Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever. (The Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 1). To Glorify God For from him and through him and to him are all things. - Romans 11:36 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living… Continue reading What is the Chief End of Man?
Introduction to the 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards The purpose of this series, as laid out in the introduction (linked above) is to try and glean wisdom from Edwards' life and piety and then apply it to our own circumstances. With each resolution, I'm going to just briefly comment and then reflect and apply to… Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, 1-2
I'm going to make two lists. Then you'll read them and identify more with one of them. The key word is more. These are generalities. Read them as such. Christian A Has a favorite sports team and knows the players, statistics, coaches, etc. by memory but does not have the same volume of scripture… Continue reading The Pitiable Christian
Some people (read: even Christians) look puzzled when I talk about how badly I'm dying for Sunday to arrive. I want to go to church more than I want to do just about anything else, (usually). I wasn't raised in church and so this behavior certainly doesn't come from tradition. It doesn't come from obligation. It… Continue reading Learn to Love the Sabbath
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) recorded 70 resolutions, self-imposed agreements to help manage his whole life, from his thoughts to his words to his eating and sleeping. By today's standards, most Christian's would balk at such a high standard of piety and probably cry "Legalism!" or "Get… Continue reading The 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
Absolutely. Yes. Everyday. Words synonymous with meditate are contemplate, deliberate, muse, think, consider, reflect, concentrate. Basically, things we do on a daily basis anyways. So why the negative stereotype (in the minds of western christians, at least) with the word meditation? Well, as is the case with most stereotypes, there is misunderstanding and lack of… Continue reading Should Christians Meditate?
That's probably a laughable title. Who celebrates sobriety after just three days? And not even three total days, but two total days and half of a third? An addict does. That's who. What am I addicted to? Myself, mostly. Well, to be more precise I'm addicted to pleasing myself through a few specific indulgences, the… Continue reading Three Days Sober
My aim today was to write on the infinite damage done to our mind, body and soul when we engage in sexual promiscuity, one form of which is pornography. I wanted to write about the insane foolishness of trading perfection (God) for pixels (pornography). I hoped to illustrate how widespread this drug of choice has… Continue reading Preferring Pixels Over Perfection
Mere excess in food is much less valuable than delicacy. Its chief use is as a kind of artillery preparation for attacks on chastity. On that, as on every other subject, keep your man in a condition of false spirituality. Never let him notice the medical aspect. Keep him wondering what pride or lack of… Continue reading Screwtape and Spirituality
Disclaimer: I really dislike any claim to bring something "fresh" to the christian life. So much so that just hearing the word in christian context causes me to cringe a bit. I have my reasons! Anyways, today I want to quickly explain the what I call the RARE method. This name for this methodology came to… Continue reading My Personal Method for Reading the Bible Well.
Welcome to familiar territory. I would be shocked to hear of a single saint in the past few thousand years that did not feel this way at one time or another. Don't worry, it's not your fault. That's something you might expect me to say, but I can't, because it is a lie. It is… Continue reading You Don’t Want To Read The Bible, Now What?
And to thy grace I commit the sins I have not yet done, for what evil is there which I am beyond committing, who loved a deed of wrong for its own sake? These are famous words from St. Augustine (354-430AD), arguably the most influential Christian theologian who ever lived. Augustine was converted to Christianity… Continue reading For What Evil Is There Which I Am Beyond Committing?
"There is no mistake more terrible than to suppose that activity in Christian work can take the place of depth of Christian affections." There are a great many people that often fall into a trap of believing the purpose of the Christian life is to please God by doing much. At times I am one… Continue reading Why Are You Busy, Christian?
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. These are the words of Jesus to an early church. He continues on to say, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with… Continue reading Reproved and Disciplined, Be Zealous and Repent.