Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Packer Quote on Communion with God

Justin shared a quote from J.I. Packer about "communion with God" when he talked on Sunday. Here is what he read: (from Between Two Worlds Blog, June 11, 2006)

". . . whereas to the Puritans communion with God was a great thing, to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way that we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the little that we say about it. When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and Christian interests, their Christian acquaintances, the state of the churches, and the problems of theology—but rarely of their daily experience of God. Modern Christian books and magazines contain much about Christian doctrine, Christian standards, problems of Christian conduct, techniques of Christian service—but little about the inner realities of fellowship with God. Our sermons contain much sound doctrine—but little relating to the converse between the soul and the Saviour. We do not spend much time, alone or together, in dwelling on the wonder of the fact that God and sinners have communion at all; no, we just take that for granted, and give our minds to other matters. Thus we make it plain that communion with God is a small thing to us. But how different were the Puritans! The whole aim of their ‘practical and experimental’ preaching and writing was to explore the reaches of the doctrine and practice of man’s communion with God."

Packer, A Quest for Godliness, p. 215 (chapter 12).

Saturday, April 25, 2009

What happens when you mix the ESV and a guitar?

I was blessed to hear Alex Roop play his guitar at two different meetings today. Once in the morning at the Men's Leadership in Roselle then at the 20-30 year old group led by Matt Keefe. I love hearing Alex play and have been encouraged as I have listened (and memorized as a result) to his songs on the Psalms. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Question: Why Would Anyone Believe in Hell?

Answer: Because Jesus does!

“There seems to be a kind of conspiracy, especially among middle-aged writers of vaguely liberal tendency, to forget, or to conceal, where the doctrine of Hell comes from. One finds frequent references to the 'cruel and abominable medieval doctrine of Hell' or 'the childish and grotesque medieval imagery of physical fire and worms…' But the case is quite otherwise; let us face the facts. The doctrine of Hell is not ‘medieval’: it is Christ’s. It is not a device of ‘medieval priestcraft’ for frightening people into giving money to the church: it is Christ’s deliberate judgment on sin. The imagery of the undying worm and the unquenchable fire derives, not from ‘medieval superstition,’ but originally from the Prophet Isaiah, and it was Christ who emphatically used it…. one cannot get rid of it without tearing the New Testament to tatters. We cannot repudiate Hell without altogether repudiating Christ.” -- Dorothy Sayers

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell." The Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew 10:28

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Messy Marriages in the Hands of a Gracious God

Paul David Tripp is coming to Chicago to do a conference for Holy Trinity Church. It looks like an excellent opportunity to cultivate a gospel-centered understanding of marriage.

The price is only $15 per adult and child care is available.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Yours! Mine!

Lord, the condemnation was Yours,
that the justification might be mine!

The agony was Yours, that
the victory might be mine!

The pain was Yours,
and the ease mine!

The stripes were Yours, and the
healing balm issuing from them mine!

The vinegar and gall were Yours,
that the honey and sweet might be mine!

The curse was Yours, that
the blessing might be mine!

The crown of thorns was Yours,
that the crown of glory might be mine!

The death was Yours,
the life purchased by it mine!

You paid the price, that
I might enjoy the inheritance!

-John Flavel

HT: Justin Childers