The Path Before Us

By Matthew Lee Anderson

I'll help you train your powers of discernment, so that you can better distinguish good from evil.

I'll help you train your powers of discernment, so that you can better distinguish good from evil.

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2 Corinthians 5:1-5 - Issue #344

"Man is the outward cause and object of this overflowing of the divine glory. God's goodness and favour are directed towards him. In this movement God has not chosen and willed a second god side by side with Himself, but a being distinct from Himself. And in …

 
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2 Corinthians 4:13-18 - Issue #343

"He heals the bruised of heart, and binds up their bruises. The psalm assures us that he heals the bruised of heart, he heals those whose hearts are humbled, he heals those who confess, he heals those who punish themselves and judge themselves severely, so th…

 
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Moral Orthodoxy - Issue #342

The imperative to pursue practical unity arises from the vicarious character of life within the people of God: as “members of one another” (Romans 12:5), what one person does implicates us all, demanding either our affirmation or renunciation. In Paul’s only …

 
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Avarice and Children - Issue #341

"Let us learn from this man not to call the rich lucky nor the poor unfortunate. Rather, if we are to tell the truth, the rich man is not the one who has collected many possessions but the one who needs few possessions, and the poor man is not the one who has…

 
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2 Corinthians 4:7-12 - Issue #340

"Because there is no darkness in God, there can be no darkness in what He chooses and wills. Nor is there anything midway, anything neutral, between light and darkness. In aim and purpose God is only light, unbroken light. What God does is well done. Our star…

 
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Learning Gentleness - Issue #339

"Love toward God is not taught. For neither have we learned from another to rejoice in light and to seek after life, nor did another teach us to love those who gave birth to us or raised us. Even so, then, or indeed to a much greater extent, instruction in ye…

 
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2 Corinthians 3:18-4:6 - Issue #338

"Most fittingly, therefore, the Lord added and said, Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and whoever seeks finds, and to whoever knocks it shall be opened. (Mt 7:7-8) …

 
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Compassion for Covid-deniers? - Issue #337

Hank is a 66 year old man with life-long obesity. He resists wearing a face mask and rejects the vaccine with impunity. Hank contracted COVID-19 and was in the hospital about four days ago. Tonight I got this message:“Hank is back in the emergency room with l…

 
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Covenant, Contracts, and Reparations - Issue #336

"Knowledge of God is obedience to God. Observe that we do not say that knowledge of God may also be obedience, or that of necessity it has obedience attached to it, or that it is followed by obedience. No; knowledge of God as knowledge of faith is in itself a…

 
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What I Said at John Brown - Issue #335

In 1978, beauty queen, pop singer, and evangelical Christian Anita Bryant began America’s culture war on sexuality. Bryant used her fame to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance in Orlando, Florida—and immediately pledged she would do the same around the …

 
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2 Corinthians 3:12-18 - Issue #334

Praise the Lord, you children, from now on; and praise him, you elderly folk, forever, for though wisdom announces itself in your declining years by your white hair, it will not fade as the flesh grows old. Childhood seems to signify humility in this context,…

 
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Loving our Flesh - Issue #333

"Because it was the Son of God, because it was God Himself who on Good Friday suffered for us, the destruction which took place there of the suffering and death which resulted from human disobedience to God could justly satisfy and indeed fulfil the righteous…

 
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Hospitality and Third Parties, Redux - Issue #332

"It is perfectly true that Christians are sinners and that the Church is a Church of sinners. But if they are justified sinners--as Christians are- then in virtue of the same Word and Spirit which justifies them, they are also sanctified sinners. That is, the…

 
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2 Corinthians 3:4-11 - Issue #331

4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter …

 
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2 Corinthians 3:1-6 - Issue #330

"Because it was the Son of God, because it was God Himself who on Good Friday suffered for us, the destruction which took place there of the suffering and death which resulted from human disobedience to God could justly satisfy and indeed fulfil the righteous…

 
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The Ambiguity of Anger - Issue #329

"By his Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ assures me of eternal life. Sinful man lives in anxiety and in anxiety sees his future as a most severely threatened future. The man who exists in destroyed order lives in worry about what is going to happen. What is going to…

 
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2 Corinthians 2:12-17 - Issue #328

"We have to add only that this very blessedness of God itself is to be understood as the blessedness of His love...But God's act is His loving. It is His blessedness in so far as it is His essence even apart from us. But He wills to have this same essence, no…

 
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The Crisis of Being Stuck, with Dante- Issue #326

I’ve been thinking some of late about this Paul Simon interview on the Dick Cavett Show, which I saw somewhere on the internets a few weeks ago. At about the 6:00 mark, Simon walks through how he wrote Bridge over Troubled Water. There are some interesting ti…

 
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2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (resend!) - Issue #325

"But whatever else He may be, God is wholly and utterly the good-pleasure of His grace and mercy. At any rate, He is wholly and utterly in His revelation, in Jesus Christ. And therefore it is not only justifiable but necessary for us to understand His whole b…

 
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2 Corinthians 2:5-11 - Issue #325

"But whatever else He may be, God is wholly and utterly the good-pleasure of His grace and mercy. At any rate, He is wholly and utterly in His revelation, in Jesus Christ. And therefore it is not only justifiable but necessary for us to understand His whole b…