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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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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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The Voice Crying in the Wilderness . . .

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In yesterday’s post, we looked at the opening pericope of Mark’s gospel (1.1-3). After giving his quotation from the Hebrew Bible (aka Old Testament or OT), Mark, as is his custom, quickly (or to use his terminology immediately!) transitions to the purpose of that quotation: John the Baptizer and Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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