Melito of Sardis on Good Friday

He who hung the earth is hanged.

He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place.

He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree.

The Sovereign is insulted.

God is murdered.

The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand.

This is the One who made the heavens and the earth, and formed mankind in the beginning,

The One proclaimed by Law and Prophets,

The One enfleshed in a virgin,

The One hanged on a tree,

The One buried in the earth,

The One raised from the dead and who went up into the heights of heaven,

The One sitting at the right hand of the Father,

The One having all authority to judge and save,

Through Whom the Father made the things that exist from the beginning of time.

This One is the Alpha and the Omega,

This One is the beginning and the end…the beginning indescribable and the end incomprehensible.

This One is the Christ.

This One is the King.

This One is Jesus.

This One is the Leader.

This One is the Lord.

This One is the One who rose from the dead.

This One is the One sitting on the right hand of the Father.

He bears the Father and is borne by the Father.

To him be the glory and the power forever. Amen.

(Melito of Sardis, d. AD 180, from James White, The Forgotten Trinity, pp. 184-185)

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Free ebook: J.C. Ryle’s “Thoughts for Young Men”

How I wish I’d read this book at 17 years old; so many wasted years. If you’re a young man, you can do better, and this will help. J.C. Ryle’s “Thoughts for Young Men” is an absolute must-read. And it’s not a long book, either. And it’s free online.

No excuses, guys. “Man up” and read this (PDF).

More formats available here (Kindle and ePub), by the way.

 

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TGC Atlantic August Conference Topic Announced!

Folks in the Maritimes and Newfoundland, don’t miss this conference! After being there last year, even as just a visitor from Alberta, I’m more than happy to say that not only is this an incredibly well-run conference and the subject matter will be invaluable, but that the Christian fellowship and encouragement is a real gift to the Atlantic Canadian church. Mark your calendars.

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Free ebook: Gilbert’s “What Is The Gospel?”

Greg Gilbert’s “What Is The Gospel?” is an outstanding book that every Christian needs to read. We used this as a newcomer giveaway for a while at Calvary Grace Church.

Well, you can get a free e-copy at this link (in three formats!) with a short survey. It’s worth it–pick this up.

 

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Book Sample: Haykin’s “8 Women of Faith”

If you’re in the Calgary area April 7-8, don’t miss the Calgary Reformed Conference with Dr. Michael Haykin speaking on the Reformation! As a “teaser,” here’s a sample of one of Dr. Haykin’s books: “8 Women of Faith,” a look at the contributions of a number of Protestant women.

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A Valentine’s Day Reflection

(With some help from the Puritans—yes, those Puritans, don’t be surprised!)

I am a man who has been shown mercy, as the Puritan pastor Richard Baxter wrote: “It is a mercy to have a faithful friend, that loveth you entirely, and is as true to you as yourself, to whom you may open your mind and communicate your affairs, and who would be ready to strengthen you, and divide the cares of your affairs and family with you, and help you to bear your burdens, and comfort you in your sorrows, and be the daily companion of your lives, and partaker of your joys and sorrows. And it is a mercy to have so near a friend to be a helper to your soul; to join with you in prayer and other holy exercises; to watch over you and tell you of your sins and dangers, and to stir up in you the grace of God, and remember to you of the life to come, and cheerfully accompany you in the ways of holiness.”

I am a man who has been comforted, as the Puritan preacher Thomas Adams declared: “There is no such fountain of comfort on earth, as marriage.”

I am a man who, as the Puritan author Thomas Hooker put it, has a wife that “lies in his bosom, and his heart trusts in her, which forceth all to confess, that the stream of his affection, like a mighty current, runs with full tide and strength.”

I am the man of whom Hooker also said: “The man whose heart is endeared to the woman he loves, he dreams of her in the night, hath her in his eye and apprehension when he awakes, museth on her as he sits at table, walks with her when he travels and parlies with her in each place where he comes.”

What can I say that these men did not? I am a man blessed beyond measure; unworthy of the mercy he has been shown; undeserving of the gift he has been given; comforted by a companion divinely fitted for him; made happy beyond words; and daily enjoying the sweetest foretaste of heaven. For this I thank and praise a good and loving God. And I thank his precious, blood-bought and adopted daughter, through whom he has shown me these things and given me such joy.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Erin.

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Reformation 500–Come Hear Michael Haykin in Calgary!

If you’re in the Calgary area, the annual Calgary Reformed Conference will take place April 7-8 at Woodgreen Presbyterian Church. Our speaker this year is the church historian Dr. Michael Haykin, a good friend of ours at Calvary Grace. In this 500th year of the Protestant Reformation, he’ll be speaking on the theme of the English Reformation. And, it’s a free conference!

More details here.

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