Monthly Archives: March 2016
The only part of his prayer I still remember was his request, “Lord, please make me willing to be willing.”
I’ve long forgotten what he was praying about. Evidently it was something he knew he should do. It was the “right thing.” The knowing wasn’t helping his doing. But he didn’t ask God to make him do it, he didn’t even ask God to make him willing to do it. He simply asked God to make him willing to be willing to do it. Continue reading
In Matthew 18, Jesus tells a parable to help us understand the kingdom of heaven. A modern translation removes the cultural difficulties of the amounts owed.
“One day a king decided to call in his officials and ask them to give an account of what they owed him. As he was doing this, one official was brought in who owed him fifty million silver coins. But he didn’t have any money to pay what he owed. The king ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all he owned, in order to pay the debt. The official got down on his knees and began begging, ‘Have pity on me, and I will pay you every cent I owe!’ The king felt sorry for him and let him go free. He even told the official that he did not have to pay back the money. Continue reading
William Law (1686–1761) ministered in the Church of England until removed from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to the first Hanoverian monarch, George I. Law served as a simple priest (curate) and when that became impossible without the oath, he went on to teach privately and to write extensively.
His most well know book is A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (1728). Together with his previous book, A Practical Treatise Upon Christian Perfection (1726), Law would influence individuals as deep and wide as Enlightenment thinkers Dr. Samuel Johnson and the historian Edward Gibbon, and clergymen the likes of John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield.
His writings also influenced C. S. Lewis. Continue reading
Controversy swirls around the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Scholars question the author, or authors, as well as the date and central theme of the book. Further complicating matters is that the book is deeper than it is wide, and with sixty-six chapters that’s saying a lot.
Historically, Christians have understood the “Suffering Servant” described in chapter 53 as speaking of Jesus Christ some seven hundred years before his incarnation. Some of the most majestic and familiar verses in the entire Bible are found in this chapter including, Continue reading
Adam Johnson has an impressive resume. Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; M.A., Talbot Theological Seminary; B.A., Biola University. Dr. Johnson serves as the Assistant Professor of Theology at the Torrey Honors Institute.
He has an equally impressive un-resume. Continue reading