Discernment doesn’t necessarily get easier the older you get…

Oswald Sanders (Director of OMF in the 1950s and 1960s) knew D. E Hoste (a missionary to China who knew Hudson Taylor personally)… D.E. Hoste spoke these words to Sanders.

“I more and more see that as we go on in the Christian life, the Lord very often does not want to give us the sense of His presence, or the consciousness of His help. There again Mr. Hudson Taylor helped me very much. We were talking about guidance. He said how in his younger days, things used to come so clearly, so quickly to him. “But,” he said. “now as I have gone on, and God has used me more and more, I seem often to be like a man going along in a fog. I do not know what to do.”

Evangelicals and the Virgin Mary

Evangelicals and the Mother of God

by Timothy George

February 2007

It is time for evangelicals to recover a fully biblical appreciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the history of salvation-and to do so precisely as evangelicals. The question, of course, is how to do that. Can the evangelical reengagement with the wider Christian tradition include a place for Mary? Can we, without forsaking any of the evangelical essentials, including the great solas of the Reformation, echo Elizabeth’s acclamation, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42), or resonate with the Spirit-filled maid of the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:46-48)?

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