Don’t Give Up On A Sinner! (Spencer)

I was recently reading part of A Pastor's Sketches again and I found a paragraph I had marked up quite a bit.  Turns out I had blogged on this already (May 2017), so I thought I'd post it again.  Here it is: Sometime around the middle of the 19th century a woman spoke to Rev. Ichabod …

Why Does God Make Us Wait?

Quite often waiting is very difficult.  In our instant culture, most of the time we don't even like waiting one week for a package to come in the mail; we get impatient if our internet is a tiny bit slower than usual or if our data connection isn't lightning fast.  Waiting can be frustrating! When …

Sanctification: A Slow Work of God’s Grace

  The Westminster Larger Catechism, among other things, says that sanctification is “a work of God’s grace” wherein his people “more and more die unto sin and rise unto newness of life” (Q/A 75).  Here’s how B. B. Warfield concludes a sermon on this topic from 2 Thessalonians 5:22-23.  This is an outstanding and much-needed …

A Pastor Is Not A Tour Guide

Here’s the excellent opening to Eugene Peterson’s great book: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (p. 16-17). “I don’t know what it has been like for pastors in other culture and previous centuries, but I am quite sure that for a pastor in Western culture at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the aspect …

Seasons, Harvest, Holiness

 Here's a good Lord's Day meditation by Puritan William Gurnall (d. 1679). "As God makes use of all the seasons of the year for the harvest - the frost and cold of the winter, as well as the heat of the summer - so doth he, of fair and foul, pleasing and unpleasing providences, for …

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