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Knowing God by J. I. Packer: Chapter 1

Knowing GodWho Needs Theology?

But wait a minute," says someone, "tell me this. Is our journey really necessary? In Spurgeon's day, we know, people found theology interesting, but I find it boring. Why need anyone take time off today for the kind of study you propose? Surely a layperson, at any rate, can get on without it? After all, this is the twentieth century, not the nineteenth!"

A fair question!—but there is, I think, a convincing answer to it. The questioner clearly assumes that a study of the nature and character of God will be impractical and irrelevant for life. In fact, however, it is the most practical project anyone can engage in. 

C. S. Lewis on the Christian Life…

• A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

• Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

• Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one!"

• Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of ...

A few thoughts about popular movies

I know, we’re supposed to pretend that movies have no influence on us, or our children. That way we can be cool and go with the popular drift of culture and prove that not all Christians are uptight and moralistic.

Resting and Wrestling

restingI was listening to a John Piper message on Hebrews 12, titled "The Painful Discipline of Our Heavenly Father," and appreciated this introduction, so I’m sharing it with you. I really enjoy John’s messages, and highly recommend that you download them, and put on an iPod or listen to in the car and on planes, or as you do housework or tinker in the garage.


A Simple Gesture

reaching handWhen someone passed on to me this supposedly true story (I make no guarantees it really happened, but similar things certainly do happen) it reminded me of two things. One, the impact we have on people by doing good works. And two, the sense of satisfaction when we finally hear the story.

Facebook and Twitter: Are They Worth It?

FacebookAs many of you know, I am on both Facebook and Twitter, where I frequently post short updates and devotional thoughts. Some people may ask if as a Christian, being on Facebook and Twitter and other social networking sites is really worth it, or just a waste of time.


Four Things You Cannot Recover…

A few months ago I happened to see this on The Heart of a Pastor Wife's blog, and thought these pictures were profound.

Four things you cannot recover....





I Wish I Could Be a Brother Like That

boyThis story was sent by my friend Doug Nichols, founder and director of Action International. It is a powerful reminder that the first and second greatest commands are inseparable: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart...love your neighbor as yourself."

Short-term Rewards vs. Living for the Audience of One

brickThe problem with short-term rewards is not that it's wrong to receive them, but that it's wrong for them to be our primary motivation for doing the work. If we take Matthew 6 seriously, when we offer people their name on a brick for giving to a building offering we're saying "Hope you enjoy this brick, because if this is why you're giving, the brick's all the reward you're going to get."

Building a Biblical Worldview

read BibleActs 17:11 says that "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." We should come to God's Word with "great eagerness."

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