The Gospel Coalition

Thank you for checking into my blog.  My purpose here is to serve the Coalition and you by looking at Jesus from various angles of vision, for all that that means.  There's a lot to him.

Your comments are an important part of this blog.  Thank you for them.  Well, most of them.  I will delete all comments like these:

1.  Blasphemy.

2.  Unfairmindedness

3.  Hijacking

By "hijacking" I mean a comment that would take a post off in a direction I did not intend or that would set a tone I cannot approve of.  The purpose of a comment thread is to interact with the post, not to use the post as a platform for advertising something of your own choosing.  You are free to do that on your own blog.

The upward call of God in Christ (Philippians 3:14) is an upward call in everything all the time.  Nothing in Christ is a downward drag.  What we do for him raises our standards in everything.

This blog, like all the others here at the Coalition site, is worship, witness and encouragement.  As such, my conscience is highly active as I blog.  This is for Christ.  Thank you for sharing that sensitivity with me.



July 30, 2012 at 06:49 AM

Your blog is the first place I go to to prop me up when I am struggling. Thank you. It always leads me straight to God's Word.


July 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM

Well you can try and that would be nice. But since I have seen many bizarre made-up names from home-schooling believing mothers on facebook, I doubt that would fix it. Not every one feels compelled to follow that rule. Even when you call them out on it. It's kind of like the speed limit. Some people just do not feel convicted about the same things, I guess.

Stephen Prielozny

July 27, 2012 at 05:02 AM

Thank you for your daily messages. They are truly an inspiration to me and Julie.

Ray Ortlund

July 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM

Thanks to all of you. Wow.


July 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM

Hello Ray,
Thank you and thank Jesus for your blog. You refer to your sensitivities. Personally I believe that is why Christ Is Deeper Still is one of the few things I subscribe to. Your sensitivities ring true.
Jesus has me and cares for me and sends me into a similar isolation as the brother above me describes. I live in Abq NM (where I saw you speak with Sam Storms at a conference- Dave Bruskas was my pastor at the time) and I work in the fashion/ clothing world. My work takes me into a variety of stores out of state. I interact with 20 something's who read People and Vogue and who talk about their horoscope signs at work as if they're discussing how they take their coffee. It is who I was before I was saved, and God has me in deep. I have had letters written to the owner of our company to complain about my "religion" and my boss has verbally warned me more than once to not bring up Jesus or anything spiritual.
Meanwhile my husband is an atheist and members of my first family mocks Jesus with a sardonic hatred. The enemy attacks most during times of isolation; but God is so good. He keeps me on the tough road while He teaches me His sweetness. His knowledge of even the slightest doubt or need. He is there. Praise Him for the roughness so that we can experience His smooth and strong hand.
One of the ways God frequently reaches me is right in a tough place, or a slipping-into-the-world moment: a new email pops into into my I phone. Expecting yet another work topic I open it, and there you are. In Christ and with that sensitivity. It's almost like he allows me to start forgetting Him just to net me back in. A demonstration of assurance. And he so often uses your blog.
I think that was too long. I wanted to say thank you and this seemed a good time. God bless you and Joni. Thank for being used by Jesus in a most lovely way. And thanks for that video on Acts 29. I go to an acts 29 church... Getting that email in the depths of management issues this week in Dallas was a sweet blessing. My true family resonating through. God reminding me that I'm on mission.
In Him, for Him, because of Him, Frances

Ray Ortlund

July 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Good point, Taylor. Thanks. Good to hear from you. Nashville misses you.

Taylor Brooks

July 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I wish TGC would adopt Facebook comments or a commenting system like Disqus. These systems require you to post as a verified "real person" rather than an anonymous fake email.

Larry Armstrong

July 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM

Hey Ray:
I was a student of your son Eric at Briercrest. The time you were in Caronport only got to see you from a distance. I enjoy and deeply appreciate your blog (especially the pics) and re-post some on my F/B page.

Who am I? I live in northern Ontario on an Island called Moose Factory; its where all the Moose are made. This is the ancient land of the Cree. Came here in answer to Gods call to ministry. Looks like it will be within an Anglican context as I am a candidate for ordination as a Priest. Neither Native ministry nor the Anglican Priesthood were on my mind after graduation from Briercrest. Yet here I am Lord.

Just wanted to say that your posts have often kept me sane as I struggled with the enormous cultural adjustments and my misgivings about Anglicanism. You provide me with many snapshots of the bigger picture. Lord willing and if I meet Bishop Corston's requirements, by this time next year I will be an Anglican Parish Priest. Maybe one day we will cross paths. If not I would like you know now that your blog bears much fruit in my life and ministry. Thank-you, God bless you, and the peace of Christ be yours!

a brother in he Lord,