October 4, 2015 – Theological Quandaries


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“We must not suppose that the measure of our understanding or experience is the measure of the Spirit’s working.” –John Murray

     Not long ago I was reading a pretty intense theological book by John Owens the great Puritan writer. While reading the book, my youngest son approached me and asked if we could play outside together. I told him we could as soon as I finished the particular chapter I was reading.

This intrigued him, so he asked what chapter and sentence I was on at that moment. When I pointed it out to him, he proceeded to read out loud, to me, the great theological treatise. To be honest, I was pretty impressed with his pronunciation of some of the words, but when I asked him if he understood what he was reading, he responded, “No, do you?”

Perhaps at that point I learned more from my son than I was learning from John Owens. Many times we can pronounce the words, give the definitions, and even proclaim the doctrine; but saying it and knowing it are two different things. I’ll take it a step further: Knowing it and living it are two different things. Like the Ethiopian eunuch, we all need someone to help guide us in the truth, whether it is John Owens or Carson Kuykendall.

Daily Reading: Matthew 7-8

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