“As Christians, our challenge is to “take every thought captive in obedience to Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5), including our thinking about our national heritage. Thanksgiving is a good place to start.”

Faith and History

Yes, I’m still alive.

I hope to return to semi-regular posting with the new year, but it occurred to me just now that Thanksgiving is only two and a half weeks away, so I thought I would take the time to engage in some shameless self-promotion.

On the possibility that some of you might be interested in a book about the history of the holiday, I will be bold and suggest that you consider my own: The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History.

The book came out in the fall of 2013 from Intervarsity Press, and it was a labor of love.  For years I had been gradually developing a new sense of vocation.  I believe that academic historians write too much for each other, leaving the public to learn about the past from pastors, talk-show hosts, rap musicians, and…

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Exposing the Common Errors in Biblical Interpretation

Critical Issues Commentary provides some of the clearest and most helpful teaching on how to interpret the Bible that I’ve seen. Thank you, Sherry, for bringing it to us!

The X Mass H8rs Blog

An important teaching for every Christian:

Many teachers will twist scriptures because they use faulty interpretation methods. This is how many are fooled into believing they can celebrate X Mass and Easter, or that Christians can be homosexuals.

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How the Reformers Rediscovered the Holy Spirit and True Conversion

Dan has offered Sinclair Ferguson’s insights about how two Reformers, Luther and Calvin, were drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ alone for salvation, by the work of the Spirit of God through His Word.

The Battle Cry

by Sinclair Ferguson

Luther’s story is well known; Calvin’s less so. Luther was wrestling with the concept of the righteousness of God, and had come to hate it; Calvin had an immense thirst for a secure knowledge of God, but had not found it. While not the whole truth, there is something in the notion that Luther was looking for a gracious God while Calvin was seeking for a true and assured knowledge of him.

In Luther’s case, the ordinances of late medieval Catholicism could not “give the guilty conscience peace or wash away the stain.” In Calvin’s case, neither the Church nor the immense intellectual discipline he had displayed in his teens and early twenties, and certainly not all his acquisition of the skills of a post-medieval humanist scholar, could bring him to an assured knowledge of God.


For all the differences in their backgrounds, educations, dispositions…

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The Gospel is Believing on the Son of God.

Come to Jesus! Jesus saves!

Eternal Blood


I recently posted an article written by a dear friend and brother in Christ, on a man’s pride, which leads to an unwillingness to be saved. After studying the scriptures and praying, my conclusion is, he is exactly right. You see dear friend, the Gospel, in its simplicity, is so very easy to understand. It is man that has diluted it and who makes it complicated. There is only one way, the Bible tells us, that we can be saved. And that is by believing on Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God. Believing that He came down from heaven, in the form of man, and gave freely his life for us and our sins, and rose from the grave to sit at the right hand of God. That’s it. There’s nothing else. There is no amount of work you can do to be saved. There is no…

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I’ll be happy when…..

From Karen, a lovely attitude, apt words, and truly helpful thinking!



I’ll be happy ‘when’…

How many of us have said those words. “I’ll be happy when…” when I loose weight, when I get well, when I can go to Paris, when I get married, when I have a baby, when I get a job, when I get some money in the bank, when I get a house, when I…well you fill in the gaps. Over the last few years I have written posts like ‘Have you got all your ducks in a row?’ (in the heavenlyjava archives). In it I ask the same question. What is happiness, how  do we get it and more importantly, how do we keep it?

These are big questions, and ones that have no easy answer. A wise man once said “happiness is an illusion, only suffering is real”. What he is saying is that happiness per se is in itself an ephemeral state…

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