The Pilgrim Church in the World (Augustine)

In book 19 chapter 17 of The City of God, Augustine talked about heavenly peace, true religion, harmony between the church and the world, and also discord between the two. It's a great section to read and study; it's not too difficult to understand. I'll put the whole chapter below. This is worth reading twice… Continue reading The Pilgrim Church in the World (Augustine)

The Relative Value of Temporal Things (Wilberforce)

In 1797 William Wilberforce published a book called "A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity."  In this book Wilberforce compared and contrasted true Christianity and nominal Christianity.  The section below is where Wilberforce shows a major contrast between… Continue reading The Relative Value of Temporal Things (Wilberforce)

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… Continue reading A Pastor Is Not A Tour Guide

Lloyd-Jones on Treasures in Heaven

In his great collection of sermons on the Sermon on the Mount, Lloyd-Jones has an excellent piece on Matthew 6.19-20. First of all, what is a treasure that we might have?  "'Treasures' is a very large term and all-inclusive.  It includes money, but it is not money only. ...Our Lord is concerned here not so… Continue reading Lloyd-Jones on Treasures in Heaven