1. B.B. Warfield, Selected Writings, Vol. 2 pg. 538

The authority of the Scriptures does not rest “on the authority of the Church. The Church may bear witness to what she received from the apostles as law, but this is not giving authority to that law but humbly recognizing the authority which rightly belongs to it whether the Church recognizes it or not. The puzzle which some people fall into here is something like mistaking the relative ‘authority’ of the guide-post and the road; the guide-post may point us to the right road but it does not give its rightness to the road. It has not ‘determined’ the road—it is the road that has ‘determined’ the guide-post; and unless the road goes of itself to its destination the guide-post has no power to determine its direction. So the Church does not ‘determine’ the Scriptures, but the Scriptures the Church.

HT: Kevin Stilley

2. WSJ Op/Ed by Karl Rove – “Congress and Waterboarding” (5/16/09)

Someone important appears not to be telling the truth about her knowledge of the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs). That someone is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The political persecution of Bush administration officials she has been pushing may now ensnare her.

Here’s what we know. On Sept. 4, 2002, less than a year after 9/11, the CIA briefed Rep. Porter Goss, then House Intelligence Committee chairman, and Mrs. Pelosi, then the committee’s ranking Democrat, on EITs including waterboarding. They were the first members of Congress to be informed…. read the rest.

HT: Tabitha Hale

3. What I Mean By Preaching by John Piper

  • Preaching is Expository.
  • Preaching is Exultation
  • Preaching isn’t Church, but it serves the Church.

Read the rest and watch the video clip.

4.  Why I Am a Calvinist (And a Lot of Other Christians Are Too) by Kevin DeYoung

The influence of Calvinism is growing because its God is transcendent and its theology is true. In a day when “be better” moralism passes for preaching, self-help banality passes for counseling, and “Jesus is my boyfriend” music passes for worship in some churches, more and more people are finding comfort in a God who is anything but comfortable. The paradox of Calvinism is that we feel better by feeling worse about ourselves, we do more for God by seeing how He’s done everything for us, and we give love away more freely when we discover that we have been saved by free grace.  (Be sure to read the whole thing.)

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