Through this ongoing series, we want to share theological resources that have helped us grow in knowledge and understanding of the Lord, and appreciation for our shared Christian faith through the wider body of Christ. Whether blog posts, music, books, podcasts, visual art, etc., we hope that you can discover new sources of edification and encouragement.
"As a senior in college, at a crossroads in my faith of want to not merely be called holy but also be—actively—holy, I was encouraged to read The Pursuit of Holiness, by Jerry Bridges. Reading this became a foremost turning point in my faith, as I began to see clearly the Lord’s calling for each of us—to not just walk a fine line between sin and obedience, but chase after the Lord's call to obedience because in Christ we are already holy, blameless, and clean through His work on the cross. It's a calling for every minute of my daily life to clearly exhibit this holiness, a chasing after Christ alone. The Pursuit of Holiness is a humbling, convicting, and freeing read that I cannot recommend highly enough—forever on my 'must read' list for all believers. (P.S. as a daily devotional I would also recommend picking up Holiness Day by Day by Jerry Bridges.)" - Lindsay
"As a teenager attending public high school, a song by Sherri Youngward called, 'She Looks to the Sky,' was a sort of theme song for me; it details the otherworldliness of a woman whose relationship with God allows her to easily forsake the world, all in inextinguishable joy: "She often walks alone, but never is she lonely/ You can offer her anything/ Her affections are all for Him only." In graduate school, one 'theme theologian' for the development of my thinking about biblical theology has become Jonathan Edwards. Imagine my delight recently when I happened upon a blog post about my high school song and discovered from the artist that she based it upon the writing of Jonathan Edwards' expression of his love for his fiancé, Sarah Pierrepont. You really have to read this for yourself." - Lianna
"Does it seem a bit too obvious, on a theology blog, to 'spotlight' a Bible? Perhaps. But since I am raising a wonderfully-busy, adorable toddler who delights examine all of mom's reachable possessions and re-organize them throughout the house, I must 'spotlight' this Bible. To keep track of one item for my devotional and church times has actually been near-revolutionary for me. The layout in this Bible creates the Bible-journal, with a full blank page (not just margins!) next to each full page of biblical text. Word art, personal reflections, sermon notes, commentary quotes, etc. can all be welcomed within the pages of one Bible; and when the Bible, writing, and an organizational solution are all involved in one item, I get excited." - Lianna
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