Fourteen years as a missionary in Cambodia changes your view of God. It changes the way you stand in front of a church and give a report. "This is what God did" somehow gets sorted out from "This is what I thought He was doing at the time" and "This is what I expected." In fourteen years, a… Continue reading What Do They Really Need?
I'm with Paul. When he vents in Romans 7 about his "captivity to the law of sin," I hear a howl of frustration. For Paul, for me, sin is an inside job, and we are all betrayed by our own mortal flesh before we open our eyes in the morning. But then, being Paul, he… Continue reading The Non-methodical Method
In Chapter Five of The Mortification of Sin, John Owen bends over backward to delineate for his readers what mortification of sin is NOT, the better for us to recognize it for what it is: a miracle of grace. This seemed like a good place to pause for a review of the content up to this point. … Continue reading That We Be Not Mistaken
The delightful community at The Loft has posed a question: What would you tell your past self, and I'm sharing my musings here based on The Mortification of Sin by John Owen, a Puritan theologian who wrote this entire book based on one verse, Romans 8:13, and putting forth one huge directive: Be killing sin, or it… Continue reading Mortification of Sin: A Gift of the Spirit
It 's an occupational hazard, I suppose -- twenty years of child-rearing and almost twice that of standing in front of random groupings of kids and teens in hopes of teaching them something from the Bible. It's no wonder, then, that when I want to make sure I understand something, I imagine communicating it to children. … Continue reading When Are Children Ready for John Owen?