Not Even Life Is Vain (Buechner)

I recently began to explore some of the writings of Frederick Buechner. I realize he's not going to make it on the list of solid and helpful Reformed Christian resources. At the same time, his writing, like that of Eugene Peterson, C.S. Lewis, Soren Kierkegaard, Dallas Willard and others outside the Reformed tradition can be… Continue reading Not Even Life Is Vain (Buechner)

Our Last Enemy Already Subdued (Duncan)

This is an awesome part of John "Rabbi" Duncan's sermon on Revelation 1:17-18 (When I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was… Continue reading Our Last Enemy Already Subdued (Duncan)

When A Daughter Dies (Martin Luther)

In 1542 Martin Luther's thirteen-year-old daughter Madeleine (Magdalena) became very ill. In September of that year, while Luther was in Leipzig he was called home because Madeleine had taken a turn for the worse and was nearing death. It was a very difficult time for Martin and his wife Katherine; there wasn't much they could… Continue reading When A Daughter Dies (Martin Luther)

The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

Charles Herle (d. 1659) was a Presbyterian pastor in England who was also a commissioner to the Westminster Assembly. At one point he was the prolocutor (chairman) of the Assembly. He published various sermons and essays as well as a devotional called "Contemplations and Devotions on the Severall Passages of our Blessed Saviour's Death and… Continue reading The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

When John Bunyan was in prison in 1665 he wrote a poem called "Prison Meditations Directed to the Heart of Suffering Saints and Reigning Sinners." Here's a part of it I thought our readers would appreciate: 5. I am, indeed, in prison nowIn body, but my mindIs free to study Christ, and howUnto me he… Continue reading Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death