Prior to D.A. Carson's biography of his father, few of us had ever heard of Tom Carson. He did not pastor a large congregation, he did not preside over a college or seminary, he did not leave a legacy of voluminous writings, he was not a sought after conference speaker; in a word---in his son's … Continue reading Ministry and Perfectionism – Reflections on 'Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor' by D.A. Carson
I have been a fan of Jerry Bridges for several years. I was first introduced to Bridges when I picked up Transforming Grace---a warm and refreshing treatment of the grace of God and how we can practically apply the liberating truth of God's grace to our daily lives. Then I read The Pursuit of Holiness, … Continue reading ‘The Great Exchange’ by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington
I thought I would use this post to follow up what I said yesterday about journaling by answering a few important questions that are often asked about this discipline. What Kind of Journal Should I Use? One that works best for you. I have friends who use anything from a simple notebook to a nice, … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Journaling (2)
I find myself regularly reflecting the discipline of journaling. Although I love pens, college-ruled paper, and Mead Five-Star composition notebooks (I usually stock up several at a time), I can say without hesitation the primary reason I practice keeping a journal is the spiritual benefit I derive from such a discipline. Here are a few: … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Journaling
Blogging is not for everybody. Some people rightly hesitate to develop or host a blog. Some may feel that blogging would promote too much pride in their heart and life. Others may sense the gravity and power of writing and are therefore reluctant to write publicly. Still others may not consider blogging a good use … Continue reading Too Proud to Blog?
How should we respond to and apply passages in Scripture that clearly refer to false teachers? Especially those false teachers who, like the ones in 2 Peter 2:1-22, once knew the truth, yet chose to forsake it (2 Peter 2:21)? Certainly, the obvious applications come to mind: stay away from these kinds of false teachers; … Continue reading Blots and Blemishes: How Should Christians Apply 2 Peter 2:1-22?
At times perseverance can be a burdensome concept. We are called to remain faithful to the end and to hold fast to Christ; battling sin and exercising faith. And it is no small issue: our continued perseverance in the faith demonstrates that our salvation is real and God has been and is currently at work … Continue reading Drawing Near to God: The Key to Perseverance