On October 5, 1703 Jonathan Edwards was born, and today 313 years later we are thankful and grateful for his life and ministry. It's a shame that all most Americans know of the Puritans is a few excerpts from Jonathan Edward's famous sermon Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God. It's a great sermon, don't … Continue reading Happy Birthday Jonathan Edwards – 313 Today!
If there is one thing you may not know about me is my love of books. If you saw my library you’d see I have lots of books, from many different generations, different styles, different genres, different authors, different denominations, and those don’t even cover the ones on my Logos collection. Beginning in my early … Continue reading Books vs the Bible?
Today in 1747 David Brainerd, puritan missionary to the Native Americans, died. He is my hero. To honor this man, I've put together a long post detailing his life and thought. In summary his life was one of 'pleasing pain.' To find out why read on: John Piper says, "Hebrews 11 is a divine mandate … Continue reading A Long Post on a Dead Man: The Legacy of David Brainerd
Jonathan Edwards is one of the largest dead influences in my life. Why? One grand reason. Edwards has taught me that God is glorified the most when His glory His enjoyed the deepest. What do I mean? Read Edwards himself: God is glorified not only by his glory’s being seen, but by its being rejoiced … Continue reading Jonathan Edwards: Glorifying God by Enjoying the Glory of God
Today marks the end of January’s Jonathan Edwards Resolution-athon. I had fun, I hope you did as well. Thank you for all who commented and kept up with it. To end with a bang, I want to give you my favorite quotes from Edwards as a tribute to him. Enjoy! Thank you God, for Jonathan … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Thank You!
Resolution 70: Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak. This is the last day I’m going to give you a resolution. Some of you may be happy about that! Tomorrow I’ll give you one last gift about Edwards, but you’ll have to wait till then to find out exactly what it … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 26
Resolution 67: Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them. We all go through hard times and trials. But if your like me, you stop thinking about the trial when its over. You’re just glad to … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 25
Resolution 63: On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 24
Resolution 56: Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be. Edwards picks up a theme here that is almost absent in the modern Church. VIOLENCE. Did you know there is a violent mean streak in Christianity? Did you also know that if … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 23
Resolution 52: I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. The most stunning thing about this resolution is that … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 22
Resolution 48: Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictness scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I truly have an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. I … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 21
Resolution 45: Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. This resolution goes perfectly with one of my favorite resolutions (# 22). I say this because we see two sides of the coin … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 20
Resolution 38: Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’s day. This resolution is a little more characteristic of the “puritan lifestyle” most of us know from our high school history textbooks. But before you assume that Edwards is crazy for never speaking anything funny or about … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 19
Resolution 36: Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. In our current culture it is highly frowned upon to speak evil of anyone in public. Rarely do we ever see anyone do it, even if there is a ‘good call for it’. Though, to be honest, … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 18
Resolution 30:Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.Jonathan Edwards’ aim here is to be brought higher in religion. Before we unload all of our baggage from the word ‘religion’, we must see that the word … Continue reading Edwards Resolution-athon: Day 17