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Idols of the Heart: Twenty Years Later

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

I use David Powlison’s seminal article “Idols of the Heart and Vanity Fair” all the time when training new volunteer biblical counselors. In fact, just yesterday, I was reviewing it with some students. I can’t ever get through it all in a single discussion, because there’s just so much worth chewing on in there.

This week, Dr. Powlison posted “A Fresh Look at ‘Idols of the Heart’“, in which he reflects on the article, now twenty years since it was first published:

How well does the article hold up after twenty years? You be the judge. But as I reread it, I think it does pretty well. Let me make two introductory comments, first to orient you, and second to caution and remind you of important things.