In his new book Expository Exultation, John Piper describes the ultimate goal of the preacher: The preacher speaks as a humble, authentic agent of Scripture. What it aims to produce, he aims to become. He aims to embody the worship the Bible seeks (1 John 4:23). And then he seeks to open his mouth and […]Read more "The Goal of the Preacher"
It is the fruit of deep and ponderous meditation. Glances never warm the heart, it is our serious and deliberate thoughts which affect us…. To be ravished with love, affected with love, always thinking of love, speaking of love, expressing their sense of love, that is a work behoving saints.” ––Thomas MantonRead more "On the Importance of Deep Reflection"
Tim Keller has written a great book that meditates on the meaning of Christmas, titled Hidden Christmas. In it, he ponders the significance of God taking on human flesh. In 1961 the Russians put the first man into space, Yuri Gagarin.Nikita Khruschev was the Russian premier, and he said that when Gagarin went into space, […]Read more "The Wonder of the Incarnation"
(Jesus) is altogether lovely in his death, especially to sinners. He was never more glorious and desirable than when he was taken down from the cross, broken and lifeless. He carried all our sins into a land of forgetfulness. He made peace and reconciliation for us. He procured life and immortality for us. ––John Owen, Communion […]Read more "A Land of Forgetfulness"
How do you view God? Do you think of Him as generous, kind, gracious? Or, do you view Him as cold, hard, and miserly? Chew on what Paul says in Ephesians 1:7-8: ”In Jesus we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished […]Read more "God’s Open Vault"
The church has been given two sacraments, or ordinances to observe: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Both sacraments rehearse the truths of the gospel physically and visibly to give witness to the finished work of Jesus on our behalf. When someone places saving faith in Jesus, they follow faith with baptism as a public testimony […]Read more "On Baptism"
This puts words to a common thought I often have following worship on Sunday morning. Kyle Strobel writes about some of the practices of Jonathan Edwards that facilitate deeper communion with God, in particular contemplation. One temptation of contemplation is diversion: …the temptation for diversion is the result of a soul that has not learned […]Read more "Contemplating Worship"