Odds and Ends

My posting has slowed down a bit, but I’m not planning to quit. Other projects are keeping me busy. I’m also making an effort to read more—increased input should improve the quality of output. At least, if it’s quality input.

Two books are on my desk: Spiritual Depression by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, which will hopefully help to bring me out of mine, and A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer, which will take some time to complete. I’m also reading some of the agrarian essays of Wendell Berry. Read his novels if you like fiction.

The Minor Prophets have been especially enjoyable to me lately. Lord willing, when I finish them I will begin at Hosea and read through them again even more slowly. Who knows the benefit that could come from a year of study in these books? They are, as someone said, a hidden treasure. Here’s a verse that caused me to pause this morning:

Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit. The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars” (Hosea 10:2).

How many ways can we apply this verse today?

My family and I attended the Weatherford PCA last Sunday. It was well worth the 60 mile drive. And we plan to be there again tomorrow. I hope to write on that more when time permits.

On the subject of writing, here’s a quote from The Elements of Style (which we ought to read each year):

“A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in his blind for something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare something up. Like other gunners, he must cultivate patience; he may have to work many covers to bring down one partridge.”

I hope each of you have a blessed Lord’s Day tomorrow.