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"It's Hard Not to Notice"

Some things have a way of forcing the issue; of thrusting the truth before my heart—the truth that I should have known all along. Or perhaps I did know and simply chose to ignore it. Pride is stubborn that way. This truth in this piece by Petra Hefner made me want to weep. "Lord be […]

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Of Prodigals and Pig Parlors

Mrs. Turpin and Mary Grace sat opposite one another there in the doctor’s office. Grace wore her wounds upon her face while Mrs. Turpin's demeanor announced the complacent wholeness of her entire being. As the wife of a well-to-do hog farmer, Mrs. Turpin did not normally keep company with the sick and infirm, but her […]

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I love, love, love this poem from Petra at The Good Steward... Undress Me Undress me, remove my pretending reveal the real me the worm though wee in appearance is bigger even than Goliath and fiercer than a thousand restless winds when it's left alone with its sins its petty sins its pretty sins its spectacular […]

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Affronted Listeners

The way in which a person listens to his pastor is, I believe, a brand of spiritual stethoscope; a sort of finger upon the pulse of the individual soul. Each week, God opens His mouth through the voices of His ministers; He bids His children to draw near and draw in precious, soul-sanctifying truth. But […]

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The Hauntings of Spurgeon

Resurgence writer Zack Eswine has penned a humbling article on the particular weakness of one of the greats... Flashback can dizzy us. Day-dreams can shiver muscle and bone. These ghosts and chains clank and warble with no sense of propriety. They care little that we stand with a Bible in our hands, a sermon on our lips, […]

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The Holy Art of Face-setting

A balm for blank despair, for the shamed face covered in the dust of another weary defeat. There is grace for the soul that gasps, “Lord I believe! Please help mine unbelief!” (see Mark 9:24). On days like today I am so grateful for Spurgeon — and others like him — who grasp me by […]