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Three Tips for Cultivating Spiritual Receptivity

The fifth chapter of A. W. Tozer's The Pursuit of God is titled “The Universal Presence.” In it, Tozer talks about cultivating a sense of that presence. Here are three tips taken from that chapter. 1. Don't Think in Terms of Space and Place God is everywhere already. To draw near to God is never a … Continue reading Three Tips for Cultivating Spiritual Receptivity

We Walk by Faith Not by Sight, Not by Imagination

Here's an interesting way to construct a chapter of a book: build up to a key paragraph for the first third of the chapter, then spend the rest of the chapter clarifying what you meant by two of the key words in that key paragraph. The fourth chapter of The Pursuit of God is built … Continue reading We Walk by Faith Not by Sight, Not by Imagination

God Tore Down His Veil, We Protect Ours

What do you do when you want to begin a chapter of your book with a quote that you think people are already familiar with? Use that familiarity to your advantage. Lead with it. That's how A. W. Tozer began the third chapter of The Pursuit of God: “Among the famous sayings of the Church … Continue reading God Tore Down His Veil, We Protect Ours

This Voice from the Past is Still Calling for the Seekers

“The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion." That quote is from chapter one of The Pursuit of God. The title of the chapter, "Following Hard after God," is taken from Psalm 63:8. It’s natural to read … Continue reading This Voice from the Past is Still Calling for the Seekers

Five Myths about the History of Heresy and Orthodoxy

Alister McGrath overviewed the epic, centuries-long battle between good and bad theology in Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth. Here are five ideas about heresy that, according to McGrath, are either myths or misconceptions. Myth One: Heresy arose from boredom with orthodox doctrine and an appetite for something new Most of the classic heresies arose … Continue reading Five Myths about the History of Heresy and Orthodoxy

Paul vs. the Debaters of the Age: Some Background to the Corinthian Letters

In the beginning of 1 Corinthians, Paul issued this challenge: "Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20 ESV) When we understand what was happening in Corinth in the first century, both … Continue reading Paul vs. the Debaters of the Age: Some Background to the Corinthian Letters

Two Common Mistakes That Lead to Oversimplified History

"There is no surer basis for fanaticism than bad history, which is invariably history oversimplified." This quote is from Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (three thousands years because he starts with the ancient Greeks and Israelites). I think I can see the logic behind MacCulloch's statement. A fanatic can't be reasoned with … Continue reading Two Common Mistakes That Lead to Oversimplified History