I’m grateful to the folks at Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for the opportunity to review Jeremiah Burroughs’ Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory for this week’s blog tour. In case you haven’t heard of him, Burroughs (d. 1646) was a great Puritan preacher-theologian and a member of the Westminster Assembly. He is probably… Continue reading Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory
David VanDrunen's helpful book on bioethics has a great section on Christian virtues. One of them is contentment, which has much to do with ethics in general but also bioethics more specifically. VanDrunen explains. "The virtue of contentment is crucial for bioethics in large part because bioethical questions usually emerge as a result of dissatisfaction with our current state of… Continue reading Contentment and Bioethics
I love this book: Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William Cavanaugh (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010). I don't have the time to go into it, but I will throw out a quote for today. The context is how consumerism essentially detaches people from each other. "The detachment of consumerism is also a detachment from the things we… Continue reading Consuming, Coveting…Contentment?
One thing I appreciate about David VanDrunen's book on bioethics is the section on virtue in the Christian life. Here's one part worth underscoring. "The virtue of contentment is crucial for bioethics in large part because bioethical questions usually emerge as a result of dissatisfaction with our current state of affairs. Bioethics concerns things that we desire but… Continue reading Contentment and Bioethics
Working through Burrough's Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment has been a great exercise. I'm not quite finished with it, but so far I've been making many little notes based on Burrough's wisdom. There are some aspects of it I probably wouldn't capitalize on, but others I am trying to etch in my memory and on my… Continue reading The Art and Jewel of Contentment