12th Most Read Post – The Toronto Blessing – When The Church Seemed To Be Going Mad

No 12 on the list of most-read posts on this blog appeared on May 15, 2005, and examined the events surrounding and subsequent to what came to be known as "The Toronto Blessing."I published this post from an article I had written many years prior to May of 2005. In some ways it was this article that first stirred the "writing bug" in me. I surveyed the historical events associated with "The Toronto Blessing," and also looked at some biblical and church history data. Some of my reformed friends … [Read more...]

BOOK – Sam Storms Interprets Edwards' Classic on the Spirit

My buddy, Jesse, has recently completed a nine-part series of posts on Signs of the Spirit, in which Sam Storms interprets Jonathan Edwards' classic work on experiential Christianity, The Religious Affections. Here are the links:1. True spirituality is a hunger for God2. Public gathering, prayer, preaching, and singing3. You're not a Christian just because you...4. Sign 1) A new spiritual 'sense'5. Sign 2) A love for the things of God6. Experience, emotion, Edwards and public worship7. Signs … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards on the Resurrection

Today, I thought I would share with you the following quote on the resurrection from Jonathan Edwards. So Christ, our second surety (in whose justification all whose surety he is, are virtually justified), was not justified till he had done the work the Father had appointed him, and kept the Father's commandments through all trials, and then in his resurrection he was justified. When he had been put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, 1 Peter 3:18, then he that was manifest in … [Read more...]

QUOTE – Jonathan Edwards on Hungering After More of God

I thought this would be a great quote for us to contemplate as we prepare to gather with God's people today. May our coming together cause an increase in our yearning for God!Jonathan Edwards said "Persons need not and ought not to set any bounds to their spiritual and gracious appetites . . . [instead they ought] to be endeavoring by all possible ways to inflame their desires and to obtain more spiritual pleasures . . . our hungerings and thirstings after God and Jesus Christ and after holiness … [Read more...]

Jonathan Edwards Resolutions

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards As I was reading the Jonathan Edwards Resolutions, I discovered something else which is intreging for a new blogger. "that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God' s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure" and the second is "to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things." Well it seems to me that Jonathan Edwards would have loved blogs as they certainly seem to give pleasure and … [Read more...]