Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- * Born and raised in French Quebec, the son of a Baptist pastor and an English mother
- * Grew up poor and marginalized as a Protestant; sometimes beat up for his faith
* Met his English wife while studying at the University of Cambridge
* Has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for more than thirty years
* Writes poetry, piano compositions, NT commentaries and theology books
* Reads about 500 books per year (I'm quite serious)
* Travels to many countries each year to preach and assist Bible translators
* Enjoys entertaining students in his home
* Is humble and self-effacing, loving most the glory of Christ and His CrossThough Carson's many books are all worth reading, many believe he's at his best in the pulpit. If you're interested in learning from him, here is a link to many of his messages/lectures on-line.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Most men love to hear the doctrine of grace, of the pardon of sin, of free love....But to be breaking up the fallow ground of their hearts, to be inquiring after the weeds and briars that grow in them they delight not so much, though this be no less necessary than the other. This path is not so beaten as that of grace, nor so trod in, though it be the only way to come to a true knowledge of grace itself.
It may be some who are wise and grown in other truths may yet be so little skilled in searching their own hearts that they may be slow in the perception and understanding of these things. But this sloth and neglect is to be shaken off if we have any regard unto our own souls....This, I say, will lead us to meekness, compassion, readiness to forgive, to pass by offenses....[But those refusing to do so] are only fit to delude themselves, to disquiet families, churches and all relations whatsoever.
- John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation, p. 283
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
[The marrow of Christianitie doth consist] in righteousnesse, peace, joy in the Holy Ghost; in meekness, tenderheartedness, love, patience, humilitie, contentedness; in mortification of sinne, moderation of passion, holy guidance of the tongue; in works of mercy, justice and truth; in fidelitie, painfulnesse in our callings, conscionable converstation with men; in reverence unto superiors, love of our enemies and open-hearted real fruitful affectionatenesse and bounty to God's people; in heavenly-mindednesse, selfe-deniall, the life of faith; in disesteeme of earthly things, contempt of the world, resolute hatred of sinne; in approving our hearts in God's presence, a sweet communion with Him, comfortable longing for the Lord Jesus, etc.
- Nicolas Byfield, The Marrow of the Oracles of God, 1630
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier (missions)
The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (military history/memoir)
Craftsmen by John Crotts (manhood)
Doing Things Right by John Ensor (courtship/marriage)
The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute (relationships/conflict resolution)
The Christ of the Prophets by O. Palmer Robertson (biblical studies)
Jesus Made in America by Stephen Nichols (church history)
The Bradbury Chronicles by Sam Weller (biography)
A Secular Faith by DG Hart (Christianity and culture)
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (sanctification)