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“True faith takes its character and quality from its object and not from itself. Faith gets a man out of himself and into Christ. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!”

~ Sinclair Ferguson,  The Christian Life

(HT: Tullian Tchividjian @ The Resurgence)

For Martin Luther, “the theologian was one who had been seized by the Word, gripped by the address of God, whose very identity was determined by the this prior address of God which then compelled and shaped any response he might care to give. This process was agonizing, existential, redefining at the most fundamental level the person’s own self-understanding as the huge gulf that exists between Creator and creature in all of its terrifying glory comes home to the theologian and drives him again and again out of himself and to the cross where hangs the Incarnate God. A theologian — a true theologian — was one who, through agonizing struggle was driven again and again by the Spirit to wrestle with the text of scripture so as to discern its meaning, and then communicate that meaning in the power of the Spirit to others.”

~ Carl Trueman, Luther On Being A Theologian 1

“The first and foremost duty of every theologian is to let the image of God’s self-revelation in the Scriptures reflect itself as fully and clearly as possible in his or her own mind and life.”

~ Richard Gamble, The Whole Counsel Of God, Vol. 1, 24

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.