An Application of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress: Praying for a Burden

May 31, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

As one begins to travel along the Pilgrim’s progress with John Bunyan, one immediately encounters the pilgrim himself, named “Christian”. Christian, the reader discovers, is distraught and in despair, due to the burden which he carries. He had not realized that he carried such a burden, until, reading The Book, he was made aware of it, and as a result, wept and trembled, and began to consider whether there be some means of being relieved of this burden. As I began to read Bunyan’s masterwork once more, (Spurgeon love Pilgrim’s Progress and...

Amazing Grace: How God used error for my good

May 8, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

I have a confession to make. The Roman Catholic doctrine of Auricular Confession has recently been a great help to me. Well, ok. Not the Roman Catholic doctrine itself, but rather Calvin’s refutation of that doctrine in Book 3, Chapter 4 of his Institutes. I have recently found myself, once again, in one of those prolonged “Dark nights of the soul”. The fact that this phrase originates with the 16th century Roman Catholic mystic, St. John of the Cross, is an irony not lost on me. Nevertheless, could any phrase better describe that experience...