July 26, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Once again, there is so much good stuff on the internet that I feel compelled to pass some of it on.

Here is a helpful piece on what the word law typically means in the New Testament. Understanding what is being said is vital to accurately unpacking the New Covenant.

Every read “The Screwtape Letters“? Here are 31 single sentence summaries of each chapter. This is a great way to quickly digest/remember Lewis’ thought in the book.

In The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same department, here is a fascinating look at Alexander Hamilton’s adultery and apology. Be sure to read the last paragraph.

I don’t often recommend articles from Guideposts. That said, this one is too good to miss. Sometimes God’s surprises are breathtaking.

From the When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade Department:


January 9, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here is a very helpful piece on the key to a strong marriage. If you are married, this reminder will be valuable.

Ray Ortlund grapples with what Jesus meant when he told Peter, “Get behind me Satan.” Also, he writes about how this rebuke might look in our lives.

But Jesus can see that the reasonable “things of man” and the horrible “things of Satan” are both opposed to the redemptive “things of God,” so diametrically opposed that “the things of man” can serve “the things of Satan.” …

Any time you and I reject the cross and, in effect, rebuke our Lord for choosing that path for himself and us, can we be sure what influence will come out of our mouths next, even if we have also served as voices for God?

It took me most of my life to appreciate poetry. I always wondered why people didn’t just say what they meant. Some of you are way ahead of me here, but I finally realized that somethings just can’t be said with prose. Ray Ortlund’s son, Dane, quoting some of the masters (Lewis et al.), writes about the purpose of poetry.

“When I hear a Christian man finding fault with his minister, I always wish that the devil had found somebody else to do his dirty work.”

–Charles Spurgeon


February 13, 2012

I love 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Act like men.” There are way too many men in the church today who struggle to be courageous husbands, fathers, and believers. Here, Greek expert William Mounce tackles the translation of the verse. It turns out that the verse might apply to women as well. So, ladies, act like women.

Here is an article that helps one understand biblically how the Adversary might attempt to derail your week.

Tobias Crisp was a Puritan from the 17th century who only lived to be 43. Here are a couple of paragraphs from his works. He reminds us that our peace, our assurance comes from Jesus’ work.

Our standing is not founded upon the subduing of our sins, but upon that foundation that never fails; and that is Christ himself, upon his faithfulness and truth.

Here Ron Edmondson mentions seven ways Satan attempts to destroy a church. If you’ve been around church for a long time you’ve probably seen all these strategies at work. Don’t miss his word of encouragement at the end of the post.