- We lost a paradise by sin,
and have gained a heaven by the cross.
Stephen Charnock (1628-80)
Until sin be bitter,
Christ will not be sweet.
Thomas Watson (1668)
The cross once seen
is death to every vice.
William Cowper (1835)
The tear of repentance is shed by the eye of faith, and faith, as it weeps, stands beneath the cross.
Horatius Bonar? (1880s)
Let them that will, repent, that Christ may do for them.
I believe what Christ hath done for me, that I may repent.
Thomas Boston (1720s)
A discovery of Christ
in the light of the Spirit,
wastes, weakens and withers
the body of sin.
Ebenezer Erskine (1730s)
If you will remember Christ's love, you will be lifted up from your crookedness, and made straight.
C.H. Spurgeon (1890)
Live in Christ, die in Christ, and then flesh need not fear death.
John Knox (1572)
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Our view of human nature in the West swung in the past century from believing that we are essentially corrupt and wicked to believing we are essentially good and evolving, as American journalist and talk show host Barbara Walters puts … Continue reading
I need some help to find some theological references. First, some background. Lots of the earliest posts on this blog were about the function of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. I argue, there, that the promise … Continue reading
This is an extra post in a series of five posts on lessons for ministry from the life and times of Thomas Boston. Lesson #6 – don’t let first impressions last. In 1711 Thomas Boston moved 30 miles east from … Continue reading
Thomas Boston, the Ettrick Shepherd, was a Christ-centred preacher, a model for preachers today, as Andrew Thompson writes: We have only to look into his sermons in order to see what a blessed extent his practice realized his aim. His … Continue reading
This is the fifth in a series of five posts on lessons for ministry from the life and times of Thomas Boston. Lesson #5 – spend time in the study There is a simple and unalterable rule in ministry: there … Continue reading
The human heart is made to love and this love settles on almost anything in or around us and when it does we face addiction. Self-image, stimulants, power, money, other people, all compete for our affection and that affection can … Continue reading
This is the third in a series of five posts on lessons for ministry from the life and times of Thomas Boston. Lesson #3 – it takes time to turn a whole parish to Christ. Boston’s first “placement” was in … Continue reading