Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

Near the beginning of his first letter to Timothy, the Apostle Paul mentioned some false teachers in the church who rejected a good conscience which caused a shipwreck of their faith. Here's how the NET Bible translates Paul's words: "...You [Timothy] must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and… Continue reading Conscience, Obedience, and Truth (Stott)

…Neither in Prayer, Merit, Nor Works… (Luther)

Yesterday I mentioned that I just got Luther's Letters from Logos for $28. I started reading a few today and immediately was convinced that this is an awesome set to own. I had to force myself to stop reading and get other work done! Anyway, below is a letter that Luther wrote to Johann von… Continue reading …Neither in Prayer, Merit, Nor Works… (Luther)

The Compelling Worldview of the Christian Faith (Baraka)

Near the end of his book, He Saw That It Was Good, Sho Baraka gives a brief but helpful personal testimony about the Christian worldview. He puts it quite well - and I must say that it reflects my own testimony in some ways! I first heard the gospel message preached as a young man.… Continue reading The Compelling Worldview of the Christian Faith (Baraka)

A Righteousness Not Our Own (Hodge)

Charles Hodge's 1841 publication called The Way of Life is a helpful resource on some of the major teachings of Scripture: sin, faith, repentance, justification, etc. Speaking of justification, here's a helpful section from that chapter: In scriptural language condemnation is a sentence of death pronounced upon sin; justification is a sentence of life pronounced… Continue reading A Righteousness Not Our Own (Hodge)

Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Thomas Watson  (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. I originally posted this quote on October 6, 2014. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that… Continue reading Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)