When Sin Turns Into An Affliction (Bunyan)

 Israel's complaining and grumbling began early on in the wilderness years. In fact, if my count is correct, they complained around 5 times in the first year or so after God rescued them from Egypt.  In one instance of their grumbling, God gave Israel what they whined for: meat to eat.  In fact, God said… Continue reading When Sin Turns Into An Affliction (Bunyan)

The Dimensions of Repentance in the OT (Boda)

 I enjoyed this book by Mark Boda called Return to Me: A Biblical Theology of Repentance.  As the title suggests, it is a summary of the Bible's teaching on repentance from Genesis to Revelation.  Each chapter is called something like this: "Repentance in the Torah," or "Repentance in the Latter Prophets," etc.  While studying 2 Chronicles… Continue reading The Dimensions of Repentance in the OT (Boda)

Definite Atonement, the Gospel Call, and Rejecting Christ (Newton)

 In a sermon on John 1:29, John Newton discussed definite atonement and the free offer of the gospel.  He admitted there is mystery in this area of Scripture's teaching: "I am not disheartened by meeting with some things beyond the grasp of my scanty powers in a book which I believe to be inspired by… Continue reading Definite Atonement, the Gospel Call, and Rejecting Christ (Newton)

They Came to Jesus and Burned Their Dark Magic Books

 Dark magic has been around for a long time.  When Israel was going into the Promised Land the LORD told his people not to dabble in the pagan occultic practices of the Canaanites (Dt. 18:9-14).  They were to avoid omens, fortunes, divination, spiritists, sorcery, psychic readings, and other sorts of dark magic.  The same goes… Continue reading They Came to Jesus and Burned Their Dark Magic Books

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… Continue reading Don’t Give Up On A Sinner! (Spencer)