When the Church Becomes Worldly (Guinness)

 Here's a helpful commentary by Os Guinness on worldliness in the church: It would be idle to speculate what terrible new order today's trendy clerics and faithless Christian activists are greasing the slipway for.  But we need not wait for the outcome.  The truth is that the greatest enemy of the Western church is not… Continue reading When the Church Becomes Worldly (Guinness)

…Less of Our Hearts (Wilberforce)

 I appreciate the following section of William Wilberforce's book called "A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in This Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity."  I've edited it slightly: True, practical Christianity consists in devoting the heart and life to God.  It is governed supremely and… Continue reading …Less of Our Hearts (Wilberforce)

Causes of Spiritual Decline (Newton)

Sadly, there is such a thing as backsliding in the Christian life.  It's also called wandering from the path of following Jesus.  Indeed, we are prone to wander!  There are various reasons why Christians do sometimes wander or backslide.  We could put it in the form of a question: What are some of the causes… Continue reading Causes of Spiritual Decline (Newton)

Is The Church Ours To Reinvent? (Guinness)

  I love the subtitle of Os Guinness' 2003 book, Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevance.  In this book, among other things, Guinness talks about how the church often assimilates modern assumptions and practices which lead to worldliness.  Speaking of the church assimilating modern practices, Guinness writes this: "The last generation of… Continue reading Is The Church Ours To Reinvent? (Guinness)

Puritan Treasures for Today

  I recently purchased three books from Reformation Heritage's series called "Puritan Treasures for Today."  I'm familiar with these authors (Greenhill, Swinnock, and Flavel), so I was interested to see if these books are advertised correctly: are they readable for today's average Christian?  In a word, and having read two of the three, yes, they are… Continue reading Puritan Treasures for Today