Revealing God Where He Already Is

Roland Bainton on Martin Luther's view of communion: "The sacrament for him was not a chunk of God fallen like a meteorite from heaven. God does not need to fall from heaven because he is everywhere present throughout his creation as a sustaining and animating force, and Christ as God is likewise universal, but his... Continue Reading →

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to behold the sweet glory of God in these things

Jonathan Edwards: "God's excellency, his wisdom, his purity and love, seemed to appear in everything; in the sun, moon and stars; in the clouds, and blue sky; in the grass, flowers, trees; in the water, and in all nature; which used greatly to fix my mind. I often used to sit and view the moon,... Continue Reading →

more than thin air and thoughts

Eric Metaxas, in Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, on Bonhoeffer's instruction to his students while a lecturer in theology  in 1932-33: "Bonhoeffer was not interested in intellectual abstraction. Theology must lead to the practical aspects of how to live as a Christian. Karding was surprised when Bonhoeffer asked his students whether they sang Christmas carols.... Continue Reading →

Pursuing piety as it’s own reward

Richard Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal (154): "Puritan piety sometimes re-created the counsels of perfection in monastic spirituality in what it required of the normal Christian prayer life. It was considered good for the young Christian to be challenged with the marathon records of Jesus and the saints. This could be... Continue Reading →

He stands ready to teach us

Luke 11:1 (NIV): "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'" Gordon Hugenberger in his book on the Lord's Prayer, writes of this question and Jesus' response: Jesus' response to this question is... Continue Reading →

The Savior of my prayers

Paul Miller, in his book A Praying Life: Imagine that your prayer is a poorly dressed beggar reeking of alcohol and body odor, stumbling toward the palace of the great king. You have become your prayer. As you shuffle toward the barred gate, the guards stiffen. Your smell has preceded you. You stammer out a... Continue Reading →

It is not the end, but it is the road.

In 1521 Martin Luther wrote: This life, therefore, is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness; not health, but healing; not being, but becoming; not rest, but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet... Continue Reading →

Grasp this mightily

Now open the ears of your heart, timid child of God! We aren't supposed to learn to be holy as a hard lesson at school so we can make God think well of us. We are to learn it at home with the Father to help us. God loves you not because you are clever... Continue Reading →

The problem with serving

From Sunday's sermon on Luke 10:38 - 42 Something has gone dramatically wrong with Martha’s service. Though service is good, though she is called with all disciples of Jesus to love her neighbor as herself and to do this in concrete acts of service, her very works of service show that she is coming off... Continue Reading →

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