“If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD. Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see! … Continue reading A Faithless Israel, A Faithful God
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
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?
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 The Not-So-Gospel of Ali
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 Sinclair Ferguson on Who Grace Is
The longer you live the life of faith, the more aware you have become of your need for grace. More grace. Grace to believe, fight, resist, act, and love. Jesus promises to be your help, but his help comes to those who come to him. It is tempting to look at what lies ahead of … Continue reading His Help
Oh, what owe I to the file, to the hammer, to the furnace of my Lord Jesus! who hath now let me see how good the wheat of Christ is, that goeth through His mill, and His oven, to be made bread for His own table. Grace tried is better than grace, and it is … Continue reading Grace Tried