Ten Shekels and a Shirt

“Ten Shekels and a Shirt” by Paris Reidhead. Playing time = 51:15. Click here to listen (mp3).

This now-famous sermon was preached in the mid-1960’s by the Rev. Paris Reidhead, a New York pastor. The text of the sermon is taken from Judges 17-18.

I first heard this sermon when I was in college. It is a message of true transformation. Instead of preaching a so-called gospel of self-centeredness, we should proclaim salvation for God’s glory. This is one of the most insightful and moving sermons I’ve heard; everyone should hear it.

You may read more about the sermon and a transcript of it here. It is my understanding that the audio recording and the transcript are both in the public domain.

Hurricane Campolo

Tim Bayly pegs Tony Campolo (of “You can’t be a Christian and drive a BMW” infamy) for denying God’s omnipotence.

On the road to Hell

A quote from C. S. Lewis, so clearly stating truth.

The safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

Dr. Martin Luther on confessing Christ

A quote from Martin Luther, important to reflect on today.

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.

My Eternal King

My God, I love Thee;
Not because I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love Thee not must die eternally.
Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me upon the cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails and spear, and manifold disgrace.
Why, then why, O blessed Jesus Christ, should I not love Thee well?
Not for the hope of winning heaven, or of escaping hell;
Not with the hope of gaining aught; not seeking a reward;
But as thyself hast loved me, O ever-loving Lord!
E’n so I love Thee, and will love, and in Thy praise will sing;
Solely because Thou art my God, and my Eternal King.

Anonymous seventeenth-century Latin poem
Translated by Rev. Edward Caswall