Posts by Jed Brown

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Demons Work Frenetically, Too

by Jed Brown
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“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
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“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)

”Greet One Another with a Holy Kiss”

by Jed Brown
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The above command comes at the very end of 1 Corinthians, the letter written by Paul to the church in Corinth. In a short while this practice would be widespread in the church – it came to be known as the osculum pacis, the “kiss of peace”.  While some think that the word “holy” in […]

Living for Reward

by Jed Brown

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an […]

Reopening and Honoring the Gray Head

by Jed Brown
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In a series of commandments in Leviticus 19, God’s people are commanded this: 32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD. The “fear” of the Lord here is tied directly with how the people treat the elderly […]

Redeeming our Forgetting – Psalm 78

by Jed Brown
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We set aside a day to remember – Memorial Day – because a precious gift was given – the life of a soldier, for us – and because we humans are so forgetful.  Forgetfulness is a theme of Psalm 78, where Asaph recounts Israel’s forgetting God’s precious gift – His redemption of them out of […]

Perhaps One of God’s Purposes Behind the Panic of 2020 . . .

by Jed Brown
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We quickly learn that God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort. He more greatly delights in the integrity and purity of his church than in the material well-being of its members. He shows himself more clearly to men and women who enjoy him and obey him than to men and women […]

Taking Habits from the Panic of 2020

by Jed Brown
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What habits would be good and right for us to exit the Panic of 2020 with? Good and right habits will be formed and shaped by a heart that is bending toward God, and by an essential stance in life that is humble – that is turned out toward others in self-forgetting love. And then, […]