In order to persuade us

Sinclair Ferguson, quotes John Calvin's on one of the implications of the Incarnation and Christ's suffering on the cross: It was not because the Son of God needed to experience it to become accustomed to the emotion of mercy, but because he could not persuade us that he is kind and ready to help us,... Continue Reading →


Remaining in regular, if confrontational, contact

Peter Leithart, in his commentary on 1 & 2 Kings, draws out the theological implications of the idea of a "remnant" in the days of the prophet Elijah. Leithart shows that the word "does not refer to those few who remain faithful in a time of apostasy but rather to those who remain alive after... Continue Reading →

milk-and-water moralities

Teddy Roosevelt, in his book Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, describing the life of a cowboy: "The whole existence is patriarchal in character: it is the life of men who live in the open, who tend their herds on horseback, who go armed and ready to guard their lives by their own prowess, whose... Continue Reading →

What coward would not fight?

Richard Sibbes in The Bruised Reed "Let us therefore be 'strong in the Lord and in the power of his might' (Eph. 6:10). Let us not look so much at who our enemies are as at who our Judge and Captain is, nor at what they threaten, but at what He promises. We have more... Continue Reading →

Where Christ shows his gracious power

Richard Sibbes, in The Bruised Reed: "When blindness and boldness, ignorance and arrogance, weakness and willfulness, meet together in men, it renders them odious to God, burdensome in society, dangerous in their counsels, disturbers of better purposes, intractable and incapable of better direction, miserable in the issue. Where Christ shows his gracious power in weakness,... Continue Reading →

difficult beginnings and drying tears

Kathy Harrison, in her honest and moving book, Another Place at the Table: "It comes as no surprise that finding families willing to open their doors to the rigors of foster parenting is so hard. Fostering means knowing about things most of us would prefer to forget. It means recognizing that our best is often... Continue Reading →

The Game of Christian Education

  Carl Trueman, in his lectures on the Reformation, points out that though Luther said in 1520 that liturgy should be in the vernacular, he didn't make that change until 5 years later, in 1525. Why wait 5 years before making a change Luther was convicted was necessary? Trueman: "People are disturbed enough by what's... Continue Reading →

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