of a country and its GDP and compare it with other nations, the area of a circle with a diameter of 10cm, the life expectancy of a male in Rhode Island, how much 20g of platinum would be worth today in the commodity market, or the human birth rate in America (its 8.17 births per minute) and how this compares with Iceland, India or Ukraine... there are almost endless possibilities. This site will be very popular with kids for school work, but should be of practical use to everyone. - JS
Cast your cares on the LORD - Psalm 55:22
a Kinetic Typography video by Seeds Family Worship Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." ~ NIV
Gospel Coalition Workshops Now Available Online
Thabiti Anyabwile "The Decline of African-American Theology"
Buster Brown, "Preaching in a Christianized Culture"
Steven Chin, "Working Faithfully Under a Senior Pastor"
Graham Cole, "Homosexuality and the Bible: Texts, Hermeneutics, and Pastoral Wisdom"
K. Edward Copeland and Charlie Dates, "Mentoring Younger Pastors"
Andy Davis, "The Gospel and Social Action"
Joshua Harris, "Ministering in a Church-Hopping Society"
David Helm, "Biblical Reflections on Building a Staff"
Bill Kynes, "Complementarianism: Definition and Priorities"
Crawford Loritts, "Staying Faithful, Staying Relevant: The Use and Abuse of Polemical Preaching"
Jeff Louie, "Gospel and Community: Definitions and Crucial Issues"
Erwin Lutzer, "Finishing Well in Life and Ministry"
C. J. Mahaney, "The Pastorâ€™s Charge"
Tom Nelson and Matt Perman, "The Gospel and Money"
Colin Smith, "Transformational Expository Preaching"
Stephen Um, "On Ministry and Revolving Doors: Practical Challenges and Ideas for Ministry in a Mobile Society"
Sandy Willson, "Gospel Mission to the World: Arrogance or Love?"
Free Technology which could serve you
I recently came across some innovative technology that can be used for FREE, allowing web sites to FAIRLY EASILY make and display a message on video. I have had a bit of fun with it making a Church mascot named George who welcomes people who visit our church website. I mention this because you may find this same technology useful also. You can check it out at our church website here and after viewing the video, it will display the contact information where you can make your own videos for a web site. - JS
Watch Online - from the recent Ligonier Conference
You can now watch several talks from the recent Ligonier National Conference here http://vidego.316networks.com/player.php?v=ivy2c166. I have just watched Dr. Steve Lawson's message on the legacy of John Calvin and recommend it very highly. - JS
Monergism MP3 Library - This Week's Features 03-09-09
Monergism MP3 Library is updated several times a week with resources from pastors and teachers we believe deserve a closer hearing, even if we do not agree with every detail of their theology. The vast amount of resources we have collected serve as a clearing house for the best voices the web has to offer. We hope these resources will help assist you in your studies and devotions as you seek to be more equipped and edified.
We have created new sermon folders for: Assurance, Union with Christ, Paul Washer's Spiritual Emphasis Week at Hannibal LaGrange College 1998, William Edgar's Christian Heritage Cambridge, Rico Tice's CICCU Media, Several new folders in History & Biography, Several new folders in Higher Education and Michael A. Milton's The Call Radio Program.
This Week's Features at Monergism MP3 Library
Monergism MP3 Library is updated several times a week with resources from pastors and teachers we believe deserve a closer hearing, even if we do not agree with every detail of their theology. The vast amount of resources we have collected serve as a clearing house for the best voices the web has to offer. Hope you will be equipped and edified.
We have updated some folders with newer sermons such as:
Paul Washer, Matt Chandler, Arturo G. Azurdia III, Mark Driscoll, NEXT Conference (Formerly Known As New Attitude Conference) and Connecticut Valley Conference on Reformed Theology.
This Week's Features at Monergism MP3 Library
We have created new sermon folders for: Russell Moore's Walking the Line: Glimpses of the Christ Life in the Book of Proverbs and Peace, Justice, and Jesus?; Paul Tripp's & Dave Harvey's Marriage and the Mercy of God Conference; Ken Jones of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Demonation did a series on Biblical Interviewing Skills to Evaluate Applicants Integrity; Second Presbyterian Church of Memphis, TN just released their Christian Life Conference MP3s.
This year we celebrate John Calvin's 500th birthday on July 10th, 2009. To learn more about John Calvin and his Calvinism Theology, we have several links to choose from:
Art Azurdia Sermon Jam: God Saves Bad People
Monergism MP3 Library: John Calvin's 500th Birthday & This Week's Features
This year we celebrate John Calvin's 500th birthday on July 10th, 2009. To learn more about John Calvin and his Calvinism Theology, we have several links to choose from:
1. John Calvin's Biographies and Writings
2. John Calvin's Audio Multimedia
3. The Theology of Calvinism
4. Calvinism Audio Multimedia
In the All Asian & Oceania Speakers Messages folder, we have added: Michael Oh , Peter Jensen and Phillip Jensen .
In the All European Speakers Messages folder, we have added: Colin Adams , Dave Bish, David J. McCullough , David Jackman , Donald Macleod , Eric Alexander , Geoffrey Thomas, Iain Wright, Ian Hamilton, Marcus Honeysett, Mike Reeves, Richard Cunningham
In the All North American Speakers Messages folder, we have added: Dale Ralph Davis
Soli Deo Gloria,
MP3 Library Christmas Update
Merry Christmas! Here is our updated Christmas MP3 folder.
We have also updated some folders with newer sermons such as: Donald A. Carson, Alan Cairns, Bob DeWaay, Richard L. Pratt, Jr, Evangelism, Higher Education,Â Isaiah, 1 & 2 Samuel, Reformed Hymn Sermons and HymnalsÂ and Paul D. Tripp's Tenth Presbyterian Church
Monergism MP3 Library - This Week's Features
We have created new sermon folders for: Reformation Heritage Conference Lectures, Herman Bavinck, Eric Alexander, John MacArthur's GTY Jude Audio Study, Sermons For Women Historical & Biographical Studies and True Woman 2008 Conference, Gospel Coalition Facebook Videos and Ken Sample's A Christian World View and A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth - Claims to the Test.
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This Weeks MP3 Features
Here are 'This Week's Features' we have been working on at Monergism MP3 Library.
I have created new sermon folders for: Reformation Heritage Conference Lectures, Herman Bavinck, Eric Alexander, John MacArthur's GTY Jude Audio Study, Sermons For Women Historical & Biographical Studies and True Woman 2008 Conference, Gospel Coalition Facebook Videos and Ken Sample's A Christian World View and A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth - Claims to the Test.
Regeneration v. The Idolatry of Decisional "Evangelism" by Paul Washer
HT: Lanes' Blog
MP3 Library - This Week's Features
Here are 'This Week's Features' we have been working at the Monergism MP3 Library.
We have added the Celebrate Reformation Day to the main page of the MP3 Library. Reformation Day is celebrated on October 31st each year or the Sunday before or after. This day is a great holiday alternative to Halloween. Why not celebrate it by learning the history of this day with your small group, church, friends and family? It's important to cook some German sausage, German potato salad and German Chocolate cake for your guests. The Reformed churches here in Portland usually have a Reformation Day special service and focus on those biblical doctrines that were so important in the Reformation.
Desiring God Ministries National Conference had just finished up this weekend. Check out all the audio and video sermons from the conference.
Helpful Links 9-17-08
Fads, Schemes, And Gimmicks - The Spurgeon Fellowship Winter 2008
Essays from Art Azurdia, Sinclair Ferguson and James Sweeney on methodology and defining evangelicalisms boundaries in ministry.
A Prolegomenon To Biblical Exposition by R. Kent Hughes - two excellent lectures which should be required for all pastors. Introductions . . . Illustrations . . . Transitions . . . Outlines . . . Conclusions. The acquisition of communicative skills seems to dominate present day discussions of preaching. But before a preacher ever seeks to master certain techniques he must be mastered by certain convictions. What are the foundational presuppositions indicative of a biblically informed commitment to preaching?
The Book of Leviticus - major update to the Leviticus sermon manuscripts page at Monergism.com. Anyone studying or preaching through this book will find this a great resource.
Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World (35 Free Downloadable MP3 Classes) by Dr. Edmund P. Clowney and Dr. Timothy J. Keller- Requires iTunes.
Difficult Questions, Certain Answers (.pdf) by Nathan Pitchford.
Many Reformed folk often ask for good gospel presentations. Here's one. Its a Reformed, Redemptive Historical Gospel Tract
New Featured MP3s
Last week at the Monergism MP3 Library, the following pages were updated:
Updated the Wayne Grudem - Systematic Theology Sunday School Classes at Scottsdale Bible Church. Currently even more complete than the Scottsdale's folder.
The Rebuilding of the Temple
This morning as I was jogging around the track of a local junior high school I listed to one of the most engaging expositions I have ever heard on Revelation 11:1-2 --- the sermon covered evangelism, martyrdom, the rebuilding of the temple and the vindication of God's people. What made the sermon rise up above others was its Christocentricity and understanding of how apocalyptic texts should be interpreted. The exposition was driven by apocalyptic genre and the Text itself rather than crass literalism. A must download sermon. Truly eye-opening.
Right click and download to a folder on your hard drive:
This is sermon #45 in his 82-part exposition of the Book of Revelation in MP3 format by Art Azurdia.
Monergism Relaunches Improved MP3 Library
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When it comes to today's Christian music scene, it's quite easy to find much that's shallow, meaningless, man-centered, and just plain wrong. It's a little harder to find theological depth and rock solid truth. That's why I've been very pleased in the past to highlight a growing movement in the medium of hip hop that is characterized by a commitment to biblical truth and the historic, reformed faith -- previously, I've spoken of Lampmode recordings, and specifically of some phenomenal albums by Shai Linne and Timothy Brindle.
Well, recently I came into contact with a sister ministry, called Christcentric. One of Christcentric's artists, Evangel, has a debut album ready to release the twenty-sixth of August, called Expository Journey. Christcentric very graciously sent me a copy ahead of time, so I've been able to preview it.
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (Ben Stein Interview)
If you have not already seen this interview of Ben Stein (conducted by R. C. Sproul) it is very well worth seeing found here. Stein exposes the great cover up in academic circles regarding evolution and the lengths that are gone to to eradicate all talk of intelligent design in the movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." The interview last approximately 27 minutes.
Visitor: One of my peers recently told me about this movie on the internet about "Zeitgeist." Here is the link: http://zeitgeistmovie.com/main.htm. I searched your website hoping to find an article on it but nothing came up. It seems to me like just another ridiculous occult trend, like the Da Vinci Code, that's going to spark a lot of initial interest but then fade. But it bothered me that my peer said that this movie would be powerful enough to make me an atheist. I would really like to see a refutal of this by someone a lot more educated than myself. One day I'd like to be on your end, though, getting e-mails from people asking me to help them refute the next up and coming occult fad.
Response: The movie is right to point out that atrocities have been commiitted in the name of religion. It is interesting to see that if we are merely swamp gas, as an atheist would acknowledge, that the person who believes this would want to promote it with such missionary zeal to others. Why they would care what other swamp gas believed is a mystery. The movie at one point says nothing is "Bad or Good per se" ... then I suppose that theism is also not bad or good so why should he care whether we are in the "now" or not? If they think there is not "bad or good" then is not their rant against religion itself meaningless?. On the one hand they say there is no bad or good, but then they make a movie to tell us how bad religion is for the world. Confused? You should be because there is not a shred of consistency about it. It seems the producer does, after all, believe in a dogma. The danger of this movie's position is that they erroneously think of their own position as not a position.. is not a belief, is not a dogma is not itself a religion. It like when Oprah demanded that her audience accept that Jesus could not possibly be the only way and rather, she said, all ways are acceptable. Is that not also a dogmatic statement? A firm belief that beliving in one way is bad and that we MUST accept that all ways are equal? This is the height of self-deception. Dogma cannot be avoided and the producers of this film also have presuppositions or strong beliefs as to what is good and bad, or they would not bother making the film to try to convince others. Any hope they have of changing someones mind to think like them is actually a belief in morality, in something outside themselves - that there is a way to live that is better. If they say slavery is wrong, violence is wrong, torture is wrong, racism is wrong, how do they know this if they are merely swap gas, and more importantly, why should they care? They show all these frightening images as if their position is not just as religious and dogmatic and that they are exempt from such atrocities. The greatest danger lies when a group convinces itself it is the only one out there who isn't promoting a view. We all should know by now that this is the height of absurdity.
More Reformed Hip-Hop
In the past, I've mentioned Lampmode, a label featuring some thoroughly reformed hip-hop artists. Well a Lampmode artist, Shai Linne, just finished a new album, The Atonement, ready to be released February 12th, and already available for pre-order at Lampmode. I just received a copy, and it really is excellent -- absolutely loaded with the theology of a definite, penal substitutionary atonement, total depravity, free grace, etc. The lyrics to most of the tracks, including "In Adam All Die," "Were You There?," "Jesus Is Alive," and "Triune Praise," are available on Shai's blog. As a highlight, I'm posting the lyrics to what is likely to be the most controversial, but also one of the most edifying tracks, "Mission Accomplished". If you like what you read, check out Lampmode for more of the same.
This Breaks My Heart of Stone (CD)
There is clearly a â€œhymns resurgenceâ€ in the church and Red Mountain Church of Birmingham, AL is leading the way. They have been steadily churning out a album after album whose production is better than most any that you will hear. Their newest is titled "This Breaks My Heart of Stone" and is, in our opinion, the strongest production to date.
"The Gadsby Hymnal obsession lives on, and for this record, worked with 9 more songs from â€œGadsbyâ€™s Hymnsâ€. We also branched out a little and spent some time working with William William's texts, which are not found in the Gadsby. We felt like two of his songs fit the collection for this record, and we decided to include them."
"It is important to note that every song on this record was written or co-written by our friend, and fabulous Texan, Benj Pocta. We met Benj the same way everyone meets these days - on the internet, and before long we were sending demos back and forth. Benj traveled to Birmingham several times to write, write some more, and ultimately record this record with us. Itâ€™s been a work in progress and it's been our longest process yet; over a year and a half in the making as we've revised, recorded, and re-recorded. Hopefully you'll agree that these songs have been worth the wait."
Click here to learn more or hear some samples
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Can this resource serve you?
I have just set up a brand new website for the Reformation Study Center which serves the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. At this web site you will find around 70 of my articles on a number of different subjects as well as a number of guest articles. I am happy to make these available to you and hope they will prove to be a blessing in your walk with the Lord. . You will find them here - God bless you. - Rev. John Samson
The Love of Christ Is Rich and Free
1. The love of Christ is rich and free;
Fixed on His own eternally;
Nor earth, nor hell, can it remove;
Long as He lives, His own Heâ€™ll love.
2. His loving heart engaged to be
Their everlasting Surety;
â€™Twas love that took their cause in hand,
And love maintains it to the end.
Chorus: Love cannot from its post withdraw;
Nor death, nor hell, nor sin, nor law,
Can turn the Suretyâ€™s heart away;
Heâ€™ll love His own to endless day.
3. Love has redeemed His sheep with blood;
And love will bring them safe to God;
Love calls them all from death to life;
And love will finish all their strife.
4. He loves through every changing scene,
Nor aught from Him can Zion wean;
Not all the wanderings of her heart
Can make His love for her depart.
5. At death, beyond the grave, Heâ€™ll love;
In endless bliss, His own shall prove
The blazing glory of that love
Which never could from them remove.
Tag: Which never could from them remove.
Music: Sandra McCracken
Help My Unbelief CD Now Available
Help My Unbelief The long awaited new CD from Red Mountain Music is now available.
Gadsbyâ€™s Hymns was compiled by William Gadsby in the mid 1800s. Although William Gadsby contributed quite a few of his own hymns, the bulk of the collection is comprised of many different hymnists. Long-beloved writers such as Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, John Newton, Anne Steele, Joseph Hart and William Cowper fill the pages of this wonderful hymnal. Gadsbyâ€™s Hymns has been so important to us that we could not stop writing from it. Even before we had completed our last collection of hymns, The Gadsby Project, we knew we would make another record devoted to these beautiful, forgotten texts. We decided to call this record Help My Unbelief. Many of the texts in these particular songs carry themes of doubt and longing. We believe that the Christian life is a complexity of emotions, a marriage of sorrow and joy. Valleys and mountaintops. Light and darkness. The hymn writers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries seem to have captured these tensions with more honesty and depth than many contemporary writers. Because these writers have given us glimpses of their own doubt and unbelief, working through their hymns has given us much hope. Hope that we are not alone. Hope that sorrow, pain and hardship are not exclusive to our small, believing community here in Birmingham, AL. Rather, that Christians from different parts of the world, hundreds of years ago struggled with the same things. This is one reason why we sing hymns, to remember that the Church is bigger than just us at this moment. We hope you will join us in confessing, "Lord I believe; help my unbelief." Believing that in our doubts and fears Jesus will meet us with patience and grace. This collection of hymns is for Godâ€™s prodigals and sojourners as they wait patiently for the Kingdom to come.
"Help my unbelief. My help must come from Thee."
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New Multimedia on the Web for your Edification
Want a bird's-eye view sketch of the unfolding work of God in redemptive history with sermons covering the whole Bible? Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church has posted the MP3s of his Old Testament and New Testament sermon series that give one sermon per book of the Bible. It serves as an excellent primer for Biblical Theology. Dever views the OT as the story of God's promises made to His people and the NT as those promises kept. Similar content can be found in his book on the OT and his book on the NT
Old Testament Overview Sermons "Promises Made" by Mark Dever MP3s for each OT Book An overview sermon on every book of the Bible. For your listening and edification we have provided a consolidated list of links to the free mp3 files of each Old Testament overview sermon
New Testament Overview Sermons "Promises Kept" by Mark Dever MP3s for each NT Book a consolidated list of links to the free mp3 files of each New Testament overview sermon
Also check out A Biblical View of Death by Dr Nick Needham MP3
Baptist minister originally from London. He holds the degrees of BD and PhD from the University of Edinburgh.
Don't forget the 43 part Bible Study Series on Romans from a Reformed perspective by Thomas Browning. (Free MP3s) My web host just recently generously upgraded our bandwidth so please download away. This is helpful material.
Lastly, for those interested in Christology, see the compilation of MP3 resources on Jesus Christ @Monergism.com
Monergism.com Major Upgrade Campaign
As many of you already know, we need to raise $5000.00 to cover the costs of a major upgrade to Monergism.com. This project is seeking your help to fund the cost of backend engineering, design, data entry as well as continued regular maintenance costs for the site (software, hardware, etc.). Monergism.com's content will be put into a database with consideration to usability, navigation and website architecture. When the project is complete, the goal is a much better user experience and to make it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for. While the content of the site will continue to be focused on Christ-honoring theology, it should be much more streamlined and accessible.
We thank the Lord for all of you that after only one week we have already raised over $4000.00 in donations through checks and PayPal. We are really thankful to see the broad support and the obvious hand of the Lord at work through you in furthering the Gospel through Monergism.com.
John Piper Free MP3 Downloads
Mega Resource for Free MP3 Audio Downloads
by John Piper
Free MP3 Downloads
Includes series' on: Why We Believe the Bible; T.U.L.I.P. Seminar; Desiring God; Living by Faith in Future Grace; Suffering for the Sake of the Body; Gravity and Gladness on Sunday Morning; Sexual Complementarity; Biblical Eldership; Prayer, Meditation, & Fasting: The Pursuit of Communion with God; Hunger for God (on fasting); Battling Unbelief; Men of Whom The World Was Not Worthy (Biography)
Helpful Audio on Reformation History & More...
In preparation for Reformation Sunday take the time to listen to this superb series on the History of the Reformation: (Free MP3 Downloads)
Reformation History: How Christ Restored the Gospel to His Church
by Tom Browning Now in Pdf. manuscript & MP3 formats
Roy Hargrave Series on the Doctrines of Grace (18 Sermons in wma Audio) excellent resource
The Heart of The Gospel by Sinclair Ferguson (REAL Audio)
Or if you want to learn about the Nature and Purpose of the Church from a Reformed perspective, listen to this excellent series:
Life Together: Called Into the Community of the Church
Reformed Sermon Series by Tom Ferrel Now in Pdf (manuscript) & MP3 (Audio) formats
Thanks to the The Bible Church of Little Rock pastored by Lance Quinn for the following MP3s
RIGHT CLICK over the desired file and choose SAVE TARGET AS from the drop down menu.
Sex, Romance and the Glory of God - Part 1 (MP3)
Sex, Romance and the Glory of God - Part 2 (MP3)
Message to Men (MP3)
Humility: True Greatness (MP3)
The Cross Centered Life (MP3)
The Soul of Modesty (MP3)
Message to Women: What Christian Wives Need to Know (MP3)
True Beauty (MP3)
A Woman's Beauty Regimen (MP3)
What To Do About the Things We Can't Do Anything About (MP3)
for Monergism's collection
For more great MP3 Audio Lectures and Sermons click here