Other than a smattering of Bunyan and Edwards in high school, I haven’t read very many Puritan authors. (And I’m certain that I didn’t really appreciate what I read at that time!) A couple of months ago, I started reading John Owen’s Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers. Wow! This book is incredible! It was immediately obvious that Owen knew the Bible in a way that is far beyond my meager knowledge. The entire 86 pages (in its original format) is a treatment of 1/2 of one verse, Romans 8:13 “but if, by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” The first chapter dissects the verse itself; the rest of the book is devoted to how one lives out what the verse says to do. It’s a challenging book to read, and not just because it was written 350 years ago. Don’t read this book if you are not willing to be challenged in your assessment of your Christian walk, how well you know your Bible, how much you love God, and, in particular, how much you love your pet sins over God. Just how destructive is it to your spiritual life to hang on to that sin? How dangerous is it to indulge in those “little” sins which “hurt nobody” and nobody sees? (Well, not quite nobody!)


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  1. This is one I’m looking forward to reading!

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