Grace

Garments of Salvation

Garments of Salvation

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of […]

Just As You Received Christ....

Just As You Received Christ….

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters Suppose you asked someone what the Gospel is: how does a person receive salvation in Christ? How would you respond if the answer was… “The Gospel is the good news that we have to keep all of God’s Laws and rules, because there’s no salvation apart from trying […]

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

New Creation #3: Kyrie (With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh)

Third in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song Behind the Song Cornelius Elven (1791–1873) was a Baptist pastor in Suffolk, England, and a close friend of Charles H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon described him as “a faithful servant of the Lord, and an intensely fervent and sincere preacher, filled […]

New Creation #1: "Come, Christians One and All, Rejoice" (Martin Luther)

New Creation #1: “Come, Christians One and All, Rejoice” (Martin Luther)

First in a series featuring songs from my CD New Creation. For more information, read this link. The Song   Behind the Song The story of Martin Luther (1483–1546) is familiar to anyone who knows even the slightest bit of church history. A German peasant turned Franciscan monk, Luther searched desperately for an authentic grace-based […]

"Gloria" and Why to Sing It: Two Links of Note

“Gloria” and Why to Sing It: Two Links of Note

I didn’t write either of these things. A small, mostly selfish part of me wishes I had. The rest of me is too happy to care, because you get to see them on any terms. The first is called “Going Back.” Jon Acuff writes the hilarious and devastatingly honest blog “Stuff Christians Like,” which intersperses […]

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection

First published Christmas 2009; newly updated for Quivering Daughters. I think I finally figured out what Christmas trees are really about. A while ago I found a blog article on the subject of our friend Mr. Tannenbaum. Apparently (the author observed) some folks believe that Christmas trees are pagan symbols that the church has adopted […]

God's Prescription for Your Discouragement

God’s Prescription for Your Discouragement

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters I've been saving this for a rainy day, and I think it's gotten sufficiently damp. This got its start a few years ago as a comment on someone else's blog post and quickly gained a life of its own. The blog post in question was written by a […]

When Rest is Hard

When Rest is Hard

Another in my series for Quivering Daughters ast week, Carrie got a cold. It was the kind of cold where medicine doesn’t really do much; until it gets better, you just have to wait, take some time off, and rest. The problem is that Carrie prefers to be active, so she’s not used to having […]

John Newton: Without Me You Can Do Nothing

John Newton: Without Me You Can Do Nothing

t would be hard to imagine a more remarkable journey to grace than the one John Newton took. A hard-living, reckless, profligate young sailor in the 18th-century British slave trade, Newton openly blasphemed God and actively influenced others to abandon their faith. His life led steadily downward until he wound up enslaved and abused by […]