a guest post by Tim Davis
Moses Guiltersleeve was dead. There was no doubt about that.
How then did his deep, condemning voice still speak from the stone-carved doorknocker?
“Ebenezer Skewed, Ebenezer Skewed! In death I am your partner!”
Eben bowed his head in shame. Of course Moses was right, Eben was as good as dead—that he knew full well. He had certainly been reminded often enough. Continue reading “A Christian Carol (or, Living in the Spirit Present)”
Yesterday when I fell down the black hole of Twitter, I ended up gasping for air with a Desiring God blog post. Husbands, Get Her Ready for Jesus (link) astonished me with its unbiblical focus on husband-as-sanctifier. Continue reading “Husbands, you don’t need to get her ready for Jesus—a response to Desiring God”
It’s the season of Advent, and I’m enjoying wonderful songs about the birth of our Savior; this season it’s ones like Lauren Daigle’s “The Light of the World” and Francesca Battistelli’s “You’re Here.” These songs increase my deep joy and gratitude for our Lord Jesus Christ’s willingness to descend to earth and accomplish our great salvation for us, freeing us from sin and death and calling us to Himself. I sometimes stand stunned with gratitude at the outpouring of His grace.
But this gratitude is not my motivator to serve Him. Continue reading “A better motivator for Christian service than gratitude”
Or running away into the mountains . . . or going over a wall in a basket . . . or hiding on a roof . . . Continue reading “You want to “suffer well”? — a poster”
Recently someone asked me to comment on Facebook on a quotation from a Puritan. I told her I found the quotation troubling enough to make a blog post out of it. Here, finally, is the promised post.
My friend said, “When I read this quote, I thought it was true and couldn’t refute it, which is why I posted it – I thought it was okay. At the same time I had doubts, and that’s why I asked you about it. It’s typical of the preaching I heard in my old church. For many years I primarily read Puritan books like this.”
So what was it? It was a paragraph from a piece called “Seven Inferences from the Great Suffering of Jesus Christ,” by Puritan Thomas Brooks. But before I offer commentary on his work, I’d like to ask you to read it without commentary. Continue reading “In which I have a small argument with a Puritan about suffering”
addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 3
You can read Part 1 here. You can read Part 2 here.
Recap of the “daily dying to self” study so far
When Jesus told the crowd “Deny yourself and follow Me,” He wasn’t saying “daily die to yourself in a spiritual or soulish way.” He was telling them to turn their backs on their former lives and become His true disciples. He still calls people to this.
When He said “Take up your cross (daily) and follow Me as a disciple,” He was not saying “die to yourself daily in a spiritual or soulish way.” He was telling them Continue reading “Dear Christian, you are called to spiritual life, not perpetual death”
addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 2
You can read Part 1 here.
Part 1 was an introduction to the topic of “daily dying to self,” partly to respond to a blog post, plus I had the privilege of providing a platform for my excellent husband.
But Part 2 will begin looking at the Scriptures that don’t teach “daily dying to self.” First off . . . Continue reading “Dear Christian: stop trying to die”
addressing the false teaching of “daily dying to self,” part 1
A couple of months ago blogger Darrell Harrison posted this blog article (link), which told us our marriages are supposed to kill us. Continue reading “Dear Christian, your marriage is not supposed to kill you”
About 12 years ago we visited a church that required a certain kind of (very modest) attire for certain events. As I read the brochure that explained the reasons for the attire, I saw that one of the reasons was “for holiness.” Continue reading “How easy it is to appear righteous: a poster”