Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

(This is a re-post from September 2010. I wanted to put it up here again since I've been listening to The Brothers Karamazov.) Os Guinness: "For Christians who believe that Jesus is kinsman redeemer and Messiah, their faith centers on a scandal that no time can rub smooth and no triumphs ever soften: A tortured… Continue reading Overcoming Evil (Guinness)

Thank God for the Christmas Season (Machen)

In a sermon preached soon before his death in 1936, J. G. Machen explained how the Bible puts an “enormous emphasis” on the death of Christ.  He also noted how the Christian church places a great emphasis on Christ’s death – we “chiefly commemorate” the death of Christ because it is God’s wisdom and our… Continue reading Thank God for the Christmas Season (Machen)

Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

Many of us have read the words of 1 Peter 4:15-16 more than a few times: "If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you… Continue reading Suffering…as a Christian (Luther)

The Christian Religion and Facts (Machen)

 The Christian faith is not based on feelings and emotions, but facts and truth.  The Christian religion is historical in that its main doctrines and teachings are part of history.  The Christian faith is a historical faith.  Scripture is a what we call a record of redemptive history, things that God did in history to… Continue reading The Christian Religion and Facts (Machen)

Forgiveness and the Grinding Halt of Vengeance (Volf)

Miroslav Volf's Exclusion and Embrace is a very thoughtful and interesting book on identity, reconciliation, oppression, justice, and so forth.  I don't agree with everything Volf says, but I am enjoying the book.  This morning I ran across his section on forgiveness, which was very helpful.  Here are a few quotes worth noting: "Instead of… Continue reading Forgiveness and the Grinding Halt of Vengeance (Volf)