Isaiah 42 And The Hope of Christmas

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly... Continue Reading →


The Not-So-Gospel of Ali

I remember being on vacation as a boy once, enjoying the freedom of the channel buffet before me at the hotel television. I turned to ESPN Classic. It's not something we kids did very often. At the time I was more infatuated with my current sports heroes, guys like Donovan McNabb and Tracy McGrady, and the... Continue Reading →

Let the Lion Out

A great many learned men are defending the gospel; no doubt it is a very proper and right thing to do, yet I always notice that, when there are most books of that kind, it is because the gospel itself is not being preached. Suppose a number of persons were to take it into their... Continue Reading →

Sinclair Ferguson on Who Grace Is

It is legitimate to speak of "receiving grace," and sometimes (although I am somewhat cautious about the possibility of misusing this language) we speak of the preaching of the Word, prayer, baptism, and the Lord's Supper as "means of grace." That is fine, so long as we remember that there isn't a thing, a substance,... Continue Reading →

He Knows His Conqueror

How can we enter into Christ’s victory and prevail over the devil’s power? How can we be numbered among the “overcomers”? How can we hope to throw the enemy back, not only in our own lives but in the world he has usurped? First, we are told to resist the devil. “Resist him, standing firm... Continue Reading →

He Can’t Save Himself

Condemned to death by crucifixion, “[Christ] was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Is 53:7) Carrying his own cross until Simon of Cyrene was compelled to carry it for him, he will have walked along the via dolorosa... Continue Reading →

The Center of the Stage

Jesus the Lamb does more than occupy the center of the stage today in salvation, history and worship; in addition, he will have a central place when history ends and the curtain rises on eternity. On the day of judgment those who have rejected him will try to escape from him. They will call to... Continue Reading →

Calling Men to Meekness

Originally published at The English language is one of, if not the most, complicated languages in the world, but not because there is a word for every emotion or feeling. Our language tends to do an injustice to words derived from other ancient or historic languages. We suffer from this repercussion at various points... Continue Reading →

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