Making Scripture Subject to Us? (Augustine)

One of my favorite writings by Augustine (d. 430) is his "Reply to Faustus the Manichaean." It's found in the first series, volume four, of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers set. In this reply, Augustine gave a very robust explanation of a Christ-centered way of interpreting the OT. Augustine does explain this in much detail, …

Movements, Celebrity Pastors, and Pride (Edwards)

Celebrity pastors have been a thing in America for a long time. From the awakenings to the revivals to present day conferences and mega-churches, people have absolutely flocked to their favorite pastors in unhealthy and unbiblical ways. A man with a big presence, charisma, and fine speech can start a movement which is like a …

On Calvinists, Conflict, and Controversy (Newton)

There are some areas of the Christian faith that are not matters of chief importance.  They are important, but not essentially or fundamentally important.  For example, there are different views of Christian schooling, different views of the elements of the Lord’s Supper (grape juice or wine), different views of how deacons should function in a …

Spiritual Pride (Edwards)

One of the best discussions of spiritual pride that I've found is in Jonathan Edwards' treatise called "Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England [etc.]". I'm not a huge admirer of Edwards, but I do appreciate parts of his writing. Speaking of, Edwards' notes about pride are found in a section …

Pride, Holiness, and the Holy Spirit’s Work Within (Bridges)

This morning I was re-reading parts of The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. Specifically, I was reading chapter seven where Bridges talks about help in the daily battle against indwelling sin. This is a helpful chapter for sure. I appreciate Bridges' emphasis on the Holy Spirit's work within us: As we grow in the …

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