A Saved Wretch

A personal blog

Archive for August 2010

Moralistic therapeutic deism

What on earth is ‘moralistic therapeutic deism’? This is a term used by Kenda Creasy Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of Almost Christian, a book based upon research into the faith of 3,300 American teenagers. According to a recent article on the CNN website it means: … a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem. […]

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What makes me do what I do not want to do?

Looking at Romans 7:7–25, known by some as the ‘Dr. Seuss passage’. There is a lot of debate about this passage, regarding the state of the person struggling with sin in verses 14 to 25 – is this a Jew under the law? Any non-Christian? A so-called ‘carnal Christian’ or a true Christian? At the risk of offending someone, my personal view is that these arguments generally miss the point. […]

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Spring-cleaning my soul

We are having a bit of an early spring-clean in our house — reconfiguring our storage spaces, sorting through our stuff and getting rid of whatever is not worth keeping. We are tired of tripping over clutter. There is also a certain pleasure in simply tidying up all those things which we use a lot and are necessary and valuable parts of our lives. And occasionally we realize we are […]

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Time out

You may have noticed that my blog posts have been somewhat infrequent over the last week or two. I have a lot happening in my life currently which has consumed my time, focus and energy, meaning no resources are left for writing blog posts. This has been bothering me, I feel that I made a commitment (to myself, at least) to post every 2 — 3 days and am failing […]

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By grace alone

A review of By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me, by Sinclair Ferguson (published by Reformation Trust, ISBN 978-1-56769-202-0). This book review has taken me a long time to get written, largely because the book is so good that I have actually read it twice and been greatly helped by doing so. As the title suggests, this is a book about the grace of God, based upon […]

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