I love being with my wife. It doesn’t really matter what we are doing. I love being with her. Driving, watching TV, eating a meal, reading together, traveling, hiking, even walking (I don’t walk with anyone but her, generally, I hate walking.). Any time with my bride is a joy. I love her smile, her … More If I Do Not Love to Be with Jesus, Do I Love Him at All?
God Hates Sin. And he has good reason to hate sin. It breaks his moral law. It deprives human beings of their full flourishing. It brings pain and heart-ache to others. It creates destruction and violence in the world. It destroys the beauty of his creation. And the list goes on . . . God’s … More God Hates.
Reading with the Pastor Proverbs 29, Hebrews 7, and Psalm 59 and Psalm 25 Read Psalm 25 For your name’s sake, O Lord, . pardon my guilt, for it is great. (Psalm 25:11) An awareness of sin. When I am aware of my sin, when I know my sin is great, I … More Psalm 25 Reading with the Pastor
No nation produces better novels than Russia. It isn’t even close. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pasternack, Chekhov, Nabakov, Solzhenitsyn, Turgenev, these are men whose greatest books are worthy of being read multiple times and who have enraptured the imagination of millions all over the world. Crime and Punishment and the Brothers Karamozov by Dostoevsky are filled with such … More The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Grace. Unmerited favor. The free and unmerited favor of God whereby He freely bestows His blessings and forgiveness on sinners. Grace is the healing generosity of God that touches us so powerfully that nothing is ever quite the same again. —Calvin Miller A faithful band of men and women at Trinity Church have been seeking … More Resolves and Grace
Monday is for Discussion One of my goals last year was to read all of Shakespeare’s plays. It was an epic fail. Instead of all of Shakespeare’s plays, I read only one, Hamlet. I have long been mesmerized by the play since my days of teaching the Life of David at the Institute of Biblical … More Thinking About Sin and Shakespeare
Tuesday is for Reflection Why do we neglect confession of sin in the church? There would be no Church if the God did not lead us to confess our need for a Savior. There is therefore no way to escape the admission by the members of churches to acknowledge that they are sinners. We are … More Bonhoeffer on Humility and Confession
Wednesday is for Thinking 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 … More The Marvelous and Dangerous Love of God
Tuesday is for Prayer Read Psalm 39 We only slow down when we hurt. The rest of the time, we run around like we know what we are doing and stay just ahead of the puppy barking at our heals calling us to stop and pet him. He won’t bite. He wants to play. God is … More “Surely Every Man is a Mere Breath”
Saturday Musings Alexander Whyte’s counsel on how to pour out our heart over sin when we find it. “And, as with all our trouble, so let us do with all our sins. For our sin is the mother of all our trouble; get rid of the mother, and you will soon get rid of her … More Killing Sin Before it Kills You and Your Relationships