God’s Wisdom in Suffering| J. I. Packer

The following quotations comes from Packer's classic book, Knowing God, which you should make plans to read immediately, if you haven't already done so. But how are we to meet these baffling and trying situations, if we cannot for the moment see God's purpose in them? First, by taking them as from God, and asking …

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Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson | Book Review

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author, who has composed some of my favorite songs (Is He Worthy?, Dancing in the Minefields, and You'll Find Your Way to be specific). The first two redesigned hardcover editions of his fantasy series, The Wingfeather Saga, are sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to finished reading the …

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How Are We Sanctified? | John Owen

John Owen's treatise on spiritual-mindedness, from which I have already cited a quotation, is a painfully beneficial read. Worldly thinking runs so deeply within us and is ultimately both deadly and damning. Throughout the book, his aim is simply to exhort us toward spiritual-mindedness, to think about the things of God and be further sanctified …

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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind | Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160178371X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=160178371X&linkId=f029758145080b0a7613153cd02d97d5 As the subtitle suggests, Saxton is drawing from a deep well of Puritan thoughts upon this subject. While Eastern forms of meditation are becoming ever more pervasive today, few associate meditation with Christianity; the Puritans, however, "regularly wrote, taught, and exhorted God's people to a life of meditation" (2). They are, therefore, a rich …

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Human Freedom & Divine Sovereignty | R. C. Sproul

The question of how God's absolute sovereignty relates to human freedom is a long-standing one. In his book Enjoying God, Sproul briefly tackles this subject and makes an important distinction: we are free, but we are not autonomous. Augustine said that "in a certain sense God wills everything that comes to pass." He ordains things …

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Another Form of Hypocrisy | John Owen

Having written yesterday about the one thing necessary in this life, John Owen applies a similar thought to the notion of hypocrisy from his book Spiritual-mindedness. Consider his words with sober minds and tender hearts, brothers and sisters. Many have a false idea of hypocrisy. They think that a hypocrite is only one who pretends …

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The Bible Is Not a Policy Book | Robert L. Plummer

Robert Plummer's contribution to the 40 Questions Series is a great book for grasping the basics of hermeneutics, or properly interpreting the Bible. I found the following quotation of particular help, since the question about Christians not adhering to Levitical laws is an all too common question. Many supposed inconsistencies of Christian morality (for example, …

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A Review of The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0300050607/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0300050607&linkId=f96ebbb86eb4eed82d2146e275ca6610 The Democratization of American Christianity was published in 1989 by Nathan O. Hatch, who was at that time a professor of history and vice president for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Notre Dame. Through this study of history, Hatch aims to describe how “the wave of popular religious movements that broke …

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The Study of God | Charles Spurgeon

Knowing God by J. I. Packer is one of my readings for teaching over the Attributes of God, and it is the kind of book that upon beginning makes you immediately wish that you had read it earlier. This quotation, however, is not from Packer; instead, it is a portion of a sermon from Charles …

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Scandalously Simple

Reading through Joe Barnard's The Way Forward has been painful in a good sort of way. Written for the spiritual growth of men in the 21st Century, the first third is a diagnosis of the problem, of what keeps us from maturing in Christ as we should. The following quotation is from that section of …

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