Grab bag

Click here for more "Grab bag" entriesSome helpful articles from the last week or two:

  • Ten “Wives Speak Out” about their role in marriage and their practice of submission in their marriages.
  • I find myself gravitating more to biographies these days — and here are two new ones on theologian Charles Hodge that appear interesting.
  • Kevin DeYoung takes a closer look at “the gates of Hell,” explaining the reference in Matthew 16:18.  DeYoung’s writing is always clear and insightful, as this post demonstrates.
  • One more Thanksgiving post (though it’s good to give thanks every day): Jesse Johnson offers “4 reasons to give thanks when hurt by sin.” And in a related post, Russell Moore relates forgiveness to trusting God.
  • David Powlison writes about “Why 1 John Ends with a Command:” “‘Beloved children, keep yourselves from idols’ (1 John 5:21). In a 105-verse treatise on living in vital fellowship with Jesus, the Son of God, how on earth does that unexpected command merit being the final word?”
  • John Piper reveals the background in which his book, The Pleasures of God, was created.
  • Many years ago I preached through the Sermon on the Mount and particularly enjoyed reading Martyn Lloyd-Jones volume on that discourse.  Invariably I would find choice nuggets that would open up the meaning and implications of the text — nuggets like this one, re-posted by Dwight Wagner:

“How does one therefore become `poor in spirit’? The answer is that you do not look at yourself or begin by trying to do things to yourself. That was the whole error of monasticism. Those poor men in their desire to do this said, `I must go out of society, I must scarify my flesh and suffer hardship, I must mutilate my body.’ No, no, the more you do that the more conscious will you be of yourself, and the less `poor in spirit’. The way to become poor in spirit is to look at God. Read this Book about Him, read His law, look at what He expects from us, contemplate standing before Him.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s