Grab bag

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 […]

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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 […]

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What’s important?

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 […]

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On knowing Christ

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 […]

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Mohler: 3 blogs on theology and life

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 […]

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Sovereignty and responsibility

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 […]

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Packer and Owen on mortification

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 […]

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Today’s Quote (9/2/08)

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 […]

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Getting ready for Sunday???

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 […]

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