Category Archives: Christian life

John Frame on the interdependence of the intellect, will, and emotions

The intellect, or reason, is our capacity to think. The will is our ability to choose and act. The emotions are our feelings. Greek philosophers taught that the will and emotions should be subject to the intellect, and Reformed theologians … Continue reading

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“In the West, we’ve lost the practice of lamenting. In contrast, the ancient Hebrews were constantly in God’s face.” Paul Miller

In Ruth chapter 1, upon the death of Naomi’s husband and two sons, her daughters-in-law request to continue living with her. But Naomi urges them not, saying, “No, my daughters, for it is more bitter for me than you that the … Continue reading

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Søren Kierkegaard on the “tragic misuse of biblical scholarship,” how it can drive God’s Word infinitely further from us than if we had never read it

Kierkegaard has just finished a section where he’s argued for the necessity of being alone with God’s Word in order to truly read God’s Word, and yet how so very few are willing to do so. But, asserting defiantly that … Continue reading

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Richard Sibbes on demonically-induced thoughts

Some again are haunted with hideous representations to their imaginations, and with vile and unworthy thoughts of God, of Christ, of the Word, which, as busy flies, disquiet and molest their peace. These are cast in like wildfire by Satan, … Continue reading

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William Struthers, Naomi Wolf on how “pornography has rendered men less sexually responsive to real women”

It is not the shouting of pornography that gives it so much power over men. It is the whispering of the lie of sexual fulfillment that prey on our human insecurities. When men believe those lies, they develop psychological and … Continue reading

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William Struthers on the importance having a mentor and the problem of peer-to-peer accountability

The presence of an ongoing mentoring relationship with an older, wiser and more mature man has a significant impact on psychological well-being. A mentor is someone deliberately chosen whom you see as modeling a life that is on the path … Continue reading

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The Roman Catholic church’s definition of pornagraphy

The definition is here quoted from Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain by William Struthers, psychology professor at Wheaton College. After examining several different attempts to define pornagraphy, Struther’s states that the Roman church’s definition is the one he prefers: … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on the demonic desire to make Christianity a means to social justice (or anything else)

Lewis is writing as “Uncle Screwtape”, a veteran demon who is tutoring his nephew in the art of temptation. This being the case, God is referred to as “the Enemy”. About the general connection between Christianity and politics, our position … Continue reading

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John Frame, ethical integrationist

A fully Christian ethic accepts only God’s Word as final. That word is found preeminently in Scripture, the covenant constitution of the people of God (Deut. 6:6-9; Matt. 5:17-20; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:21), but is also revealed in … Continue reading

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Charles Spurgeon on the missionary call: “The Mission languishes for want of men.”

Speaking to the students of the pastor’s college of which he was president, Spurgeon remarked: We ought not to put it on this foot,–not, “Can I prove that I ought to go?” but, “Can I prove that I ought not to go?” … Continue reading

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