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Archive of entries posted on August 2013

“The Mighty Minds of Old”

One of my favorite poems about books was my “poem of the week” last week. Robert Southey (1774-1843) “His Books” My days among the Dead are past; Around me I behold, Where’er these casual eyes are cast, The mighty minds of old: My never failing friends are they, With whom I converse day by day. […]

“proclaim the truth and suffer for the truth, and if necessary, even die for the truth.”

“The role of the priest is to proclaim the truth and suffer for the truth, and if necessary, even die for the truth.” – Polish priest-martyr Jerzy Popieluszko Jim Kushiner from Touchstone Magazine has written a powerful essay interacting with a new documentary on the life and death of Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish priest in […]

Beauty & Necessity of Christ-Centered Preaching

I am really enjoying Thomas Foxcroft’s little book, The Gospel Ministry. It is a sermon he preached in 1718 on the nature of gospel ministry as he began a pastorate. He is particularly eloquent in urging that every sermon should be about Christ. Here is a long quote which is particularly rich. “Whatever subject ministers […]

Luther: ‘the souls of men and women were a charge which came upon him daily’

I recently came across this comment from Luther scholar, Gordon Rupp. It contains a valuable challenge to any who are involved in biblical study and pastoral ministry. “In the National Gallery there is a Flemish landscape. The artist, Patinir, had never seen real mountains, and he practiced with shards of rock which jut grotesquely from […]