Nuggets from John Owen
John Owen is my favorite English Puritan. His books on Sin and Temptation (Vol. 6), Communion with God (Vol. 2) and Spiritual-Mindedness (Vol. 7) have made an impact on me. A two-part study on the life and theology of Owen is available on sermon audio (http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?sourceonly=true&currSection=sermonssource&keyword=gracenevada&keywordDesc=&subsetcat=series&subsetitem=Life+and+Theology+of+John+Owen )
The Banner of Truth just released in Puritan Paperback version, Spiritual-Mindedness. I will be sharing some nuggests from Owen as I read. These nuggets are not meant to be a substitute to read Owen, they will hopefully serve as a catalyst to read Owen.
"Whoever does not sincerely aim at the highest standard of spiritual-mindedness; whoever is happy with a low standard of spiritual-mindedness and so does not make any effort to obey and please God in this manner, can have no real assurance in himself that he is born again and a truly spiritual person. He may have life, but he will not have peace. And if he does not have peace, then he can have no assurance that he has life" (5-6).
"The thoughts of the heart reveal the real truth about a person. Thought which are voluntary, unforced, and which arise naturally- because they are delighted in and bring satisfaction to the mind- therese are the thoughts which show us the real truth about ourselve" (8).