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 »
Photo by diannehope on Morgue File.
I have a confession. I like maps! I am a cartograph lover . . . a carto-phile?!! There’s just something about them. Especially old, exotic maps . . . you know, the kind Indiana Jones would use to find some ancient, mythical treasure!
I cannot say when my fondness for maps began. But I do know I pay more attention now to geography and locations, when I am studying a subject. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo from Morgue file, http://mrg.bz/fef7eb.
My wife was with driving with my six-year old daughter the other day, when she asked her mommy a rather strange question.
Mommy, who is the moon?
My wife responded something like, Do you mean what is the moon?
No mommy, our daughter insisted, who is the moon? Read the rest of this entry »