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Overheard in the church parking lot…

Three young men leave the college-age fellowship group at noon on a Sunday, not too long ago.

Two of them are conversing about a “sister” within their circle of friends who has apparently impressed them both.

The first young man suggests to his friend, “Maybe we should have hand-to-hand combat to see who gets to go out with her!”

“No,” the friend replies, “we should have hand-to-hand prayer to see who gets to go out with her.”

At this the third companion butts in, “Tell you what. You guys go pray, and I’ll go out with her.”


Back in March, I was tagged with a meme. I never responded because I was working on a paper that was due just around the corner.

Well the paper is still undone, but I thought I’d finally acknowledge the meme.

Look up from the computer, look around the room where you’re sitting and pick up the closest book. Open the book, turn to page 123, count down to the fifth sentence on that page, and then post the next three sentences.

Okay, so excepting the pile of works on the Nestorian christological controversy of the 4th century, the closest book at hand is Walking with God, by J.C. Ryle. It is #13 in the Great Christian Classics series published by Evangelical Press. This book came into my hands, quite by accident — or rather by Providence. I ordered four copies of this for the bookstore, and the publisher invoiced us for four but sent us five. So our receiver gave me the extra copy of the book.

Lest you think I’m giving the publisher a raw deal, I am liking this book so much that I’m buying two copies to give to guys I discipled in Uzbekistan. Not only that, I’m reintroducing the whole set to the store. I ordered two complete sets and am figuring out the best way to educate our customers about this resource. This series takes 22 of the all time greatest works of the Reformers and the Puritans and updates and abridges them making them accessible to your average reader looking for an introduction to Calvin or Edwards, for example, but not ready to sit down uninitiated and plow through the Institutes or Religious Affections. Kudos to Evangelical Press.

But on with the meme…

Our text tells us that Christ “will gather his wheat into the barn”. Let me show you what his people will receive when he comes to cleanse his floor. He will gather all his believing people into a place of safety.

In my experience anything Ryle writes is good. And what I really like about this book, is that he explains fundamental truths clearly and makes it applicable to non-believer, new believer and seasoned believer all at the same time.

Now with good reason, this blog has laid semi-dormant for a while. But just in case anybody still visits, I tag Andrew in Brazil, Walter in the Netherlands, and Dan in Visalia.

P.S. Here’s a complete list of the titles in the Great Christian Classics series. Scroll to the bottom of the page: