simply, Christian

Luther on studying God's Word

Silvrback blog image

We must earnestly and diligently study the Word of God and pray not simply that we may learn to know the Will of God, but that we may be filled with it and always walk in His way and continue in it, and so seek strength and comfort.

Martin Luther, Sermon on the Twenty-fourth Sunday After Trinity, 1536

Read More

Posted in: quotestheology

August 16, 2019

"Jesus mixes with the wrong kind of people..."

Silvrback blog image

The accusation made about Jesus is that He mixes with the wrong kind of people. He has friends that respectable people would be ashamed to be seen with. It is not even as if He can keep these friends hidden away in a different world; some of them follow him around, and the circles begin to overlap. He recognizes that how rich . . .

Read More

Posted in: quotestheology

August 15, 2019

true greatness: following Jesus, not bestsellers

lection reflection for 15 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Silvrback blog image
Every month, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) publishes their bestselling book list. Every month, even when the titles change or shift their order, the never-ending parade of bestselling Christian books touts the same message:

God loves you and wants you to succeed, so try harder, find your purpose, . . .

Read More

Posted in: reflections

August 15, 2019

"Great holiness..."

Josemaria Escriva on little things

Silvrback blog image

Great holiness consists in carrying out the little duties of each moment.

--St. Josemaria Escriva (h/t Hallow)

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

Read More

August 14, 2019

our struggle between riches and the Kingdom

lection reflection for 14 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Silvrback blog image
Today's gospel reading is the very familiar dialogue between Jesus and the rich young ruler (Mark 10.17-31). Jesus transitions between this interaction with the young man and his follow-on discussion with the disciples with this very hard-hitting statement:

How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom . . .

Read More

Posted in: reflections

August 14, 2019

calling on God in good times and bad

lection reflection for 13 August 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Silvrback blog image
Today's 'lection reflection' isn't from today's daily lectionary reading but from the devotional guide my wife and I use each morning, To Live With Christ by Bo Giertz. This morning's reading was from Jeremiah 2. The following passage from this chapter struck me:

I remember the loyalty of your youth, . . .

Read More

Posted in: reflections

August 13, 2019

review: The Greek New Testament, Reader's Edition, Produced at Tyndale House

I recently wrote a quick review of the three main Greek Reader's New Testaments available today. As part of that review, I pointed out a couple reasons why the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) Reader's Edition was my favorite of the three. I would like to expand on that review today and showcase both the hardcover and premium . . .

Read More

Posted in: greekreview

July 30, 2019

Archive