True contentment is one of the greatest spiritual virtues. A Christian who is content is not one you'll find grumbling or complaining. A Christian who is content will not have the bitterness of heart that comes from jealousy and envy. If you are a follower of Jesus who is content you will not be running… Continue reading Contentment and the Promises of God (Burroughs)
Sometimes the commentaries I read aren't overly helpful. It's not that I'm brilliant, it's just that some commentaries state obvious things. Other commentaries discuss matters not overly pertinent to the interpretation or application of the text. But typically I appreciate John Stott's commentaries. They are clear and concise. They are thought-provoking. And they explain the… Continue reading Contentment, not Covetousness (Stott)
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?