Quizlet Cards for PCA Ordination

I’ve compiled all of the Quizlet decks I’ve been using over the last ~4 years (through seminary and internship) to prepare for Ordination in the Presbyterian Church in America. This information has come from a combination of sources including TE Brian Chapell’s guide for Ordination, TE Shane Waldron’s guide for Ordination in the Rocky Mountain Presbytery, On Being Presbyterian by TE Sean Lucas, various guides used by TE Alfred Poirier, and feedback from TE’s in my Licensure examination. Feel free to share with anyone you think might need them.

Some of these are rushed so you’ll very likely find spelling and syntax errors. In order to edit them, select the “Copy” option in the upper left-hand corner on the Quizlet page and Quizlet will copy everything over to a new deck that is editable. You will need a Quizlet account to edit these or save them to your decks. I used these on my tablet but you can also use the flash cards on your phone or desktop.

Happy studying and may God bless you!

Women of the Word Lesson Audio and Handouts

If we want to feel a deeper love for God, we must learn to see him more clearly for who he is.

I’ve had the honor of teaching through the book Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin on Tuesday nights with the ladies at First Pres. The class is meant to explain and guide us in how to read the Bible on our own using basic hermeneutic principles. I’ve used Women of the Word and a few other resources that I thought would help to supplement the study and note in the audio where I’ve deviated from Wilkin.  For this reason, you don’t need the book to do the study but it’s a great and helpful tool if you’re interested in learning more.

I’m including the audio and handouts below for anyone to use. There have been a few tech issues that have slowed down the upload but I’ll link them once they’re available.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Bible Study

In this lesson, we look at why proper Bible study is important and two things we might need to turn around before we move ahead.

Audio (coming soon)

Handout

Lesson 2 – The BIG Picture of the Bible

In this lesson, we look at the metanarrative of Scripture, i.e. the overarching story and how it informs the smaller storied within the Bible.

Audio

Handout

Lesson 3 – 5 Questions to Ask of the Book

In this lesson we talk about the 5 questions that need to be answered before we study any given book of the Bible so we might have a good understanding of the context. We also look at the genres of literature within the Bible and some helpful tools to help our study.

Audio (coming soon)

Handout

Introduction to Ephesians from the ESV Study Bible

Lesson 4 – The Process: Things to look for in the Passage

In this lesson we looked at process of Observation, Interpretation, and Application, why it’s important when we look at any given passage of the Bible, and we practiced the step of Observation with Ephesians 1.

Audio

Handout

Ephesians 1 printout (Chapter 1, double spaced and wide margins for easy use)

More lessons to come as they’re uploaded!

– Remley

Evermore and Evermore

(We’ve been singing this song, Of the Father’s Love Begotten, around the house a lot lately and wanted to share the beautiful lyrics with you in preparation for Christmas. It’s an ancient hymn written by Aurelius C. Prudentius in 413.)

Of the Father’s love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

Oh, that birth forever blessed
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

This is He whom Heaven-taught singers
Sang of old with one accord;
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the Long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and evermore.

Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore.


Amen.

Happy Advent, everybody!

P.S. Listen to it on YouTube, if you haven’t heard it in a while.

Reflections on Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator”

The other night, I was moved by this speech by Charlie Chaplin in a movie called “The Great Dictator”. This was before U.S. involvement in World War II and this it is a call to action and Chaplin’s recognition of a need for change are exemplary and encouraging. They are a desire that we, as humans, should share. This passion that Charlie Chaplin has reminds me of when Calvin says that we all have a “sense of the divine” in us; that we have the moral law written on our hearts and a desire for a utopia that was once in Eden and now is lost with Adam.

Today, we still have the same problems that Chaplin speaks of: “greed poisoning men’s souls and barricading the world with hate.” He speaks of us having an “abundance, but [it has] left us in want…More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.” These statements speak of our depravity – our natural state. We need to fix theses problems; we need a call to action; we need a savior. But is our hope in the means a false savior? We have countlessly placed a false redeemer in our world to fix our problems hoping that this will be it, that this will be our redemption. Just like Chaplin’s hope in science and reason in the hands of men.

I am deeply stirred by these words of Charlie Chaplin, they resonate in my heart and echo the pains that I see in this world. Chaplin was close, oh so close, but he misses the mark. Our only hope can’t be in man, as hard we may try. It cannot be science and reason, even though they may be beneficial. The problems that Chaplin speaks of are not fixed with flesh and blood but the miraculous power of God himself. Our hope and redemption is Christ for this world and in the coming kingdom where he will bring all hate and despair to an end. He alone will infuse love in our souls and crush greed from our hearts. This is our savior. This is our hope. So let us persevere through this dark world fixing our eyes upon our savior and let us strive for the actions that Chaplin calls us to but let us replace this false hope, this false savior to fix “the curse of Adam” that flows throughout our very veins, with the second Adam — the Alpha and Omega and our true savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ.

By Anthony

Covenants and Christmas Breaks

During this Christmas break I have taken it upon myself to read more about Covenant Theology. I am halfway through the book, The Christ of the Covenants, by O. Palmer Robertson and I like it so far. It’s very informative. This book has been good for me while reflecting on the Christmas season and the end of the year. Recently I read this great bit, “God binds himself now to redeem a people to himself. The very words that pronounce the curse of the covenant of creation also inaugurate the covenant of redemption.”

Getting the chance to learn more about Covenant Theology has been bringing me a new joy about the Gospel. I’m realizing more and more that ever since the fall of Man in Genesis we see God being committed to redeem mankind and that throughout the Old Testament we see the concept of God dwelling with his people which culminates in Christ, our Emmanuel, the One who would be our mediator so we could dwell with God.

I know this idea is not new but this season it really resonated with me. I mean that I’ve mediated more and more on how much grace I’ve recieved and the glory of God through redemptive history.

– Anthony

P.S. If anyone has any other good books to read about covenant theology, I am all ears. I hope every one had a blessed Christmas and a great New Year! Happy 2013!