Christ Calls First (Effectual Calling)

Christopher Love (d. 1651), a Welsh Presbyterian pastor, wrote an excellent book on effectual calling and election.  His main text was 2 Peter 1:10 (Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble. NASB).  In one… Continue reading Christ Calls First (Effectual Calling)

How To Listen to a Sermon

This is a repost from May, 2008 Christopher Love (d. 1651), a Welsh Presbyterian pastor, wrote a helpful little book of sermons on mortification called The Mortified Christian (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1998). The whole book is worth reading, but the last section is what I’ll note for now. The chapter is called “The… Continue reading How To Listen to a Sermon

How to Listen to a Sermon

  (This post is an edited repost from May, 2008) Christopher Love (d. 1651), a Welsh Presbyterian and pastor of a church in London, manuscripted his sermons sermons on mortification and published them in The Mortified Christian (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1998). The whole book is worth reading, but the last section is what… Continue reading How to Listen to a Sermon

Comfort While Waging War Against Sin

 This book by Christopher Love on mortification (putting sin to death - Col. 3.5) has been a huge help to me personally and pastorally.  Here's one emphasis of Love's that I found especially helpful.  Often in the battle against sin in our lives, it is easy to despair when we realize how terribly dark and ugly our hearts are. … Continue reading Comfort While Waging War Against Sin

Quotes On Listening

Studying James 1.19-25 this week led me to think long and hard about the virtue of good listening - specifically listening to God's Word (v 22; cf Ecc. 5.1-2, Prov 10.19, etc).  It is so hard to be a good listener in our noisy and entertainment-driven culture of texting and images.  I enjoy movies and… Continue reading Quotes On Listening