Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring - my master copy.

Master copy of Vermeer's classic Girl With a Pearl Earring.  This is a progress shot.  Oil on hardboard, size is 8" x 10".   Check out the completed work along with all my other paintings at my online gallery at Christopher Griffith - Fine Art.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Christopher Griffith - Art

I am an artist living in Botetourt County who paints in oils.  My goal is to learn to paint in the manner of classical realism in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Carel Fabritius. This blog has been a journal of sorts with regards to my learning experiences how to paint like the masters.  You can visit my website here at Christopher Griffith - Art.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church in Roanoke

My friends over at Covenant Reformed Episcopal Church have a new website. Follow this link to visit a Reformed church in Roanoke, Virginia.  or you can copy and paste this URL into your browser.

Friday, May 10, 2013

My friends at Fountain of Life Church in Roanoke Virginia, have a new website. According to their info on their site...."the purpose of Fountain of Life Church (FOLC) is to seek the salvation of all men through the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We also desire as Christians to glorify God in our lives by the enabling of the Holy Spirit so that we might resist sin and overcome evil with good."

You can visit them at this link below..

Monday, March 18, 2013

Family's Member's New Business

My father-in-law has started a new business in Glenville, West Virginia. Visit the Family Ice Cream Shoppe here.  They've got great hot food and ice cream!  Family friendly environment and excellent prices too!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

King James Version still your favorite Bible?  Scripture Truth Book Co. has an interesting article on the history and impact of that most famous translation the KJV.  And if you're interesting in purchasing a KJV Study Bible, they have those available as well at a really good price.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ailidh Daisy - A Friend's New Blog

A friend of mine from church has a new blog she has started. It's called Ailidh Daisy. She displays a lot of creative/crafty type ideas, so ladies, you might to check it out!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

True Calvinism is the Gospel

True Calvinism is the Lordship of Christ and sovereignty of God over all things, not just salvation, 5-points, otherwise known as "TULIP". Now, please don't get me wrong, Calvinism is about salvation, but it is so much more! Its not just salvation of individuals but the salvation of the entire world. What does that mean? I love the way Doug Wilson says this: The gospel has two-prongs:

1. We can be reconciled because Jesus Christ, the Son of God has come, was crucified, dead and buried under Pontius Pilate, risen on the third day and ascended to the right hand of His Father. That means....

2. Christ is Lord - if He is not Lord/King over all the nations, He is not Lord over any nation and therefore not Lord over any individual and therefore we are still in our sins. But thankfully, this is not true! Christ is Lord! He has conquered sin and death and has dealt the crushing blow of victory over the devil.

That is the gospel and if you don't have both prongs, you've got a truncated "gospel." That two-pronged explanation is Calvinism pure and simple. A diamond is a simple thing with many facets. The Christian Faith is like that: simple, yet complex. Jesus told the disciples on the road to Emmaus that all the things written back there in the OT were written about Him! Everything is pointing to Jesus, including the promises made to Abraham. Calvinism is nothing more than the biblical teaching of the Gospel as it appears it its many glorious facets.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Quote From A.W. Pink on the Sovereignty of God

“The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.His government is exercised over inanimate matter, over the brute beasts, over the children of men, over angels good and devil, and over Satan himself. No revolving of a world, no shining of a star, no storm, no movement of a creature, no actions of men, no errands of angels, no deeds of the Devil — nothing in all the vast universe can come to pass otherwise than God has eternally purposed. Here is a foundation for faith. Here is a resting place for the intellect. Here is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast. It is not blind fate, unbridled evil, man or Devil, but the Lord Almighty who is ruling the world, ruling it according to His own good pleasure and for His own eternal glory.” - A.W. Pink

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Jerusalem - Coming Down

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Revelation 21:1-2 (ESV)

What - or who is the New Jerusalem? If she is not the church - then who is she? That one prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband....? I take a postmillennial view in the sense I see the church as being the heart of the Kingdom of God and the gospel spreading to and throughout the nations much like the way yeast infiltrates a lump of dough. Take note: this does not come about by the power of man like some magical "utopia" but happens by the power of God through His Spirit.

Like blood flowing in and throughout the body, so the church is the heart of the kingdom. Granted, the new heavens and new earth came in principle with the incarnation/cross/resurrection of Christ but the influence is spreading (coming down) like leaven in the loaf. As C.S. Lewis said, aliens have invaded enemy occupied territory and the results are nothing less than world domination.

That conquering message of the gospel of the love God through Jesus Christ has been spreading for 2000 years now and the outworking of it cannot be stopped. Christ said he will build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against her. How is she built? Through the proclamation of the gospel which is the foundation established by the prophets and the Apostles - Christ being the chief Cornerstone.

Jesus used the metaphor of a mustard seed in Luke 13 and in Matt. 13, "It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

The Kingdom is the new Jerusalem, coming down and infiltrating the entire world until the knowledge of the Lord covers the earth like the water covers the sea. It's that stone cut from the mountain by no human hand, which although small, wound up destroying all other kingdoms, mentioned in Daniel chapter 2. It's the proclamation of the Kingdom of Christ - the gospel. It's the entire theme of God's Word and history! The church, the new Jerusalem, as I said before, she is the heart of the kingdom and through her the kingdom spreads by word and sacrament.

That spread of yeast through the bread, or the bride coming down from heaven, in one sense has only just begun. In other words, I tend to see us as being still in the very early stages of church history - Acts Chapter 29 or possibly 30, if you will. Again, I'm not dogmatic on this, but this explains a bit of my understanding of that passage in Revelation 21.