What You Were MADE for…

Thomas Goodwin, when talking about God’s responsibility and man’s responsibility often employs words like due, meet, and suitable.  Perhaps “suitable” is the only one we still use as Goodwin would.  All are meant to communicate the idea of appropriateness.  For instance, if God created humanity with stomachs, it would be appropriate for Him to alsoContinue reading “What You Were MADE for…”

What is Holiness?

I think the puritans do such a better job of answering this question: What is holiness?  Their answer may surprise you.  We often think of the Puritans as stuffy, no-fun-allowed sort of folk.  That’s unfortunate.  Surely some of them were that way, just like some of us are, but the best Puritans actually made pleasureContinue reading “What is Holiness?”

Your Grandmother was Nothing…a Puritan Putdown?

I’m reading in Thomas Goodwin these days, and just can’t understand why my brain (and heart really) isn’t as impressive as his.  You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can unpack in such beautiful and devastatingly logical ways BOTH the great depths of human separation from God and the soaring heights of God’s affection forContinue reading “Your Grandmother was Nothing…a Puritan Putdown?”

What does Jesus think/feel about you?

That’s a $1 Billion Dollar Question (actually, an eternal question!).  What does Jesus (and therefore the Father!) think/feel about you?  Lots of ways to answer this, but I’m going to totally steal an answer from 2 other people.  The answer will come from Thomas Goodwin, who I’ll introduce below.  But it will come through MikeContinue reading “What does Jesus think/feel about you?”