I recently sat with an elderly married couple as they ate their lunch. The wife suffers from dementia. The waitress asked if she she would like some pie and she did. However, by the time the waitress brought the pie to the table, the wife had completely forgotten about it. A couple of weeks ago, … Continue reading Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia: A Review
Such great lessons from Nouwen. Thanks for posting Annie!
I have read several of Henri Nouwen’s books, including one that I read at my mother’s bed side as she was dying, and have found immense comfort and care in his words. He speaks so honestly, humbly, and creatively about suffering and the realities of the life of a christian. He leads his readers to adore Christ and it has made me hungry to read more of his works. And though he is Catholic, I have found so much common ground in his writing that can be read and admired by any believer, whether protestant or Catholic.
I read this book, Adam: God’s Beloved, in less than 2 hours and I was struck by the beauty and simplicity in language that Henri uses to describe his friend, Adam, to us. Adam was a profoundly disabled man that Henri lived with at L’Arche at Daybreak in Toronto, ON. Here are a…
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As I have grown older, the gap between me and perfection has become much more apparent. I think I used to really believe that one day I would be able to live without falling short of God’s standards, but this facade has been shattered, especially since becoming a parent. Although, I’d love to be the … Continue reading Augustine, Paul Tripp, Parenting, and the Gospel
Is God silent? Has He forgotten about me? Does He care about the pain I feel right now? These are questions that people may ask or feel in times of heartache. I know I have felt these questions in my heart even in the last couple of months, but is God really silent in the … Continue reading The Silence of God
It is likely that you have heard the expression "No creed but Christ" or "No book but the Bible" before. Through these expressions, Christians are often seeking to maintain a high view of the Scriptures. In fact, some think that this is what "sola Scriptura" means: The Bible is the only authority for the people … Continue reading A Challenge to “No Creed but Christ” and “No book but the Bible”
This article was originally posted at www.theministrydad.com CO-AUTHORED BY SCOTT FOREMAN AND TRAVIS JAMIESON You’ve heard the terms and you’ve undoubtedly heard the arguments. There’s the Amillennialists. There’s the Postmillennialists. There’s the pre, mid, posttribulationists, and suddenly the “no-rapture” people. You’ve got Calvinists, Armenians, Puritans and Liberationists. And probably all sitting in the pews (or chairs) … Continue reading When Your Theological System Becomes an Idol
Are you Dutch, Reformed, or Christian? If so, then you will want to get your hands on Craig G. Bartholomew's new book, Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction. This book is a primer on the theology of Abraham Kuyper and those who followed in his footsteps. In many ways, Abraham Kuyper is the father of … Continue reading Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition
We all have plenty of bills. Water, electric, gas, rent, mortgage, phone, car, health, dental, etc. Each month, we receive the bill in our mail or in our email and we have the choice as to whether or not we are going to pay it. Why don’t we just throw the bill in the trash? … Continue reading Reflections on Psalm 21: God is a Benevolent Caregiver and a Passionate Protector
Ad Fontes! Back to the Sources! This was the cry of the Renaissance. We shouldn't take it for granted that those who are speaking and writing on things of the past are always accurate in their interpretations. Instead, we must live into the spirit of the Renaissance and go back to the sources to read them … Continue reading Ad Fontes!
The Dutch theologian, Herman Bavinck, begins his four volume, Reformed Dogmatics, by exploring the nature and source of dogma. In its simplest definition, Bavinck describes dogma as, "something that is established and not subject to doubt." (RD 1.29)* In a world full of fake news, it can seem impossible to find something "not subject to doubt." … Continue reading Bavinck and Dogma