Free Bodies, Bound Wills

Tyler Kenney
Free Bodies, Bound Wills

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, it never will be that he should will it, except God works it in him.

—Jonathan Edwards, from Miscellanies #71

Edwards draws a distinction here between two kinds of ability:

  1. Physical ability – having the external means with which to do something, and
  2. Moral ability – having the internal will or... Continue Reading

Thank you, Dad. And Goodbye.

Jon Bloom
Thank you, Dad. And Goodbye.

Today we are burying my father, Marlin Bloom. He died at 8:16 PM on July 8th, just days short of his 78th birthday. Having battled numerous health issues over the years, his body simply wore out. Dad’s wish was to be cremated, and since my brother and his family were traveling to Asia just days after Dad died, we postponed the memorial service until they returned.

Dad was born July 19, 1932, to Elmer and Merle Bloom on a farm in central Minnesota. But he spent most of his... Continue Reading

Young, Restless & Reformed Cake

Jon Bloom
Young, Restless & Reformed Cake

A good friend forwarded me this photo of a seminary student’s groom cake. I had never heard of a “groom’s cake” before. But even if I’d seen 100 others, I doubt any would beat this. Man, I wish I could have had a piece of that!

This was probably made to look like the pile beside his bed. Of course, if they were piled in priority I’m sure he’d switch the middle and bottom books around…

Recommended Reading for Recovering Sinners

Mark Priestap

As a follow up to my post on Tuesday, I wanted to share some resources from old saints that have provided the most help in keeping God a priority for me and my family.

1) Sweet Comfort for Feeble Saints, by C. H. Spurgeon

No sermon I can think of has been more influential in convincing me of the goodness of Christ and my own redemption than this one. If you are constantly in the “Slough of Despond” I highly recommend this.

2) Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure... Continue Reading

Grace: Right Here, Right Now

Paul Tripp
Grace: Right Here, Right Now

Do you understand the majesty and practicality of the grace you have been given? If you don't, in subtle and not so subtle ways, you are looking to other things to get you through. You don't need to go out searching for hope and help, because they are already yours in the resources of grace that you have been given as God's child.

Grace is the most transformational word in the Bible. The entire content of the Bible is a narrative of God's grace, a story of undeserved redemption.... Continue Reading

An Admonition to Workaholics

Mark Priestap

Allow me to speak personally for a moment about a sin that long festered in my life: forsaking the means of grace in my home, sacrificing them on the altar of vocational work.

In my profession, it is customary to work long hours to meet deadlines (often multiple overlapping deadlines). And since the work is not back-breaking labor, it is easy to slowly get entangled in it until I find that I have spent an entire year working such long hours that I have forsaken the first things... Continue Reading

One of the Greatest Blockheads in the World

Tyler Kenney
One of the Greatest Blockheads in the World

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 what is for his own glory: seeing that God turns everything he does to the greater and more illustrious advancement of His own honor, and seeing he has experience of it, for so long a time, [that] all his deep laid contrivances have at last... Continue Reading

Praying the 6 "D's"

Jon Bloom

A few years back I wrote about the 5 "D's" I pray for daily. Recently, I added a sixth: desperation. I need to feel continually my desperate need for God.

Whatever it takes, Lord, give me...

Delight in you as the greatest treasure of my heart.
Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Desire to know you, be with you, and seek your kingdom above all else.
Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Discernment that comes... Continue Reading

Luis Arocha

Jonathan Parnell
Luis Arocha

Luis Arocha will be the Spanish interpreter at this year’s national conference. Luis is a pastor at Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia in Santiago, Dominican Republic where he and his wife live with their four daughters.

He attended a Desiring God conference for the first time in 2005 that was used by God to awaken in him a passion to delight in God and spread that joy to others. Luis has served in the translation of sermon manuscripts, subtitles for DVD's, and live interpretation at many... Continue Reading

If Billy Graham Had Been a Pastor

David Mathis
If Billy Graham Had Been a Pastor

Billy Graham once was asked, “If you were a pastor of a large church in a principal city, what would be your plan of action?”

In the modern-day classic The Master Plan of Evangelism (which has gone through over 100 printings since it was first published in 1963), Robert Coleman reproduces Graham’s response, perhaps a surprising answer to many:

I think one of the first things I would do would be to a get a small group of eight or ten or twelve people around me that would meet... Continue Reading