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Calvin’s Heartcry

To my few abiding readers, I’m experiencing “Writer’s Block”. Please bear with me. Grant, Almighty God, that since thou hast at this time deigned in thy mercy to gather us to thy Church, and to enclose us within the boundaries of thy word, by which thou preserves us in the true and right worship of […]

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a day

Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away… How precious and quick are the years that to us are given. Any one who has survived more than a decade can say that in looking back upon each years as it passes, that it flew from our grasp quicker than we could even […]

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a song of dedication

The following, though it is in the first person, was written in honour of the birth of my nephew, (pending name) Paul Leslie Riley IV. May he grow up to make the rest of us jealous by his Christ-likeness. Oh to see the zeal of Christ, consuming all my frame, Oh to share my Brother’s […]

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10 indications of a revival heart, from Richard Roberts

For those of you who actually check this site, and don’t just wait for email or Twitter notifications, I apologize for the weeks of silence. Had they been proceeded by something so profound that it needed time to sink in, I would have felt justified, but they were not, so I stand before you  naked […]


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the breaking of the fellowship: end of book one

We are in the midst of deep, beautiful, and majestic story which is unfolding before our very eyes. It has now, as it had yesterday, and will have forever, one central Character: God’s Elect, His Servant in whom He delights (Isa 42:ff). We find Him at the very beginning, in His Father and He together […]


tour memories (letter to self)

the following was written for friends of mine and myself especially considered, and shared to the FB world. But perhaps it may be found helpful in this venue as well. Or I haven’t found time to post other things with weddings and all. Tours. Whether you have been on a few or on twenty, there […]

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music paper, part two

How are we to emulate pattern of Christ in our music choices? Perhaps the most beautiful, fluent way by which the human heart can express itself (especially combined with poetic lyrics); one of the central heartbeats of culture, being always a center piece of religion, romance, celebration and mourning; and not least, something which we […]


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music paper, part one

The following was written for a friend of mine, with the hopes that it would be found to be generally helpful. It’s extremely long, so if you do desire to read it, it might be better to copy and paste it t your OS’s word processor. In writing the following short piece I have three […]


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What joyous acclamations, The Father’s children know, When gathered round the mercy seat, In communion here below, The One, who for our pardon died, Gives us a thousand gifts beside His loving care to show. Tis in that care that e’er He guides, His chosen ones to meet, To share in His rich blessings, And […]


our former passions…

  If you desire a shocking example of not finishing a book in a good time period, of such is this: I been reading on and off in Dr Beeke’s book, Living For God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism since I first got it in fall of 2009. And it not a book of War […]

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    “We love the old saints, missionaries, martyrs, and reformers. Our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys and Asburys, etc... We will write their biographies, reverence their memories, frame their epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do anything except imitate them. We cherish the last drop of their blood, but watch carefully over the first drop of our own.”
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