TWO | Self-Denial in the Christian Life

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If we are not our own but the Lord’s, it’s clear what errors we must flee, and what we must direct our whole lives toward. We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions. We are not our own; therefore, let us …

Continue reading TWO | Self-Denial in the Christian Life

The King Has Come

Making Void the Word of God by Traditions | Mark 6:53-7:13

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored to the shore. And when they got out of the boat, the people immediately recognized him and ran about the whole region and began to bring the sick people on their beds to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he came, …

Continue reading Making Void the Word of God by Traditions | Mark 6:53-7:13

ONE | Scripture’s Call to Christian Living

QUOTE OF THE WEEK God has manifested Himself as Father to us. If we do not manifest ourselves as sons to Him in turn, we prove ourselves to be extremely ungrateful (Mal. 1:6; 1 John 3:1). 9 SUMMARY In this chapter, Calvin addresses how Scripture commands Christians to live, which is not intended to be …

Continue reading ONE | Scripture’s Call to Christian Living

The American Nightmare?

This week I have begun reading through the first volume of Right Now Counts Forever, the four-volume collection of R. C. Sproul’s monthly columns on current events from the Tabletalk Magazine. The first article is from May 1977, and I have found those early ones quite fascinating. I’ve heard some make comparisons of the U.S.’s …

Continue reading The American Nightmare?

Joy in Christ

Think About These Things | Philippians 4:8-9

This sermon was originally preached in 2018. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice …

Continue reading Think About These Things | Philippians 4:8-9

Jesus Is the Application

Over the past two Sundays, I preached two fairly well-known texts, Jesus calming the storm and Jesus healing the demoniac. While studying for the first sermon, I began to think about all the possible applications that could be made from that passage, yet increasingly, I became even more rooted in my conviction that Mark particularly …

Continue reading Jesus Is the Application

Social Justice & the Church: A Podcast

By now I am certain that almost everyone reading this has at least heard in passing the words social justice. Perhaps you may have also heard some terms that are generally linked to them, things like Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Marxism, and Intersectionality. If you have found yourself confused by the controversies …

Continue reading Social Justice & the Church: A Podcast

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 …

Continue reading Quotes from The Mortification of Sin

Reading Together

Chapter 14 (Mortification of Sin)

We arrive at last to the final chapter of Owen's treatise on mortifying sin. Here Owen explains that while the previous nine directions have largely focused upon preparing ourselves to mortify sin, he now speaks to "the work itself" (145). In our present edition of study, only one direction is distinguished here; Richard Rushing in …

Continue reading Chapter 14 (Mortification of Sin)

Reading Together

Chapter 13 (Mortification of Sin)

We come now to the penultimate chapter of John Owen’s classic, The Mortification of Sin. In this chapter Owen concludes his nine directions for making ourselves ready to mortify sin. Next week, he will conclude the book with two final directions for killing our sin before it kills us. The 9th Direction and subject of …

Continue reading Chapter 13 (Mortification of Sin)