What the Bible is and is not interested in

Eugene Peterson: The Bible isn’t interested in whether we believe in God or not. It assumes that everyone more or less does. What it is interested in is the response we have to him: Will we let God be as he is, majestic and holy, vast and wondrous, or will we always be trying to... Continue Reading →

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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 →

and he went out, not knowing

  "and he went out, not knowing" (Hebrews 11:8, KJV) Last night, our group was studying Genesis chapter 12, and the calling of Abraham. Such a remarkable story, the more you think of it. We were struck again by the radical nature of the call - leave everything, and go to the land I'll show... Continue Reading →

Die Heretic

Emo Philips: Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or... Continue Reading →

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