If you have ever read The Lord of The Rings or watched the movies, one of the main themes that drives the plot is fellowship. You are introduced to characters like Frodo Baggins, Gandalf, and Sam as well as the silly and inseparable duo that enjoy second breakfasts Merry and Pippin. The relationships each had … Continue reading Tolkien & Owen On Communion With God
The Puritan John Owen is my next major dead influence. This is due to two things. First Owen's books have been a great help for my heart in pastoral ministry. I've found that it is rare to have friends around you who are willing to call you out as Owen does in his writing. … Continue reading John Owen: An Honest Pastoral Appeal to Come to Christ
Glorious quote from puritan John Owen, pay attention to the last sentence: [God] requires nothing of us (which we had all the reason in the world to expect that he would) to make atonement or satisfaction for our sins, that might compensate the injuries we have done him by our apostasy and rebellion; for whereas we had … Continue reading Our Works Overthrow and Subvert the Whole Gospel
Why should we worship God? The principal and adequate reason of all divine worship, and that which makes it such, is what God is in Himself. Because He is, that is, an infinitely glorious, good, wise, holy, powerful, righteous, self-subsisting, self-sufficient, all sufficient Being, the fountain, cause, and author of life and being to all … Continue reading Why Should We Worship God?
“A man may love another as his own soul, yet his love may not be able to help him. He may pity him in prison, but not relieve him, bemoan him in misery, but not help him, suffer with him in trouble, but not ease him. We cannot love grace into a child, nor mercy … Continue reading God’s Love Producing Good in Us