The Beauty of Jesus—George Elliot

A few years ago, a family member gave me a book called, The Beauty of Jesus (published in 1904).  It is a compilation of sermons preached by Reverend George Elliott in the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Detroit, Michigan.  Since receiving the book, it has sat on a bookshelf.  But I found that the title caught my…

Once and for All—Lauren Daigle

A couple weeks ago, the song, “Once and for All” by Lauren Daigle shuffled onto my i-Tunes playlist.  I have been unable to get it out of my head since.  It is a vulnerable song about resigning to the Lord.  Songs like this are always meaningful but I find it particularly relevant at this season…

Yeats and Modern Angst

Painting: “Nebuchadnezzar” by William Blake   “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are…

The Person of the Tree of Life

A friend of mine, Cameron Fultz, has been translating the book of Revelation.  A month or more ago, he read his translation of Revelation four to a group of friends.  What follows are verses two and three of chapter four.  I had never before considered John’s vision in the light of Cameron’s translation.  It is,…

Impossible People: Os Guinness

Recently, a group at church decided to read Impossible People by Os Guinness. I didn’t need a lot of convincing. Some liken him to C.S. Lewis because of his intellectual clarity on matters of faith. That sold me. Impossible People examines modernity’s challenge to Christian faith, a challenge Guinness believes is the most significant ever…

Bait and Switch: The True Gospel

This post is by my friend, Cameron Fultz.  Cameron is author of several books, including Jesus Pictures and Spiritual Knowledge.  Above all else, Cam desires to know Jesus in His death and resurrection. *** How many have heard a gospel invitation to be saved from hell so you can go to heaven or to ask Jesus into your…

Augustine: Exposition on Psalms

Augustine (354-430 AD) was a bishop in north Africa.  He remains one of the most influential thinkers in church history.  Augustine is known for books like City of God, in which he explained Rome’s fall: Rome typified the city of man which isn’t eternal.  Instead of looking to Rome, Christians look “to the city that has…

Seeing God through the Ashes

Months ago, my wife’s friend plugged a book on social media, The Book of Job: Seeing God through the Ashes, by Melissa Lees.  I felt curious for some reason (God?). Perhaps the topic piqued my interest.  (People aren’t exactly rushing to exposit Job).  Whatever it was, I downloaded a copy to my Kindle. I rarely read modern Christian…

On Loving God–Bernard of Clairvaux

Bernard of Clairvaux was a monk in the 11th and 12th centuries. Bernard enjoys wide appeal.  After reading his classic, On Loving God, I understand why.  This book has a refreshing, simple focus on loving God.  It is not a work of dazzling theological argument but evokes 1 Corinthians 8:2-3: “If anyone thinks he knows anything,…

P.S. to “An Apology”

Recently, I posted about “An Apology for the True Christian Divinity.”  Written by Robert Barclay, this was the first orderly presentation of early Quaker beliefs.  Early Quakers were deeply Christian while many later Quakers drifted from Christ into subjectivism. One of my readers left a comment  wondering why later Quakers left their Christian roots.  I suggested that…