Spurgeon – Conviction of Sin Essential for Salvation

I wonder—when was the last time you heard another Christian preach or speak about conviction of sin? When was the last time you saw someone on the brink of salvation in tears of anxiety and burden because of a distinct awareness of their sinfulness? It seems to me that true conviction is not present as much as it should be today. If Spurgeon is right, if anyone has not experienced it, we should be very concerned about the validity of their salvation. "First, regeneration will be shown in c … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones on Anger and Self-Control

The Doctor was given his nickname, I believe, not so much because of his medical degree, but rather because of the way in which he used his diagnostic skill to get to the root of the human predicament. This quote is a good example of that:To fail to control ourselves means a loss of energy. These things can actually be measured. When I say ‘self-control’ I include controlling one’s temper, controlling one’s spirit. Have you ever seen a man trembling in a rage? What energy that man is wasting! He … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conversions are God's Stamp of Approval on Preaching

I've been sharing a number of quotes from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. Today I thought I'd share one which is quite striking. It argues that since conversion is a miracle, it is by a trail of such miracles we can know if someone is called to preach. "A new and heavenly mind must be created by omnipotence, or the man must abide in death. You see, then, that we have before us a mighty work, for which we are of ourselves totally incapable. No minister living can save a soul; nor can all of us … [Read more...]

John Piper's Biblical Antidote to Anger

Anger is very much associated with our sense of rights. We feel that we have been violated and "deserve" better treatment. The truth is, none of us deserve anything but hell. We build up for ourselves a mental picture of our ideal life, of what we want, so that it becomes an idol. When we don't get our own way, we start to throw our toys out of the pram and feel justified to be angry.James challenges these thoughts in 4:1-2: "What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, … [Read more...]

Is Man Bipartate or Tripartate?

One of the interesting controversies of theology is the nature of man. Many assume we are tripartate — body, soul, and spirit. Others argue strongly that Scripture suggests we only have two parts — body and soul/spirit. In today's quote from Spurgeon, he seems to suggest we have two parts before salvation and three parts after. I would be interested in your thoughts on this. Do you think he was right? Have you heard anyone else teach this? You can discuss this over at this blog's Facebook gro … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]

Historical Evidence That The Gifts Didn't Cease When The Apostles Died

This astonishing description by Iraneus of normal church life in the early centuries was cited on Lex Loizides' blog.‘So it is that in His name those who truly are His disciples, having received grace from Him, put it to effectual use for the benefit of their fellow-men, in proportion to the gift each one has received from Him.Some drive out demons really and truly, so that often those cleansed from evil spirits believe and become members of the church; some have foreknowledge of the future, v … [Read more...]

Adding Bible Content Automatically

Most Christian websites and blogs will have biblical references scattered throughout their text. But how much better would it be if that content could be automatically linked to one of the Bible websites that are out there? Well, I suspect it could be even better if, instead of merely inserting a link, you could automatically insert a little pop-up window that revealed the text without even leaving the website. That's exactly what I can now do here on the blog.That's just what those wonderful … [Read more...]

Theology Is For Women Too

Wendy Alsup is a woman who should be greatly honored. She lives in Seattle with her husband Andy and has trained many women in theology over the years.I have interviewed her previously. More recently, she has published a book, Practical Theology For Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives, in which she talks about how theology really is relevant for women. My wife has been enjoying the book.I just recently discovered Wendy Alsup's blog. I was so impressed with the blog, I … [Read more...]

Living with Somebody Watching Your Every Move

I was reading this piece about the latest in "reality TV" and wondering what is it about people that makes them want to volunteer to have somebody install cameras in their home and watch everything they do for several months. We all value our privacy, and I know I wouldn't want cameras to be broadcasting everything that happens in my home. We are a normal family, and so there are some things that, let's just say, I would rather keep private. There is, of course, no doubt that knowing such … [Read more...]


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