Luther wrote, "There are very great and intense emotions that God has... implanted in parents. And if at any time their hearts are wounded by grief or sorrow on account of a misfortune suffered by children, this is a very real plague and a poison for their lives."
In reading a portion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's wonderful book Life Together, I came across this passage. Such a powerful notion, this idea that disillusion may be tool in the hand of the Master, shaping and molding His people and His church. Innumerable times a whole Christian community has broken down because it had sprung from […]
John Owen wrote, "The apostle Paul expressly sets the party at liberty to marry who is maliciously and obstinately deserted, affirming that the Christian religion doth not prejudice the natural right and privilege of men in such cases: 1 Cor. vii. 15, "If the unbelieving depart, let him depart."
In my study time this morning I came across some reading notes from the book Baffled to Fight Better: Job and the Problem of Suffering by Oswald Chambers. Now, I've taken a good deal of flak concerning Chambers, especially from my Reformed friends. I'm ok with that. After all, it's a hard thing to fault […]
Best friends Ben Feltner and Thad Coulter were residents of a close knit farming community in 1912. For years their kin had tilled the soil together, cultivating the sort of togetherness that's hard to come by. Generation gave way to generation; each one pinning its faith upon its successor. Thad's son was one of the […]
Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.