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
Contingency: occurring or existing only if certain circumstances are the case. Similar terms: dependent, conditional, subject to, controlled by, hanging on. The Independent, unchanging, unconditional One The Bible opens with, “in the beginning, God created..”. Throughout scripture we see the implications of this statement, that God alone created everything that is created. Nothing exists outside of… Continue reading Christians Must Understand Contingency
I've long wondered how to rightly think of the imprecatory psalms. This term imprecatory, in case you're unfamiliar, is a late middle English word that means to speak evil towards someone. And a Psalm is a sacred song or prayer. So then, imprecatory psalms are sacred songs or prayers speaking evil (or harm) towards someone. What the… Continue reading Learn to Love Imprecatory Psalms
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
1I've been walking along this road beginning as far back as I remember. In fact if you asked me when this Walk began I might say, "It's all I've known, so much so that I didn't realize I was upon it until just now." 2And now that you've mentioned it, I can't help but notice.… Continue reading The Road
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
A Christians inner peace is never based on his ability to take all the teachings of scripture and figure it all out. Our peace always rests on the presence, power, and character of the Lord. Christian Peace You don't need to "figure it all out". You simply can't. Our peace is stolen from us when… Continue reading Christian Peace, and Why You Should go to Church.
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.
Offensive - adjective causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry. Glorious - adjective having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration. It may strike you as odd that I say both of these descriptors are accurate of the gospel of Jesus. In light of my ever growing desire to write… Continue reading The Offensive and Glorious Gospel.
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.