From this we may gather that man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols…Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity; as it sluggishly plods, indeed is overwhelmed with the crassest ignorance, it conceives an unreality and an empty appearance as God. (John Calvin, Institutes, 1.11.8)
We naturally make idols in our hearts. We naturally turn from the true God and worship replicas of our own likeness and image. We naturally suppress the truth of God’s self-disclosure in general revelation. We naturally are lovers of self: meaning, we are self-absorbed, self-seduced, self-interested, self-intoxicated . . . downright selfish beings. Read the rest of this entry »
Happy Reformation Day one and all! I have posted the above video the past 3 or so years now. It is well done and has a great message to it. And, if you get a chance, why not go and read a little Luther or Calvin today! It can only do you good! Read the rest of this entry »
The Protestant Reformation forever changed the history and landscape of the church. Its effects are still felt to this day. Some have wondered whether it is over or whether it is needed any longer? The answers to these questions are clear: YES! Read the rest of this entry »
There is within the human mind, and indeed by natural instinct, an awareness of divinity.
(John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, I.III.I.)
Monday is Reformation Day. Yes, I know for most, it is Halloween. Which of course, it is. But it is also, and more importantly, Reformation Day. Though my girls may disagree with me on this, after all, you do not get a lot of candy in celebration of Reformation Day! But, what you do get is important theology! But, in fairness, that doesn’t quite taste the same as M&Ms or Milk Duds! Read the rest of this entry »
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Here we are with installment three of our Geographical-Theology treatment. I actually never meant for there to be any sequels to the first post, but God has led me onward and upward.
Our next stop, much to the chagrin and protest of Jonah, is a place near and dear to the Assyrians (but not many others, Jonah chief amongst them!), a place called Nineveh. Nineveh was, in Jonah’s day, the capital city of the mighty Assyrian Empire.
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Ah, geography-theology, you’ve got to love it! In our last post, we discussed the pericope of Jesus taking his disciples up to Caesarea-Philippi and broaching the subject of his Messianic identity and mission. We discussed how Jesus perhaps did this to remove them from the tensions of Israel and find a safe haven to discuss such a weighty, and, controversial issue.
At the end of that pericope (i.e. Mt. 16.13-20) Jesus tells them not to discuss the matter with anyone. As the Gospel writers point out from time to time, his time had not yet come. Read the rest of this entry »