Tag: church history

Tolle Lege: Feasting Amid Fears

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Yesterday was a big day for us.  Titus had been feeding his homemade sourdough starter (appropriately named Patrick) for 2 weeks and yesterday he turned it into fragrant, golden loaves to supplement our St. Patricks Day feast of corned beef, bangers, mash and all the fixings. Don’t know the story of Patrick, who after being kidnapped by Irish pirates and forced into servitude, escaped, and then went back to Ireland to bring his captors the good news of Jesus Christ? Click here for a great biographical article from Ligonier Ministries.  Since our kids are half German/half ScotchIrish we use holidays like Reformation Day and St. Patricks to celebrate and learn more about the Christian heritage of those cultures. And yes, we consume copious amounts of pork sausage for both. This year I made bookmarks with Saint Patrick’s “Lorica” printed on them so we could recite it together around the table. Timely words in a world riddled by fear of disease and economic upheaval.

Stuck at home with extra time on your hands?  Why not study up on other saints (and I mean that in the broadest, most Biblical sense of the word) in church history?  How have others believers braved times far more perilous than that which we now face? My boys have thoroughly enjoyed “Sketches From Church History” put out by Banner of Truth Publishing where you can read all about defenestration (Joel’s favorite new word, and don’t let anyone tell you German doesn’t have at least some Latin roots) and other such violent acts.  For my more genteel readers I want to suggest the two-volume set, “Memorable Women of Puritan Times” by James Anderson (Soli Deo Gloria Publishing). Tom bought me these when we were newly weds and I have returned to them again and again. In tumultuous times there is nothing to gird one up like considering others who have “endured opposition from sinful men.”

And finally. Once upon a time, Christian families had the time, or rather I should say, MADE the time to read God’s Word together and talk about what it said. The result of this was more often-than-not believing children who grew up knowing what they believed and why they believed it.  If you’re one of those families who have never tasted of the sweetness of reading scripture TOGETHER (and judging by the rampant Biblical illiteracy even in our churches, there’s probably more of you than you’d care to admit), why not use this time to invest in a habit that according to Isaiah 55:11 is guaranteed eternal returns? Our family is using the chronological Bible reading plan this year but we’ve used all kinds of others. You don’t need a reading plan. You just need to read. Aloud. Together.

And talk about it. If you want to combine church history with your Bible readings, Crossway has put out a couple really excellent Bibles to keep on hand for that purpose. I already did a review of their ESV Prayer Bible. You can read it by clicking here.  Recently they sent me a copy of their “ESV Bible With Creeds And Confessions.” It’s really beautiful and has large enough print that if you’re passing the Bible around during family read aloud time your younger and elderly readers will have no trouble participating.  It really is the perfect “family Bible” and has enough of that “heirloom quality” to be cherished for generations. Best of all it is a great tool for all believers who want a better understanding of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Because it contains all the creeds and confessions of Orthodox Christianity you will see not only the doctrines considered by all to be essential, but also the variances deemed (relatively 🙂 )unessential such as the different views of baptism contained in the London Baptist Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism.

Please understand that I’m not throwing this all out there to make anyone feel like we’re using this as an opportunity to prove our own holiness over others’.  But people I love are starving.  I see friends and family picking at crumbs fallen from the table and drinking great gulps of poisonous teachings that have spread like the yeast in Ty’s bread through our churches. All the while, we more than any generation have a splendidly nourishing and sumptuous feast spread before us 24/7.  Oh dear ones, please, take and eat. You too, can choose feasting over fear.

Some of you really liked the link to one of Titus’s youtube videos that ended up in the comments last week so here’s another one for your listening pleasure.

Look What Women Can Do When They #gohome

The most comprehensive silencing of women in the church 

occurred the day we threw out the hymnals,

not the day a respected pastor was finally bold enough to confront

an out-of-line-female-false-teacher with the now-famous-words, “go home.”

Here are 40 of my favorite hymns by 30 female authors 

whose treasured words were sounded by 4 centuries of saints,

until our generation of egalitarians silenced their voices.

I’ve linked as many as possible to youtube for your listening enjoyment.

Be Still, My Soul  Katharine A. Von Schlegel Tr. Jane L. Borthwick (1697-1768) 

Be Thou My Vision  Tr. Mary Byrne; Ed. Eleanor Hull (1860-1935) 

Beneath the Cross of Jesus  Elizabeth C. Clephane (1830-1869) 

Blessed Assurance  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) 

Break Thou the Bread of Life  Mary A. Lathbury (1841-1913)

Channels Only  Mary E. Maxwell (late 19th century

Children of the Heavenly Father  Carolina Sandell Berg (1832-1903) 

Day by Day  Carolina Sandell Berg (1832-1903) 

Draw Me Nearer  Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Grace Greater Than Our Sin  Julia H. Johnston (1849-1919)

Have Thine Own Way, Lord  Adelaide A. Pollard (1862-1934) 

He Giveth More Grace  Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932)

He Hideth My Soul  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

I Love to Tell the Story  A. Catherine Hankey (1834-1911)

I Need Thee Every Hour  Annie S. Hawks (1836-1918)

I Will Praise Him  Margaret J. Harris (1865-1919)

Jesus Loves Me  Anna B. Warner (1827-1915)

Jesus Paid It All  Elvina M. Hall (1818-1889)

Just As I Am, Without One Plea  Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871)

Like a River Glorious  Frances R. Havergal (1836-1879) 

May the Mind of Christ My Savior  Kate B. Wilkinson (1859-1928) 

More Love to Thee  Elizabeth P. Prentiss (1818-1878). 

Near the Cross  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) 

Nearer, My God, to Thee  Sarah F. Adams (1805-1848)                                                                   

No Other Plea  Lidie H. Edmunds (1851-1920)                                                                                     

Now Thank We all Our God  Tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)                                               

Open My Eyes, That I May See  Clara H. Scott (1841-1897)                                                             

Praise Him! Praise Him!   Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)                                                                      

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty   Tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)                                           

Praise Ye the Triune God  Elizabeth R. Charles  (1828-1896)                                                             

Saved By Grace  Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)                                                                                 

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us  Attr. Dorothy A Thrupp (1779-1847)                                               

Take My Life and Let It Be  Frances R. Havergal (1836-1879)                                                           

Teach Me Thy Will, O Lord  Katherine A. Grimes (1877-1967)                                                            

The Lord’s My Shepherd  Jessie S. Irvine (1836-1887).                                                              

The Love of God  Arr. Claudia Lehman Mays (1892-1973)                                                         

To God Be the Glory  Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)                                                                      

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus  Helen H. Lemmel (1863-1961)                                                        

We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer   Julia C. Cory (1882-1963)

When We All Get to Heaven  Eliza E Hewitt, Emily D. Wilson (1851-1920)