Called To Serve (Guinness)

I like this book so much: The Call by Os Guinness.  Here's a section I found this morning while re-reading part of the book.  It has to do with God's call and gifts: "In the biblical understanding of giftedness, gifts are never really ours for ourselves.  We have nothing that was not given us.  Our… Continue reading Called To Serve (Guinness)

Monks, Hermits, and the Devil’s Deception (Luther)

At one time in his life, Martin Luther was a monk in the Augustinian order, a strict branch of monasticism that emphasized separation from the world and vigorous spiritual disciplines.  However, after discovering the freedom of the gospel, Luther stopped living a monastic life because he found his righteousness and salvation in Christ, not in… Continue reading Monks, Hermits, and the Devil’s Deception (Luther)

The Privilege and Responsibility of Following Christ

Being loved, chosen, called, changed, and kept by Christ is a privilege that comes with a responsibility.  Jerry Bridges puts it well: Privilege: Our positions of being justified, adopted, and a new creation in Christ are ours, but they are basically privileges.  God has done it all through Christ.  We who used to be in… Continue reading The Privilege and Responsibility of Following Christ

Surrender and Consecration: Life and Ministry

Many of B. B. Warfield’s Princeton sermons are wonderful and edifying pieces to read.  One that I appreciate is from Acts 22:10 (What shall I do, Lord?) called “Surrender and Consecration.”  Here are two paragraphs from it – the second one applies to ministers of the gospel.  These words make me think of the hymn… Continue reading Surrender and Consecration: Life and Ministry

Gifted Stewards or Stewards of Gifts

The Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 55 says that one aspect of the “communion of the saints” is this: “Each member [of Christ’s body] should consider it his duty to use his gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the other members” (Rom. 12:4-8, 1 Cor. 12:20-27, Phil. 2:4-8).  Os Guinness says the same… Continue reading Gifted Stewards or Stewards of Gifts