I Hate My Sin!

Thomas Watson, in The Godly Man’s Picture, said that a godly person is an “evangelical weeper.” What does this mean?

A true Christian not only recognizes his own sin and openly confesses it to God, but also mourns over his sin because it is offensive to God and his law.  While we shouldn’t judge a person’s repentance by the amount of tears he sheds, we can safely say that a true Christian will feel godly... Continue Reading

Dickens’ Christmas Mystery

After you have put up your decorations and prepared your mulled cider read Dickens’ “A Christmas Tree”

“A Christmas Tree” was published in 1850 at a time when the Christmas tree tradition was strong in Germany, but not yet the fad that it has become in the 21st century. Dickens was showing some English readers a first look at this Christmas tradition.   For fun Christmas reading this season, I highly recommend... Continue Reading

Top Ten Books of 2014

This doesn’t mean I agree with every point in all these books, but it does mean I found them helpful and insightful.

When I say “best” I have several questions in mind: Was this book well written and enjoyable to read? Did I find it personally challenging, illuminating, edifying, or entertaining? Is it a book I am likely to reread or consult often? Do I see myself frequently recommending this book to others?   This list is... Continue Reading

Not Your Ordinary Book Club

One of my goals for last year was to get more women both reading and talking about good books

“Although I love to read, I’ve always found the ordinary book clubs unattractive, mainly because I didn’t want to read their books (I know this sounds horribly postmodern, but bear with me). It’s not that their books were bad (albeit a bit predictable), but as a busy mom of three I wanted my precious reading... Continue Reading

The Only Intelligible Explanation for the Incarnation: A. T. Robertson on the Virgin Birth of Christ

Affirm the truth of the virgin conception of Christ or abandon any claim of incarnation.

If Jesus was not conceived by the Holy Spirit, then he had a human father. Without the virgin birth, there is no explanation for the incarnation. If Jesus had a merely human father, there is no authentic connection to the incarnational theology of Paul and John in the New Testament. All that remains is some... Continue Reading

Can We Identify Those Who Prey on Our Children?

In a world where sexual predators plot evil against our kids, Christians need to consider what it means to protect children and keep them safe.

Do not assume you know who is and who is not a sexual offender. Most people falsely think that they would be able to identity a predator—he or she would be a “monster.” Maybe he is a single man? Someone who is disheveled? Maybe he has some kind of evident mental illness or addiction or... Continue Reading

20 Reading Tips

If you want to develop a reading appetite and aptitude, you need to do it regularly, preferably daily

“If you want to become a skilful reader, you need to learn how to read different topics, genres, and authors. Sure, you might want to start with Duck Dynasty books, but you will want to move on to more demanding subjects such as history, theology, classical novels, and so on. Although we should remain open to learning... Continue Reading

The Difference Between Ten Virgins

Every true believer will persevere to the end, but faith is a fighting grace. Waiting isn’t enough.

There are many in the church who have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. They have participated in the means of grace. They even fit in. They walk with us and talk like us. But they turn away from the truth, do not continue to exercise faith by actively engaging in the gospel... Continue Reading

The Brilliant Ambiguity of the Westminster Standards

Just because several people wholeheartedly agree with a certain confession doesn’t mean they must see eye to eye on every single doctrinal point

Confessions and creeds are useful tools and teachers for Christians who want guidance for standing firm in the faith.  Sadly, some people view Reformed creeds and confessions as straightjackets or paper popes that bind and restrict Christians in  many ways.  However, the Reformed confessions and creeds are purposely ambiguous on certain doctrines; this allows for... Continue Reading

The Theory, the Practice

Putting sin to death is at once so simple and so excruciatingly difficult.

This makes a fitting conclusion to Owen’s instructions on putting sin to death. With all the instructions made, we have now only to look to Christ, to trust in Christ, and to rely on his Holy Spirit. So simple. Yet it is the Christian’s lifetime work.   Putting sin to death is at once so simple... Continue Reading

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