A Benediction for the 25th Day of April Sanctifying the day by directing the heart to God The story is told that one night Martin Luther, exhausted from a day of disputing with critics, preaching to his flock, and writing to defend his teachings, went to the window of his room and prayed, “Lord, there … More He Never Sleeps, So We Can Rest
Tuesday is for Preaching It is amazing how much you learn and relearn when reading great books. I have 10,000 volumes in my library. over 4,000 on shelves and the remaining ones in one digital form or another. Some are reference works that you don’t necessarily read but use to study other books. Others are … More How Costly Grace is Cheapened
Sunday Afternoon Musings The reformer Martin Luther described the Christian spiritual life as consisting of three primary operations under the guidance of the Spirit. In Latin, those three operations were, Oratio, Meditatio, and Tentatio – Prayer, Meditation, and Struggle/Affliction. The disciplines of prayer and meditation over the word of the living God is pretty straight … More Affliction: How a Good God Loves His People (Sometimes)
Friday is for Family The current cultural assault on the sanctity of marriage and the duties of husbands and wives is not a new thing. Whenever knowledge of the Bible grows faint and pride in human achievement grows bold, marriage and the family are denigrated. It has been so in the past. It is now … More What Did Martin Luther Know that We Have Forgotten?
Friday is for Heart Songs Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom, by Carl Trueman (Crossway, 2015) First, when I feel that I have become cool and joyless in prayer because of other tasks or thoughts (for the flesh and the devil always impede and obstruct prayer), I take my little psalter, hurry to … More Simplicity and Prayer
Friday is for Heart Songs It was 4 P.M. when Luther arrived at Worms, 40 miles south-southwest of Frankfort, Germany. Luther had been told that his views would be heard, but instead a stack of his books were arrayed on a table and he was asked two questions: Are these your books? Will you recant … More April 17, 1521: An Example for Believers in America on How to Change the World
Tuesday is for Thinking To those who think the Bible makes no difference: a note from history. Thomas Linacre (pronounced, “Lynaker”) was a British humanist and physician. During his own time, he was known more for his fluency in Latin and Greek than he was for anything else. Having studied Greek in Italy, he brought … More “Either this is not the Gospel, or we are not Christians.”
Tuesday is for Preaching If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, … More Contending for Truth in a Truth Denying Culture
The article below is from Kairos Journal and its brevity is no reflection of its importance. Just this morning as I was driving into the office, I was thinking about the need for Christians to live their lives without apology for what they believe. We must live with humility but we must live with boldness. … More “Are You an EE-VAN-gelical?”
“Luther said that a Christian only really has two days, today and ‘that day’ (i.e. ‘the day of the Lord’).” A good word for all of us. For more see: Eschatology is About a Hope-saturated Praxis.