All Because of Him

January 30, 2020

“Consider this, believer. You have no right to heaven in yourself: your right lies in Christ. If you are pardoned, it is through his blood; if you are justified, it is through his righteousness; if you are sanctified, it is because he is made of God unto you sanctification; if you shall be kept from falling, it will be because you are preserved in Christ Jesus; and if you are perfected at the last, it will be because you are complete in him.”—CHS


January 13, 2020

God often chooses to refine our lives for future usefulness. Joseph was refined in a pit, a position as a slave, and a prision. In all of this refinement God was with him and blessed him (Genesis 39:2,21,23). We can respond to God’s refinement with bitterness or by blooming where and how God chooses to refine us. “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” (Heb. 12:11 NLT).

City on a Hill

January 13, 2020

“A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but “a city set upon a hill;” he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all.”

“To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to saints, useful to sinners, and honouring to the Saviour.”—CHS

Bonhoeffer Moment

January 13, 2020

“I no longer call myself an evangelical, but the break was more cultural than theological. I was a student at an evangelical seminary in 1980 as the Reagan revolution was getting under way. For reasons I did not understand, professors and students were abandoning the Sunday school–teaching Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter for a divorced former actor with no discernible connection to the Christian faith other than a desire for evangelical electoral support. My skepticism about Ronald Reagan’s sincerity was rooted partly in personal experience…

Your fierce embrace of Trump has begun to do real damage to American Christianity. At the end of Trump’s first year in office, there is evidence that your support for him has taken a toll on the credibility of our faith. This has been pointed out by many secular critics, including a psychologist who recently wondered, based on an election cycle in which he observed “an especially high level of insincerity, shamelessness, poor judgment and pathological egocentricity,” whether evangelicalism itself had become “sociopathic…”

Your embrace of Trump is eerily reminiscent of German Christians’ attachment to Hitler in the early 1930s. I make this point not to convince you that Trump is Hitler but to remind you of the troubling ways Christians have compromised themselves in endorsing political movements in which they perceived the hand of God. I developed a scholarly interest in the churches’ role during the Nazi era in part so I could help ensure that Christians would never repeat the mistakes they made under Hitler. Similarly, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my heroes in part because he was able to resist the wave of Hitler worship that swept up many German Protestants.”

I am His

January 12, 2020

“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.”—CHS