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“I have often wondered, perhaps in part simply because the term is so rarely used today, what it might mean to ‘glorify’ God forever. It will undoubtedbly mean a great many things, but one of them surely must be that we will continually thank him.

We will thank him for his graciousness and goodness to us… Along this line, I would think that we anticipate our ‘chief and highest end’ every time we behold something beautiful and find that after we have exclaimed, ‘Ah, how wonderful!’ we are almost compelled to say ‘Thank you!’

Our destiny is to say these small words forever and so experience the gratitude that is the perfection of happiness.”

—Craig M. Gay, Dialogue, Catalogue & Monologue, 48-49

Let us thank God for all he has done and will do for us!

One of my professors and friends at Southern Seminary, Dr. Russ Moore, is beginning a series on the practical theology of God’s providence.  His hope is:

For the next several days, I’m going to post here on a practical theology of providence. I hope the Lord will use it to call forward some courage in your life, and mine, as we face the future.

Visit the first commentary here and take a look around The Henry Institute.

UPDATE: The Goal of God’s Providence, The Extent of God’s Providence, The Mystery of God’s Providence and Challenges to God’s Providence are now up on the site.

When speaking about “influencing people in the Christian direction”, Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that some Christian leaders in his day were advocating a new method.  This new strategy for evangelism was:

“Not preaching, not the old method, but getting among the people, showing an interest, showing your sympathy, being one of them, sitting down among them, and discussing their affairs and problems.  This is being advocated a great deal in many countries at the present time, either as a means of bringing people to places of worship to listen to the Gospel, or else as not only a substitute for that, but as a very much better mehtod of propogating the Christian faith (Preaching and Preachers, 19).”

I often hear things like this being said about evangelism in a postmodern context.  What is Lloyd-Jones’ answer?

“Well now the great question is – what is our answer to all this?… all this is at best secondary… and that the primary task of the Church and of the Christian minister is the preaching of the Word of God (Preaching and Preachers, 19).”

Man of Sorrows! What a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned he stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we;
Spotless Lamb of God was he.
Full atonement! Can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was he to die,
“It is finished!” was his cry;
Now in heaven, exalted high:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When he comes, our glorious King,
All his ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

~P. P. Bliss, Man of Sorrows

You can get a free download of a great arrangement of this song by Devon Kauflin (Sovereign Grace) here.

A “knowledge of Christ’s death for us as our sin-bearing substitute requires us to see ourselves as dead, risen, and alive forevermore in him. We who believe have died – painlessly and invisibly, we might say – in solidarity with him because he died, painfully and publicly, in substitution for us.”

– J.I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood

Dr. Jim Grier, Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, addressed church leaders at a Woodside Bible Church seminar on Saturday, October 25.  The seminar was ‘Truth, Certainty and Missional Ministry in a Postmodern Context‘ and contained two presentations: “The Epistemic Quandary: Certainty, Certitude, Assurance, Reasonable Doubt” and “Missional Ministry in a Postmodern Context: Enacting the Mission of God.”  The second session was well worth the price of admission and an early Saturday morning wake-up call.  His assertion that the church is a “people sent on a mission by God” functions both as foundational to his understanding of the church’s purpose in the world and frames his “Missional Ministry Enactment”.  To listen to or download the seminar sessions and notes, visit the seminar page.

“My sole hope for heaven lies in the full atonement made upon Calvary’s cross for the ungodly. On that I firmly rely. I have not the shadow of a hope anywhere else. You are in the same condition as I am; for we neither of us have anything of our own worth as a ground of trust. Let us join hands and stand together at the foot of the cross, and trust our souls once for all to Him who shed His blood for the guilty.”

~ Charles Spurgeon, All of Grace