Joy and God’s Omniscience

Here’s an excerpt from a daily devotional book containing various writings of James Montgomery Boice.  This is a commentary of sorts on John 21:15, where Peter says to Jesus, You know that I love you!“There is joy in an awareness of God’s omniscience – for two reasons.”“First, God knows the worst about us and loves… Continue reading Joy and God’s Omniscience

That Your Joy May Be Complete (Anselm)

Here's a great prayer from Anselm in his Proslogion, which he wrote in 1077-1078. "I pray, O God, that I may know You and love You, so that I may rejoice in You.  And if I cannot do so fully in this life may I progress gradually until it comes to fullness.  Let the knowledge… Continue reading That Your Joy May Be Complete (Anselm)

I Would Have Fallen Away…

  One of my favorite phrases in the Canons of Dort is found in the last section which deals with the perseverance/preservation of the saints.  I'll quote the entire article here (V.8).  Notice the bold phrase. ...It is not in consequence of their [the saints'] own merits or strength, but of God's free mercy, that they neither totally fall from faith… Continue reading I Would Have Fallen Away…

No Gospel, No Church

No gospel, no church: "The greatest need in the church today is the gospel.  The gospel is not only news for a perishing world, it is the message that forms, sustains, and animates the church.  Apart from the gospel, the church has nothing to say - that is, nothing to say that cannot be said… Continue reading No Gospel, No Church

Victorinus, Augustine, and Monica

 As most of you know, Augustine's Confessions are indescribably amazing.  No matter how many times you've read them, each time you open the book and start to read you feel like Lucy did when she saw Narnia for the first time.  One thing that sticks out for me is how Augustine brilliantly sets up his mother… Continue reading Victorinus, Augustine, and Monica