John Bertram Phillips – A Bruised Reed Firmly Planted
Through this rise to success and fame, J. B. Phillips lived with a clinical and often debilitating form of depression and anxiety.
The contrast between the torment J. B. Phillips revealed in some of his most intimate confessions and the exciting and joyous discovery and proclamation of God’s nature, works and revelation that he expressed in the majority of his writings is not a contradiction. It’s only a manifestation of what all Christians experience, in varying degrees... Continue Reading
A Jonah Experience: Lobster Diver Swallowed By Humpback Whale Off Provincetown
'I was completely inside': Lobster diver swallowed by humpback whale off Provincetown.
“I was completely inside; it was completely black,” Packard said. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’ All I could think of was my boys — they’re 12 and 15 years old.” Outfitted with scuba gear, he struggled and the whale began shaking its head so... Continue Reading
Hallgrímur Pétursson – Iceland’s Poet of Comfort
Within the Eternal Arms I sink to rest, Washed in the stream that flowed from Jesus' breast: The life Thou gavest, Father, now defend; Into Thine Hands my spirit I commend.
Pétursson experienced a new challenge in 1665, when he was struck with leprosy. He was still able to preach and attend some meetings, but eventually had to retire and spent his last years bedridden and almost blind. His most moving hymns were written during this time. He died at Ferstikla, near Saurbær, on 27 October... Continue Reading
Interracial Couple Fights Critical Race Theory in One of America’s Most Integrated Towns
Oak Park, Illinois father asks, "Are my kids half-oppressor and half-oppressed?"
They grew up in different worlds, walked different paths, and yet they met by chance and fell in love because they shared the same universally human values and principles. There is enormous power in this truth, far greater than any manmade racial construct, and we must hold onto that or else. When I drove... Continue Reading
A Family Update and a Cause of Death
And now we know. Now we know that the heart of an otherwise healthy young man can just stop.
It was comforting in the sense that he did nothing wrong and we did nothing wrong. It was comforting in the sense that the people who tried to save him did all they could since, without specialized equipment, there was little that could be done to save him once he collapsed. And it was comforting... Continue Reading
How Did John Calvin Die?
"We can truly say,” Theodore Beza noted, “that in this one man God has been pleased to demonstrate to us in our day the way to live well and to die well.”
He was indefatigable, and his literary output was extraordinary. But when it came to his view of himself, Calvin had learned the grace of humility. In death, as in life, his great priority was never to point to himself, but to Christ his redeemer. The last ten years of Calvin’s life were quiet and productive.... Continue Reading
God’s Ordinary Deliverance from the Sin of Homosexuality: A Testimony
I fear that if the PCA makes room for “Side B” gay identity out of a sense of compassion, then vulnerable young people could be led toward unbiblical self-conceptions and even sinful behaviors.
If something like the positions espoused by Revoice were being articulated in 2005, I almost certainly would have gravitated to them. Though I was no longer interested in dating, I think that if I had been told it was okay to identify as same-sex attracted and even to pursue celibate friendships with other women who... Continue Reading
Recovering the Priority of Personal Holiness
In an age when the church is emulating the world... the example of John Owen shines like a beacon on a stormy night.
Rather than devoting much time to developing innovative amusements for the worship hour, Owen made private communion with God a top priority. He understood why the apostle Paul wrote: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to... Continue Reading
In Praise Of Kate Forbes’s Christian Faith
Kate Forbes’ comments are an innocently-worded rebellion against the culture around her, one that has not treated her kindly for her faith.
It is not news that Forbes is a believer. She has spoken before about growing up in India where her parents were missionaries of the Free Church of Scotland, which is like the Church of Scotland but with Christianity. However, this profession of faith and the unapologetic way in which it is delivered is entirely... Continue Reading
Amazing Grace for a Prodigal Pastor’s Kid
I painfully learned that drifting away from God is directly proportional to one’s misery. It would take twenty years for me to fully learn that lesson.
As soon as I cried out to him, the lowest level of despair turned to joy and hope. I was, like the psalmist says, lifted out of the miry clay I was wallowing in and set firmly upon solid rock. I was finally rescued. It was all because of grace; all because of God’s amazing... Continue Reading