J. Oswald Sanders (1902-1992) was born and died in New Zealand. He became the director of the China Inland Mission and in his lifetime wrote over forty books. To pastoral students his best known work is Spiritual Leadership. This book falls into the same category but the emphasis is on personal spirituality. I have always found Sanders to be very practical and in an orthodox way. He does not lean toward the higher life view, but continually stresses the believer’s responsibility in sanctificaton. He says, “The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is sovereign, but it will progress only insofar as we cooperate with Him. There is a human as well as a divine part in the cultivation of Christian Character. . . There is something which God alone can do, and something which man alone can do. . . Divine grace must be supplemented by human endeavor” (p. 74-75). Small but good book.
- God Who Is Our Master — It is overwhelming for the human mind to try to contemplate God. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34). “Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing he judgeth those that are high” (Job 21:22). Yet Solomon advised his son to seek the knowledge of God: My [...]
- Made Right But Broken — When we think about our walk with God, it is important to remember both our position in Christ and our relationship with Christ. Salvation makes us secure in our position: “We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all” (Heb. 10:10). But our walk with God is a matter of [...]
- Can We Walk With God? — One has only to read the Scripture to know that a believer should walk with God. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thes. 2:12). “As ye have therefore received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Col. 2:6). “If we live in [...]
- The Real Hate Crime — Our world is full of contradictions. We all see them and do them to some degree. What was once called free love was no more than unrestrained lust. What is called pro-choice is really a horrid restriction on another person’s chance to live. What one person insists is his right to marry the same sex [...]
- The Law of Liberty — The “Law of Liberty” has always struck me as a perfect oxymoron. How can you be under the law if you are at liberty? Or how can you be at liberty if you are under the law? Isn’t this kind of like jumbo shrimp? How can you have it both ways? Yet the New Testament [...]