Quiet Reflection

I received an e-mail from a dear friend and mentor a few weeks ago. At the very end of the e-mail, she gave me one piece of advice: “Do you have time for quiet reflection?” The thought caught me off-guard. Quiet reflection? Of course I do…sometimes…maybe…. The idea is that the Lord created men and…

Holiness: By Christ Alone

From: JC Ryle Quotes Would you be holy? Would you become a new creature? Then begin with Christ! You will do nothing, until you feel your sin and weakness—and flee to Him! He is the beginning of all holiness. He is not only wisdom and righteousness to His people—but sanctification also. People sometimes try to…

The Birthing of Art

“Art is not birthed in a vacuum, nor is it produced solely from a life of blissful devotion and ongoing prayer and song. Art is often brought forth from hardship and struggle, turmoil and tears. There is something about a troubled soul that taps into both the reality of our fallen condition and the hope…

“Hard to Do!”

      From early childhood, boys and girls have the capacity to understand difficulty and one level or another. As a toddler, one of my oft-repeated phrases was, “hard to do!” Whether it was picking up my toys or straining to reach some desired object beyond my reach, if something was difficult for me,…

Exercising Your Faith Diligently

From JC Ryle Quotes: Would you have more faith? Do you find believing so pleasant that you would like to believe more? Then take heed that you are diligent in the use of every means of grace – diligent in your private communion with God – diligent in your daily watchfulness over time, temper, and tongue – diligent in your private Bible reading – diligent in your…

Affections – Jonathan Edwards

From: The Old Guys Such is man’s nature, that he is very inactive, any otherwise than he is influenced by some affection, either love or hatred, desire, hope, fear, or some other. These affections we see to be the springs that set men agoing, in all the affairs of life, and engage them in all…

Why Me?

Have you ever asked this question? I know I have. Justin Taylor offers a wise commentary on this common phrase at The Gospel Coalition. Its well worth checking out.

Jesus Has Come for You

From Of First Importance: Jesus has come for losers, people on the margins, people who’ve made a mess of their lives, people who are ordinary. Jesus has come for you. The only people left out are those who think they don’t need God: the self-righteous and self-important. Sadly that includes many people. — Tim ChesterA Meal…

A History of Tragedy: Macbeth, Hazael, and Idolatry

Tragedies are, by definition, tragic. They involve tragic heroes who have tragic flaws. By some vital failure within the hero, he is gradually isolated from society and experiences consequences that typically lead to his death. Macbeth, the classic Shakespearean example of a tragic hero, finds companionship with the little-known servant of 1 Kings 8:7-15, Hazael….