What’s the Point? | C. S. Lewis on Learning in Wartime

I recently read the second essay compiled in the book, The Weight of Glory, by C. S. Lewis. The first essay from which the book was named is worth the purchase alone, which is exactly what I did. Yet I finally ventured beyond that initial writing and read the essay titled, "Learning in War-Time." It …

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Telling the Story | Philip Ryken

Last Sunday I preached through plagues seven through nine. While moving through those passages, I essentially bypassed the first two verses of chapter 10, which preface the eighth plague: Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show …

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Doctrine Is Necessary for Holiness | Thomas Chalmers

This year I’ve resolved to add a new habit to my weekly routine: reading a sermon each Monday or Tuesday. To be honest, I did so the first week of the year because I was sick and didn’t want to do anything at all, so I grabbed a book of Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s sermons and …

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Right Now Counts Forever

My wife and I have been subscribed to Ligonier’s Tabletalk Magazine for around two years now, and it has been a tremendous blessing to our home. My wife loves the daily Bible study readings, and we often read the articles aloud together. But since we subscribed after R. C. Sproul went to be with the …

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What ‘I AM WHO I AM’ Means | John Piper

In John Piper's book Providence, he very helpfully lists out ten dimensions of meaning that are declared by God's name, Yahweh, and His declaration of Himself, I AM WHO I AM. Although I did not have time last Sunday's sermon to read such a lengthy quotation, it is certainly worth sharing here (and the book …

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Gifts, God, & Our Desperate Struggle Against Time

Although I read N. D. Wilson’s Death by Living back in 2017, I have regularly visited certain passages and chapters ever since. The following is one such quotation: Our futile struggle in time is courtesy of God’s excessive giving. Sunset after sunset make it hard to remember and hold just one. Smell after smell. Laugh …

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C. S. Lewis, Fantasy, & Scaring Children

I have recently been reading through a few of C. S. Lewis’ essays on fantasy (compiled in the book Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories[1])and came across the following paragraph within an essay titled “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” which was very intriguing since I have recently discussed the relationship between children and …

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Quotes from A Little Book on the Christian Life

With our brief walk-through John Calvin's A Little Book on the Christian Life completed, I will continue the pattern that I set after completing Mortification of Sin and Heaven Taken by Storm by listing some of my favorite quotations from throughout the book. Of course, this study I also began to give a quote of …

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Does Regeneration Precede Faith? | John Calvin

The question at hand of which comes first, regeneration or faith, is full of obvious assumptions. If our faith precedes our regeneration, then it might be quite easily assumed that salvation is a synergistic work by which we extend a hand of desperation to God and He, in turn, rescued us. And if our regeneration …

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Reading Together

Quotes from The Mortification of Sin

Having concluded our read together through Owen's classic The Mortification of Sin, a gathering of some of my favorite quotations from the book seems to be fitting sort of epilogue. Of course, I did the same with Thomas Watson's book, Heaven Taken by Storm, but there is certainly a significant difference between the two. Watson …

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