Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Set Us Aflame

The English is a bit stiff in this prayer, but it is beautiful nonetheless.
No sanctity is there therefore, if Thou, O Lord, withdraw Thine hand.  No wisdom availeth, if Thou cease to guide.  No courage helpeth, if Thou leave off to preserve.  No chastity is secure, if Thou do not protect it.  No custody of our own availeth, if They sacred watchfulness be not present.  For, left to ourselves, we sink and perish; but being visited of Thee, we are raised up and live.  Unstable truly are we, but through Three we are strengthened; we wax lukewarm but by Thee we are inflamed. ~ Thomas a Kempis, Of the Imitation of Christ.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sacrifice and Service

"Yet we should not build our lives on the basis of personal satisfaction but on the vision of self-sacrifice and service that the Bible lays before us. Given the choice, what would many of us . . . do: speak at a major academic gathering and hob-nob with the great and the good, or talk to the church youth group?  The answer will speak eloquently of where our real treasure is stored."  ~ Carl Trueman, The Wages of Spin

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Think Right, Read Right, Sing Right

"Think truncated thoughts about God and you'll get a truncated God; read an expurgated Bible and you get an expurgated theology; sing mindless, superficial rubbish in stead of deep, truly emotional praise and you will eventually become what you sing." ~ Carl Trueman, The Wages of Spin

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Grasping God In His Fullness

"We need to grasp once again who God is in his fullness; we need to grasp who we are in relation to him; and we need teaching and worship which gives full-orbed expression to these things - and this will only come when we in the West grow up, ditch the designer gods we build from our pick-n-mix Bible where consumer, not Creator, is king, and give the whole Bible its proper place in our lives, thinking and worship." ~ Carl Trueman, The Wages of Spin

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What Priorities Are In Your Prayers?

"How often did Abraham, Moses, and Paul pray for health, for worldly success, for personal happiness and satisfaction?  How do the concerns of these men compare with the content and priorities of our own prayers?" ~ Carl Trueman, The Wages of Spin

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Domesticating Jesus

"Many of us see the challenges before us and want God to make everything easy.  We want the Jesus of our best life now to give us a blanket and some hot cocoa, not send us out into a fearsome world . . . We have domesticated [Jesus] and left him a pale and weak reflection of himself.  The Jesus of Scripture is radically different from this Messiah of our own imagining." ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Faithful, Not Fearful

"God doesn't want his people to be fearful, but faithful,.  He's not trying to cool us down, but to heat us up. Biblical faith isn't reckless or careless.  It is trusting, confident, and fearless because it is grounded in almighty God."  ~ Owen Strachan, The Risky Gospel