Originally published in 1948, The Disciplines of Life is a great source for gleaning everyday spiritual wisdom, written by V. Raymond Edman (1900-1967), the fourth President of Wheaton College in Illinois from 1940 to 1965. The book gives a wonderful collection of 31 timeless Christian Disciplines that are directly from the Word of God.
Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down, and the foundations of society appear to be crumbling. The discipline of the home seems to be vanishing in the new psychology which teaches: parents obey your children! The discipline of the schoolroom is becoming anathema, according to the so-called Progressive Education, lest the personality of the child be thwarted by the imposition of a will higher than his own. The old academic "disciplines": mathematics, ancient language, grammar, are being ignored as obsolete and unimportant. Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can come only from discipline: the discipline of spirit, of mind, of body, of society. Otherwise, the home will lose its heart as well as its hearth, the schoolroom its strength, the textbooks their exactness, the Scriptures their sanction. Here are some disciplines of life presented to Wheaton's "brave sons and daughters true," that they be sturdy citizens of the Red, White and Blue, and especially, good soldiers of the Crimson Cross. I trust that the Disciplines will be helpful to you.
- In the Presence of the King
- The Discipline of
- Declining Days
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