This minisode contains an excerpt from a book written in 1543 during the Italian Reformation. The author, Don Benedetto was a Benedictine monk whose beliefs were strongly influenced by the growing Reformation in Europe. The book “The Benefit of Christ Crucified” was a best-seller across Europe (King Edward VI of England was known to have read the book). If one did not know the author and where is was written, it would seem indistinguishable from the works of the German, Swiss, Dutch or English Reformations.
The book was eventually suppressed in Italy by the Inquisition and placed on the Index of Forbidden Books. (Image is of Peter Martyr Vermigli, a contemporary and friend of Don Benedetto who was known for his work in the Italian Reformation).
Link to a Kindle version of the book on Amazon can be found here. An advisory:There might be some scanning errors in some of the Kindle versions. The version I used (not the link found here) did have some scanning errors but the meaning was still rather easy to determine. Definitively worth the read.
The march concludes today as we have arrived back in the 21st century. Our writer is still active in promoting the cause of Christ and teaching others about desiring God:
“I am wired by nature to love the same toys that the world loves. I start to fit in. I start to love what others love. I start to call earth “home.” Before you know it, I am calling luxeries “needs” and using my money just the way unbelievers do. I begin to forget the war. I don’t think much about people perishing. Missions and unreached people drop out of my mind. I stop dreaming about the triumphs of grace. I sink into a secular mind-set that looks first to what man can do, not what God can do. It is a terrible sickness. And I thank God for those who have forced me again and again toward a wartime mind-set.” John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
The march takes us to what for many of us is familiar territory as many of us actually lived in the 20th century. Today’s writer is one whose work can be found in two different centuries (he is alive today). The quote is from his 20th century classic “Knowing God”:
“Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.” J.I. Packer
Today we arrive at the 19th century in our march through church history. Today’s quote is from the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool, England. His book “Holiness” is considered a classic and read right up to our own time. Today, we will read two quotes:
“Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, ‘Show it to Me.’ Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, What are you doing?’”
This minisode centers on the reading from an excerpt from That Incredible Christian by A.W. Tozer. In this excerpt, Tozer shows that regret should have no long term place in the life of one who is in Christ.
Thanks to Tim Challies and his website challies.com for bringing this passage from Tozer to my attention.
A link to the page on Christianbook.com for That Incredible Christian can be found here
A free pdf of That Incredible Christian can be found here