Hiding in Christ vs. Feeling Strong in Ourselves

“It is better to feel desperate and weak like a child and to hide ourselves in Christ’s righteousness than it is to feel strong and confident in ourselves.”

–Thomas Schreiner (Galatians, Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, p. 80)

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Snow in 49 States

On January 11, there was snow in 49 states, with the exception of Florida.

This reminds me of Psalm 147:15-17, which affirms God’s control of the weather:

“He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.  He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.  He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?”

Think of it: snow in 49 states at one time!  God is amazing.

10 Christian Books on the Problem of Evil

I wanted to recommend some books on a very controversial topic, the problem of evil.  Like the prophets of the Old Testament, we will inevitably face questions of injustice and evil in our own lives and in the wider world.  Destruction occurs somewhere every day, suffering is either our current or coming experience, and we must process these realities in ways which honor God and His word.

God has given great thinkers to His church who look at what the Bible says and offer help on this difficult topic of evil in the world.  While I may not endorse everything in the books below, they’re worth our reflection.  Though some of these books cover more subjects than the problem of evil, their treatment of the topic is worth the mention of the whole book.

In no particular order, I recommend:

(1) The Doctrine of God, by John Frame
(2) Suffering and the Goodness of God, edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson
(3) Evil and the Justice of God, by N. T. Wright
(4) Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor
(5) The Benefits of Providence, by James S. Spiegel
(6) God’s Greater Glory, by Bruce Ware
(7) The God I Don’t Understand, by Christopher Wright
(8) How Long, O Lord? by D. A. Carson
(9) Spectacular Sins, by John Piper
(10) The Secret Providence of God, by John Calvin

If you want a short treatment on the subject, I recommend Spectacular Sins by Piper.  If you want a huge book to chew through, I recommend The Doctrine of God by Frame.  If you want an academic treatment, I recommend either Frame’s book or God’s Greater Glory by Ware.  If you want a book that deals with a continuum of issues related to suffering, yet isn’t overly complex, I recommend How Long, O Lord? by Carson.

If you purchase one and read it, let me know what you think.  Happy reading!

God is Knitting My Baby

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps 139:13).

God has not entrusted the formation of life into anyone else’s hands.  His mighty hands are tender, knitting with care the baby in a mother’s womb.

My wife Stacie and I prayed tonight for our baby, due this June.  I was reminded of Psalm 139 and how God exercises intricate care and precision when he designs a person.

Our baby is in God’s hands, and it is a helpless feeling.  We need to feel helpless, though, so that we remember to trust God.  He is good, capable, loving, and faithful.

Wonder of wonders, there is a baby in Stacie’s womb who is being fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:14).