The Expository Genius of John Calvin

The Expository Genius of John Calvin is the first book in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, which is edited by Steven Lawson. It is my fifth volume to read in the series (the others being on Lloyd-Jones, Luther, Watts, and Owen). If you are not familiar with the series, they are not …

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Reading Together

Chapter 6 (Mortification of Sin)

As we noted last week, chapters 5 and 6 are tied together as in them Owen is defining for us what exactly mortification means. In the previous chapter he dismantled a few of the false notions and imitations of mortification, here he moves onto what it is positively. He lays the answer out into three …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Directions & Conclusion | Chapters 18-19

This week we conclude our reading through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Eighteen Outline Keep up daily prayer.Get under lively preaching.Get your hearts filled with love to religion.Be vigilant.Bind your heart to God by sacred vows.Be sure to make going to heaven your business.Have heaven …

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My Favorite Books of 2020

With 2020 drawing to a close, I’ll throw my best of list into the mix as well, so below are my favorite books that I read this year. Heaven Taken by Storm by Thomas WatsonLike last year, Watson again takes the top slot for me. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Taking Heed of Hindrances | Chapter 17

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Seventeen Outline Hindrance #1 – Take heed of unbelief.Hindrance #2 – Take heed of puzzling thoughts about election.Hindrance #3 – Take heed of too much violence after the world.Hindrance #4 – Take heed of …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Motives for Offering Violence | Chapter 16

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Sixteen Outline 27 Motives for Offering violenceConsider our deplorable conditionIt is possible to arrive at happinessViolence for heaven is our grand businessConsider how violent the wicked are for sinHoly violence is mingled with delightIt …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Examining Ourselves | Chapter 14

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Note: Because this chapter is predominately a series of questions for self-reflection and self-examination, I will not be providing questions of my own. Instead, below is the chapter outline with the list of the eleven …

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The Strongest Spell | C. S. Lewis

Here’s how I see it. Effective writers are able to communicate their intended message. Good writers do the same but in a memorable fashion. Great writers are both effective and memorable but also keep you coming back for more. C. S. Lewis was a great writer whose books warrant frequent revisits. The following passage from …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Heaven | Chapter 12

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Twelve Outline Metaphors for Heavenly ViolenceStrivingWrestlingRunningFightingReasons for Offering ViolenceGod’s commandGod’s decreeIt is difficultViolent assaults are made against usfrom our heartsfrom the powers of hellThis violence is of the highest importanceWe save our soulWe gain …

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Wearing the Belt of Truth | Iain Duguid

Iain Duguid's short book, The Whole Armor of God, has been a wonderful read. While studying over the belt of truth, I included one quotation from his chapter on the same subject, but here are a few others that are equally worth sharing. In Ephesians 4:21, Paul contrasts Christianity to the pagan approach to life …

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