Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday Sermon: You Are Dearly Loved By God (A Message Real Christians Don't Hear Enough)

A little belated... listen on SermonAudio: You Are Dearly Loved By God (A Message Real Christians Don't Hear Enough)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Sermon: Law and The Kingdom

The Law of God in Light of the Kingdom - Listen on SermonAudio.com

The Sermon on the Mount · 1 of 6

Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Morning Musical Musings

Rez Band - White Noise

Defective youth, the writing's on the wall


Decline of the West, see the fallout fall

Violence, banner of the tough

Politicians playing blind man's bluff



Now what, whose deal?

What's truth, what's real?

Turn it down, turn it off

It's all white noise to me



America's missiles, a superpower blessed

A hungry child is crying, pretend it's just a test

Russia's got the gulag, Pretoria the bomb

Making sure the weak keep silent, move along



Defective man, the writing's on your heart

Reality of evil, tearing you apart

Hanging in the balance, you hear the Savior call

Make Him Lord of everything or see the nations fall



Now what, whose deal?

He's truth, He's real

Open up, start to feel

No more white noise for me
 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Sermon: The Table of Nations: Are There Many Races, or One?

Voddie Baucham - Destroying the myths of Darwinian race-based classification of people listen on SermonAudio.com

Monday, March 29, 2010

Monday Morning Musical Musings

REZ Band  - Gameroom (1984)

The lyrics below describe in very vivid detail a part of my time as a 'troubled teenager'.
Push that button, squeeze that coin
Finger sweating, see the numbers climb
Graphic action, flashing screen
But who is the pilot, and what does it mean

My friends and my foes
My thrills and my woes
They live on
In memory cells, in fantasy wells
We press on and on and on
I am king, king of the gameroom
Here I'm lord, chairman of the board
I am king, king of the gameroom

I got nothing at home
I'm no one at school
The jocks and the rockers
They think I'm a fool
But this is my kingdom
And here I'm the man
No one can touch me
And I can command

So push that button, squeeze that coin
Fingers sweating, see the numbers climb
Graphic action, flashing screen
But who is the pilot, what does it mean

I am trapped
Prisoner in the gameroom
Deep inside I don't know what life's about
I'm a prisoner
A victim of the gameroom
God where are you
Shoe me how to get out
God where are you
Show me how to get out

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Sermon: A Biblical Defense of the Resurrection of Christ by Voddie Baucham

A Biblical Defense of the Resurrection of Christ - sermonaudio.com stream here.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a Cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith. According the Paul's argument in 1 Corinthians 15, those who deny the resurrection have denied Christianity. There is no Christianity without the resurrection. Paul offers three arguments; the argument from authority, the argument from evidence, and the argument from logic, to refute those who deny the resurrection while attempting to embrace Christianity.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday Morning Musical Musings

While not fond of Keeping Stock's Christian music, we (me, myself and I) do enjoy music in its various forms. While digging through some old piano music stored in a box in a dark corner far away... I found this little gem called The Coloring Song - by Petra.


Red is the color of the blood that flowed


Down the face of Someone Who loved us so

He's the perfect man, He's the Lord's own son,

He's the Lamb of God, He's the only one

That can give us life, that can make us grow,

That can make the love between us flow.



Blue is the color of a heart so cold

It will not bend when the story's told

Of the love of God for a sinful race

Of the blood that flowed down Jesus face

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can keep our hearts from growing cold.



Gold is the color of the morning sun

That shines so freely an every one

It's the sun above that keeps us warm

It's the Son of love that calms the storm

That can give us life that can make us grow,

That can turn our mornings into gold.



Brown is the color of the autumn leaves

When the winter comes to the barren trees

There is birth, there is death, there is a plan

And there's just one God, and there's just one man

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can make our sins as white as snow



That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can turn our mornings into gold.

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can keep our hearts from growing cold.

That can give us life, that can make us grow

That can make the love between us flow.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Preacher Profile: Paul Washer

Found here.


Paul Washer became a believer while attending the University of Texas studying to become an oil and gas lawyer. He completed his undergraduate studies and enrolled at Southwestern Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity degree. Paul left the states shortly after graduation as a North American missionary to Peru.

Paul ministered as a missionary in Peru for 10 years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society to support Peruvian Church planters. HeartCry's work now supports over 80 indigenous missionaries in 15 different countries throughout Eastern Europe, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

At the present, Paul serves as the Director of HeartCry Missionary Society. He and his wife Charo have two sons Ian and Evan, and one daughter Rowan.

Preacher Profile: Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham wears many hats. He is a husband, father, pastor, author, professor, conference speaker and church planter. He currently serves as Pastor of Preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, TX. He has served as an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, TX, and Union University in Jackson, TN. He has also lectured at Southern Seminary.


Voddie makes the Bible clear and demonstrates the relevance of God’s word to everyday life. However, he does so without compromising the centrality of Christ and the gospel. Those who hear him preach find themselves both challenged and encouraged.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Project Euler - for the Maths Geek

Project Euler - brain bending fun if you like maths and computer programming. No need for anything fancy - so far I have completed 14 solutions most using Excel 2003/2007. A few I have re-done using C++ just for getting the speed that Excel does not have!

Separation of Church and State?

Yes the Church and State need to be separated – from each other. Ultimately they still come under God’s authority, take a moment to read an excerpt from "Box Theology"

In the modern world, the humanistic state claims this sovereignty: it is the modern god walking upon earth.-The modern state claims sovereignty and catholicity; the United Nations is the attempt of humanistic statism to attain true and full universality and catholicity.

Meanwhile, the Christian Church is busily departing from the doctrine of God's sovereignty and His necessary catholic jurisdiction. Christianity is increasingly limited to a "spiritual" realm (of which it now concedes vast areas to. psychology and psychiatry), and the rest of the world is granted to the state.

The result is box theology. To understand what box theology is, let us compare the universe to the Empire State Building, a great, modern, skyscraper office building. In box theology, the church claims one small office among hundreds for Christianity. All the rest of the building is given over to the jurisdiction of the state and the sciences. One area after another is deemed non-religious and is surrendered. This is done despite the fact that God is the Creator and Lord of the whole universe and therefore has total and absolute jurisdiction over all things. God's law-word, jurisdiction, and authority must govern all things. "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" John 1:3).

The jurisdiction of the church is a limited one, but the jurisdiction of the triune God, of Christ our King, and of the Bible, God's law-word, cannot be limited. Every area of life and thought must be under the dominion of the Lord: He alone is truly sovereign. To limit the jurisdiction of Christ is to posit a limited god, one who cannot survive because a limited god is a contradiction and is no god at all. If God is God, if He truly is the Lord or Sovereign, everything must serve Him and be under His dominion, the state, schools, arts, sciences, the church, and all things else. To limit the jurisdiction of the God of Scripture to the soul of man and to the church is to deny Him. A limited god cannot save man, because he is not in control of all things; what he does today can be undone tomorrow, and his "salvation" is at best temporary.

However even if they are separated it does not prevent either institution (Church or State) from speaking out when the lines of jurisdictional authority are crossed. Why was there a profound silence from church leaders when the state crossed the line and stepped into the jurisdiction of parental authority? Why do churches apply for an exemption from tax when the state has no authority to tax what is given to God’s church for His work on this planet? These are questions that need to be answered and addressed – from the pulpit and from God’s Word.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Box Theology

BOX THEOLOGY


Chalcedon Position Paper No. 39

CHALCEDON

P.O. Box 158 Vallecito, California 95251, U.S.A.

In the presidential address to the Economic History Asso¬ciation September 12, 1980, Richard A. Easterlin comment¬ed on the fact that the modern era began with the rejection of the medieval church (and, one can add, Christianity,) and "humanity ultimately took up a new 'religion of knowl¬edge,' whose churches are the schools and universities of the world, whose priests are its teachers, and whose creed is belief in science and the power of rational inquiry, and in the ultimate capacity of humanity to shape its own destiny" (The Journal of Economic History, vol. XLI, no. 1, March, 1981, p. 17). We can add that the great agency of this new religion is the modern humanistic state.

If a religion is not catholic, universal in its faith, jurisdic¬tion, and scope, it will quickly fail. Religion by its very nature either speaks to all of life, or it in time speaks to none. Man by his nature has boundaries to his life and activities; they are inescapable for man. There are boundaries to my property, my abilities, and my authority. By definition, no god nor religion can have boundaries and limitations to its sway without self-destruction. A god is either sovereign and total in his jurisdiction, or else he is soon no god at all; something else bests him and replaces him. All the false gods of history until recently were false gods because the men who made them also placed limits upon them. This was especially clear with the gods of Rome; they were created by men, the Roman Senate specifically, and hence men always had priority over the gods. The gods in time became more and more obviously tools and a department of state for the Roman Empire, which claimed catholic or universal sway and sovereignty for itself.

In the modern world, the humanistic state claims this sovereignty: it is the modern god walking upon earth.-The modern state claims sovereignty and catholicity; the United Nations is the attempt of humanistic statism to attain true and full universality and catholicity.

Meanwhile, the Christian Church is busily departing from the doctrine of God's sovereignty and His necessary catholic jurisdiction. Christianity is increasingly limited to a "spiritual" realm (of which it now concedes vast areas to. psychology and psychiatry), and the rest of the world is granted to the state.

The result is box theology. To understand what box theology is, let us compare the universe to the Empire State Building, a great, modern, skyscraper office building. In box theology, the church claims one small office among hun-dreds for Christianity. All the rest of the building is given over to the jurisdiction of the state and the sciences. One area after another is deemed non-religious and is sur¬rendered. This is done despite the fact that God is the Creator and Lord of the whole universe and therefore has total and absolute jurisdiction over all things. God's law-word, jurisdiction, and authority must govern all things. "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" John 1:3).

The jurisdiction of the church is a limited one, but the jurisdiction of the triune God, of Christ our King, and of the Bible, God's law-word, cannot be limited. Every area of life and thought must be under the dominion of the Lord: He alone is truly sovereign. To limit the jurisdiction of Christ is to posit a limited god, one who cannot survive because a limited god is a contradiction and is no god at all. If God is God, if He truly is the Lord or Sovereign, everything must serve Him and be under His dominion, the state, schools, arts, sciences, the church, and all things else. To limit the jurisdiction of the God of Scripture to the soul of man and to the church is to deny Him. A limited god cannot save man, because he is not in control of all things; what he does today can be undone tomorrow, and his "salvation" is at best temporary.

Box theology limits the church, moreover, and destroys it. If the church and its word is limited, to return to our image, to one room and none other in the Empire State Building, then its only legitimate area of concern is the church, and to a degree, the soul of man. There can then be no dealing with the problems of the age, because they lie outside the jurisdic¬tion of the church.

The results are both deplorable and revolting. The "world" of the church is then no larger than the church; it is boxed into its narrow little room. All its battles then are waged within that "world," the church. This means that the world of the church in box theology becomes a realm of continual civil war, Protestants and Catholics against one another, Armenians and Calvinists in opposition to one another, and so on. This does not mean that the issues between these groups are inconsequential. It does mean that subordinate issues are made the only ones. The crown rights of Christ our King over the whole world are then neglected or forgotten. The necessity of-bringing politics, economics, the arts and sciences, education, the family, all peoples, tongues, tribes, and nations under the dominion of Christ the Lord is truncated or shortcircuited.

Box theology believes it is strict because it is narrow in its scope, whereas a true strictness claims all things for Christ the King. This false strictness leads to phariseeism and to censoriousness. (One such pathetic little group of box theol¬ogy advocates rails at all other Christians in issue after issue. One recent publication actually declared that John White¬head "scorns the cross" because he disagrees with their view, and held that I believe in the Inquisition, arriving at this by a wild misreading of one of my books! These are the pathetic dead, revelling in their narrow coffin box.)

Box theology men battle against their fellow Christians continually, while the world claims more and more of Christ's realm. Because box theology allows the state to be sovereign or lord, it offers no resistance to statist controls.



As a result, in state after state, where attempts to control the church are in process, many advocates of box theology insist on surrender to the state and sometimes go to court to witness for the state against the resisting churches.

Box theology is implicit polytheism. It says in effect that there is one God over the church, but other gods over every other realm, or else, that all realms other than the church are neutral realms. These "neutral" realms are not under the mandate of Scripture but are free to follow the dictates of natural (fallen) reason wherever it leads them.

This idea of neutrality is, of course, a myth. If the God of Scripture is the true and living God, there can be no realm of neutral facts and neutral jurisdiction. All things are under God's sovereignty and law, and nothing can exist apart from Him, nor can any law be valid other than His law. To claim neutrality for any realm is to deny that God created it, and to posit neutrality is to cease to be a Christian.

Because God is God, His jurisdiction is total, and His sovereignty absolute and indivisible. No human institution, neither church nor state, can claim any jurisdiction beyond its limited sphere. Thus, while the church has a limited sphere of authority under God, the word it must proclaim is the word of the total God for the totality of life and thought. The word proclaimed by the church cannot be limited to the church, because, if it is Scripture, it is not the word of the church, but the word of God. The word judges all things, governs all things, and offers hope in Christ to all men and all areas of life.

Box theology is dead theology, with a god too small to speak to anything more than the church. In its own way, box theology proclaims the death of God, because a limited God ceases to be God. The forces of humanistic statism have advanced only through default. Churchmen have retreated from and abandoned one area after another to the human-ists, and many continue to retreat. Sigmund Freud saw the inner world of man as the last domain of Biblical religion; all other spheres had been captured.

By converting psychology (the word concerning the soul) from a theological to a scientific discipline, and guilt from a theological fact to a scientific concern, Freud hoped to make religion totally irrelevant (See R.J. Rushdoony: Freud). Even more than Freud, the pietists have been remarkable in their enforced limitations upon Biblical faith.

Ironically, the bankruptcy of humanism has increased as its sway and power have been broadened. When the Enlight-enment triumphed over the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, it brought into sharp focus a development which had previously marked the Renaissance era, the rift between classes. There has previously been very serious problems between the rich and the poor, but the fact of a common faith and a common life in the church had pro¬vided a bond and a basis for community, a hope for the potential solution to problems. Christian faith had stressed a necessary harmony of interests.

With the Enlightenment, the common faith gave way to a widening gulf and to hostilities. Leon Garfield, in The House of Hanover (1976), called attention to the fact that, with the first Hanover ruler in England, the first Riot Act was passed. The foreign king, George I, was a fitting symbol of the fact that rulers and the people were now foreigners one to another. The people, said Garfield, were prone to rioting. Silk-weavers, coal-heavers, sailors, powdered foot¬men, gaol-birds, and ex-soldiers, all were rioting. Ex-soldiers from Marlborough's foreign wars turned highway¬men, and the modern age became with the affirmation of Reason, and with riots.

The number of offenses which received the death penalty grew steadily, but so too did crime. Today too we have many who believe that stricter laws and penalties will solve the problem of crime, but they did not then, nor will they now. All such men have their own version of box theology or box philosophy. Hanging children for stealing a loaf of bread did not stop crime or juvenile delinquency in 18th century England; the evangelical awakening, a partial re¬turn of Puritanism, did much to alter the situation.

Moreover, law and order have various meanings in the Soviet Union, Red China, Sweden, and the United States, but they are all variations of humanism. Only Biblical law and order, coupled with the regenerating power of Jesus Christ, can alter a society.

Ultimately, any faith which does not have the triune God of Scripture and Jesus Christ as its alpha and omega is a box philosophy or theology, and this is clearly true of our new imitation catholicism, the modern humanistic state. However totalitarian its claims, its faith fails to be universal or true, because it boxes itself in to insulate itself from God and His law-word. It is thus dead to life and to truth, and it is doomed to collapse and the grave.

The law of the modern state is the law of death. In both the United States and Canada, for example, pornography trials have as their premise "community standards". Whether it be adult or child pornography, the legal test of its legality is the community standard. This is the legal enact¬ment of Genesis 3:5, every man as his own god, knowing, or determining for himself, what is good and evil. Such a "community standard" as law means that, if the community favors abortion, theft, murder, rape, or incest, these things can become legal.

A box theology or philosophy is finally no bigger than man, whether man's pietism or man's sin, but, in any case, it is no bigger than man. God's sentence upon it is the sentence already pronounced on all the sons of Adam, and upon all their institutions, philosophies, and theologies, -death. There is no escaping this sentence apart from Jesus Christ, who is the Lord or Sovereign over all men and all creation.

To acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord is to bring our¬selves, our every thought, every action and word, all spheres of life, and all institutions, under His jurisdiction and lawword. Box theologies and philosophies are finally allotted a narrow box by God; its name is Hell. The glorious liberty of the sons of God is to be a new creation in and through Jesus Christ, to work for the fullness of that new creation, and to dwell therein eternally in the great consummation by Him who makes all things new.

Rev. Rousas John Rushdoony



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Friday, January 1, 2010

Day: 1

A new year has started - sun appears to be the same as yesterday... hot!
What this year will hold... only He who created all things and has ordered all things according to His good pleasure knows.

Today saw me spending a lot of time outside in and around the garden:
  • Re-fenced the vegetable patch, let's hope my tomatoes survive.
  • Mowed the duck paddock and low-lying paddock not sure how i would have coped without the ride-on.
  • Got sunburnt.
  • Mulched some of the mulching pile.
  • Removed a broken chook house door and designed a replacement - now all I need is the hardware, here I come Mitre 10.... tomorrow.
Blogging bits:
Keeping Stock have come out of retirement - woohoo! Wangavegas bloggers drinks are in order I say.
Herrick Kimball has posted his monthly update - always well worth waiting for!
MandM reading the news... at least it wouldn't be rubbish!