Lost History Most who don their green shirts and down their green beers in celebration of their Irish heritage have no knowledge of the actual St. Patrick they celebrate was not Irish. Patrick was actually an Briton, captured by Irish pirates when he was only16, and sold into slavery in Ireland. There he labored as … More Cultural Apologetics from Fifth Century Ireland
Sunday Afternoon Musings I’m trying to reread every C.S. Lewis book* on my shelf this year and in the process, create indeces for all the ones that don’t have them. Today, I am plowing through Mere Christianity and I ran across this gem. “God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A … More The Fuel for Happiness
Both Paintings by Winston Churchill On the Law of Human Nature “These, then are the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in … More Your Conscience Gives You No Escape
“How deeply do you feel about the ministry the Lord has called you to? If the desperate needs of those people you [are seeking to] . . . reach have never caused you to weep, you may want to go back into your prayer closet.” The God Ask, by Steve ShadrachChapter 7 I wonder.How many … More How Deeply Do You Care?
Some saints struggle more than others. I don’t know why. But it happens. Right now, I’m not going to analyze the whys. I just want to make the observation and point out an error that sometimes results from the observable fact that some saints struggle to progress in the Christian life at the same pace … More Struggles and Sins
He tells us what His delight is. He isn’t shy about telling us. 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. Psalm 145:10-11 … More What Does the Lord Delight In?
This: “A familiar figure on the streets is the window-shopper who moves along gazing fondly in each show-window but buying nothing. In the realm of things spiritual we have with us the Bible window-shopper. He moves along through the Book reading its precious promises, hearing its high challenges, looking at its deep messages of peace … More Bible Window-Shoppers
The heart of the faith is to desire to always be faithful to Christ, to never fall away, to walk closely with Christ for all our days. Unfortunately, too many who make professions of faith seem to be fruitless because of the rocks of persecution (Mark 4:17) cause them to abandon their hope in Christ. … More The Heart-Break of Unfaithfulness
I’m embarrassed to say that I am reading John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress in the original for the very first time. I have read portions; I have versions; I have read reviews; I have read summaries, and I have heard testimonies of its value and power. But I have never read it to completion in … More The Progress of the Pilgrim
It’s the first sentence in John Piper’s short tribute to his father, William Solomon Hottle Piper. John calls it a mere “fragment” of the legacy his father left him in a life lived for the glory of God. His father was 88 when he died on March 6, 2007. The number one thing he learned … More A Father’s Legacy to a Son and More