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Alister McGrath

“The cross liberates us from the fear of death and the need to live a lie.  It acts as a powerful antidote to our natural tendency to be frightened or anxious about our situation in the world.  It allows us to face death with a quiet and calm confidence, knowing that its sting has been […]

Charles Ryrie

“All men have a conscience (Rom. 2:15) and it can be a right guide (John 8:9).  It may also only seem to be right when actually it is leading the person down the wrong road (Acts 23:1).” Charles Ryrie, Balancing the Christian Life, p. 42.

John Calvin

“Let us remember that the taste of God’s love towards us cannot be had by us under chastisements, except we be fully persuaded that they are fatherly scourges by which he chastises us for our profit.  No such thing can occur to the minds of the reprobate, for they are like fugitives.” John Calvin, Epistle […]

A New Call to Holiness (a second read)

I first reviewed this book in 1997.  I have always liked Baxter.  I’ve even been to his former church in Edinburgh.  As I pointed out in my earlier review, Baxter refutes the holiness teaching of the eradication of the old nature and therefore the believer always having only one nature, either sinful or holy.  He […]

The Greater Virtues

It is the selfish part of our human nature to place our energies on the showy but lesser virtues rather than upon the more difficult and greater virtues.  Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the […]