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John Charles (J.C.) Ryle (1816-1900) was the Anglican bishop of Liverpool, England in the last twenty years of his life.  In the early 1880s he became concerned with the holiness teaching of a deeper life in the Keswick revivals.  This book was his reponse to that teaching and has found kinship in the orthodox doctrines […]

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

In 2011, Tullian Tchividjian (cha-vi-jin) wrote this book titled, Jesus + Nothing = Everything.  As I read the book it was like many before it, a man who grew up in conservative circles and then, because of deep struggles in his life, threw off what he considered legalism and went after a progressive and liberated […]

We Who Are Friends

In a study of walking with God we have seen that Jesus Christ must be the only Lord and Master and that we submit ourselves to Him being mere slaves.  This relationship is accepted at the very beginning as the humble repentance of our sins casts us completely at His feet for mercy and forgiveness.  […]

We Who Are Slaves

Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  To deny oneself in today’s culture might simply mean to practice a little self-control, perhaps to eat a little less, or to be more diligent with one’s personal devotions.  But this […]

Quiet Talks on Power

Samuel Dickey Gordon (1859-1936) was a Christian layman who worked extensively with the YMCA and became a well-known speaker and writer.  He is best known for his “Quiet Talks” books.  This is the first I’ve read and it is an enjoyable read.  It is very much like having an evening talk with him over the […]

Song in the Night

I have grown to love the writings of Warren Wiersbe.  Wiersbe pastored Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, KY, and then Moody Memorial Church in Chicago from 1971 to 1978.  He is well known as a speaker and writer.  I find it interesting that Wiersbe speaks in a way similar to Moody himself and previous pastors […]

Awakening the Quieter Virtues

Gregory Spencer, professor of communications at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, is a writer I wasn’t familiar with but the title of his book intrigued me.  When I glanced at the contents, I knew I wanted to read the book;  discernment, innocence, authenticity, modesty, reverence, contentment, and generosity.  I thought that Spencer was fairly […]

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 […]

A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

William Law (1686-1761) was an English churchman and juror who followed the era of Richard Baxter and lived in the days and knew personally the Wesleys, William Wilberforce and Samuel Johnson.  Law was a supporter of the Stuarts, especially James II, believing in their divine right to the throne.  When their reign ended during the […]