King Ahaz was a wimp, and he lead a wimpy kingdom. Judah was going to be attacked by its sister to the north, Israel, and Syria, and yet Ahaz had no plan, no courage, no faith. He and his kingdom were so scared they were going to wet their pants. Isaiah 7:1-2 tells the story: … Continue reading Shaking Like a Leaf and Being Firm in Faith
John Calvin: Why is it that God says he is angry, that he is sorry? Is it not because we cannot comprehend him in his incomprehensible majesty? So then, it is no absurd matter, that holy writ should speak unto us of the will of God after two sorts: not because his will is double, … Continue reading Why God Says He is Angry and Sorry
Ligon Duncan on the greatest advice he's received to improve his preaching: Mark Dever’s counsel has been helpful and instructive to me: “if your wife wakes you up at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning to ask you what your sermon is about, and you cannot tell her in one crisp sentence, then that sermon is … Continue reading The Ready-to-Preach Sermon
Check out this post by David Porter, where he is giving away one free Calfskin Premium Leather ESV Study Bible (retail value of $239).
Jonathan Dodson: In his newest book, Christless Christianity, Michael Horton argues that a semi-pelagian understanding of the gospel plagues the American church. Is it fair, however, to lay our rampant nominalism at the feet of Pelagius? After all, most so-called “semi-pelagian” churches are neither aware of nor lay claim to Pelagian doctrine (heresy). Perhaps it … Continue reading The 50/50 Gospel and Grace
In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. - Ephesians 1:5 Jesus Christ is the divine Adoption Agency that God works through to bring his children to himself. He predestines and adopts not because he is a mean, old sky fairy who is a control freak. … Continue reading God’s Adoption Agency
Isaiah 5 is a dark chapter for God's people. Chapter 4 prophesies the coming Messiah, the Branch of the Lord, who will be beautiful and glorious, who will draw all people to himself. Before that day, however, darkness and growling will be over Judah. In 5:18-23, there are four "woes" that the Lord gives to … Continue reading The Woefulness of Sin
From John Piper: But the hard truth is that most Christians don’t pray very much. They pray at meals—unless they’re still stuck in the adolescent stage of calling good habits legalism. They whisper prayers before tough meetings. They say something brief as they crawl into bed. But very few set aside set times to pray … Continue reading Discipline is Not Legalism
Jonathan Dodson, pastor of Austin City Life Church, writes a challenging, convicting article on anger and what it really means.
Before sin, there was no time in the sense that we know it now. Ecclesiastes says that our hearts were made for eternity. That is why the issue of time can be frustrating to us: "Why are things taking so long!" "We need more time!" "This day has flown by." Time is a product of … Continue reading The Curse of Time