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The mind is the last bastion of privacy that exists on this planet. Even that fortress is eroding as electrodes, sensors, and probes are able to uncover reactions to activities,emotions, sights, sounds, and other stimulation by the firing off of sparks along a neural synapse in specified cerebral regions.These are areas of privacy that Americans have enjoyed for over 200 years; Freedom of Conscience. Freedom of Faith.
"John Calvin...oh yeah, he's that Predestination guy, right?"is one response you might get when this godly man's name comes up in conversation.
John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology does much to manifest the pastoral heart of Calvin as you read the contribution of Joel Beeke regarding his 4 Rules of Prayer:
1. A heartfelt sense of reverence;
2. A heartfelt sense of need and repentance;
3. A heartfelt sense of humility and trust in God;
4. A heartfelt sense of confidence in God.
The blog link, as well as the book, make an excellent read!
Fathers are intended to be the Bishops and Kings of their family? Graceonlinelibrary.org is a helpful resource for Historic Baptist, Reformed & Puritan Resources with an exerpt from a letter related to family worship and Biblical instruction benefiting both spouse and children.
A Tale of Two Cities. Cultures seem to reach this dichotomy periodically. John Piper wrote a thoughtful article reminding us that the best of times will most always be in tandem with the worst of times.
The call has gone out to dump the formal wedding gown and veil from the ceremony.
One of enduring and endearing aspects of a wedding is that it is a metaphor for the Church as the Bride of Christ on that great day is joined to her Groom/Husband. The long train filling the temple, the beauty and blazing purity symbolized by the brilliantly white wedding garment. The presentation of the Bride to the Groom who has cleansed her of her sin and all blemish and brought to her eternal life in Christ. I will miss seeing it if goes away, but after all, it is only an earthy picture of that divine moment when Christ returns for his Church.
Soli Deo Gloria!
I wonder how many self-proclaimed Calvinists have never read the complete Institutes of the Christian Religion? Some say that only theologians and preachers need to read Calvin's opus. One current reviewer recommends one of the earlier translations from the French version for all of us to read.
It was written for the common people in everyday French. As White points out in the Introduction, The success of the 1536 Institutes and the Reformer’s own desire for a fuller exposition of the faith accounts for a second, much enlarged, Latin edition of 1539, and for the decision to publish, in 1541, a French version intended no longer for educated Latin speakers, but for a much bigger audience of Calvin’s countrymen, in order to enable them to ‘further profit in God’s school’ [Calvin] (p. viii).
The reviewer points out: One can easily read the entire work in only two pages a day. Your thinking, worship, prayer. witness, and understanding will be better for it! Written from a pastoral perspective, this was Calvin at his best!
Brother Moore starts out his answer to the question in this way from his blog, Moore to the Point:
Christianity is dying. At least, that’s what major newspapers are telling us today, culling research from a new Pew Center study on what almost all sociologists are observing these days—the number of Americans who identify as Christians has reached an all-time low, and is falling. I think this is perhaps bad news for America, but it is good news for the church.
The Bride of Christ continues to look for her groom! As long as Jesus lives to intercede for the Church and sits at the right hand of the Father, God's people will persevere. In the meanwhile, every anti-Christ (individuals and groups) will join their false prophets in the grave before the His Bride is eternally redeemed at the Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Dr. Mohler built the first part of The Briefing labeling SBC founders as racists, then followed with this quote:
"I do believe that racial superiority is a heresy. That means that those who hold it unrepentantly and refuse correction by Scripture and the gospel of Christ must, as Harold O. J. Brown rightly said, “be considered to have abandoned the faith.”"
It is easy to make allegations against godly men who have been dead for over 120 years!
From John Stonestreet at Breakpoint.org regarding the recent ruling by SCOTUS on the substance of marriage:
"Five justices of the Supreme Court cannot redefine marriage itself, not any more than Roe v. Wade could redefine the sanctity of human life.
And just as Roe marked a new phase in the struggle for the sanctity of life and the dignity of new persons, Friday’s decision marks a new phase in the fight for the God-ordained gift of family.
Of course, that’s not what the majority of the Court would have us believe. That’s why Justice Kennedy framed his opinion as the next logical step in the history of our evolving ideas about freedom and equality.
The key word there is “evolving.” In Kennedy’s take, our forebears who had moral objections to same-sex relations, never mind same-sex marriage, were unenlightened and cruel.
This chronological snobbery was too much for Chief Justice Roberts who, in dissent, wrote, “The Court today not only overlooks our country’s entire history and tradition but actively repudiates it, referring to live only in the heady days of the here and now. To blind yourself to history is both prideful and unwise.” "