What is the cross?

The cross is the burden of the gospel (‘we preach Christ crucified’, 1 Cor. 1:23; cf. 1:18; 2:2). It is the centrepiece of God’s eternal plan of grace (‘you redeemed were redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb…chosen before the creation…revealed in these last times for your sake, 1 Pet. 1:18-20; cf. John. 3:16f; […]

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Real spiritual growth is downward

“Humility is the product of ongoing repentance as one decides against, turns from, and by watching and praying seeks to steer clear of pride in all its forms. And as the battle against pride in the heart is lifelong, so humility should become an ever more deeply seated attitude of living at the disposal of […]

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Holiness is…

J. I. Packer, Keep In Step with the Spirit: Holiness…is the fruit of the Spirit, displayed as the Christian walks by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 22, 25). Holiness is consecrated closeness to God. Holiness is in essence obeying God, living to God and for God, imitating God, keeping his law, taking his side against sin, […]

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Never let Sunday be routine

J. I. Packer, The Quest for Godliness: We must never, therefore, let our Sundays become mere routine engagements; in that attitude of mind, we shall trifle them away by a humdrum formality.  Every Sunday is meant to be a great day, and we should approach it expectantly, in full awareness of this.

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from the last week: Chad Hall identifies “Three Reasons We Should Not Share the Gospel” — insecurity, arrogance, and narcissism. “What do all of these poor motivations have in common?  Each one places the needs and interests of the evangelist ahead of the needs and interests of the other.  Evangelism should always […]

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The Trinity illustrated

A few years ago, I posted this commonly used diagram as an attempt to explain the Trinity: Now Justin Taylor has provided this expanded diagram (and a helpful explanation to accompany the diagram) to explain the Trinity. See also J. I. Packer’s comments about how he would explain the Trinity to a child here.

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Free audio book: Knowing God

Each month, ChristianAudio makes one audio book available for a free download.  And this month, it is J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God. The word “classic” is probably associated with too many books, but it fits well with this book.  This is a book that will still be read 50, 100, or 200 years from […]

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