What we need

It is not opinions that man needs; it is truth.

It is not theology; it is God.

It is not religion; it is Christ.

It is not literature and science; but the knowledge of the free love of God in the gift of His only-begotten Son.

–  Horatius Bonar,¹ via J.D. Blom’s A Devoted Life blog

¹ Bonar also wrote song texts including “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” and the under-used hymn “Here, O My Lord.”

8 thoughts on “What we need

  1. godschildrenorg 09/29/2014 / 1:14 pm

    Well said! This is what the world needs now! Thank you for sharing the beautiful song with us. I’m back at work 1st day home…doing what I do best…Christian therapy that heals fear and brokenness. God bless you in your new location. I’m looking forward to the unique service that God brings to you to do in His name. ~~ Anne in St. George, Transylvania, RO


    • Brian Casey 09/29/2014 / 1:42 pm

      Anne, I’m glad to know you’re back in pocket, getting resettled and doing what is so central to who you are. (By the way, you might be glad to have missed all the heaviness of my Calvinism posts during the last few weeks!)

      “Settled” is always relative; we are within a week or so of household settledness, but it will probably happen over a period of 3 or more weeks. We are just beginning to “wonder through” the service we may give here, following a bit of dialogue with two couples and meeting a few folks here & there.

      On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:14 PM, NT Christianity wrote:



  2. Steve Kell 09/29/2014 / 1:49 pm

    Clear and concise–nice! I taught from Eph 4 yesterday, observed that the foundational principle for life change/God-imaging is truth (vv 15, 21, 25).

    So…”new location?” What up?


    • Brian Casey 09/29/2014 / 2:13 pm

      Yeah, gotta love that Horatius guy. 🙂 I haven’t spent any time in Eph. for a couple years, but I know I would have loved your class. Truth does seem to be a motif in that chapter, doesn’t it?

      We completed our one-year stint in the TX extremities (nice people, except two, who shall remain nameless, but to whom we owed money every month) but the climate is even worse than Beaumont’s!). We are in WY now. Yippee-ti-yi-yo!

      On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM, NT Christianity wrote:



    • Steve Kell 09/30/2014 / 8:19 am

      My one aunt lives in Beaumont…moving to WY — trading the gulf for some mts? I like it, and hope you do.


  3. Brian Casey 09/30/2014 / 5:52 pm

    Not sure why I mentioned Beaumont, other than that it is another point of reference for me. I lived there right out of Harding. We were about 6 hours SW of there for the last year. Much worse climate! But who is your aunt? Could be that I ran across her, or the family name. We visited there 18 mos ago…. (Maybe just e-mail me on this.)


    • Steve Kell 10/01/2014 / 7:38 am

      “6 hrs SW of there…” Yikes….sounds like you were in Mexico–or really close to it. My aunt’s name is Bettye Cook. Her husband Bill led singing for years at the West End or West Gate CofC in Beaumont; he died last year–had a great tenor voice. I attempted to sing tenor at his funeral in his honor–didn’t do much to honor him with my voice. :-0 Headed to San Antonio this weekend for a wedding, then to Austin to eat with a good friend I’ve known from college days before heading back to Big D.


    • Brian Casey 10/01/2014 / 7:49 am

      I did sort of know Bill & Bettye way back then. I think I was in their home once, and I know we met. I believe at least one of them had been at Harding and sung in my grandfather’s chorus. I taught music for a couple years at Beaumont Christian Schools, and visited West Gate. Bill had been a HS music teacher for years, I believe (as had another I knew better — Bill Simmons). When I was there, I think Bill had just retired from teaching and was in financial services, maybe? I might have this last part wrong. West Gate had had at least an acquaintance with “multiplying ministries”-slash-Boston-movement ( not ICC at the time) and had seemed to keep the good parts. Nice connection. Happy southern travel to you. I was still 2 hours from the border, btw, but yeah, it was way down there.


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