Thanks to God for Ray Ortlund
This is a note of deep gratitude and tribute for the life of Raymond Ortlund Sr., who went to be with Jesus on Sunday evening, July 22, 2007. You can read the life facts in the news post and see a personal post from his family. But here is why I must say a word of public thanks.
In 1968 I had just come to Fuller Seminary in Pasadena,…Continue Reading
Babies Are Liars
Not that we need psychologists to show that the human heart is desperately sick, but apparently there is some scientific recognition now that babies are deceitful. What's amazing is not that infants lie as early as six months, but that "until now, psychologists had thought the developing brains were not capable of the difficult art of lying until four years old."
"Difficult art of lying"? I've never found it that…Continue Reading
I Love Jesus Christ
“Lord, you know that I love you.” John 21:15
In the fall of 1968, James Morgan, my professor of theology at Fuller Seminary, who died of stomach cancer the next year, looked me in the eye during a heated debate after class and said, “John, I love Jesus Christ!”
I have never forgotten that testimony. It was one of the most powerful words ever spoken to me.
When was the…Continue Reading
When the Bible Is Boring
It would be hard to have a slow, careful, exegetical Bible study about the second half of the book of Joshua. Chapters 13 to 21 are mostly lists: what parcels of land are going to which tribe of Israel.
Much of the Old Testament is like this—genealogies, lists, rules, procedures. As lovers of the Bible, what should we make of these mundane details? Is it even appropriate to call parts…Continue Reading
God Is Happy
So often we think of God as non-enthusiastic or even gloomy. The exact opposite is true: He loves to be God, He takes great pleasure in all that He does, and He is enthusiastic about serving His people and working for their welfare. For example, God says in Jeremiah 32:41: "I will rejoice in doing them good." Jesus said in John 15:11, "These things I have spoken to you, that …Continue Reading
Whose Idea Was This, Anyway?
These guys are crazy—Lukas, Matt, Josh, Abraham, Jon, and whoever else OK’d this nutty idea. Five dollars for any book and any number of books! Don’t they know this only happens when books are being remaindered—code word for: nobody is reading them any more? How embarrassing.
Have they never read the marketing books? You don’t value what you don’t pay for, right? I mean, if you turn books into confetti,…Continue Reading
The Ethics of Interracial Marriage
(This is the 5th message in a 7-part series we're posting on racial harmony.)
Five arguments that are used to oppose interracial marriage and responses to counteract them:
1. Races are God's will and therefore amalgamating them is against his will. (Genesis 11:6-9, Deuteronomy 32:8, Acts 17:26)
- These proof texts refer to separation of peoples that are along lines much more narrow than race. They are not racial divisions,…
On Father's Day 2007
I haven’t been able to phone my dad on Father’s Day for more than 15 years. But I remember him today. And as years pass, the things that were hard seem smaller and the strong roots of my father’s life seem more and more important.
For Daddy’s funeral, my husband wrote a poem remembering the strength of Daddy’s life. Psalm 1 was Daddy’s favorite passage of Scripture. It was a…Continue Reading
Does Father's Day Discourage You?
Norman Fried writes about the value of fatherhood. He acknowledges that the feelings surrounding Father's Day are varied.
For some, it leaves us anxious, as we recall the man who couldn’t be there when we needed him, or the man who is not here now when we need him the most. For others, it stimulates feelings of gratitude as we honor the times we had with our father by…