The Gospel Discipline of Listening

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (Proverbs 18:1-2) This proverbial couplet expresses a simple wisdom principle: surround yourself with wise people and listen to them. Most of us hear that and say, “Good nugget. Ok, I’m gonna…

Tremble Because God Did That, Not You

Here’s a portion of my sermon, “Work Out Your Own Salvation” from Philippians 2:12-13. Paul doesn’t give us a three-step process for sanctification (there are very few, if any, of those in Scripture). Rather, he describes a heart disposition that characterizes “working out your own salvation.” At the end of verse 12, he says to…

Review and Giveaway: Embracing Obscurity

Anonymous. Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2012. Today, a new book comes out titled Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything. The author? Anonymous. No, that’s not his name. Writing a book on humility and self-forgetfulness, the author wanted to remain nameless. He writes, “I couldn’t think of any…

One Thought on the C.J. Mahaney Issue

For those of you who are not aware, some severe charges have been leveled against C.J. Mahaney. These charges can be summed up in one word: pride. Tim Challies has written a helpful reflection on the situation and how Christians should respond.  Ligon Duncan also pens his reflection and he includes some links that will help you catch…

Woe to the Idolater

In Luke 6:24-26, Jesus condemns people in general — and the Pharisees in particular — with four specific woes.  Here’s what he says: But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for…

Hitting the Hay with Humility

Here are two thoughts from C.J. Mahaney on how to cultivate humility as you end your day: Avoid cosmic plagiarism. “Let not a single day end without the specific and intentional ‘transfer’ of all glory, for all grace to God alone!  That is the humble way to end each and every day.” Accept the gift…