Pastoral Environment and the Fight for Holiness

My heart was deeply saddened yesterday when I heard about another resignation of a well-known pastor of a mega-church. This time, it was Tullian Tchividjian, pastor at Coral Ridge in Miami. This came about, he said, because of ongoing marital issues. His wife admitted to adultery. He developed an “inappropriate relationship” with someone in the aftermath of the news…

The Utter Relief of Holiness Review

John Eldredge. The Utter Relief of Holiness: How God’s Goodness Frees Us from Everything that Plagues Us. New York: Faith Works 2013. 208 pp. $19.99. Reviewer’s Note: At the outset, let me say that this is the first John Eldredge book I have read. I am not unfamiliar with the claims that Eldredge is a…

Monday Miscellanies: Rewards

A guest post by Jonathan Edwards 168. Rewards How is it said that our happiness is the reward of holiness and good works, and yet that we are made happy wholly and solely for the sake of Christ? I answer, ’tis not solely by Christ that we have holiness and good works given us, but…

Interview With Kevin DeYoung on Holiness

Here’s an 8-minute interview with Kevin DeYoung about his new(ish) book The Hole in Our Holiness. Desiring God will post other short videos in the next week from the rest of the interview.  

Don’t Be Trite with the Gospel

Here are a couple of good posts warning us to beware of using “the gospel” as some sort of catch-all spiritual pill we drop on people without any context or specifics: Thabiti Anyabwile: I’m Tired of Hearing “The Gospel” (Warning: Mild Rant) Kevin DeYoung: The Hole In Our Holiness: A Friendly Rejoinder to Gavin Ortlund The gist…

Baxter on the Nature and Motive of Personal Oversight for Pastors

Puritan pastor Richard Baxter gives pastors five keys to personal oversight and eight keys as to why personal oversight should be given in his classic text The Reformed Pastor: The Nature of Oversight Take heed to see that the work of saving grace be thoroughly wrought in your own souls. Take heed to keep your…