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SB ’09 Reading

In books on March 19, 2009 at 10:14 am

The Courage to be Protestant


Vintage Church

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Evil committed suicide.

In quotes, recommendations, theology on October 26, 2008 at 11:17 pm

In his provocatively-titled new book, Spectacular Sins, John Piper intends to show God’s absolute sovereignty over everything, including evil.  This quote has been stuck in my head for days.

“At the all-important pivot of human history, the worst sin ever committed served to show the greatest glory of Christ and obtain the sin-conquering gift of God’s grace.  God did not just overcome evil at the cross.  He made evil serve the overcoming of evil.  He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil (pg. 12).”

J.C. Ryle on preaching

In quotes, recommendations, theology on July 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm

A couple months ago I had a post (on my old blog) about the importance of clear gospel preaching.  Well, today I was reading the publisher’s introduction to J.C. Ryle’s Holiness and came accross this gem:

“You preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ so fully and clearly that everybody can understand it.  If Christ crucified has not His rightful place in your sermons, and sin is not exposed as it should be, and our people are not plainly told what they ought to be and do, your preaching is no use. (pg. xii)”

I’ve been quoting a lot of Anglican’s lately.  Maybe we’ll get some Baptists up in here soon.

J.I. Packer on the Gospel

In quotes, theology on July 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Lately I’ve been reading J.I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God.  Since the question of “What is the Gospel?” is so hot right now, I thought I’d share my good friend James’ answer.

“Were I asked to focus the New Testament message in three words, my proposal would be adoption through propitiation, and I do not expect ever to meet a richer or more pregnant summary of the gospel than that” (Knowing God, pg. 214)

Dang.