All tagged Sanctification
I am sure we have all had those moments in life when things are going smoothly, and then all of the sudden you get news, and it changes everything. It can be big news (wedding proposal, pregnancy, death, job change, etc.) or it can be small news (a child wakes up earlier than expected, someone is running late, you have run out of coffee in the house, etc.). It really doesn’t matter what the news is, all of the sudden all of your plans change.
At our church here in Edinburgh, we just finished a sermon series going through the book of Colossians. I have always loved that book. There is so much packed into just a few chapters. In fact, when Taryn and I did our premarital counseling the first passage we studied with the couple doing our counseling was Colossians 3. There is this beautiful outward motion in the passage. It starts by looking at our reality ‘in Christ’ and then how that reality changes all of our relationships.
In his short book, The Sacrifice of Praise, Herman Bavinck writes a chapter on the ‘The Strength of Confession’. The chapter speaks about ‘the courage to give witness to the truth of God in Christ in a firm, trusting faith, openly and freely before each and every one.’ In the chapters leading up to this Bavinck demonstrates that he is aware of the challenges to a faithful confession of Christ. He discusses the elements that fight against us: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. By the time you get to this chapter the question lingers, ‘How does one stand and give a faithful confession of Christ?’
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Yesterday I walked around 12 miles. It was more than I normally walk in a day. The average day here in Edinburgh is about 4-5 miles. We had a bit of an emergency that caused me to walk to and from school a couple more times than normal. On top of that, running was in my workout yesterday morning. So, by the end of the day, I had put in about 12 miles.