J.I. Packer continues to be a hero of mine. I only met him once. I had 40 minutes alone with him one year when he came and spoke at my seminary. He needed a ride to the airport after chapel and I don’t think I ever raised my hand faster to volunteer for something. … More “Godliness is the True Humanness”
Part of the Poetry Project (poetic reflections on the poetry of God) Read Psalm 27 On my sister’s birthday (4/4), The Gospel Coalition invited the world to spend a day in prayer and fasting for the pandemic called Covid19 virus but also for the advance of the gospel that meets the deepest needs of all … More One Thing – What is it?
Thursday is for Thinking What does it mean to know God? It means many things but if we take our clues from Exodus 5:1-23, it means at least these five things. It means that we obey his directives. (v. 1) It means we will be in hot water with others who will not obey. (v. … More What Does It Mean to Know God?
Wednesday is for Discipleship People are always asking me what is a good book or perspective on discipleship, especially for men. There are a lot of good ones out there, but one that I have found particularly refreshing is my friend Larry Osborne’s Contrarian’s Guide to Knowing God: Spirituality for the Rest of Us. Larry has … More What are the House Rules for the People of God?
Great quotes from classic texts. “God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards individual sinners whereby, having identified Himself with their welfare, He has given His Son to be their Saviour, and now brings them to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relation.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 111. How wonderful and marvelous is … More The Marvelous and Dangerous Love of God
Thursday is for Discipleship “The God of the Bible has spoken in His Son. The light of the knowledge of His glory is given to us in the face of Jesus Christ. Do I look habitually to the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ as showing me the final truth about the nature … More Do I Look Habitually to the Person and Work of Jesus Christ?
Sunday Afternoon Musing Our multi-tasking, distracted, overly busy, never-slow-down, rarely rest, anti-intellectual, un-reflective culture is killing our souls. But here is a remedy, if we will take our medicine. “How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is that we turn … More What is Biblical Meditation?
Saturday is for Devotion I am rereading one of the best and most influential books of the 1970’s-1990’s. J.I. Packer’s Knowing God was Christianity Today’s book of the year in 1973. In 1981, I had the privilege of taking Dr. Packer to the Ontario, California airport and an uninterrupted 40 minute conversation over the book … More All the Purposes of God are Centered in Christ
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Wednesday is for Prayer Here’s a simple study on prayer from one of the great prayer warriors of the Bible–Hannah. Read the following text: 1 Sam. 1:1-2:11 Hannah’s prayers are referenced in 1 Samuel 1:11 and 2:1-10 but 1 Sam. 1:12-13, 19 tells of other prayers she prayed. The Story of a Hungry Heart, PRAYERS PRAY … More Refurbishing Your Prayer Life