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Jul 2013 13 Jul 13, 2013
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As you read what Jonathan Edwards said about Scripture, ask yourself if it reflects your own point of view: “I had then, and at other times, the greatest delight in the holy scriptures, of any book whatsoever. Oftentimes in reading it, every word seemed to touch my heart. I felt a harmony between something in my heart, and those sweet and powerful words. I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, tha...Read More

Jul 2013 12 Jul 12, 2013
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I love words. I love them because through them I find truth, and in truth is joy and freedom and blessing. I love how words sound. I love how they look. I love sentences. Sentences, properly constructed and aesthetically written, change lives. That is is one of the reasons why I’m so disheartened by the gradual disintegration of grammar in our day. I don’t know whom to blame. I suppose we should start with parents who fail to teach their children in the form...Read More

Jul 2013 12 Jul 12, 2013

The biblical fact of the matter is that, ultimately speaking, God has no need of us. I know this cuts deeply into our sense of self-importance, but look closely at what the apostle Paul said to the Athenian philosophers: "He is not served by human hands as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything" (Acts 17:25). In another text Paul extols God precisely because "all things are from him and through him and to him" (Rom. 11...Read More

Jul 2013 11 Jul 11, 2013
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[Today at www.desiringgod.org Rosaria Butterfield writes the following insightful and challenging article.] DOMA and the Rock July 11, 2013 | by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield In 1996, when Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I grieved with my people. I was an atheist then, and lived in a monogamous lesbian relationship, working as a tenure-track professor specializing in English literature and Queer Theory. Now, some 17 years later, in the summer ...Read More

Jul 2013 11 Jul 11, 2013
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Late one night, Linus, the Peanuts cartoon character, is preparing himself for bed. He appears to be deep in thought as he moves his hands in differing positions. Lucy, his sister, enters the room only to find Linus on his knees, praying. “I think I’ve made a new theological discovery,” declares Linus. “What is it?” asks Lucy. “If you hold your hands upside down, you get the opposite of what you pray for!” Before we too quick...Read More

Jul 2013 10 Jul 10, 2013

Meditate deeply on Jonathan Edwards’ comments concerning God’s design in our redemption: “It was a great design of God to advance all the elect to an exceeding pitch of glory, such as eye has not seen. He intended to bring them to perfect excellency and beauty in his image and in holiness which is the proper beauty of spiritual beings, and to advance ‘em to a glorious degree of honor and also to an ineffable pitch of pleasure and joy.” In ...Read More

Jul 2013 10 Jul 10, 2013
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In the previous article we briefly examined the relevant biblical texts on the subject of CP. We now turn our attention to the most commonly heard objections to it, together with my response to each. 1. CP is not an effective deterrent to crime Statistical evidence on the issue is inconclusive. Studies have yielded support for both sides of the argument. The question also needs to be answered: What deters all of us who have never committed a capital crime? Could it be ...Read More

Jul 2013 9 Jul 9, 2013

“I remember the thoughts I used then to have of holiness; and said sometimes to myself, ‘I do certainly know that I love holiness, such as the gospel prescribes.’ It appeared to me that there was nothing in it but what was ravishingly lovely; and highest beauty and amiableness, a divine beauty; far purer than any thing here upon earth; and that every thing else was like mire and defilement, in comparison with it. Holiness, as I then wrote down some of ...Read More

Jul 2013 9 Jul 9, 2013
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Recently the state of Texas executed its 500th person since capital punishment was restored by the Supreme Court in 1976. [For a brief history of capital punishment and the legal developments in the U.S., see John Jefferson Davis, Christian Ethics, pp. 176-78.] That’s more than all other states combined. Perhaps in response, Roger Olson wrote a blog article on July 3, 2013, entitled, “The Heresy of Capital Punishment” (www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson...Read More

Jul 2013 7 Jul 7, 2013
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What is at stake in the so-called Lordship Salvation Debate? Those who affirm Lordship salvation oppose the idea that one may have saving faith without submitting to the Lordship of Jesus in daily obedience. We are saved by faith alone, but not by the faith which is alone. Saving faith is a working faith. That faith by means of which we are justified is the kind or quality of faith that produces obedience and the fruit of the Spirit. In the absence of obedience, in the...Read More