The practice reading scripture, studying scripture, acting scripture, singing scripture – generally soaking oneself in scripture as an individual and community – has been seen from the earliest days of Christianity as central to the formation of Christian character.
Everything in this world must grow and ripen, must struggle to find its way from darkness to light, as on the first day, “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:5). First it was evening and then morning, not vice versa. Every good development that is God’s will begins in … Continue reading "First Darkness, then Light"
Spiritual growth depends on two things: first a willingness to live according to the Word of God; second, a willingness to take whatever consequences emerge as a result. —Sinclair Ferguson (shared from Challies).
And when God raised him from the dead, he called the church to follow him into the same dangerous field called “all the world” (Mark 16:15). But are we willing to follow? In Ermelo, Holland, Brother Andrew told the story of sitting in Budapest Hungary, with a dozen pastors of that city, teaching them from the Bible. In walked an … Continue reading "Domesticated, Inoffensive Godliness"