Monday, January 29, 2007

More links...and a quote

A few more links to some blog posts worth reading:
Mark Loughridge, at his blog, “3:17”, has some food for thought that is very much worth chewing on.
World Magazine has an interview with Juan Williams, titled “Descent into Destruction”, on what is holding up Black progress in America.
Thabiti Anyabwile at “Pure Church” writes a great post about “Jesus and Affirmative Action”.
Rick Phillips, at the “Reformation 21” blog, gives us Christian men something to think about.
And then, moving on from the blogs to a good book...
I’m still slowly working my way through Overcoming Sin & Temptation, Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor’s edition of three classic works by the Puritan John Owen. So, in conclusion, I want to leave you with this quote from Owen’s treatise, The Power and Efficacy of Indwelling Sin (pp. 246-247 in Overcoming Sin & Temptation) , which I read today while doing hall duty at the high school at which I work (a great way, incidentally, to make time spent in a boring task not only tolerable, but profitable):
Speaking of Indwelling Sin, Owen says,
“It always abides in the soul—it is never absent. The apostle twice uses that expression, ‘It dwells in me.’ [Romans 7:17, 20; in context] There is its constant residence and habitation. If it came upon the soul only at certain seasons, much obedience might be perfectly accomplished in its absence; yea, and as they deal with usurping tyrants, whom they intend to thrust out of a city, the gates might be sometimes shut against it, that it might not return—the soul might fortify itself against it. But the soul is its home; there it dwells, and is no wanderer. Wherever you are, whatever you are about, this law of sin is always in you; in the best that you do, and in the worst. Men little consider what a dangerous companion is always at home with them. When they are in company, when alone, by night or by day, all is one, sin is with them. There is a living coal continually in their houses; which, if it be not looked unto, will fire them, and it may be consume them. Oh, the woeful security of poor souls! How little do the most of men think of this inbred enemy that is never from home! How little, for the most part, does the watchfulness of any professors answer the danger of their state and condition!”

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