Tim Challies shares a story from his life as he looks at the resurgence of Reformed theology. An excerpt:
I once went on a weekend men’s retreat that featured teaching from several local pastors. We heard some interesting messages about serving our wives, about being men of integrity and so on. . . . The thing that has remained in my mind, though, was one of the sermons delivered that weekend. While we had received a steady diet of topical sermons, one of the pastors stood and delivered what was, in effect, a biblically-grounded expository message. He simply opened up the Bible and explained to us what it meant and how we could apply it to our lives. He gave us real doctrine—true meat instead of mere milk.
As we walked from the meeting room to our cabins I could tell there was a buzz running through the crowd of men. They had enjoyed the sermon and had been electrified by it. But they had no category for it. I heard comments like, “I don’t know what that was, but it was amazing! I wish we could hear more teaching like that!”
It was a pivotal moment for me. It drove home to me something that the Bible teaches but something I had never really seen before—that true believers want and eventually need to move from milk to meat. Though they may not have a category to describe what is missing from their lives they will feel a restlessness. The Spirit works in them to give them a craving for solid food. And when they take a bite of that food, their eyes light up and they know that they are experiencing something that they were meant to enjoy.
It’s a pretty powerful piece; go read it in it’s entirety.
In Other News
Another bit of news from Tim Challies: His redesigned blog is now up and running. It’s quite nice.
Matt Chandler will be a special guest at Together for the Gospel this Spring. He’ll be taking CJ Mahaney’s spot to share what God’s been teaching him through his struggle with brain cancer. The latest video update on Matt’s health is up at the Village’s pastor’s blog.
Ray Ortlund: How the Devil spoke through Peter
Another update on Michael Spencer’s health.
In Case You Missed It
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
A review of Erwin Lutzer’s latest, When a Nation Forgets God
Are you being confident or presumptuous when you take risks?
Charles Spurgeon on the difference between true and false humility