Thoughts on the Way Home

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Fire on the Wall

Taken from Pilgrim's Progress:

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"Then I saw in my dream, that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a Fire burning against a wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the Fire burn higher and hotter.

The said Christian, What means this?

The Interpreter answered; This Fire is the Work of Grace that is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it, to extinguish and put it out, is the Devil: But in that thou seest the Fire notwithstanding burn higher and hotter, thou shalt also see the reason of that. So he had him about to the back side of the wall, where he saw a Man with a Vessel of Oil in his hand, of which he did also continually cast (but secretly) into the Fire.

Then said Christian, What means this?

The Interpreter answered, This is Christ, who continually with the Oil of his Grace maintains the work already begun in the heart: By the means of which, notwithstanding what the Devil can do, the souls of his people prove gracious still. And in that thou sawest, that the Man stood behind the wall to maintain the Fire; this is to teach thee, That it is hard for the Tempted to see how this Work of Grace is maintained in the soul.

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Praise the Lord for his secret work.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

True Christianity - Edwards

"...the religion that Christ taught consisted mainly in true piety of heart and life. Indeed, the custom of the present day has called something else the religion of Christ besides this: 'tis customary to call the doctrines of Christianity the Christian religion." Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity, 130.

I recently heard a brother state that if someone in our day professes to believe the 5 solas they are deemed o.k., almost regardless of anything else. It looks like Edwards dealt with a similar problem. It's quotes like this that make it odd that Edwards is so popular. You wonder if anyone is actually reading him!

Abigail Hutchinson's Testimony

One of the most encouraging sections in the Essential Edwards Collection is quotes from the account of Abigail Hutchinson. The entire account is found in Edwards' Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. The following quote is glorious!

At the last time on Wednesday morning, while in the enjoyment of a spiritual view of Christ's glory and fulness, her soul was filled with distress for Christless persons, to consider what a miserable condition they were in: and she felt in herself a strong inclination immediately to go forth to warn sinners; and proposed it the next day to her brother to assist her in going from house to house; but her brother restrained her, by telling her of the unsuitableness of such a method. She told one of her sisters that day that she loved all mankind, but especially the people of God. Her sister asked her why she loved all mankind. She replied because God had made them. After this, there happened to come into the shop where she was at work, three persons that were thought to have been lately converted; her seeing them as they stepped in one after another into the door so affected her, and so drew forth her love to them, that it overcame her, and she almost fainted: and when they began to talk of the things of religion, it was more than she could bear; they were obliged to cease on that account. Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity, 114,115

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Gospel Edwards Preached

Owen/Strachen note, "This paragraph (below) is perhaps the most important in the book. It provides one of the most concise summaries of the gospel Edwards gave in his ministry."

"When Christ had once undertaken with God, to stand for us, and put himself under our law, by that law he was obliged to suffer, and by the same law he was obliged to obey: by the same law, after he had taken man's guilt upon him, he himself being our surety, could not be acquitted, till he had suffered, nor rewarded till he had obeyed: but he was not acquitted as a private person, but as our head, and believers are acquitted in his acquittance; nor was he accepted to a reward for his obedience as a private person, but as our head, and we are accepted to a reward in his acceptance. The Scripture teaches us, that when Christ was raised from the dead, he was justified; which justification as I have already shown, implies, both his acquittance from our guilt, and his acceptance to the exaltation and glory that was the reward of his obedience: but believers, as soon as they believe are admitted to partake with Christ in this his justification: hence we are told that he was 'raised again for our justification'" (Romans 4:25). Jonathan Edwards on True Christianity, 81

True Peace - Edwards

The following is an excellent reminder. The Christian is the only person on earth who can truly deal with reality with both eyes open and leave peace. On the contrary, the non-Christian spends most of his time trying to escape reality through worldly distractions.

"But with respect to the peace which Christ gives, reason is its great friend: the more that faculty is exercised, the more is it established; the more they consider and view things with truth and exactness, the firmer is their comfort and the higher their joy. How vast a difference is this, between [a Christian and a worldling]! How miserable are they who can't enjoy peace any otherwise than by hiding their eyes from the light and confining themselves to darkness, whose peace is properly stupidity: as the ease which a man has that has taken a dose of stupefying poison, and the ease and pleasure that a drunken man may have in an house on fire over his head, or the joy of a distracted man in thinking that he is a king, though a miserable wretch confined in Bedlam. Whereas, the peace that Christ gives to his true disciples is the light of life: something of the tranquility of heaven, the peace of the celestial paradise that has the glory of God to lighten it." Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life, 118-119

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Cost of Our Redemption - Edwards

A wonderful reminder from Edwards concerning the cost of our redemption.

"As feasts are expensive and are provided at the expense of the host, so the provision which God has in the gospel made for our souls be exceeding expensive unto [him]. We have it for nothing. It costs us nothing, but it cost God a great deal. Fallen men can't be feasted but at vast expense. We are by sin sunk infinitely low, into the lowest depths of misery and want, and our famishing souls could not be provided for [but] under infinite expense. All that we have from God for the salvation and support and nourishment of our souls cost exceeding dear. Never were any that were feasted at so dear a rate as believers: what they eat and drink is a thousand times more costly than what they eat at the tables [of] princes, that is far-fetched and dear bought....He was obliged to fight for it as it were up to his knees in blood that he might obtain it; yea, he waded through a sea of blood to get it for us." Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life, 103

Edwards on having a "sense" of God

"Thus there is a difference between having an opinion that God is holy and gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace. There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness. A man may have the former, that knows not how honey tastes; but a man can't have the latter, unless he has an idea of the taste of honey in his mind. So there is a difference between believing that a person is beautiful, and having a sense of his beauty. The former may be obtained by hearsay, but the latter only by seeing the countenance. There is a wide difference between mere speculative, rational judging anything to be excellent, and having a sense of its sweetness, and beauty. The former rests only in the head, speculation only is concerned in it; but the heart is concerned in the latter. When the heart is sensible of the beauty and amiableness of a thing, it necessarily feels pleasure in the apprehension. It is implied in a person's being heartily sensible of the loveliness of a thing, that the idea of it is sweet and pleasant to his soul; which is a far different thing from having a rational opinion that it is excellent." Jonathan Edwards on the Good Life, 79.

Dr. Shippen on Edwards' Death

Owen/Strachen in Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell relate the following account of Edwards' death. - mv

After he fell ill from a vaccination gone wrong in 1758, the pastor, so ambitious and able, rapidly came near his death. The account of his passing by his doctor, William Shippen, shows that Jonathan took his own counsel seriously (to keep eternity in view - mv). He met his end with eternity fully in view, as Shippen related:
And never did any mortal man more fully and clearly evidence the sincerity of all his professions, by one continued, universal, calm, cheerful resignation, and patient submission to the divine will, through every stage of his disease, than he; not so much as one discontented expression, nor the least appearance of murmuring through the whole. And never did any person expire with more perfect freedom from pain;--not so much as one distorted hair--but in the most proper sense of the words, he really fell asleep. Death had certainly lost its sting, as to him.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

"True Conversion is a Rare Thing" - Edwards

Here is a quote from Edwards' last sermon to his congregation in Northhampton (who were running him off!).

"This the Scripture has told us, that there are but few saved: and we have abundant confirmation of it from what we see." Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell, 47

In his sermon on "Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer" Edwards says rather plainly, "True conversion is a rare thing."

Keep in mind this is a man who saw powerful movements of God! Again, this is another thing you don't hear very often!

UPDATE: A brother wrote and cited what follows in the quote from Edwards sermon on prayer. It's worth adding to the quote above.
True conversion is a rare thing. But that men are brought off from a false hope of conversion — after they are once settled and established in it, and have continued in it for some time, is much more rare.


The authors of The Essential Edwards Collection make the following comment on Jonathan Edwards' eternity mindset.

"We joke about being 'heavenly-minded' and shy away from Christians who seem to be, viewing them as odd and out-of-place (indeed they are). We strive to be cool, hip, fashionable, relevant, and plugged in, unaware of how little these things will matter in eternity." Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell, 39.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Edwards First Resolution

I was exhorted by Edwards' first resolution. It is easy to read over this quote without feeling the magnitude of what this would look like. Imagine spending even one day seeking to do nothing but live in the reality of 1 Corinthians 10:31!

"Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God's glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad's of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever." Jonathan Edwards: Lover of God, 37

Studying in the Dust

Commenting on Edwards' approach in study, the authors of The Essential Edwards Collection note the following:
"One did not discuss the Lord as an abstract concept. One begins the study of theology lying in the dust beside the prophet Ezekiel, heart pounding , eyes straining to shut out the piercing glory of God (Ezekiel 1:28-2:10). Jonathan Edwards on Beauty, 26.

A Sense of Divine Excellency

"A true sense of the divine excellency of the things of God's Word doth more directly and immediately convince of the truth of them; and that because the excellency of these things is so superlative. There is a beauty in them that is so divine and godlike, that is greatly and evidently distinguishing of them from things merely human, or that men are the inventors and authors of; a glory that is so high and great, that when clearly seen, commands assent to their divinity, and reality. When there is an actual and lively discovery of this beauty and excellency, it won't allow of any such thought as that it is an human work, or the fruit of men's invention. This evidence, that they, that are spiritually enlightened, have of the truth of the things of religion, is a kind of intuitive and immediate evidence. They believe the doctrines of God's Word to be divine, because they see divinity in them, i.e. they see a divine, and transcendent, and most evidently distinguishing glory in them; such a glory as, if clearly seen, don't leave room to doubt of their being of God, and not of men." - Edwards, Jonathan Edwards: Lover of God, 64-65,

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Essential Edwards Collection

I finished reading the Essential Edwards Collection, and I promised to write a review so here is my best shot. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, "No man is more relevant to the present condition of Christianity than Jonathan Edwards." That statement coupled with an exhortation from a brother to begin working through Edwards caused me to want to get this set. I found much to be encouraged by.

The set covers a broad range of reoccurring emphases from Edwards. One volume is dedicated to Edwards' thought in the following areas: beauty, Heaven and Hell, "the good life," and true Christianity. Also included is a popular level biography of his life. The authors intersperse extensive quotes from the works of Edwards with their own commentary. They did a wonderful job of mining these quotes. A reader basically cannot turn a page without running into a massive block quote from the works of Edwards. And that was my main hope in obtaining this set. I wanted someone to give me a broad stroke overview of Edwards' thought without having to read 26 volumes!

I was especially exhorted by Heaven and Hell and Beauty to go deeper in my thinking in these areas. Edwards' extensive meditation on these subjects seems to have had a very practical impact on his life. I didn't agree with all of his conclusions, but these volumes made me want to go deeper in my own thinking.

I was also tremendously encouraged that the authors dedicated a whole volume to Edwards's thoughts on true Christianity. That is no small thing! Widespread confusion exists concerning the nature of Biblical Christianity, and from reading this volume I am convinced Edwards could go a long way in helping recover these truths.

The volume that gave me the most trouble was The Good Life. My copy looks like WWIII hit with highlighting and questions in the margins! But that actually may be more my fault than the writers. I have a fairly significant problem with Piper's emphasis on Christian Hedonism, and I went into this volume looking for the authors to defend Piper through Edwards. While flipping back through this volume I concluded that in many ways it contains some of the richest quotes.

I really appreciated this set. I do not know of another resource that gives such a broad range of Edwards' thought in accessible form. For me, that alone was worth the read. Aside from this I think the greatest benefit derived from the set is the way the authors force their readers to deal with issues. They constantly apply Edwards to everyday life. This keeps a reader from simply leaving Edwards' thought in the realm of theory. So even when disagreeing, a reader is challenged to think through what an appropriate application would be. For me, that is extremely valuable.

For the next couple of days I will be posting some of the quotes that encouraged me. I hope it will be a blessing to you.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Content with Being an Ampliatus or Phlegon


Courtesy of Kevin DeYoung:

"Until we are content with being one of the million nameless, faceless church members and not the next globe-trotting rock star, we aren’t ready to be a part of the church. In the grand scheme of things, most of us are going to be more of an Ampliatus (Rom. 16:8) or Phlegon (v. 14) than an apostle Paul. And maybe that’s why so many Christians are getting tired of the church. We haven’t learned how to be part of the crowd. We haven’t learned to be ordinary. Our jobs are often mundane. Our devotional times often seem like a waste. Church services are often forgettable. That’s life. We drive to the same places, go through the same routines with the kids, buy the same groceries at the store, and share a bed with the same person every night. Church is often the same too — same doctrines, same basic order of worship, same preacher, same people. But in all the smallness and sameness, God works — like the smallest seed in the garden growing to unbelievable heights, like beloved Tychicus, that faithful minister, delivering the mail and apostolic greetings (Eph. 6:21). Life is usually pretty ordinary, just like following Jesus most days. Daily discipleship is not a new revolution each morning or an agent of global transformation every evening; it’s a long obedience in the same direction."

Read the whole thing HERE.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Secured By the Blood of the Lamb


“All Christian blessings and resources are grounded in the blood of the Lamb.

Do you find yourself accepted before this holy God? If so, it is because of the blood of the Lamb. Have you received the blessed Holy Spirit? He has been poured out because of the blood of the Lamb. Do you have the prospect of consummated eternal life in glory? It was secured by the blood of the Lamb.

Are you in the fellowship of saints, brothers and sisters who love Christ, the church of the living God, a new body, the body of Christ on earth? This is bought, secured, and constituted by the blood of the Lamb. Are you grateful for the spiritual armaments that Paul tells us to deploy (Ephesians 6)? The entire arsenal is at our disposal because of the blood of the Lamb. May we go to God in prayer? It is because of the blood of the Lamb. Do we find our wills strengthened by the Spirit? That incalculable benefit was secured by the blood of the Lamb.

Every whiff of victory over the principalities and powers of this dark age has been secured by the blood of the Lamb.”

—D.A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus(Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 99

HT: Of First Importance


The Secret of a Heavenly Walk


“I feel when I have sinned an immediate reluctance to go to Christ. I am ashamed to go. I feel as if it would not do to go, as if it were making Christ the minister of sin, to go straight from the swine-trough to the best robe, and a thousand other excuses. But I am persuaded they are all lies direct from hell. John argues the opposite way—‘If any man sins, we have an advocate with the Father;’ … The holy sensitiveness of the soul that shrinks from the touch of sin, the acute susceptibility of the conscience at the slightest shade of guilt, will of necessity draw the spiritual mind frequently to the blood of Jesus. And herein lies the secret of a heavenly walk. Acquaint yourself with it, my reader, as the most precious secret of your life. He who lives in the habit of a prompt and minute acknowledgement of sin, with his eye reposing calmly, believingly, upon the crucified Redeemer, soars in spirit where the eagle’s pinion [wings] range not.”

~Octavius Winslow

HT: Kevin Williams


Overcoming the Accuser


“How dare you approach the mercy-seat of God on the basis of what kind of day you had, as if that were the basis for our entrance into the presence of the sovereign and holy God? No wonder we cannot beat the Devil. This is works theology. It has nothing to do with grace and the exclusive sufficiency of Christ. Nothing.

Do you not understand that we overcome the accuser on the ground of the blood of Christ? Nothing more, nothing less. That is how we win. It is the only way we win. This is the only ground of our acceptance before God. If you drift far from the cross, you are done. You are defeated.

We overcome the accuser of our brothers and sisters, we overcome our consciences, we overcome our bad tempers, we overcome our defeats, we overcome our lusts, we overcome our fears, we overcome our pettiness on the basis of the blood of the Lamb.”

—D.A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 103

HT: Of First Importance


Saturday, May 08, 2010

George Street Evangelist

Here is the full version of a story I've been hearing for a while. What an encouragement. Praise the Lord for this Mr. Genor. May we follow all the objective commands and subjective leadings to serve regardless of our perceived impact. "The secret things belong to the Lord..."

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

When Morning Gilds the Skies


We don't typically sing the whole thing, but this is a phenomenal hymn!

When Morning Gilds the Skies

When morning gilds the skies my heart awaking cries:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Alike at work and prayer, to Jesus I repair:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When you begin the day, O never fail to say,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
And at your work rejoice, to sing with heart and voice,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Whene’er the sweet church bell peals over hill and dell,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
O hark to what it sings, as joyously it rings,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

My tongue shall never tire of chanting with the choir,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
This song of sacred joy, it never seems to cloy,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Does sadness fill my mind? A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Or fades my earthly bliss? My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

To God, the Word, on high, the host of angels cry,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let mortals, too, upraise their voice in hymns of praise,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this at meals your grace, in every time and place;
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Be this, when day is past, of all your thoughts the last
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When mirth for music longs, this is my song of songs:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evening shadows fall, this rings my curfew call,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

When sleep her balm denies, my silent spirit sighs,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
When evil thoughts molest, with this I shield my breast,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

The night becomes as day when from the heart we say:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

No lovelier antiphon in all high Heav’n is known
Than, Jesus Christ be praised!
There to the eternal Word the eternal psalm is heard:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Let all the earth around ring joyous with the sound:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
In Heaven’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Sing, suns and stars of space, sing, ye that see His face,
Sing, Jesus Christ be praised!
God’s whole creation o’er, for aye and evermore
Shall Jesus Christ be praised!

In Heav’n’s eternal bliss the loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Let earth, and sea and sky from depth to height reply,
May Jesus Christ be praised!

Be this, while life is mine, my canticle divine:
May Jesus Christ be praised!
Sing this eternal song through all the ages long:
May Jesus Christ be praised!

-- Edward Caswall

HT: Mack T


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A Ravenhill Regret


A Ravenhill Regret
If I had spent more time alone with God rather than preaching and planning how I was going to change the world, I would be a very different man.
-- Leonard Ravenhill

HT: Mack T


Imperatives – Indicatives = Impossibilities


Courtesy of Justin Taylor:

The dominant mode of evangelical preaching on sanctification, the main way to motivate for godly living, sounds something like this:

You are not _____;

You should be _________;

Therefore, do or be ________!

Fill in the blank with anything good and biblical (holy; salt and light; feed the poor; walk humbly; give generously; etc.).

This is not how Paul and the other New Testament writers motivated the church in light of the resurrection and the outpouring of the Spirit. They did give imperatives (=what you should do), but they do so only based on indicatives (=what God has done).

The problem with the typical evangelical motivation toward radical or sacrificial living is that “imperatives divorced from indicatives become impossibilities” (to quote Tullian Tchividjian). Or another way that Tullian puts it: “gospel obligations must be based on gospel declarations.”

This “become what you are” way of speaking is strange for many us us. It seems precisely backward. But we must adjust our mental compass in order to walk this biblical path and recalibrate in order to speak this biblical language.

We see this all throughout the NT. Here are a few examples of this gospel logic and language:

“You really are unleavened” (indicative),
therefore “Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump” (imperative). [1 Cor. 5:7].

“You are not under law but under grace” and you “have been brought from death to life (indicatives),
therefore “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body. . . .
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness,
but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness” (imperatives). [Rom. 6:12-14]

“Having been set free from sin, [you] have become slaves of righteousness (indicatives) . . .
[therefore] now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification (imperative). [Rom. 6:18-19]

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (indicative),
therefore, “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (imperative). [Gal. 5:16, 24]

Pastor, are you encouraging your people to become who they already are in Christ Jesus?

-Justin Taylor


A Word to Pastors From Kevin DeYoung


[Your people] don’t need to hear more statistics and more stories Sunday after Sunday about how bad everything is in the world.

They need to hear about Christ’s death and resurrection.

They need to hear how we are justified by faith apart from works of the law.

They need to hear the old, old story once more.

Because the secret of the gospel is that we actually do more when we hear less about all we need to do for God and hear more about all that God has already done for us.

The whole article is well worth reading.



Page CXVI - New Hymns


A few days ago I mentioned that you could freely download Page CXVI's first album of hymns from their site for a limited time. If you haven't already, I would encourage you to check it out. I love what they've done with some of the arrangements. Their version of "In Christ Alone" is very powerful, and "Joy" left me speechless! I'm sure it's not everyone's cup 'o tea, but it hits the mark in my case.

Anyway, I also wanted to let you know that you can now listen to their second hymns album for free over on Justin Taylor's blog. This will only last a week though, so head over there soon if you're interested. And if you like what you hear, consider supporting the artist by purchasing the album from their site.


Monday, May 03, 2010

The River of Psalm 46

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God. The holy dwelling places of the Most High. Psalm 46:4

The River is the centerpiece of this section. It comes from the outside flowing in. That is critical. Because inside the world is changing and slipping into the heart of the sea. The earth is quakes, and the waters roar. In short, nothing is stable inside. Everything is in turmoil. Humanly speaking, there is no safe place to put your foot, and everything is collapsing. But here comes the River. Praise God for that River! The River comes from the outside, and so it is unaffected by the sheer chaos that surrounds it. It flows calmly along, waiting for anyone who needs refuge.

The Love of God - B. B. Warfield


The Love of God

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

The love here celebrated, we must remember, is the love of God--of the Lord God Almighty, and it is love toward a world which altogether "lies in the evil one." It is a love which is great, powerful, and all-conquering, which attains its end, and will not stand helpless before any obstacle. It is the precise purpose of this passage to teach us this, to raise our hearts to some apprehension of the inconceivable greatness of the love of God, set as it is upon saving this wicked world.

You must not think, then, that God sits helplessly by, while the world which He created for Himself, hurdles hopelessly on to destruction, and that He is able only to snatch with difficulty here and there a brand from the universal burning. Through all the years of history, an increasing purpose of the Lord runs--one increasing purpose: the kingdoms of the earth are becoming ever more and more the kingdom of our God and His Christ.

-- B.B. Warfield

HT: Mack T


Satan's Accusations and Our Response


“Satan accuses Christians day and night. It is not just that he will work on our conscience to make us feel as dirty, guilty, defeated, destroyed, weak, and ugly as he possibly can; it is something worse: his entire play in the past is to accuse us before God day and night, bringing charges against us that we know we can never answer before the majesty of God’s holiness.

What can we say in response? Will our defense be, ‘Oh, I’m not that bad?’ You will never beat Satan that way. Never. What you must say is, ‘Satan, I’m even worse than you think, but God loves me anyway. He has accepted me because of the blood of the Lamb.”

—D.A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus(Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 98-99

HT: Of First Importance


The Tyranny of the Beep


A good article from Tim Challies:

The People of the Beep