Sunday Afternoon Musings This week I have been rereading a short biography on the life of Charles Simeon. It’s the second bio in John Piper’s The Roots of Endurance (Crossway, 2002). Simeon was a British pastor (1754-1836). His mother died when he was very young, his father was an unbeliever and he was sent to … More What Happens When a Non-believer Takes the Lord’s Supper Seriously?
Saturday Musings Every day I hear stories of pastors or churches proving unfaithful in the task of proclaiming the truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Denominations ordaining practicing homosexuals, a pastor running off with someone else’s wife or church funds. Some, I fear, where never believers in the first place. They convinced themselves … More “Stress and Danger are Normal”
Friday is for Heart Songs I love my country. Flaws and all, I love it. I think, on balance, it has been a force for good in the world, even with all of its missteps and corruptions. But it is dangerous to live here. Dangerous to the soul. Our affluence, our comforts, and the long … More Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Security, and Convenience
Great Quotes from Weekend Reading “The twenty-first century has begun with the shattering realization that there is no safe place on earth. Slowly, perhaps, many are wakening to the biblical view that ‘here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come’ (Hebrews 13:14); that this world does not offer a … More A Major Problem for American Christians
Wednesday is for Prayer “In April 1831, Charles Simeon was seventy-one years old. He had been the pastor of Trinity Church in Cambridge, England, for forty-nine years. One afternoon his friend Joseph Gurney asked him how he had surmounted persecution and outlasted all the great prejudice against him in his many years of ministry. He … More Learning to Endure in an Emotionally Fragile World
Monday is for Discussion “In Passion Week, as I was reading Bishop Wilson on the Lord’s Supper, I met with an expression to this effect—‘That the Jews knew what they did, when they transferred their sin to the head of their offering.’ The thought came into my mind, What, may I transfer all my guilt … More “May I transfer my guilt to another?”