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.
Walking With God in DeathNovember 1, 2018
We end our series about walking with God where it should end, considering the time of our death. I don’t know why the topic should seem morbid to us, all of us will die and the only thing that can change that is the rapture of the church at the end of the age. That […]
Walking With God in JudgmentSeptember 29, 2018
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 11:13-14). The words judge and judgment and their cognates appear […]
The Meekness of WisdomSeptember 3, 2018
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13) Who wants to violate the first characteristic of meekness and write about it? Who wants to appear to be like the one who brags about being humble? […]