I just ran across this 2011 post from my old blog, back when I was a new Calvinist and still in high school. I’m in a very different place now than I was then, but the basic insight behind this old post is still as fresh and exciting as ever, so I thought I’d share the whole … Continue reading "At the Mercy of God"
The Christian Answer from the Past for Today: Just War I’ve spent a lot of time this campaign season thinking about foreign policy and war. With all that’s been going on in the Middle East lately, and with the insane Republican debates, this can’t be a surprise. While thinking about all of this, I decided to go back and study war … Continue reading "Just War: Thinking Biblically about Military Force (Or, Why I'd Never Vote for Rubio)"
I used to think of grace a lot like a chemical. Basically, God had this “thing” called grace. In fact, He didn’t just have one kind of this grace thing, but several. There was “sanctifying grace,” “justifying grace,” and other variants. Regenerating grace, for example, was basically something that the Holy Spirit pours out on … Continue reading "Just Say "No" to Chemical Grace"
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” … Continue reading "Will We Apply "Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself" to Our Wallets?"
I’ve been in the habit for some time now of praying the Lord’s prayer first in my devotions. I know that not all people do this; many people think of it more as a general model not necessarily meant to be prayed exactly as is. Yet historically praying the Lord’s prayer has been a common and … Continue reading "Thoughts on the Lord's Prayer"
The second item for the year’s reading list was a biography. I’ve never been particularly interested in biographies, but I found an exception. I was listening to the radio a week or two ago and ran across someone giving an interview about her biography of Joan of Arc. I kind of thought it was interesting, and … Continue reading "Joan of Arc: Her Story and Challenge"
I ran across a great new morning prayer today, and though I’d share it for the benefit of all. It opens with the Lord’s Prayer, and then goes on thus: Almighty and everlasting God, in whom I live and move and have my being; I, Your needy creature, render You my humble praises, for Your … Continue reading "Another Morning Prayer"
I really am a rare breed when it comes to the debate over Calvinism/election/predestination/sovereignty. There are a lot of studied Calvinists who were once unlearned (and often non-professing, de facto) Arminians. Likewise, there are enough ex-Calvinists (who are now usually Arminians, Catholics, or unbelievers) who never knew the system well, and still repeat common misunderstandings and misconceptions about what … Continue reading "2 Biblical Issues I Think Calvinism Gets Wrong"
I’m working on a cool reading list this year to help stimulate and diversify my reading. It’s almost like a scavenger hunt, with categories like “a book with the word ‘Gospel’ in the title” and “a book with an ugly cover.” I just checked off the first one, “a book on Christian living,” with John Calvin’s On … Continue reading "Gems from Calvin's On the Christian Life"
These are just the quick notes I took on the Tower of Babel incident while reading through Genesis 10-11 this morning. The motivation for the tower of Babel is interesting. The one people wanted to unite in glory in resistance to God’s intention to bless the earth through their filling and diversification. It appears there was … Continue reading "Very Short Thoughts on the Tower of Babel"