Some helpful articles from the last couple of weeks: A long time ago I began recognizing a changing trend in counseling. Women were battling with lust and pornography too, as Carolyn McCulley affirms in her recent post, “Lust: Not for men only.” She writes: “We have a message of hope and redemption in the morass […]Read More Grab bag
Some helpful articles from the last week: Lately I’ve been preaching and writing quite a bit about the gospel for believers. Here is a prayer from Scotty Smith to preach the gospel to ourselves. Alan Jacobs is an excellent essayist. I have read one of his collections of writings and another awaits reading on my […]Read More Grab bag
We wrestle often with the question of “What is the meaning of life?” As Packer has noted, it is not such a difficult question: We also need to recover a true understanding of human life, a sense of the greatness of the soul. We need to recover the awareness that God is more important than […]Read More What’s important?
Paul wanted to know Christ — even to the point of knowing the fellowship with Him that comes from suffering (Phil. 3:10). And Paul wanted his spiritual children to know Christ — that they would know the full confidence that is associated with the hope of His calling them to salvation (Eph. 1:19), and that […]Read More On knowing Christ
In the past week, Al Mohler has posted three different blogs that relate theology to life and the kinds of assumptions people have about God and the decisions that result from those assumptions. In “Air Conditioning Hell: How Liberalism Happens,” he writes, Theological liberals do not intend to destroy Christianity, but to save it. As […]Read More Mohler: 3 blogs on theology and life
The question about how the sovereignty of God relates to the responsibility of man is an old one. In His book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. I. Packer addresses how God’s sovereignty relates to our responsibility in proclaiming the gospel to unbelievers. There is abroad today a widespread suspicion that a robust faith […]Read More Sovereignty and responsibility
J. I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God: There is abroad today a widespread suspicion that a robust faith in the absolute sovereignty of God is bound to undermine any adequate sense of human responsibility. Such a faith is thought to be dangerous to spiritual health because it breeds a habit of complacent inertia. In particular, it is […]Read More Today’s Quote – Sovereignty (Packer)
J. I. Packer, in Discipleship Journal: “We … need to recover a true understanding of human life, a sense of the greatness of the soul. We need to recover the awareness that God is more important than we are, that the future life is more important than this one, that happiness is the promise for […]Read More Today’s Quote – Perspective (Packer)
John Piper, Contending For Our All: Packer says that Puritans differ from evangelicals today because with them “Communion with God was a great thing, to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way that we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the […]Read More Today’s Quote – Fellowship (Packer)
J. I. Packer, Knowing God: Knowing God is more than knowing about Him; it is a matter of dealing with Him as He opens up to you, and being dealt with by Him as He takes knowledge of you. Knowing about Him is a necessary precondition of trusting Him, but the width of our knoweldge […]Read More Today’s Quote – Knowing God (Packer)
J. I. Packer, Knowing God: What were we made for? What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God. What is the “eternal life” that Jesus give? Knowledge of God. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). What […]Read More Today’s Quote – Knowing God (Packer)
J. I. Packer, Knowing God: The whole Bible maintains this insistence that God’s word is His executive instrument in all human affairs. Of Him, as of no one else, it is true that what He says goes. It is in truth the word of God that rules the world, and that fixes our fortunes for […]Read More Today’s Quote – Bible (Packer)
Having written several blogs on the topic of mortification, and one specific review of John Owen’s masterpiece, On the Mortification of Sin, I was intrigued to read a short piece today by J. I. Packer on the influence of Owen on his own life. Packer has written several introductions to various Puritan works, along with […]Read More Packer and Owen on mortification
J. I. Packer, Knowing God: Meditation is the activity of calling to mind, and thinking over, and dwelling on, and applying to oneself, the various things that one knows about the works and ways and purposes and promises of God. It is an activity of holy thought, consciously performed in the presence of God, under […]Read More Today’s Quote (9/2/08)
What are your expectations for this Sunday morning? Have you begun to prepare your heart to worship the Living God along with your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you long to sing in unified tones to exalt the risen Christ? Have you prepared through prayer and confession to pray as one voice and one […]Read More Getting ready for Sunday???