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Of Idol Factories and the King of Glory!

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 »

 

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Halloween: Ghosts, Goblins and . . . Theological Truth?! (2016)

Halloween – Trick or Treat?

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 »

 

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The Eve of Reformation

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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 »

 

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The Approach of Reformation Day

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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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Why Caesarea-Philippi? (Mt. 16.13-20)

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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 »

 

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This Day in History: The Reality of Evil

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I got up this morning in a curious mood. Well, I got up with coffee on my mind first and then I played a quick game of Gin Rummy on my computer. After all this, I was in a curious mood.

I decided I would head over to history.com and see what had happened on this day in history. I have always been fascinated by history. Well, that is not technically true. I mean, first and foremost, I doubt we can say we have always been anything at all. But, even more specific to my case, I remember as a boy hating history. I actually made an “F” on a six-week report card once in the sixth grade because I did not have any interest in the subject matter that period: the Roman Empire!  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2016 in Christianity, Grace in the Everyday, history

 

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