Exulting in God: A Reflection on Psalm 5

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. —Psalm 5:11-12 (ESV) David prays in this Psalm […]

Skimmed Verses, Missed Opportunities

Too quickly we dismiss passages with a statement like, “I’ve read that passage of Scripture before, no need to waste the time to read it again.” Waste the time! Yikes. Let’s back up there. This has to be one of Satan’s ploys. His subtle tempters have us rationalizing before we even notice something is there to be rationalized!

Our Union with Christ as the Source of Gospel Joy

This past weekend, I finished reading an advanced proof of The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung. As only top notch books can do, I was simultaneously blessed, convicted, and encouraged. In the penultimate chapter, DeYoung makes the point that if “holiness is being like Christ . . . [and] being like Christ is possible only for those who […]

Farther Along

Besides setting a wonderful running pace, the music and lyrics of Josh Garrels are rich with the eschatological hope that believers share in Christ. Take a look at the last verse of “Farther Along” off his album Love & War & The Sea In Between: Still I get hard pressed on every side Between the rock and a compromise […]

Why Do Leaves Wilt?

The lack of rain this summer has lead me to wonder, why did God create plants to wilt? Clearly, the scientific explanation is that they don’t have enough water, but my question is one “meta” level higher. Surely, when God was creating the universe he could have created any number of scientific explanations for why plants wilt.Why […]

Grace—Rightly Perceived

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us […]

Critic v. Pupil

As I’ve continued reading The Screwtape Letters, I couldn’t help but share the following. I share it because I needed to hear it and thought others might find it helpful as well. In chapter 16, Screwtape is encouraging his tormentor nephew to tempt his “patient” into becoming a “taster or connoisseur of churches.” In so doing […]

How to Read for Pleasure

“Read at whim!” This is the cry of Dr. Alan Jacobs in his recent book The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Reading at whim is his response to our culture which loves to ask what to read. Many seek recommendations from best-seller, top 10, and summer reading lists, but “In many cases,” Jacobs suggests, “these […]

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