John Wesley: What is a Methodist?

Things have been quiet on the blog since our move to New York. After our third weekend, we are in a slightly better rhythm, but adjustment takes time. It’s going to be a while before we are fully settled in. Hopefully later this month I’ll start posting more regularly. Today, however, I wanted to share a paragraph from a new book just published by Crossway which I will review later this week. The book is called Wesley on the Christian Life: THe Heart Renewed in Love by Fred Sanders. Three chapters in, the book is fantastic–I have already been challenged and inspired … Continue reading John Wesley: What is a Methodist?

God’s Glory Is the Goal of Creation

This is adapted from a post that was originally published on September 9, 2011 In case you need to be reminded (as I often do): We were created for God’s glory (Isa. 43:7). We were made in the image of God, to reflect his glory (Gen. 2:27). Everything we do should be for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31). But, we fall short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23). Paul says that the human race has “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” (Rom. 1:23). Jesus came to earth to reveal … Continue reading God’s Glory Is the Goal of Creation

The Goal of Creation is God’s Glory

In case you (like myself) need to be reminded: We were created for God’s glory (Isa. 43:7). Everything we do should be done for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31). We were made in the image of God, to reflect his glory, but we have fallen short of it (Gen. 2:27; Rom. 3:23). Paul says that the human race has “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” (Rom. 1:23). Jesus came to earth to reveal his glory, “glory as of the only Son from the Father” (John 1:14). Jesus prayed … Continue reading The Goal of Creation is God’s Glory

What is the foundation of your joy?

God’s love for you that makes much of his glory is greater love for you than if he made you your greatest treasure You will never, ever be beautiful enough, strong enough, wise enough, admirable enough, to be the bottom and to bear the weight of all the joy you want for all eternity. It will not bear that weight. It will give way and you will fall into the pit. Only one thing can bear the weight of all the joy you want to have and that is God. – John Piper, at Passion 2011 (HT: Gregg Metcalf) Continue reading What is the foundation of your joy?

A Prayer from Tozer

This is the prayer at the end of chapter one of A.W. Tozer’s book, “The Pursuit of God.”  If I read nothing else from this book, this prayer would have been enough: O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray … Continue reading A Prayer from Tozer

Jesus Doesn’t Just Give Bread, He is Bread

Jesus had just fed over 10,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish.  After that, he walked on water to get to his disciples who had left by boat earlier in the afternoon.  Not bad for a day’s work. But the next day when the crowds found Jesus, they asked, “When did you get here?” (John 6:25).  You see, they knew Jesus wasn’t in that boat with his disciples.  He responded, “You aren’t looking for me because you saw me do something only God can do, you are looking for me to get another free coupon to the … Continue reading Jesus Doesn’t Just Give Bread, He is Bread