The Saint Struggling With Sin

[This is a repost from October, 2009.]  Yesterday I was contemplating Galatians 5.17  - For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want  (NRSV) - which brought me to Thomas… Continue reading The Saint Struggling With Sin

The Sweetness of Tears

 Sometimes Christians forget the sweetness that can exist along with the bitterness of tears.  Because we live in a culture that focuses on entertainment, instant amusement, glamor, fame, and popularity, it is easy for us to jump on the bandwagon by doing our best to avoid tears, pain, and sorrow.  Everyone is searching for happiness and trying… Continue reading The Sweetness of Tears

Sin’s Sinful Sinfulness

This is a tough book.  Reading 284 pages of a Puritan's discussion about sin's hideousness is neither fun nor enjoyable.  It was hard to read.  There were even times in this book where Ralph Venning (the author) basically said "This is tough for me, and I simply cannot write any more on this area of… Continue reading Sin’s Sinful Sinfulness

The Heart’s Sinful Chambers

 In my opinion, part of the reason the old Puritan gospel preachers were so good at displaying the grace of Jesus was because they understood sin so well.  We tend to simply scratch the surface by saying sin is lying to our wives, looking at porn, disobeying our parents, and so forth.  To be sure, those… Continue reading The Heart’s Sinful Chambers

Dare to Be a Sinner, Dare not to Stand Alone..

 This is exceedingly brilliant, amazing; it is sadly and joyfully true: "The most experienced psychologist or observer of human nature knows infinitely less of the human heart than the simplest Christian who lives beneath the Cross of Jesus.  The greatest psychological insight, ability, and experience cannot grasp this one thing: what sin is.  Worldly wisdom knows… Continue reading Dare to Be a Sinner, Dare not to Stand Alone..