Are Fairy Tales Just for Children?
The central thrust of this recurring column is that learning to live like a Narnian is something worth pursuing. Indeed, I want to commend it as a crucial component of Christian discipleship. In other words, I want to make a case for Narnian discipleship, not merely as a coincidental byproduct of reading the Narnian stories, but as one of Lewis’s (and God’s!) chief goals in the Narniad itself.
Beware of… Continue Reading
Correct Thinking About Jesus' Commands Is Not Obedience to Them
In the Introduction to Pastor John's 1979 monograph, Love Your Enemies, he confesses his concern about the hard work of academic reading. He writes:
Every scholarly work on the New Testament is preponderantly an intellectual exercise. The work of thinking which the production of a book like this demands from the author is demanded also from its reader. But because of the nature of the reality with which this…
Serve and Respect the Elder Saints
Charles Spurgeon writes:
Some are like the sun going down in the west; they will be gone soon. Serve them, dear brethren. You that are in health and vigour, comfort them, strengthen them, and help them all you can. Be a joy to that dear old man, who has been spared to you even beyond the allotted threescore years and ten, and praise God for the grace that has upheld… Continue Reading
I Cry to You and You Do Not Answer Me
I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me (Job 30:20-21).
These words came out of the mouth of the man God considered the most blameless and upright on earth at the time (Job 1:8).
Thank you, God, for these words! Thank you that the Bible is so guileless. It says it like…Continue Reading
"Abba, Father" Versus a Wrathful Roar
Luther writes about “Abba, Father” in Galatians 4:6:
The lips say nothing, but the heart says something like this: ‘Although I am oppressed with anguish and fear on every side and seem to be forsaken and utterly cast away from your presence, I am still your child, and you are my Father, and for Christ’s sake. I am loved because of the Beloved.’
In serious temptations, when the conscience is…
Why This Year's Conference May Be the Most Strategic
I wrote yesterday that the upcoming Desiring God National Conference may be the most strategic one we’ve ever held. Besides the reasons I gave in the four minute video invitation, there are others. I will mention only one in this blog post.
I believe there are hundreds of people ("Finishers" in their 50's and 60's and 70's, as well as students and younger adults) whom God will call into vocational…Continue Reading
All of History Is Redemptive History
In a previous post, I lamented the fact that Jonathan Edwards died prior to writing his unfinished masterwork, a God-centered biblical theology and world history, integrated by Christ’s work of redemption. But God, despite removing Edwards from this world, did not leave us without a witness.
Almost 20 years before his death, Edwards preached a 30-part sermon series on A History of the Work of Redemption, which was…Continue Reading
Why Read About the Beheading of Christians?
World Magazine received a two-minute video of Islamic militants beheading a man for becoming a Christian. The article is called “Brutal Beheading”. I hope many of you read it.
Because we can’t get into the reality of most of the Bible without some real emotional connection with terror. Every book of the New Testament has terror in it, something like a beheading. The situation in the first…Continue Reading