It is not that Complicated

Paul understands spiritual growth in the Christian life to be a struggle. It isn't easy. It isn't part of our natural make up. The point Paul makes is that growth in the Christian life only comes when we see Christ's strength work through our weakness.

Theology Transforms

am at an academic conference. This is not the way you start a blog if you want people to keep reading. I am at an exciting academic conference. Well, now everyone knows that I am just lying. I am going to keep this introduction boring. I am at an academic conference this week. It is the annual gathering of the Society for the Study of Theology. This gathering is most of the theologians in the UK and many others from Europe and around the world. It is quite an interesting place to be with many fascinating topics being discussed.

Who is at the Center?

[W]orldliness is that system of values and beliefs, behaviors and expectations, in any given culture that have at their center the fallen human being and that relegate to their periphery any thought about God. - David Wells

Adversity and Grace

It has been an odd couple of weeks. Taryn not being home is hard. Having help in the house, is amazing. I haven't slept the greatest. Part of that may be that Taryn isn't there. Another part of that may be that I have a three year old in the bed who takes up far more bed than seems possible for his size. I find in these moments when there is radical change in my life, I look for moments of reflection and thought. Too often life gets busy and we get caught up in whatever is in front of us, we fail to properly contemplate all that is going on in our lives and around us.

Thoughts from a Hospital Bed

It is all too familiar, walking down the hallways; the grey walls, the sterile floors, the miniscule squares on the ceiling. Room after room filled with beds. Beds filled with people. People simply lying down. People simply trying to keep themselves occupied and comfortable. Neither stillness nor silence exist within these walls. The ever present noise of machines beeping and of feet scurrying is the soundtrack. The laughter that’s present outside these walls is swallowed up by moans and cries.And the smell.

Above All Else, Possess This

Another passage that I love is from Proverbs 4. The author says this: 'The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.' Such simple instruction yet so profound. Thomas Brooks in his opening comments in Precious Remedies is saying something like what we see here in Proverbs 4. Above all else get truth yet this is not a truth in the sense of just going out and reading a lot, this is truth that has feet.

What We Should Know

I thought that over the course of the next few weeks (maybe months), I would use the blog to track through my reading of Brooks' work. I won't read a lot each week and if you want to read along, I would love to have some interaction on Facebook or Twitter. You can download a free copy here, or you can purchase a copy from Banner of Truth here. This week, I read 'The Epistle Dedicatory'.

Consider it All Joy

Do you have moments in life when multiple things that you are thinking about and your situation in life converge? At that moment everything seems to be saying the same thing over and over again to you. This week has been one of those weeks for me.

Looking to Jesus

Yesterday the news came out that Billy Graham had died. I was talking to a friend (a trained historian) about Graham's impact on American Evangelicalism, and we agreed that in many ways Graham's shadow looms large over American Evangelicalism. However, unlike some leaders in the movement today, he never forgot his primary focus: to preach the Gospel.