Thursday, March 04, 2010

Returning the favor

There's an old joke that runs "God made man in His own image...and we've been returning the favor ever since." As Calvin said, our hearts are idol factories. If we are not busy filling our minds with the person and work of the true God as He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures, we will paint a god of our own imagining. Hear the sage words of the venerable Bishop of Liverpool.

“Beware of manufacturing a god of your own: A god who is all mercy but not just, A god who is all love but not holy, A god who has a heaven for everybody but a hell for none. Such a god is an idol of your own. The hands of your own fancy and sentimentality have made him. He is not the God of the Bible.”

Bishop J.C. Ryle, DD


John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) served the Church of England from 1841 to the year of his death. Thoroughly evangelical and uncompromising in his principles, he became widely known for his prolific writing and his faithful service as a pastor. The last twenty years of his life he served as Bishop of Liverpool.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Homeschooling WINSday

Okay...I know this is supposed to be "Worship Wednesday"...but I've sorta got that covered at the parish blog.

Today I just want to briefly highlight a that a German couple has been granted political asylum in the US because...get this...they wanted to home educate their children. Homeschooling is illegal in Germany. After having their children forcibly removed and taken to school, they contacted the HSDLA who filed on their behalf.

I was glad to hear that they'll be settling in what used to be my back yard, Morristown, TN.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Mick Truman on Psalm 51

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Have mercy, O God

© 2008 Mick Truman
Credits: Mick Truman - vocals, acoustic guitars, piano

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Refrain:

  • Have mercy, O God,
    have mercy, O God
    1. Have mercy, O God, in your kindness,
      in love and compassion set me free,
      O wash me more and more from my guilt and my sin.
      O cleanse me, O God, O cleanse me, O God.
    2. A pure heart create for me, O God,
      your Spirit, O Lord, within my heart,
      your presence, O God, is my only desire.
      O heal me, O God, O heal me, O God.

    3. Salvation, the joy that you send to me,
      your presence and Spirit give me strength.
      Your glory and praise I will sing and proclaim.
      O save me, O God, O save me, O God.
    © 2008 Mick Truman

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