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The eternal value of holiness

The pursuit of holiness can be discouraging sometimes: the fight against sin is hard, and our progress sometimes seems so small. This passage from John Owen deeply encouraged me this morning, reminding me that every effort toward sanctification will matter … Continue reading

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The seed from which all that is good in us must grow

This much is certain: the diligent use of the Word of God, which consists not only of listening to sermons but also of reading, meditating, and discussing (Ps 1:2), must be the chief means for reforming something, whether this occurs … Continue reading

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Let John Broadus preach the Gospel to you!

John Broadus (1827-1895) was a Southern Baptist pastor, theological educator, and denominational statesman. He was widely known as “the Prince of Expositors” for his unrivaled power and eloquence in the pulpit (and, I once had a banty rooster named “Broadus” … Continue reading

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Like a stone out of the mud

Grace: yet I am sure in my mind of one thing: that before I was brought low, I was like some great stone lying deep in mud, until “He who is power” came and “in his mercy” lifted me up. … Continue reading

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Unsatisfied with lowest common denominator Christianity

Insightful analogy: “The Puritan Movement is to the Elizabethan Church what monasticism was to the Medieval Church. It expressed Gospel energy always unsatisfied with the lowest common denominator syndrome of Reformed religion, and in its desire for disciplined and holy … Continue reading

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Humiliations should lead to humility

It has been a busy, happy summer in life and ministry here. So much so that I have not slowed down to tap out any good quotes from the books I have been reading. This one, though, was worth taking … Continue reading

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The “patience of hope” in the Christian Life and Ministry

I was affected by this passage from Alvah Hovey’s Life and Times of Isaac Backus yesterday: The blessed revival of 1780, was followed in Titicut by a long period of relative declension; and not until the labors of Mr. Backus were almost … Continue reading

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