I’m still looking forward to reading Michael Horton’s Ordinary. As I’ve mentioned before, the title makes me wonder a bit, but I am expecting Horton to get the balance right between the “ordinary” and “radical” themes in the Bible. I tend to gravitate more to the “radical” theme, because I think the Scriptures do. However, the affirmation […]
I’m looking forward to reading Michael Horton’s book Ordinary. There is no missing the allusion in the title to a book like David Platt’s Radical, though — which is another book I’ve found to be very helpful. I like Horton a lot, and I assume that rather than disagreeing with what Jonathan Edwards called “the necessity of engaging in […]
"If It's Dangerous, God Must Not Be in It": True or False?
David Platt answers this well in his book Radical: We so often think “If it’s dangerous, God must not be in it. If it’s risky, if it’s unsafe, if it’s costly, it must not be God’s will.” But what if these factors are actually the criteria by which we determine if something is God’s will? […]
The Best Way to Imitate Jesus is Sometimes…
… to imitate Paul. Or David, or Peter, or James, or the apostle John. The reason for this is that, first, Paul points us to his own example. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). So, this is the right thing to do. But, second, the reason for this is that we […]
John Piper: "Do Something Risky With Your Life"
A fantastic, short video of John Piper:
The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards in Categories
As I’ve been working on my book on gospel-centered productivity, Jonathan Edward’s resolutions have been very relevant and significant. Edwards is an example to us of true productivity—he shows us that true productivity is about a life well lived and that, even more, a life well lived is a God-centered life. Edwards also shows us that […]
Jonathan Edwards' First Resolution
I love Jonathan Edwards’ first resolution: “Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think […]
John Piper: Decide to Abandon Retirement as the Reward for Your Life
I love this John Piper video that the media team at Desiring God did last winter:
Was William Carey Being Biblical When He Said "Expect Great Things from God"?
William Carey is well known for saying “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” Is that biblical? Yes. Here’s one passage that gives the foundations for Carey’s words: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work […]
Edwards: Give Your Youth to Seeking the Things of God
Edwards: It is fitting that we should begin our lives with God; and the first business persons should enter upon should be getting into a converted state and condition. Therefore God has so ordered it in providence that in the beginning or morning of our lives there should be room left for it. There is […]