The preface to the ten commandments is contained in these words, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Wherein God manifesteth his sovereignty, as being JEHOVAH, the eternal, immutable, and almighty God; having his being in and of himself, and giving being to all his words  and works: and that he is a God in covenant, as with Israel of old, so with all his people; who, as he brought them out of their bondage in Egypt, so he delivers us from our spiritual thraldom; and that therefore we are bound to take him for our God alone, and to keep all his commandments.
Check out all the wonderful breakfast recipes in the lastest Recipe Round Up at Home, but not alone. If you haven’t entered a recipe yet, you have until the end of today (Wednesday) Northern Ireland time (GMT), which is coming up quickly
And I am looking for a volunteer for next month’s round up. You’ll find everything you need to know for hosting here.
I love this recipe—which I’ve adapted just slightly from that Mennonite classic, the More-With-Less Cookbook—because it is so versatile. You can make this granola from what you like and what you have on hand, changing the ingredients from time to time for the sake of variety. Plus, it’s easy and will save you a whole bunch over supermarket granola.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, starting with
- at least 3 cups of rolled oats
and adding your choices from the list below to make 7 cups.
- wheat germ
- whole wheat flour
- wheat bran
- wheat grits
- oat bran
- soy flour, grits, or roasted beans
- grape nuts
- uncooked cereals like cream of wheat or cream of rice, etc.
- sunflower seeds
- sesame seeds
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- dried grated coconut
- dry milk solids
- chopped nuts
- spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
You get the idea. A trip to your health food store will probably give you other ideas.
In another bowl, combine liquid ingredients from the list below to make one cup total. Adjust the proportions of sweeteners, oil, etc, to your taste.
- brown sugar
- melted butter
- peanut butter
- milk or cream
Pour the blended liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix together. Bake in large greased baking pans (at least 2 9x13-inch pans) for 30-60 minutes at 300F, stirring often. Exact timing will depend on how deep the granola is in your pans and how brown you like it. For a chunkier cereal, allow it to cool undisturbed. We prefer ours not-so-chunky, so I stir it now and then as it cools.
When cooled, add dried fruit as desired.
- dried cranberries
- snipped dried apricots, apples, peaches, pears, etc.
- chopped dates.
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- Chris sends a link to a handy dandy screen cleaner he picked up at Smalldeadanimals.
- Dorothy, in one of the first posts on her new blog, Field Stone Cottage, looks at a passage in the Bible that mentions dogs and learns a lesson.
- I posted a quick update on the Yukon Quest.
This 100o mile dog sled race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse will probably end some time after midnight tonight. The two leaders, Lance Mackey and Ken Anderson, will leave Braeburn for Whitehorse this afternoon.
As the bobbing light of a headlamp came around the corner on First Avenue in Whitehorse approaching the Yukon Quest Finish Chute, the enthusiastic crowd of almost five hundred well wishers held their breath – was it Lance? Was it Ken?
Earlier this afternoon, Lance Mackey had left the last Checkpoint in Braeburn 19 minutes before rival Ken Anderson and reports along the trail to Whitehorse had placed the two mushers eight minutes apart at one stage.
- From Michael Horton, in Pelagianism: The Religion of Natural Man.
Pelagius was driven by moral concerns and his theology was calculated to provide the most fuel for moral and social improvement. Augustine’s emphasis on human helplessness and divine grace would surely paralyze the pursuit of moral improvement, since people could sin with impunity, fatalistically concluding, “I couldn’t help it; I’m a sinner.” So Pelagius countered by rejecting original sin. According to Pelagius, Adam was merely a bad example, not the father of our sinful condition-we are sinners because we sin-rather than vice versa. Consequently, of course, the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, was a good example. Salvation is a matter chiefly of following Christ instead of Adam, rather than being transferred from the condemnation and corruption of Adam’s race and placed “in Christ,” clothed in his righteousness and made alive by his gracious gift. What men and women need is moral direction, not a new birth; therefore, Pelagius saw salvation in purely naturalistic terms-the progress of human nature from sinful behavior to holy behavior, by following the example of Christ.
…It is worth noting that Pelagianism was condemned by more church councils than any other heresy in history. In 412, Pelagius’s disciple Coelestius was excommunicated at the Synod of Carthage; the Councils of Carthage and Milevis condemned Pelagius’ De libero arbitrio—On the Freedom of the Will; Pope Innocent I excommunicated both Pelagius and Coelestius, as did Pope Zosimus. Eastern emperor Theodosius II banished the Pelagians from the East as well in AD 430. The heresy was repeatedly condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431 and the Second Council of Orange in 529. In fact, the Council of Orange condemned even Semi-Pelagianism, which maintains that grace is necessary, but that the will is free by nature to choose whether to cooperate with the grace offered. The Council of Orange even condemned those who thought that salvation could be conferred by the saying of a prayer, affirming instead (with abundant biblical references) that God must awaken the sinner and grant the gift of faith before a person can even seek God.
Anything that falls short of acknowledging original sin, the bondage of the will, and the need for grace to even accept the gift of eternal life, much less to pursue righteousness, is considered by the whole church to be heresy. The heresy described here is called “Pelagianism.”
- From Pelagianism by R. Scott Clark:
The Pelagian a Priori
The key unstated presupposition, in Pelagius’ argument, was that there is a universal standard of justice to which all, even God are bound. Flowing from this belief is the further belief that justice requires absolute freedom of the will. Why? Because if God is absolutely sovereign, then humans must be only puppets, thus depriving God of his justice by stripping humans of their freedom and their moral responsibility. God is just. Therefore humans must have a free will. (28)
Pelagius’ notion of justice required him to deny any link between Adam and us. God, he argued, cannot blame us for another’s sin (29). Since Pelagius broke entirely the link (whether biological or legal) between Adam and us, he concluded that the only way in which sin can be transmitted is through imitation of Adam’s example (30). “[B]efore he begins exercising his will, there is only in him what God has created.” (31)
- The entire two articles quoted and linked above are recommended reads.
- Theopedia: Pelagianism
Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev’ry bitter thought,
Ev’ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.
Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
“Finished!” the vict’ry cry.
Oh,to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.
This, the pow’r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.—-Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend, Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music
- I touched on this subject a little bit in Purposes of Christ’s Death, Nos. 14 and 15, but what I really recommend is Phil Johnson’s indepth treatment of 2 Corinthians 5:21:
- The Key to the Gospel
- The heart of the gospel?
- The Justice of Calvary
- Back again
- About that series of posts I keep promising …
- The Great Exchange (Part 1)
- The Great Exchange (Part 2)
- Back to bidniss
- Back to 2 Corinthians 5:21
- End of a long series
Other hymns, worship songs, etc. posted today:
- Dearest of All the Names Above at joythruChrist
- The Second Sunday in Lent at Magic Statistics
- Come, O Creator Spirit Blest at The Happy Wonderer
- Lord’s Day 7, 2008 at The Thirsty Theologian
- Give Thanks unto the Lord, Jehovah at Hiraeth
- Before Thy Mercy Seat, O Lord at Seasoning of the Heart
- Unto the Hills around Do I Lift Up at Whatever Things…
The other blonde girl in this photo is my friend Suzanne. When we were in high school we sang duets occasionally in our little country church. Back in those days, I sang alto to Suzanne’s soprano. Our specialty was an obscure song called Dear Jesus, which, like all obscure songs, has lyrics posted on the web.
We weren’t all that good, but we were told we sounded like sisters, which must mean our voices blended well.
This photo was taken after a wedding in the big Lutheran church in town in 1973. Yes, someone was crazy enough to ask us to sing at their wedding. We were used to singing in front of a small congregation of people we knew, so this gig was a little frightening. We had to sing a couple of song from Fiddler on the Roof that neither of us liked with the guitar guy in the photo. He was the bride’s friend from university and we didn’t meet him until the rehearsal, so I don’t remember much about him, but the back of the photo says his name is Fred. The pianist’s name, it says, is Vicki.
We made our matching dresses for the occasion; or at least, I made mine. Suzanne’s mother was a wonderful seamstress so she never had to learn to sew.
I always wanted Suzanne’s hair. Hers was nice and straight and silky, and those were the days when very long and very flat was the only acceptable way to wear hair. I had to brush my hair dry—there were no blow dryers or straighteners in the olden days!—to get it as straight as it is in this photo and it still took only a little bit of humidity to make it go—poof!—into something more like my photo in the sidebar, or worse. Some people without naturally straight hair ironed theirs with a clothes iron, but I was too afraid of split ends to go that route.
I still remember the cup of coffee I had at the reception in the church basement after the wedding. It might have been the best cup of my whole life. It was—wouldn’t you know it!—Swedish egg coffee, also known (appropriately, in this case) as Lutheran church basement egg coffee.
To this day, I love a good cup of black coffee and hate the song Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof. And I’ve made peace with my hair.