A forgotten biography of Christ

Who is the “Angel of the Lord”/”Angel of God”?
Why did the Angel of the Lord progressively appear less and less in the Old Testament?
– I didn’t know this was the case, but good points are made.
What characterises all the appearances of the Angel of God?
What was Christ doing before He came to this world, taking human flesh?
– at times God’s messenger, God’s manifestation, and the giver of grace in time of needs.

Dr David Murray (who blogs here) gave this address, “A Biography of the Christian’s Savior”:


“A Biography of the Christian’s Savior” will show that Christ’s biography did not begin with Matthew 1:1. Rather, it will show that the eternal Son of God was present and active throughout the whole Old Testament as well. We will look especially at his appearances as the Angel of the Lord.

Life with disabled children

In this weeks Connected Kingdom podcast by David Murray and Tim Challies, there is an excellent illustration I want to capture. I’ve not really considered what it would be like to have a disabled child, and I don’t have close friends with disabled children, so this podcast was a concise introduction to the subject for me.

The illustration is the following:

If travelling to Italy, and you are diverted to Holland, you can’t enjoy the pleasures of Holland if you spend your time in Holland complaining that you didn’t get to Italy. If you do look around, you start to see the windmills, and the tulips, and the wonders of Holland instead.

The two hosts discuss some of the blessings that come from having a disabled child. The podcast continues with an account by the mother of a disabled child.

There will be some good food for thought if you do listen to it.

Sinclair Ferguson on “The Church That Christ Builds”

Dr Ferguson highlights in the following video a new verb in common usage, ‘do’, such as in “How do you do church?”

This, his response, climaxes with:

“When you see how Jesus does church, then how you or I want to do church becomes very secondary indeed.”

From the following lecture at PRTS:
The Church That Christ Builds from Puritan Reformed on Vimeo.

Spurgeon on “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”

“Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore,

  • it is not thy hold of Christ which saves thee – it is Christ;
  • it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee – it is Christ;
  • it is not even thy faith in Christ, though that be the instrument – it is Christ’s blood and merits;


  • look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ;
  • look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope;
  • look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith.

We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on Him; let His death, His suffering, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to Him; when thou liest down at night look to Him. Oh ! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail thee.

The Church is the Gospel Made Visible by Mark Dever

In the video below, Mark Dever gives some real gems into the local church, and unity, and how they help show the gospel to the world. I learned enough that I listened again, and I learned still more the second time.


  • T4G stands for Together for the Gospel. It’s a big conference in America – I’ve seen a few of the videos so far. John MacArthur, John Piper, Ligon Duncan and R. C. Sproul spoke there this year. Tim Challies made some videos while he attended, which introduced me to T4G.
  • Mark Dever has devoted his study, beyond the particular labours of the ministry, to the study of the church. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries which is a resource that seeks to help build healthy churches.


The church reflects the truth about:

  1. God
  2. human beings
  3. the Saviour, Jesus Christ
  4. the right response to the Gospel

Leave a comment. What stood out?

What’s that word mean?

Simply type the following into Google:
define: tome
That will give you a list of definitions for the word “tome”, taken from Wikipedia and lots of other places.

Look for the definition that fits. You can’t divorce the word from the context that you found it in.

I like doing this, as it’s very educational without requiring real effort into learning. The Wikipedia excerpt shown when you lookup the definition of “blog”, is:

A blog (a contraction of the term “web log”) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary

Did you know it came from “web log”? Having blogged for a few years, it’s of particular interest 🙂

In the Firefox internet browser, this can be done very quickly:

  • Press Ctrl and t to open a new internal window in Firefox. The cursor is now in the navigation bar at the top where you enter URLs.
  • Press the tab key, and the cursor skips across to the google search box.
  • Type in define: antidisestablishmentarianism and hit enter.
  • Look through the definitions provided. If you understand what the word means, then press Ctrl and W to close the tab and go back to whatever tome were reading.

This does need you to use some keyboard shortcuts, but really I’d recommend you start using them. There’s a simply reason geeks like shortcuts – they’re FAST, like REALLY REALLY FAST!

From time to time, I do still check a real paper dictionary as there is one on my desk within easy reach. If I’ve jumped out an article to check a meaning, I’ll use this quick method so I can skip back to reading immediately. Otherwise, I like the distraction of a real dictionary :).

Why isn’t the Bible known as a historical textbook?

From Seth Godin’s latest post:

“If you read a book that tries to change you for the better and it fails or doesn’t resonate, then it’s a self-help book.

“If you read a book that actually succeeds in changing you for the better, then the label changes from self-help book to great book.”

What I immediately thought as I read this, the Bible is revered by those who love it, or derided by those who hate it. There aren’t many in the middle who advocate the Bible for it’s historical insight. There are few who advocate it as a helpful book and many who condescend to say Jesus was a good guy who taught some good stuff, but in saying that, they expose themselves as never having grasped what the Bible is all about. Fundamentally the Gospel’s demands must make Jesus mad, a liar, or Lord over all!
A 1770 Bible turned to John 1 verse 1
He said he was the Son of God, so he was:

  • a liar if this was false and he knew it.
  • a lunatic if this was false and he didn’t know it.
  • a Lord, if this is true.

Those who’ve actually read it, have Jesus as their Lord, or despise it for the implications of what it contains. Some (because there’s rarely only two options), are apathetic. That’s why it’s not seen as a history textbook by most.