Stott on Substitution

“The concept of substitution may be said to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.”

– John Stott

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Explaining the Holy Spirit to Your Children

Marty Machowski has written an article on how to teach your children about the Holy Spirit. This article is the first in a series from Marty’s blog that I plan to share as he publishes them. I hope these articles will be an encouragement to us all as we seek to gain a greater understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives as well.

Renown 2013 at SBTS

Last Friday and Saturday, some of the youth attended the Renown Conference at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This link will take you to the seminary website and will provide you with the audio and video links to the conference. This is a great resource for all parents even if you do not have middle school or high school students.

Success through Failures

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910