Good Writing takes risk

Good writing comes when we risk not knowing what we're doing--struggling, surprising ourselves, thinking through something that makes us uncomfortable.... What makes a story good is that--even if we don't understand what we're doing as we write--what happens in it corresponds in some way to what's most intense in us.  We may invent the people and actions, … Continue reading Good Writing takes risk

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On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 13–When God Speaks…

We have come to the next-to-last chapter in John Owen's book: Overcoming Sin and Temptation (originally titled: Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers) The thrust of this chapter is a warning not to deceive ourselves that all is well in our fellowship with God when it is not! Owen puts it this way: "Do … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 13–When God Speaks…

On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 11–Bring on the Guilt!

If we ever mean to overcome personal sin, Owen says next that we must load our consciences with the guilt of it. We do this by looking at the holy law of God in comparison to our own inability to keep it.  And lest we protest that we are no longer under the law's condemnation, Owen … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 11–Bring on the Guilt!

On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 10–Consider and tremble!

Sin's guilt is real, its danger great, and its evil consequences sure.  Keeping these realities in mind when we are tempted will help us resist sin's allure. This is Owen's next direction for overcoming sin:  "Get a clear and abiding sense upon your mind and conscience of the GUILT, DANGER, and EVIL of  your sin."  … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 10–Consider and tremble!

On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 9–Take Stock!

With this chapter John Owen commences to give 'particular directions' regarding how to put sin to death in ourselves.  The first instruction is to identify the nature of your sin--how deeply rooted is it?  He offers seven characteristics of sin that will require extraordinary measures in order to be eradicated. Some sins will be harder to … Continue reading On the Mortification of Sin–Chapter 9–Take Stock!