Towards the end of every week I usually post a paragraph or two quote, normally something I have read recently that’s resonated with me. So, in my search to find some interesting thoughts on gratitude for Thanksgiving Day, I came across some wonderful words on gratitude, derived from completely unexpected authors. Here is a sampling: “The … Continue reading Lessons in Gratitude, From Nietzsche and Friends
I believe that God can and will bring good out of evil, even out of the greatest evil. For that purpose he needs men who make the best use of everything. I believe that God will give us all the strength we need to help us to resist in all time of distress. But he … Continue reading The Sovereignty of God in History
When God extinguishes our light so that night follows day, long shadows spread over our cities and towns. With the hours of the night and the darkness in which life becomes enveloped, we gain the rest of sleep. It is a steady cycle in our lives by which God’s mercy gives new grace to his … Continue reading The Grace of Rest
240 years ago, John Newton penned a collection of letters to “A Christian Friend.” This friend of Newton was addressed as “My dear Madam,” so we cannot be for sure to who Newton wrote. What we do know for certain is that the most powerful component of John Newton’s ministry was his letter-writing. Thousands of letters … Continue reading Learning the Benefits of Affliction With John Newton
We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, that from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar … Continue reading word vs. Word
I was recently reading a book by Bryan Litfin that aims to introduce readers to the church fathers. It’s an excellent analysis of the cultures of ancient times and the figures that helped build and shape the Church amongst them. One of these notable figures is Irenaeus of Lyons, who was born around a century after … Continue reading Avoiding Gnosticism in Calvinism
God uses the creation to describe himself to humans. The panoply of created things serves the relationship between God and us. Humanity, is, therefore, the pinnacle of God’s creation, and the rest of creation is there to be used as the medium of his communication with us. This is a remarkable thought…The whole world is … Continue reading Why The Lion?
People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy…It was the equilibrium of a man behind madly rushing horses, seeming to stoop this way and to sway that, yet in every attitude having the grace of … Continue reading G.K. Chesterton’s “Unsafe Orthodoxy”
What I really need is to get clear what I am about to do…What matters is to find my purpose, to see what it really is that God will that I shall do; the crucial thing is to find a truth that is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing … Continue reading Søren Kierkegaard on Objective Truth
If there is anything about the Reformers and the Puritans that we can all agree on, it is that they possessed a undeniable amount of zeal in their ministry. Their zeal for preaching the gospel, reaching their neighbors, writing, and the like quite literally evokes awe in me. Here’s some perspective. I recently passed the … Continue reading John Calvin Did Sleep
“Yield yourselves”: every man must be a creature. He can be nothing else but a creature in this life or in the life to come. Even in hell, men will still be creatures, because that is what we are. Only one is self-sufficient in himself, and he is God. But now as Christians we are … Continue reading The Creature Glorified
I begin with a recent story. This past Saturday Hannah and I made our trek back home from a week of wonderful vacation in the Northeast. We had a wonderful time exploring New York City, Boston, and Maine. But all good things must come to an end, and this good thing, well, let’s just say … Continue reading Learning In Unanswered Prayers
For those who joyfully recognize in Jesus the bridegroom of the covenanted people, the deprivation of fasting is out of the question. Celebration is the only meaningful response. And yet Jesus himself hints that the wedding will be delayed while he is taken away from them, and then they will mourn longingly for him. He … Continue reading The Wideness of God’s Mercy
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3) Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers … Continue reading Shine as Many Stars
I found myself in my favorite used bookstore, going through my usual routine. Scanning the shelves, finding my favorite sections, picking through the titles, pulling some out to look at the prices or endorsements, putting most back, keeping a couple. I laid eyes on a Puritan Paperback. One of my favorite book series of all, … Continue reading Reading With Caution
Abraham Kuyper is one of the most noted and well-respected Dutch theologians in all of church history. He has written much in the way of how Christians should think about culture, and how God created culture to function. Nearly a hundred years later after his death, it seems Christians are still trying to answer some … Continue reading Abraham Kuyper’s 9 Points on Christianity and Culture
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” – John 18:38 On this day, 190 years ago, something remarkable happened. On July 4, 1826, John Adams, second President of the United States, passed away. Adams would die on the same exact day as the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document … Continue reading What is Truth?
The Persian Sufi adage goes, “This too shall pass.” This phrase is typically used when in the midst of some unfortunate circumstance as a means of hope for change in the near future. “Just give it time,” we tell ourselves. 1700 years removed from the First Council of Nicea, however, evangelicals are still being pestered … Continue reading Killing Arianism With a Cross: Why Christ’s Deity Matters
Legend has it that once a famous newspaper, The Times of London, ran a cover story addressing the penultimate question, “What’s Wrong With the World?” The story goes that the newspaper consulted various philosophers and thinkers for the project, searching for competing answers. They came to Catholic theologian Gilbert Keith Chesterton and asked him to … Continue reading What is Wrong With the World?
No one in this earthly prison of the body has sufficient strength to press on with due eagerness, and weakness so weighs down the greater number that, with wavering and limping and even creeping along the ground, they move at a feeble rate. Let each one of us, then, proceed according to the measure of … Continue reading Surpassing Ourselves in Goodness