Part one can be read here. The principal means by which Jonathan Edwards expressed the “true and gracious longings after holiness” of which he spoke in Religious Affections was through the practice of the spiritual disciplines he found in Scripture. Edwards’s God, he believed, was self-revealed in the Bible, and that “the Scriptures are the word and work
Broadly defined, “piety” refers to the aggregate of a person’s distinctly Christian beliefs and actions. Here Jonathan Edwards’s piety is considered in the more narrow sense of devotional piety, that is, those private practices intended to focus the heart and mind of the individual believer upon God and to develop authentic Christian beliefs, motives, and actions. Although
In August of 1722, less than a year-and-a-half after his conversion, Jonathan Edwards became the interim pastor of a small Presbyterian church in New York City. He remained at this temporary post for eight months. He stayed with Susanna Smith and her son, John “who seemed to him”, says George Marsden, “models of Christian piety.”
My daughter, Laurelen, graduated from a small, classical Christian high school. The school enjoys a commencement tradition in which the parents hand the diploma to their child, but only after speaking a few words of encouragement (usually accompanied with some nostalgia) to him or her. The graduate responds with some brief, prepared remarks of his
Just about everyone I know feels overwhelmed, and most are busier than they’ve ever been, especially if they have children at home. Pair that with my observation that most Christians I know would affirm that family worship—if they are familiar with it—would probably be a worthwhile practice if they were to make the time for
In this four-minute video, Don Whitney explains how to do family worship. Don has written a small (80-page) book on Family Worship. Ordering information for individual or multiple copies if available in the website store.
Recently it was my privilege to be interviewed by Dr. Heath Lambert, president of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors on the ACBC podcast, “Truth in Love.” The subject was “Spiritual Disciplines for the New Year.” In it I talked about the biblical spiritual disciplines in general, and specifically about meditation on Scripture and praying