Kevin DeYoung writes:

A.W. Tozer was a great preacher and a man of God. But–as we all have our inconsistencies–he was not particularly a good husband. He wasn’t physically unfaithful, just emotionally unavailable.

Lyle Dorsett explains:

With a burning desire to learn and a keen sense of educational inadequacy, Tozer began to devote long hours to reading. He not only read a lot, his mind was preoccupied when he was home, as he continually sorted out ideas and wrote articles in his mind when he could not be alone to put them on paper.

By early 1928 the Tozers had a routine. Aiden found his fulfillment in reading, preparing sermons, preaching, and weaving travel into his demanding and exiting schedule, while Ada learned to cope. She dutifully washed, ironed, cooked, and cared for the little ones, and developed the art of shoving her pain deep down inside. Most of the time she pretended there was no hurt, but when it erupted, she usually blamed herself for not being godly enough to conquer her longing for intimacy from an emotionally aloof husband. (A Passion for God, 81)

Tozer refused to visit relatives and “seemed less than delighted if any of them showed up for a visit.” He also neglected family vacations. A.W. Tozer was a man of spiritual stature, but a man of little warmth when it came to his family.

Men, there would be worse ideas than to talk to your wife tonight, maybe your kids too, show them this blog and ask, “Is this me?” Just to be sure.

Kevin DeYoung

Great God Who Saves

February 21, 2011

One of our members, Bill Horton, came across this powerful testimony about how our God providentially pursues his own. Be encouraged.

Said Musa is an Afghan father of six, a Red Cross worker, and a prisoner of Christ Jesus.  Musa was imprisoned because of his conversion to Christianity.  A judge recently warned Musa that he would be hanged within days if he does not recant his Christian faith and reconvert to Islam.  You can read one of the latest articles here.

What should we pray for Musa during this fiery trial? Read the rest of this entry »

In John Piper’s address on Robert Murray McCheyne he talked about the gospel key to pursuing holiness:

God had given McCheyne the gospel key to pursuing personal holiness.

He received it through the teaching of Thomas Chalmers. Chalmers was very concerned about excessive introspection in the pursuit of holiness. He knew that a believer cannot make progress in holiness without basing it on the assurance of salvation. And yet the effort to look into our sinful hearts for some evidences of grace usually backfires.

Chalmers said that glimpses into the dark room of the heart alone give no good prospect. Instead, he said we should

take help from the windows.

Open the shutters and admit the sun.

So if you wish to look well inwardly, look well out. . . . This is the very way to quicken it.

Throw widely open the portals of faith and in this, every light will be admitted into the chambers of experience.

The true way to facilitate self-examination is to look believingly outwardly.

McCheyne had written that down in a class and underlined the last sentence. So it is not surprising to hear him give his own counsel in similar terms:

Learn much of the Lord Jesus.

For every look at yourself take ten looks at Christ.

He is altogether lovely . . . .

Live much in the smiles of God.

Bask in his beams.

Feel his all-seeing eye settled on you in love.

And repose in his almighty arms.

This was the basic strategy in the pursuit of holiness. And he knew that the battle would have to be waged all the way to the end. He said to his people, “When a soul comes to . . . Christ, it is not made perfectly holy all at once. ‘The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day [Proverbs 4:18].’”

He was often distressed by his own lack of holiness. But he knew that the battle would be won only in the gospel way of looking ten times to Jesus and “being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

*courtesy of Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds