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Thoughts on Evangelical Neglect of the Old Testament

Tyler Kenney
It has been my experience, in talking with fellow evangelicals, that many of us are quick to equate the Old Testament to mean little more than what the Pharisees thought it meant in Jesus’ day. It is a book of…
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Why God Makes Understanding Difficult

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards, from Miscellanies #139: I am convinced that there are many things in religion and the Scriptures that are made difficult on purpose to try men, and to exercise their faith and scrutiny, and to hinder the proud…
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How Saints Grow Happier Forever

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards viewed heaven as a place where the joy of God's people will only increase forever and ever. (Sam Storms passionately unpacked this grand vision at our 2003 National Conference in his message "Joy's Eternal Increase: Edwards on…
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Spoiled by the Grace of God

Spoiled by the Grace of God

Tyler Kenney
Where sin abounds with Achan at Jericho, grace abounds all the more at the defeat of Ai. And that abundant grace "spoils" the Israelites. When God brings Israel back to Canaan to take possession of it, after being gone for…
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Love Is Impatient, Love Is Kind

Tyler Kenney
Impatience without self-control is always bad. But there is a time when impatience can be a sweet expression of love. Judges 10:10-16 And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we…
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Good News in the Gibeonite Deception

Tyler Kenney
When Israel was fulfilling the Lord's command to take possession of the Promised Land and drive out its inhabitants, the Gibeonites, who were among them, recognized what was happening and concocted a plan. They disguised themselves as worn out, weary…
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The Firm Foundation of Our Forgiveness

Tyler Kenney
It is a profound gift of grace that God has not only promised us forgiveness, but that he has established the foundations of it right before our eyes. The death of Jesus Christ is an eternal testimony before God that…
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Surprise Book—For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper

Tyler Kenney
Two days ago at our National Conference, Sam Storms and Justin Taylor took the stage just before lunch to make an unexpected announcement: after 3 years of undercover communication and composition, a special book had been prepared. There on stage…
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The Excellencies of Christ Illustrated in Nature

Tyler Kenney
The triune God had a purpose when he set his final creation, man, in the midst of such a marvelous universe. He wanted every aspect of that universe to teach man something about him. Psalm 19:1-4 and Romans 1:20 tell…
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Holier and Happier Forever? How?

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards believed that Christians in heaven will only increase in holiness and happiness forever and ever. He based this on the idea that, once in heaven, a Christian's bank of memories will forever be growing, which only means that…
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How Humans Are Greater Than Angels

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards gives three reasons why human beings, though sinful and inferior in wisdom and strength, will forever exceed angels in glory and honor: Angels were made to serve God by serving man, but man was made to serve God…
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The Importance of Using Your Body in Worship

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards says that a lack of external expression in worship can actually destroy Christian community and devotion. Some bodily worship is necessary to give liberty to our own devotion; yea though in secret, so more when with others…
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How Can God Decree Sin Without Sinning?

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards offers his explanation. (See below for my attempt at restating him.) That we should say, that God has decreed every action of men, yea, every action that they do that is sinful, and every circumstance of those actions…
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Why the Law Makes Us Want to Sin More

Tyler Kenney
Jonathan Edwards explains why Romans 7:8—"But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness"—happens. [The] reason why man has the more strong inclination to moral evil when forbidden, is because obedience is submission and…
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Free Bodies, Bound Wills

Tyler Kenney
True and saving faith in Christ is not a thing out of the power of man, but infinitely easy. 'Tis entirely in a man's power to submit to Jesus Christ as a Savior, if he will; but the thing is…
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One of the Greatest Blockheads in the World

Tyler Kenney
Seeing the devil is so cunning and subtile, it may seem a paradox, why he will endeavor to frustrate the designs of an omniscient being, or to pretend to counterwork him that is omnipotent, and will not suffer anything but…
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The Nature of Conversion, Then and Now

Tyler Kenney
I am now convinced, that conversion under the old [covenant] was not only the same in general with what it is commonly under the new, but much more like it as to the particular way and manner, than I used…
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When Justice Becomes Your Bodyguard

Tyler Kenney
The redemption by Christ is particularly wonderful upon this account, inasmuch as the justice of God is not only appeased to those who have an interest in him, but stands up for them; is not only not an enemy but…
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The Harmony of All God's Decrees

Tyler Kenney
If God has already willed to send rain, then why pray for it? Or if God has chosen to save you, then why fight so hard against temptation? Edwards gives his answer to questions like these in Miscellanies #29 (reformatted…
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Luke's Lesson on Grace and Faith

Tyler Kenney
Though their stories in Luke 1 are strikingly similar, Zechariah and Mary have two significant differences that Luke highlights to teach an amusingly ironic and encouraging lesson about grace and faith. Here are their similarities: Both are visited by the…
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Are There Two Wills in God? Yes.

Tyler Kenney
If you've never before heard about the existence of two wills in God, I recommend reading John Piper's article, "Are There Two Wills in God?" (which is also an appendix in the book The Pleasures of God).…
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The Sin of Sodom

Tyler Kenney
As Bible-believing Christians, we are known for our convictions against sexual immorality. But are we known equally as well for our contempt for religious arrogance Scripture clearly states that sexual immorality is sin (Matthew 15:19; Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:18…
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The Beautiful Simplicity of Biblical Narrative

Tyler Kenney
An excerpt from Jonathan Edwards' Miscellanies #6 (paragraphing added): There is a strange and unaccountable kind of enchantment, if I may so speak, in Scripture history; which, notwithstanding it is destitute of all rhetorical ornaments, makes it vastly more pleasant…
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Why It's OK That Some Are Happier Than Others in Heaven

Tyler Kenney
We saw last week in Jonathan Edwards' Miscellanies #3 that God created the universe so that it would be happy in him. Today, in this excerpt from Miscellanies #5, he explains how the experience of higher levels of happiness by…
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Happiness Is the End of the Creation

Tyler Kenney
Today we're beginning an ongoing series that will highlight key quotes from The "Miscellanies" of Jonathan Edwards. (Thank you to The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University for hosting all of them online for free!) This week's quote…
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