Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I love how the Psalmist talks about the beauty and power of God's word, precepts, commands, and laws. Speaking of Psalm 119, Robert Murray MCheyne called it "the breathing of the new heart" in a sermon on Romans 7:22-25. After mentioning how an unbeliever has… Continue reading Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)

That Will Only Make You A Pharisee (Willard)

Dallas Willard's "The Great Omission" is a collection of his articles and lectures that had to do with discipleship and spiritual formation. Although I don't agree with everything in it, "The Great Omission" has been a blessing to read. Here's a helpful section of it I highlighted earlier today: The genius of the moral teachings… Continue reading That Will Only Make You A Pharisee (Willard)

Our Best Works (Witsius)

I’ve been enjoying Herman Witsius’ discussion of antinomianism and neonomianism in Britain during the 17th century.  The full title is a mouthful: Conciliatory or Irenical Animadversions on the Controversies Agitated in Britain.  Below is a section near the end where Witsius talks about a believer’s good works and why they cannot be part of or… Continue reading Our Best Works (Witsius)


It is biblical to say that Christians are called to follow Jesus and live the Christian life with diligence.  I appreciate how Dutch theologian Wilhelmus a Brakel (d. 1711) explained this: “God has granted man a soul and a body, as well as the ability to be occupied and to glorify him with both.  …After… Continue reading Diligence

Justification, Sanctification, and Good Works

In his discussion on sanctification, Charles Hodge (d. 1878) nicely summarizes the Reformation position of faith, justification, sanctification, and good works.  Here’s what Hodge says about the historical Protestant views (which are found in the Reformed Confessions, and ultimately Scripture): First, it was universally admitted that good works are not necessary to our justification; that… Continue reading Justification, Sanctification, and Good Works