Monday, January 28, 2013

Fear Not!: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian PerspectiveFear Not!: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective by Ligon Duncan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent little book about death and the afterlife from a reformed perspective. Certainly not an exhaustive work on the subject; more of a popular work. Helpful for preaching - I used it for a sermon "What Happens When I Die?"

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

For The Lord's Day

"I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am."  — John Newton

Sunday, January 13, 2013

For the Lord's Day and for 2013

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34). Part of saving faith is the assurance that you will have faith tomorrow. Trusting Christ today includes trusting him to give you tomorrow’s trust when tomorrow comes. Often we feel like our reservoir of strength is not going to last for another day. The fact is, it won’t. Today’s resources are for today, and part of those resources is the confidence that new resources will be given tomorrow.    -- John Piper in A Godward Life

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Epiphany Sunday

“Secular wisdom may lead us to the truth about the revolution of the planets, but it cannot explain the nature of God, man, sin and redemption. It cannot lead us to the truth of how we are saved from God’s wrath, for it refuses to believe that divine wrath is a reality. ‘The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing’ (Romans 1:18a), said the apostle Paul, because it does not fit the questions – much less the answers – of secular wisdom… the message of the cross assumes the terror of the law, divine wrath toward sinners (and not just their sins), and the need for a substitutionary sacrifice to assuage divine justice. It assumes the greatest problem facing humanity is original and actual sin – personal rebellion against a holy God – not stress, low self-esteem, and a failure to realize one’s potential.” - Michael Horton in Sola Scriptura