Immediately

gospel urgency Oct 22, 2018

Poet, literary critic, and novelist, Arthur Quiller-Couch, was best known for his incomparable anthology, The Oxford Book of English Verse. As a lecturer at Oxford beginning in 1886 and a professor at Cambridge from 1912-1944, he taught an entire generation of English writers how to write. ...

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Lost Words

In his classic book, The Holiness of God, R.C. Sproul bemoans the absence from our vocabulary of certain, once-familiar, King James Version words. It wasn’t so much the loss of antiquated verb forms like walketh and talketh, or sayest and mayest that bothered him. It wasn’t obsolete...

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The Magdeburg Confession

government reformation Oct 08, 2018

By the 16th century virtually no one disagreed on the fact that the West needed to be reformed.  What they disagreed on was what that reform should entail and how it was to be effected.  In frustrated tension, dozens of competing factions, sects, schisms, rifts, rebellions, and...

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Meaning It, Believing It, and Living It

culture discernment prayer Oct 01, 2018

It is one of the great ironies of our day that Christians can pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven,” and not actually mean anything by it. Indeed, it is a stunning paradox that we can live as if such a prayer could not be answered. Even worse, we can live as if such a...

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Resounding Nehemiads

Jeremiad.

Definition: "an elaborate and prolonged lamentation; a cry of woe; and expression of righteous indignation."

Nehemiad.

Definition: "an elaborate and prolonged humiliation; a cry of grief; an expression of righteous repentance."

Well might we plead the case for an outpouring of Jeremiads...

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Reluctant Revolutionaries of the American Republic

american revolution Sep 17, 2018

“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson

“I confess that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I...

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Self-Examination As a Check Against Idolatry

The years leading up to the Scottish Disruption and those immediately afterward produced some of the most remarkable servants of God in the history of the church.  Andrew Alexander Bonar (1810-1892) was a member of that galaxy of brilliant, Reformed Scots preachers, writers, and missionaries...

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The Trouble with Trouble

controversy suffering Sep 03, 2018

No one in his or her right mind actually wishes for adversity.  No one ever really goes looking for trouble.  No one wants conflict or pain or struggle or loss or scandal or anguish or confrontation or sickness.  Difficulty is never desirable.  Trials and tribulations are just...

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Thinking and Thanking

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Chesterton was always imminently quotable.  His quips and epigrams, axioms and jibes, maxims and platitudes, adages and aphorisms abound....

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Yokefellows in Hardship

suffering Aug 20, 2018

The horrific ruthlessness of ISIS, the brazen cruelty of Boko Haram, the obsessive repression of the North Korean Juche, the vicious terrorism of Al-Qaeda: I confess that when faced with the gleeful persecution of my Christian brothers and sisters around the world in recent days, I am shocked.

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