Henry Lyte… Yet Speaking

JESUS, I my cross have taken, All to leave and follow thee: Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence, my all shalt be. Perish, every fond ambition, All I’ve sought, and hoped, and known; Yet how rich is my condition— God and heaven are still my own! Let the world despise and leave me— They have…

So•te•ri•ol•o•gy

Soteriology, coming from the Greek words soteria (meaning deliverance or salvation) and logos, (meaning word), is the study of the doctrine of salvation. As we discussed last week, all mankind stands under the just condemnation of God. The clear teaching of Scripture is that there is absolutely nothing that rebels like us can do to…

Rock and Gold | Part One

Of the making of books in our day there is certainly no end—Solomon’s dictum has never been more relevant. No matter how convinced you are of the value of reading you will never be able to read it all—and even if you could, you shouldn’t. Not all books are worth reading. Leaving aside the positively…

A Good Word on Preaching the Word!

The previous century saw the battle for the Bible waged in the church. Faithful Christians took a stand to defend the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scripture. Yet the battle for the credibility of Scripture continues. The battlefield is no longer biblical inspiration. It is now a fight over the sufficiency of Scripture. There are…

And I Quote—March 7

He that would not be burnt, must dread the fire; he that would not hear the bell, must not meddle with the rope. To venture upon the occasion of sin, and then to pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ is all one as to thrust thy finger into the fire, and then to pray that…

Respectable Sins | Part One

Introduction The “Book of the Month” for March will be Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. One of Pastor Houston’s favorite books, it is a convicting treatment of the sins that we are all too often willing to tolerate. Many times we as Christians can be so concerned with the striking sins of the society around…

Friday Findings—March 4

Growth Is Not the Goal “Spiritual growth is a marvelous effect of spiritual discipline, but it is only an effect.” The Downward Spiral of My Discontent “Sometimes it’s not the huge trials of life that sink us, but the constant pressure of many small burdens that cause us to stumble.” Is Your Jesus Too Small?…

Ham•art•i•ol•o•gy

Hamartiology, coming from the Greek words hamartia (meaning sin) and logos, (meaning word) is the study of sin, and of mankind in its sinful state. God created mankind good and placed them in a perfect environment. Adam and Eve willfully chose to rebel, bringing the righteous judgement of God upon them, their descendants, and their…

Puzzling the Pieces

All writing is selective. No matter how many pages of prose an editing allergic academic manages to cram into an oversized tome, there will always remain aspects of the story that have been left out. If a book is well written, the inclusion or exclusion of a particular aspect of the story will be driven…