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Aug 2020 31 Aug 31, 2020
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One of the more fascinating and instructive of Jonathan Edwards’s sermons is rooted in Song of Solomon 5:1. Here is Edwards’s translation of the text: “Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.” Although most today believe that the Song of Solomon explicitly addresses the love relationship between husband and wife, Edwards stood in the tradition that dominated church history for its first 1,800 years. He argued that it was somethin...Read More

Aug 2020 26 Aug 26, 2020

No one ever probed the depths of what it means to be saved as intently and insightfully as Jonathan Edwards. He especially drew from this statement by the apostle Peter: “[God] has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Peter 1:4). Edwards was careful to deny that the Christian partakes of ...Read More

Aug 2020 24 Aug 24, 2020
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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12). Seriously? Did Jesus really mean what he said? Yes. Let’s look closely at this stunning statement. Thi...Read More

Aug 2020 17 Aug 17, 2020

Numerous books have been written on the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Some have been helpful, but most have fallen far short of what the church needs. I’m delighted to let you know of the publication of what I believe is the best and most comprehensive treatment of the Holy Spirit yet to appear. Gregg Allison and Andreas Kostenberger have partnered to produce a 543-page treasure trove of biblical and theological truth about the Spirit (B & H Academic). H...Read More

Aug 2020 11 Aug 11, 2020

So when can we quit? Is there a point in the Christian life when we can take our foot off the pedal, throw our lives into neutral, and happily coast into heaven? After all, isn’t that what the world counsels? Retire. Relax. Amuse yourself. Indulge in whatever pleasures you were denied in your working years. You’re on the shelf, so take it easy. The end is in sight. J. I. Packer only recently entered into glory. During his final years he grew increasingly wea...Read More

Aug 2020 7 Aug 7, 2020

Here is a link to my podcast with Gary Wilkerson of World Challenge. The focus of our discussion is the holiness of God. Enjoy! https://wcm.link/gwp79ss  ...Read More

Aug 2020 5 Aug 5, 2020
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This week at Bridgeway we looked at our Lord’s declaration, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matt. 5:7). In this brief article I want to share with you the most biblical example of mercy that I’ve ever seen. I’ve written about Jackie Pullinger many times before, but I make no apology for speaking of her yet again. I first met Jackie in January of 1991 in California. I had dinner with her and listened for two hours a...Read More

Aug 2020 3 Aug 3, 2020

It’s almost here. My new book on spiritual gifts (and most likely, my last book on the subject) will be released by Zondervan in a couple of weeks. If you want to learn more about it, see the endorsements by Max Lucado, Christine Caine, Jack Deere, and Mike Bickle, and pre-order your copy, go to the website, www.understandingspiritualgifts.com. This is just about everything I know on this topic. The book is approximately 385 pages and covers the wide range of issu...Read More

Jul 2020 27 Jul 27, 2020

I don’t think it an exaggeration to say that I owe much of what I am as a pastor and theologian to the combined influence of a schoolyard bully and an inattentive bread truck driver. Such are the mysteries of divine providence that largely account for the remarkable spiritual influence, not only on me personally but on the whole of the evangelical world, of one James Innell Packer. I’m not alone in this assessment of Packer’s impact, as the readers of C...Read More

Jul 2020 20 Jul 20, 2020

[J. I. Packer entered into glory on Friday, July 17th, five days short of his 94th birthday. A couple of months earlier I was contacted by the Gospel Coalition and asked to write a personal tribute to him. At the time of the request, it appeared that his days on earth were drawing to a close and they wanted to have everything in place to honor this man once the Lord had called him home. I encourage you to visit the Gospel Coalition website at www.thegospelcoalition.org w...Read More