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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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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Only One Thing Is Necessary

The following quotation comes from Martin Luther's treatise On Christian Liberty (pp. 5-7): One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ, as Christ says, John 11[:25], "I am the resurrection and the life; he who …

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Bonhoeffer on Stupidity

The following quotation (from Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison) is a section of a Christmas letter that he sent to his fellow co-conspirators, called After Ten Years, in which "he reflected on the years since Hitler came to power and the resistance into which he had been so ineluctably drawn" (xii). As with every quotations, I …

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Thomas Watson on the Danger of Pleasure

The following is the seventh of Watson's nine points on how not to miss God's kingdom. It comes from his treatment of the second petition of the Lord's Prayer, thy kingdom come. At nearly 100 pages, the entire chapter reads like a lengthy booklet, but I easily count it as one of the most impactful texts …

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