Let Him Deny Himself
The Christian life is a journey to the greatest joy that exists. But "the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few" (Matthew 7:14). Why is that? Because, paradoxically, in order to pursue our…Continue Reading
Contrived Humility Vs. Humility from Faith
Have you ever found yourself in prayer pleading a case before God when you suddenly get a sick feeling that either God is not listening or he’s not willing to hear you? What do you do when that happens? Hopefully…Continue Reading
How Can God Decree Sin Without Sinning?
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…
Why the Law Makes Us Want to Sin More
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…
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,…
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
Recommended Reading for Recovering Sinners
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…Continue Reading