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Steve Childers (in Orlando) teaching on John Owen’s views of overcoming temptation and sin.

John Owen (1616-1683) was an English pastor and theologian at Oxford in the 17th century. J.I. Packer, and many other scholars, consider Owen to be the greatest English speaking theologian of all time. If you’d like to received a free download of Steve Childers personal notes being used in the photo above, enter your email below.

Two Monks and a Woman

Steve —  March 19, 2017 — Leave a comment

Two Monks Parable Photo

There is an ancient parable about two monks. They are walking in silence when they see a young woman trying to cross a river with a strong current. She was frightened and asked if they could help her cross to the other side. The two monks glance at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman. Then, without a word, the older monk picks her up, carries her across the river through the dangerous current, and sets her down. The two monks continue to walk in silence for several hours. Finally, the younger monk breaks his silence: “You shouldn’t have done that because monks are not supposed to even touch a woman.” The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, are you still carrying that woman? I put her down hours ago.”