Posts from July 2020

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The Spirit of Jephthah Lives On

by Jed Brown
tied-up goat

Today in my Bible reading, I come across Judges 11, and the tragically stupid story of Jephthah, and his vow. To sum it up: he goes to war against an invading army, vowing to the Lord that, if the Lord would give him success, whatever he sees upon his return he will give to the […]

God Give Us Faith to Repent of Harmlessness

by Jed Brown
gray squirrel by tree trunk on groud

“Do you have zeal for a worthy cause? Is there some good for which you are being slandered? Or is your routine so harmless in this evil world that it fits nicely with the way things are going, and so nobody is asking you anything?” John Piper, A Godward Life

And God in Worship Is the Potter . . .

by Jed Brown
brown clay pot

[N]ot all sins are decisions. Because we tend to be intellectualists who assume that we are thinking things, we construe temptation and sin accordingly: we think temptation is an intellectual reality, where some idea is presented to us that we then think about and make a conscious choice to pursue (or not). But once you […]

Which Promise Will You Lean On?

by Jed Brown

“One thing Moses faced if he didn’t bow to sin was a life of ‘mistreatment’ and ‘disgrace’ (Hebrews 11:25–26). These are the threats of punishment for disobeying the law of sin (which is to obey God). All sorts of evil, trouble, and danger are promised in this world to those who follow Christ, and sin […]

So That’s How We Got Our Culture . . .

by Jed Brown
aerial view of two person on top building

. . . Our culture-making, our work, is generated as much by what we want as by what we believe. We are made to be makers, but as makers we remain lovers. So if you are what you love, then you make what you love . . . James K. A. Smith, You Are What You […]

Your Labor – in the Lord – Is Not in Vain

by Jed Brown
black and white photo of people going upstairs

Today the governor prohibited churches from meeting indoors. This is obviously not the direction we hoped for. You can pray for the elders, as we discuss our next steps.  But for now, for you who have put so much time and sweat into our new facility:  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding […]

Demons Work Frenetically, Too

by Jed Brown
black and white pedestrian sign

“Ultimately, the agony of temptation is not about you or me. We’re targeted because we resemble Jesus, our firstborn brother. We all, whether believers or not, bear some resemblance to Jesus because we share with him a human nature in the image of God. As we come to find peace with God through Jesus, though, […]

Golden Calves Make Bad Saviors

by Jed Brown
Rio De Janeiro Brazil

Ye may yourself ebb and flow, rise and fall, wax and wane; but your Lord is this day as He was yesterday; and it is your comfort that your salvation is not rolled upon wheels of your own making, neither have ye to do with a Christ of your own shaping… — Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness […]

The Secret of Productivity: the Gospel

by Jed Brown
man sits while writing in front of MacBook

“The power behind our productivity comes from realizing that, through faith in the gospel, we are accepted by God in Christ apart from what we do…” (Matthew Perman, What’s Best Next)