…Pessimistic About The Possibility Of Moral Progress (Packer)

In the first chapter of his book, Keep in Step with the Spirit, J. I. Packer explained five different emphases people have put on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life. All five ways have foundations in Scripture, but often they become one-sided because they fail to incorporate or discuss other aspects… Continue reading …Pessimistic About The Possibility Of Moral Progress (Packer)

Toil, Labor, and the Christian Life (Boston)

 There are many texts and stories in the Bible which tell us that the Christian life is sometimes a kind of labor or toil.  For example, the young Thessalonian church was known for its toil of love (1 Thes. 1:3).  Paul has to remind the Corinthian church that their labor was not in vain (1… Continue reading Toil, Labor, and the Christian Life (Boston)

That Rebel Self (Newton)

 John Newton knew what it meant to be a saint and a sinner at the same time.  Here's part of a letter he wrote to a Christian friend in April 1776: I do not ask you if you are always filled with sensible comfort; but do you find your spirit more bowed down at the… Continue reading That Rebel Self (Newton)

Prone to Wander, Preserved by Grace

The following quote from a 1763 letter shows why John Newton is one of my favorite Christian authors.  Notice how a violent struggle against indwelling sin does not weaken Newton’s assurance of faith.  He is deeply disturbed by his indwelling sin, but he does not despair over it because of God’s sovereign and preserving grace. … Continue reading Prone to Wander, Preserved by Grace