Saturday, August 4, 2012


Thanks to Stauffer, my best buddy Ty - faithfully keeping this as his homepage for over a year - and my fiancĂ©, Justine, and Katie - all for reading this once in a while. It was fun to have a little hobby during school and some page to reset my friends homepage to. School is over, so for now, bye. If I start a new blog I'll be sure to send the URL here. I've got some bigger fish to fry 5 hours west of the Greenwich Mean Time. Thanks for stopping by. If I can recommend one thing - try reading something more substantial than blogs. Try the Bible. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Year With Whitefield: Scott's Snapshot

Since late April 2011, I started on volume 1 of Dallimore's Whitefield, and finished the appendices in volume 2 a week ago. It was an emotional 50 week ride. I've read barely any biographies at book length, this one knocked it out of the park. Even with the the occasional fallback in confusing the chronology from my slower pace, I learned so much about this forgotten man of God. Some say he was the Billy Graham of the 18th century. It's sad that the recounting of his life and times are not conversationally in vogue. In going upstream, I'd like to share with you a bio sketch of George Whitefield's life and preaching ministry that I comprised for a portion of my final term paper in Homiletics. There is also a portion specifically on his work in the summer of 1742 in Cambuslang, Scotland.


George Whitefield (1714-1770) is one of the greatest preachers in the history of the church. Dr. Squintum, as some ridiculed him, was the founder of Methodism. He was the first of the Holy Club at Oxford to be converted and to preach the gospel as a Christian. He stormed the fields of England, Whales, Ireland and America with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was not a perfect man, but a godly one. And in God’s hands was used mightily.

Memoirs and Ministries

George Whitefield was born December 1714 in Gloucester, England at his parents work, the Bell Inn. George was the youngest of seven children. As an infant he contracted measles; this seems to be the reason for his squint/cross-eye that would follow him in future portraits. George’s father died when he was two and his mother would not remarry until he was almost eight. As a boy he attended St. Mary de Crypt school where he learned his grammar and loved to perform plays; sometimes even mimicking girls in their clothing. He read many plays and by sixteen was reading the Greek New Testament. At eighteen he would attend Oxford College as a book boy for a senior student. Around September 1733 he joined the Holy Club where he would first meet his lifelong companions: John and Charles Wesley. In this group, George recounts practicing extreme spiritual discipline but never actually knowing Christ.

Whitefield’s conversion came when he was twenty in 1735. It appears that a book by the Scotsman Henry Scougal led Whitefield to Christ when it confronted him of his spiritual emptiness. During this time Whitefield became bed-ridden after fasting for six or seven weeks with the Holy Club. He had gotten so weak and sick that he could no longer walk up a flight of stairs. While recovering he cried to God: “I thirst! I thirst!” and then he came to trust Christ as Saviour.

Whitefield within the next year would be ordained as a deacon into the ministry of the Anglican Church. He would stress the same kind of conversion he now knew to all: one of the heart and the mind. His preaching of the new birth would be central to his ministry. To begin his ministry, Whitefield returned and preached his first sermon in Gloucester, at St Mary de Crypt; the same town he was born in and where he grew up and went to school. Whitefield continued to preach but the Anglican clergy in England did not like his stress on the new birth. He would soon be ousted from many parishes where he itinerantly preached. During this time Whitefield was soaking himself in Puritan literature. One of which was Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the whole Bible; which he would keep close by into his old age. His mind was being transformed from an early conversion through the use of his puritan forefathers and their depth of spirituality.

Before he was ordained as an Anglican priest, Whitefield would make his first trip to America in February-December in 1738. Whitefield would make twelve more journeys to America; cumulating in 732 days traveling about 70,000 miles at sea.

Whitefield wanted to get married originally to Elizabeth Delamotte from England, but she denied his proposal of marriage. This broke Whitefield and it took him years to get over her. He instead married Elizabeth James on November 14, 1741. Their only son, John, would die at four months. She would go on to have four miscarriages and nearly die herself in 1746. Elizabeth would die August 8, 1768, two years before Whitefield. Dallimore states that their marriage was “tolerably happy”, and that Whitefield did appear to miss her months later. It was not nearly as bad as John Wesley’s marriage, but unfortunately not as kindled as Charles’.

Much of his labours were towards his Orphan House, named Bethesda, in Georgia. The Orphan House would be a constant battle for Whitefield his whole life. From first founding it in 1740, to collecting money on his evangelistic journeys, to the constant debt of its maintenance, to staffing dilemmas, to communication delays. Whitefield was stressed and in a consistent sweat over the Orphan House being out of reach across the Atlantic. Yet it speaks to many the necessity he saw in providing for orphans.

Just five miles south-east of Glasgow sits the town of Cambuslang in Scotland. When Whitefield went there in the summer of 1742 he preached in a natural amphitheater to over 30,000 people; 3,000 who took the communion. Cambuslang, at that time, was known for the affect the communion services had had on God’s people. The pastors in the local towns before Whitefield’s arrival were preaching on regeneration. He came alongside the Scottish ministers and assisted them. One Monday, Pastor Alexander Webster and he preached and there was a great commotion of the people. Whitefield in his Letters writes on August 27: “Though it rained much, there was a great awakening… A very great and serious concern was visible throughout the whole solemnity. The Lord’s people went home much refreshed”. Whitefield after the meeting at Cambuslang on Monday August 16, preached from thursday August 19 to thursday August 26 in seven towns twenty six times: “I never preached with so much apparent success before”.

Yet Webster goes more in depth commenting on the day in his diary:
"During the time of divine worship, solemn, profound reverence overspread every countenance. They hear as for eternity, and not knowing but the next moment they must account to their great Judge. Thousands melt into tears. Many cry out in the bitterness of their soul."

During the last five years of his ministry, just before Elizabeth died, Whitefield took on Cornelius Winter as his personal assistant. Winter gives an excellent summary of what was typical of Whitefield’s sermon preparation in the last years of his ministry. He states:
"I never knew him engaged in the composition of a sermon…I never met with anything like the form of a skeleton of a sermon among his papers… nor did he ever give me any idea of the importance of being habituated to the planning of a sermon… I believe he knew nothing about such a kind of exercise… [h]e was accustomed to have Clarke’s Bible, Matthew Henry’s Comment, and Cruden’s Concordance within reach…"

One wonders if this extempore and excessive reading approach was typical of Whitefield. And if so, was it this manner of sermon preparation that the later C. H. Spurgeon sought to emulate from one of his favourite preachers? Whitefield would continue ministry in England, Ireland, Whales, and New England until his death. In 1770, he went to New England on his last missionary journey. His strength had been dwindling from his overexertion since 1761. Although he started to regain momentum while there, preaching upwards of three times a week again, it was short lived. He died September 30, 1770 in the middle of the night in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Resources consulted, including Dallimore:
Dallimore, Arnold A. George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 
  Eighteenth-Century Revival. Vol. 1. Illinois: Cornerstone Books, 1970. 

________________. George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 
  Eighteenth-Century Revival. Vol. 2. Illinois: Cornerstone Books, 1979. 

Haykin, Michael A. G., ed. The Revived Puritan: The Spirituality of George Whitefield. Dundas, 
 Ontario: Joshua Press, 2000. 

Macfarlan, D. The Revivals of the Eighteenth Century: Particularly at Cambuslang
 Edinburgh: John Johnstone, n.d. 

Tyerman, L. The Life of the Rev. George Whitefield. 2 Vols. 2nd ed. London: 
 Hodder and Stroughton, 1890. 

Whitefield, George. George Whitefield’s Journals. 1756. Reprint with additions, London: 
 Banner of Truth, 1965. 

Whitefield, George. Letters of George Whitefield: For the Period 1734-1742. 2 Vols. 1771. 
 Reprint, Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Banner of Truth Trust, 1976. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bye Bye TBS: Toronto Baptist Seminary Graduation

Graduation Ceremony 
8:00pm April 27 2012 
130 Gerrard Street East

All welcome - come cheer us on 
and eat the refreshments

The Angel of Death

Paul, my student president at TBS for the past two years, is always talking about this old country twanger Hank Williams Sr. It just so happened that I got a duo-gold album of Hank from my friend Dano for Christmas. I've since listened to Hank's duo-gold about 7x.  Hank is twangy and old-school but he's got some heart-tuggers. The original white man blues. One of his best on the duo-gold album I'd say is his The Angel of Death. Here's Hank:

In the great book of John you're warned of the day
When you'll be laid beneath the cold clay
The angel of death will come from the sky
And claim your poor soul when the time comes to die

When the angel of death comes down after you
Can you smile and say that you have been true
Can you truthfully say with your dying breath
That you're ready to meet the angel of death

When the lights all grow dim and the dark shadows creep
And then your loved ones are gathered to weep
Can you face them and say with your dying breath
That you're ready to meet the angel of death

When the angel of death comes down after you
Can you smile and say that you have been true
Can you truthfully say with your dying breath
That you're ready to meet the angel of death

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Mormons: Christian Information Seminar in Toronto

As part of Grace Fellowship Church (Don Mills) “Continue the Increase” ministry, New City Baptist Church is pleased to host an information session on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Michael Plato, a member of New City, and professor of culture studies at Seneca College, will teach this 3-hour session. Mike spent two years producing a documentary for PBS on the LDS church and his knowledge is extensive.

There will be three 50 minutes talks with coffee breaks in between. We’ll be looking first at the history of Joseph Smith and the Mormons, followed by their doctrines and writings, and concluding with some very practical Christian approaches to speaking to Mormons about the gospel.

Date: Saturday, April 21st, 8:30am - 11:30am

Location: 41 Britain St., Toronto, ON

Cost: Free!

Parking: Paid parking - city parking lot at Sherbourne and Richmond. If you are taking the TCC, just take the Queen street car to Sherbourne, then walk south half a block to Britain Street.

Please RSVP by clicking Here.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Summer Theology Courses

Books, Beale, and Biblical Theology: An Interview

Really enjoyed this interview of Gregory Beale by Mark Dever of 9marks. Funny, informative, and encouraging. I listened to this while going for walks to pick up Justine from work. Dever and Beale go through 30+ books with a one line summary of each. Beale gives a little auto-bio and a summary of his of his own works. Here are most of the books he is asked to comment on:

Geerhard Vos - Pauline's Theology
Vos - Biblical Theology (primarily on OT, Rev is a organically developing)
Ed Clowney - Preaching Bib Theo
Carson & Moo - Intro to NT
Ladd - Theology of the NT (alright)
> the presence of the future
Rittervos Paul - Outline of his Theology
Kaiser - Promise Plan of God (a slice of bib theo)
Guthrie - NT Theology (theme based - similar to Ladd - not the best)
Vos - Typos! (survey of NT - not that hard)
NT Theology - Schreiner & Theilman nice
NT Wright great - Climax of the Covenant, NT ppl of God, Resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus & the Victory of God
Salhammer - Intro to OT Theology (a bit idiosyncratic; disagrees with his view on Moses)
Ray Ortland - God's Unfaithful Wife
Sydney Preidanus - Preaching Christ from the OT, Ancient Texts and the Modern
Theilman - Law & the NT
According to Plan - Goldsworthy
Scobie - the ways of our God
Chris Wright - Mission of God
Dennis Johnson - Him we Proclaim
Waltke - OT Theology (BIG - good for cherry picking)
Kostenberger - NT INTRO - cradle, cross, crown

Download it

Friday, April 13, 2012

Greek Parsing Tools

What's that?
You want to parse but you don't have your tools with you on the road?
Get your parse on with this sweet template and grammar abbreviations guide.
What an awesome way to spend a summer day - parsing in the park.
(They're big, but this is the only way to copy the file without blur).

Scott's Top 7s: Places to Take Your Girl in Toronto #1

You might have to take out a loan but the 360 restaurant is excellent. 
She'll never forget it.
It'll be hard to top.

Price: ~$130 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Scott's Top 7s: Places to Take Your Girl in Toronto #2

Keep the prices down and just go for a walk by the Harbour. 
Get her a special drink somewhere and bring along at least 6 mediocre jokes. 
She'll say you're lame, but you know she digs it.
I recommend not planning the boat tour. 
It seems the staff and boats are unreliable. 
Finding a good place to skip stones is always a worthy endeavor. 
Price: ~$10

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Scott's Top 7s: Places to Take Your Girl in Toronto #3

This is probably the most unique and 
delicious restaurant I've been to in Toronto. 
A great date for any pasta lover. 
Be sure to know your pasta names before you go. 
Have a spin around the restaurant and laugh at the trinkets together.

Price: >$50

Friday, April 6, 2012

They Hung Him on a Cross

Scott's Top 7s: Places to Take Your Girl in Toronto #4

Ballet - if you do this guys, you must really like this girl.
You will hate it, but she'll love you for it.
Wear a nice shirt, and tell her to wear that fancy dress.
May the force be with you: 
to keep you from falling asleep 
and from having nightmares.
Those tights still haunt me.

Price:~$90-150 (depends where you sit)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wednesday Giveaway with Koinonia

Gotta love that
Dan Wallace's new testament greek grammar
For some reason is looks really really similar to another Greek grammar...
Enter here:
The Basics of New Testament Syntax
If you win, I'll take it off your hands when you're done.

George Whitefield: An Admonishment on Studying

Therefore, dear sir, make God the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end or all your actions. Study to know him more and more, for the more you know, the more you will love him. Study to know him as he has revealed himself in Christ Jesus, and labour every day to copy after that exemplar. In short, renounce the world in affection, deny yourself, and give your heart to God, and he in return will give you himself.

November 20 1738 from Tullow Bridge

Scott's Top 7s: Places to Take Your Girl in Toronto #5

Free concerts - such as Coldplay. Always keep your eyes open for these ones.
Price: still free. 
She will want a refreshment after though >$5

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


They'll email you it.
Click here.

Scott's Top 7s: Places to Take Your Girl in Toronto s #6

Evening stroll through the Distillery District; especially during the Christmas Festival.
Grab a hot chocolate and your partner's hand.

Price: Free to get in -
~$7 for Hot chocolate & a cookie to split
~$20 for fries and beer
Recommended - Go early in december to see the Christmas lights!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Sunday, April 1, 2012

TBS Memories In 10 Lines

This month my 3-year undergrad at TBS is coming to a close. Kicking around the rez, the chapel, and the mess-hall has left me with some great memories that you wouldn't necessarily get primarily from just studying on your own. Here are 10 lines that I'll always remember from TBS.

1 - Pong on?
2 - That's garb. Chirps.
3 - All-nighter?
4 - Any announcements, Paul?
5 - Those who endure to the end will be saved.
6 - "What's for dinner Myrtle?" "Dinner! Now eat it."
7 - Yo! Any single female!
8 - Yo, sorry can't come, I have Greek.
9 - I'm a very manly muppet.
10 - (lights off) Somebody pray!

1 - Stauff
2 - Bloomer
3 - Benoit & I
4 - Mr. Edwards
5 - Dr. Constant
7 - Stauff
8 - Anyone, all the time 
9 - House 12
10 - Myrtle

Friday, March 23, 2012

Suggestions for Humility: Weakening Pride to Cultivate Humility

1. Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ.

As Each Day Begins
1. Acknowledge your dependence upon God and your need for God
2. Express your gratefulness to God
3. Practice the spiritual disciplines - prayer, study God's Word, sing praises. Give him worship. Do this consistently each day and at the day's outset if possible
4. Seize your commute time to memorize and meditate on Scripture
5. Cast your cares upon him, for he cares for you
6. Reflect on the forgiveness of God's mercy to you an unworthy sinner

As Each Day Ends
1. Transfer the glory and praise to God for the occurrences of the day
2. Before going to sleep, receive this gift of sleep from God and acknowledge his purpose for sleep

For Special Focus
1. Study the attributes of God
2. Study the doctrines of grace
3. Study the doctrine of sin
4. Laugh often, and laugh often at yourself
5. Go for a walk

Throughout Your Days and Weeks 
1. Identify evidences of grace in others and thank God for them!
2. Encourage and serve others each and every day
3. Invite and pursue correction
4. When trials come respond in humility knowing God is conforming you to Christ through it (Rom 8:28-29).

*This article is taken from Humility: True Greatness by C. J. Mahaney (pp.171-2).

Guys Night - Round Three

Alex, Benoit
Josh, Scott, Nathan, Wisdom, Caleb
Not shown: Mark and Moses.

Bacon sure brings friends together. Another great night with the guys. This night we listened to John Piper on the Single Life. A spin from our first message which was on marriage. H/T to Caleb for suggesting this one, it was a needed balance. I took from it the far-surpassing worth of marriage to Christ in respect to actually being married. We're hoping to have one more night before the school year is up.

P.S. Sorry I was on vaca in Fort Myers and forgot to post this before I left.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

10 Lines Seminary Teaches

If you're around these parts for a couple years there are some lines you just can't shake. Here are ten lines that have impacted me and I thank seminary (TBS) for teaching me when it comes to God, the Bible, and biblical spirituality.

1 - Scripture interprets Scripture
2 - Context, Context, Contex
3 - Pray until you pray
4 - The case of a relative pronoun is determined by its function in the relative clause (Greek)
5 - Scripture is Christocentric
6 - If you won't read, you won't lead
7 - Word studies = bad; Biblical themes = good
8 - Study 10 hours over your books on your knees
9 - A text without a context is a pretext for a prooftext
10 - If you can't pray now, when will you?

"One of the best preparations for death
is a thorough knowledge of the Greek grammar"
> Warfield > Hodge > Lindsay (Trials of Theology p57; ed. Brian Rosner).

Monday, February 27, 2012

Iver Starting Over EP

Iver is coming back. All right! Their EP is due soon. Stoked.
If you haven't heard of them you can download their 4 song demo here.
Stauffer - this means you.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Looking for a Bible College in Toronto?

Toronto Baptist Seminary & Bible College is doing their annual Open House on March 6-7th. The Open House is catered to prospective students who want to grow in their knowledge of the Triune God and to live in community with other Christian students on the same pursuit. Check it out. I'd recommend attending the Systematic Theology class with Professor Kirk Wellum - pretty stellar. As well, there is food - why wouldn't you come? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Receive the Glory

Not to us, but to your name alone be all the glory, the glory, forever.
For your faithfulness and steadfast love, receive the glory.
The glory belongs to you.

All that we’ve accomplished you have done for us. 
And any fruit we harvest is a gift from your hand. 
We are only jars of clay that hold a priceless treasure, 
And we exist to bring you pleasure, O God. 

Only by your mercy can we come to you. 
Though we deserve your judgment, you have called us by name. 
So we glory in the cross of Christ that made us yours forever, 
That joined our lives together to sing.

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!"
Ps 115:1

Sovereign Grace Music

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Egalitarians Beware

This is one of the best lectures I've heard on the topic of gender roles, this one is by Bruce Ware. The position of equal essence and equal function is disappointing. Yet, If you are decided I dare you to listen to this. Take a worth-while break. If you are against I'd like to hear your thoughts or rebuttal after you've listened to the lecture.
You can download it here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Evaluative Paper - Help

Found this great article outlining some tips for writing an Evaluative Paper.
If you're in Puritan and Evangelical Spirituality tomorrow, no thankyou will be necessary.
You can read the original here:

Writing a good evaluation essay is often necessary in college, but the techniques are the same for other purposes, too. For example, employers can require workers to express their opinion on a particular topic, or an engineer might be asked for an evaluation essay (or review) of an emerging technology. No matter if you're evaluating a movie, a book, an art piece or technology, writing a solid essay evaluating it is the best way to express your thoughts clearly.

1 - State clearly and simply the subject you're evaluating. You can do this in the title or as a heading of your essay.

2 - State your evaluation of the subject. Your opinion can be layered, but it should be stated as succinctly as possible.

3 - Use your evaluation essay to provide compelling evidence supporting your opinion by quoting references that uphold your viewpoint and using logical reasoning to show that your evaluation is correct.

4 - Write the opposing viewpoints to show that you're aware that there are different views and opinions on the subject you're evaluating. Use reasoning and quoted references to show how the opposing viewpoints are wrong or are at least not as on point as your evaluation.

5 - Add to your supporting evidence, giving the reader additional reasons for believing your evaluation is correct.

6 - End your essay by repeating the subject of the analysis, and follow this immediately by stating your opinion of the subject and that your paper supplies the proof that your evaluation is a good one.

Tips & Warnings
a - Select your references well. The more credible your quoted reference sources are, the more believable your evaluation will be.
b - Use proper grammar and punctuation.
c - Make sure your essay is written in the correct format, and aligns with your organization or school's policy on writing papers.
d - The more controversial your evaluation essay is, the more supporting evidence you'll need.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It is Finished - Bifrost Arts

Lately, I've found myself whistling "It is Finished"by the Bifrost Arts.
Great tune, greater lyrics.

When God's own begotten Son
heav'd His final sigh;
everything was fully done, 
hearken to His cry

It is finished, finished!
What more could He ever do?

Nothing either great or small, 
nothing can you claim;
Jesus died and paid it all;
only plead His name.

It is finished, finished!
What more could we ever do?

Lay your deadly 'doing' down, 
down at Jesus' feet;
Him and Him alone,
gloriously complete. 

It is finished, finished!
What more could we ever do?

There the robber! There the thief!
Gathered around they stand,
reaping now that bless-ed promise
nailed in to His hands:

It is finished, finished!
What more could He ever do?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Roots Poster-boys

This is my future father-in-law John and I before we took the girls out to the Distillery District in early december. And no, that's not overpacked goose down, we're just made like that. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

8 Bible Reading Tips by J. C. Ryle

I stumbled across these notable tips the other day on this site. I'm not sure who to hat-tip it to, but thanks to whoever showed me these. Hope they point you towards reading the great gift of God's spoken word.

1. Begin reading your Bible this very day. 
The way to do a thing — is to do it; and the way to read the Bible — is actually to read it! It is not merely meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending, or thinking about it — which will advance you one step. You must positively read. There is no royal road in this matter, any more than in the matter of prayer. If you cannot read yourself, you must persuade somebody else to read it to you. But one way or another, through eyes or ears — the words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind.

2. Read the Bible with an earnest desire to understand it
Do not think for a moment, that the great object is to turn over a certain quantity of printed paper, and that it matters nothing whether you understand it or not. Some ignorant people seem to imagine, that all is done if they advance so many chapters every day, though they may not have a notion what they are all about, and only know that they have pushed on their bookmark ahead so many pages. This is turning Bible reading into a mere ritual form. Settle it down in your mind as a general principle, that a Bible not understood — is a Bible that does no good! Say to yourself often as you read, “What is this all about?” Dig for the meaning like a man digging for gold.

3. Read the Bible with child-like faith and humility
Open your heart — as you open God’s book, and say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!” Resolve to believe implicitly whatever you find there, however much it may run counter to your own desires and prejudices. Resolve to receive heartily every statement of truth — whether you like it or not. Beware of that miserable habit into which some readers of the Bible fall — they receive some doctrines because they like them; and they reject others because they are condemning to themselves, or to some relation, or friend. At this rate, the Bible is useless! Are we to be judges of what ought to be in God’s Word? Do we know better than God? Settle it down in your mind — that you will receive all and believe all, and that what you cannot understand — you will take on trust. Remember, when you pray — that you are speaking to God, and God hears you. But, remember, when you read Scripture — that God is speaking to you, and you are not to “dictate,” but to listen!

4. Read the Bible in a spirit of obedience and self-application
Sit down to the study of it with a daily determination that you will live by its rules, rest on its statements, and act on its commands. Consider, as you travel through every chapter, “How does this affect my thinking and daily conduct? What does this teach me?” It is poor work to read the Bible from mere curiosity, and for speculative purposes — in order to fill your head and store your mind with mere opinions; while you do not allow the book to influence your heart and life. That Bible is read best — which is practiced most!

5. Read the Bible daily. 
Make it a part of every day’s business to read and meditate on some portion of God’s Word. Private means of grace are just as needful every day for our souls — as food and clothing are for our bodies. Yesterday’s food will not feed the laborer today; and today’s food will not feed the laborer tomorrow. Do as the Israelites did in the wilderness. Gather your manna fresh every morning. Choose your own seasons and hours. Do not scramble over and hurry your reading. Give your Bible the best, and not the worst part of your time! But whatever plan you pursue, let it be a rule of your life to visit the throne of grace and God’s Word every day.

6. Read all of the Bible — and read it in an orderly way
I fear there are many parts of the Word which some people never read at all. This is to say at the least, a very presumptuous habit. “All Scripture is profitable.” [2 Timothy 3:16]. To this habit may be traced that lack of well-proportioned views of truth, which is so common in this day. Some people’s Bible-reading is a system of perpetual ‘dipping and picking’. They do not seem to have an idea of regularly going through the whole book.

7. Read the Bible fairly and honestly
Determine to take everything in its plain, obvious meaning — and regard all forced interpretations with great suspicion. As a general rule, whatever a verse of the Bible seems to mean — it does mean! Cecil’s rule is a very valuable one, “The right way of interpreting Scripture is to take it as we find it, without any attempt to force it into any particular theological system.”

8. Read the Bible with Christ continually in view. 
The grand primary object of all Scripture, is to testify of Jesus! Old Testament ceremonies are shadows of Christ. Old Testament judges are types of Christ. Old Testament prophecies are full of Christ’s sufferings, and of Christ’s glory yet to come. The first coming and the second; the Lord’s humiliation and His glorious kingdom; His cross and the crown shine forth everywhere in the Bible. Keep fast hold on this clue, if you would read the Bible aright!

I might easily add to these hints, if space permitted. Few and short as they are — you will find them most profitable when implemented.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Joseph Stennett Hymn XXXIX

His Life the Model be of mine; 
His Word the Rule to guide my Ways; 
His Cross the Death of all my Crimes; 
His Love the Subject of my Praise.

A stanza from Hymn XXXIX in Hymns on the Lord Supper by Joseph Stennett

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Luther's Marriage with Katie

Now here's a romantic comedy. Dr. Barrett, a prof from Southern Seminary gives a glimpse into Luther's Marriage with Katherine Von Bora. Luther and Katie had 6 children, adopted 4, and regularly had several orphans find shelter in their home - once having 25 under their roof! Looking back on marriage Luther says:

"The first love is drunken. 
When the intoxication wears off, 
then comes the real marriage love."

Monday, January 23, 2012

What Do Guys Look for in a Girl?

Two months ago I posted "Looking for a Real Christian Woman". It's humbling when the largest reading this blog has ever had was a re-posted article (receiving 170+ hits). After you've read that post, this should be a good-balancer. I'm pretty biased myself, when it comes to what qualities a girl should have. To be fair, I decided to collect from a group of my Christian friends what qualities they look for (or would look) in a girl whom they want to marry. I asked 11 guys from across the board: 2 married, 3 engaged, 2 dating, and 4 who aren't dating. I compiled their responses into fifteen traits/standards that guys are looking for in a girl (after traits 1 & 2 there is no order).

One of the guys responded with this essential to have before reading any of these criteria/traits. He says...

Before looking at all these criteria and thinking: "She has to be like this!", I remind myself that the work I have to do is first and foremost in my own life... for God to make me a man that fulfills these criteria personally. I cannot expect of my future wife anything that I am not expecting of myself, when it comes to these criteria. May the Lord allow me to please him and be myself a man of God instead of eagerly seeking someone who fits with all my desires.

15 Traits for a Woman

1 - Her foremost love is for God
She actually loves Jesus. She loves the Lord, and it is genuine. This is essential so that we are both longing for the same goal as we belong to Christ. The cross of Christ in her life is central.

2 - Christian life matches up with her love for God
She loves others and its rooted in what Christ has done for her. She isn't bogus or putting on her "being Christian" face for others, especially for me. She acts the way she does because she loves God since he first loved her.

3 - Fun
She doesn't take herself too seriously. We laugh together and at each other. She's not rude, yet she has a quality sense of humour.

4 - Prayer & Bible Reading
She talks with God. Her time with God is of daily import. She's always growing here and is excited to talk about what God is teaching her.

5 - Selfless
She thinks about treating others as she would want to be treated. She's known for doing things without being asked.

6 - Complimentary with her gifts to myself
She seeks to help me where I'm weak and to point out where I can improve. As well, she affirms me at what I'm good at.

7 - Disciplined
She's not lazy. She's focussed and determined to be diligent with her time.

8 - Money is not her master
She has a biblical view on money. She isn't drawn, ruled, or controlled by it. She works hard and lives within her budget.

9 - Communicates
She is a good listener; she listens then speaks in response - she's not just waiting for you to stop talking so its her turn. She is honest and clear and speaks with kindness. She's not known for being loud and/or in-your-face.

10 - Wisdom
She is prudent. She knows she is a sinner and is not all-knowing. She learns and changes her life from her mistakes. She's invites critique and is open to reason.

11 - Physical
She takes care of herself. Exercises and eats good. She isn't obsessed with how she looks but she's not a slob by any means. She spends more time in her Bible in the morning than on her hair and face.

12 - Local Church
She meets with the local church and sees that its essential to be apart of. She actively helps out and serves where she can.

13 - Family
She doesn't just say "they're important", she actually loves them. She spends time with them, phones them. She wants kids. She knows and wants her ministry to be first with her own family. She doesn't neglect them.

14 - Currently Submits
To those who are over her - her dad (and mum), her elders, her boss, her landlord. She shows submission to these authorities by obeying them willingly.

15 - Domestic (Cooking & Cleaning)
She cooks...and its good (or at least she's improving)! Even though she may hate cooking and cleaning, she does it out of love for those around her. She's not stuck-up, but sees the necessity of looking after the home. Even if she works she's willing to help out significantly.

Tell me if the list gave you a shock or if you were nodding your head.
What would you add/take away from the list?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Scott's Homecooking

So, the first week of January there was a class held by Dr. Stephen Dempster on Micah here at TBS.
However, there was no food made by Miss Myrtle.
So I took to the kitchen.
Check it out. 

This was my first Carrots and ham stirfry.

And my last.

Challies On Money

"Maybe it's the clothing catalog or Etsy or a list of new books. Whatever it is, materialism holds out the promise of happiness and fulfillment through stuff. And to varying degrees we are all drawn to it."

This quote is from a post I was reading on boxing day by Mr. T. Challies on money

Monday, January 16, 2012

Richard Baxter on the Responsibility of Christian Conversation

Be sure to do most where you have most authority and obligation. He that will neglect and slight his family, relations, children, and servants, who are under him, and always with him, and yet be zealous for the conversion of strangers, doth reveal much hypocrisy, and showeth, that it is something else than the love of souls, or sense of duty, which carrieth him on.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

One Big Step

I asked.
She said "Yes".
That's how it went down for Justine and I.
We got engaged on December 22, 2011.
We're thanking the Lord for how far he's brought us and
where he's going to bring us.
Now I gotta get that kilt ready.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jesus Film

Have you ever watched this? I never had seen this movie but heard about it a lot from C4C folk. It doesn't have Dolby Digital Surround Sound or Lucasfilm effects but it surprisingly packs some punch.  Yea, its cheesy in a few spots but I enjoyed seeing the accounts of Jesus talking and eating with the disciples. It was easier to see the personable nature of Christ. There are a few things I would have liked to see changed (i.e. transfiguration scene, it was weak), but a thought provoking change on the movie reel. Helps to attach the reality of easily glanced over moments in Christ's life. Such as the filling of the nets with fish and the calming of the sea. The parable of the sower and the analogy of the light on a stand. Watch it here. Since it's original release in 1979 it has been translated into over 1,120 languages. Pretty cool. For more info go to the website.

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Exceptions aka the Barn Band

Tyler, me, and Daniel (Now)

Heres's the boys and I getting together. We went to hang out at Salem Haven (Ty's place) over the break. Ever since high school we'd come to Ty's place and hide out in his barn for hours on the weekend. The barn has over a dozen stalls that were used for keeping horses before Ty's folks bought the place. One of them got insulated (some-what) and had a door thrown on it and carpet put down. We got the pearl kit in there, tys bass, my guitar and a few disco lights. We'd be in there almost every weekend throughout high school. It was our getaway. Here's a little snip-bit of those days.

Ty, Dano, me (Then)

Have a Happy New Year,
Love on behalf of The Exceptions.
Coming soon to a Wild Wing near you. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

TBS - Back in Action

Looks like school is about a week away. Lord-willing, this will be my last semester at TBS. It's been some great times here in the core of Tdot. Justine and I were just saying how we are going to miss walking everywhere in a matter of minutes from Allen Gardens. Studying the Bible formally, I would recommend to everyone before they pursue job/career/marriage. Even if its just for one year. I hope my kids will one day. I've made some great buddies here at school. Learning theology with the friends I've made here has broken down a lot of bogus bounderies socially, that I'm glad for. Learning that Christ needs to be first in all things really brings together a motley crew. Speaking of the crew...

Where art thou Stauffer?

Get your jet-pack on and get back here already!
Paul Brandt's had enough of you - get Ontario-bound, on the double!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

85 Years Of TBS

January 4th, 1927 was the first class held at Toronto Baptist Seminary. Today marks the 85th anniversary of TBS having been opened for theological studies. I hope there is some cake or balloons or maybe those dab-on tattoos:
I <3 
T. T.
Stauffer, I'll save you one ok?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Preaching: It's Two-Fold Character

"From its origin preaching has a two-fold character - proclamation and teaching. It proclaims the gospel of Christ to men with a view to their acceptance of him as their Saviour and Lord; and it teaches to those who have so accepted him the lofty morality and the inspiring hopes and consolations which that gospel includes. It brings to men's minds the truth of God, to their wills his law, to their hearts his love. In the very beginning, and ever as time goes on, these two elements of proclamation and instruction are variously combined in the Christian sermon, which as a part of the congregational worship is occupied with the explanation and enforcement of the mind and will of God as revealed in Holy Scripture. From this origin the history of preaching proceeds through the centuries."

Edwin Charles Dargan, A History of Preaching: From the Apostolic Fathers to the Freat Reformers A.D. 70-1572 (London:Hodder and Stroughton, 1905), 553.