Why There Are No Perfect Pastors
On his birthday, let John Newton (author of "Amazing Grace") tell us why there aren't any perfect pastors.
In my imagination, I sometimes fancy I could [create] a perfect minister. I take the eloquence of ______, the knowledge of ______,…
A Night's Stay in Geneva: Life of Calvin, Part 5
William Farel was the fiery redhead who cursed John Calvin’s ivory-tower life in Strasbourg and twisted his arm to stay in Geneva. Here’s the story.
Having published his Institutes, which were immediately successful, Calvin left Basel, still a fugitive…Continue Reading
The Myth of Neutrality
Be Careful Lest the Light in You Be Darkness
No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye…
His Peace Upon Us—A New Blog
Muslim-Christian relations are troubled, important, and necessary. The necessary navigation of these important, troubled waters requires a trusted, Gospel-saturated, experienced, courageous follower of Jesus. I only know a few such trusted navigators.
One of them has been blogging for about…Continue Reading
The Bible Frees Us From Being Swayed by Overstatements
Being convinced that the Bible as we have it is God’s choice for the world is pervasively decisive in how we think about a thousand things.
I’m not referring only what the Bible teaches on a thousand things, but also…Continue Reading
Institutes: Life of Calvin, Part 4
Calvin wrote as a fugitive. Exiled from France, he eventually settled in Basel where he found enough leisure to put together the first edition of his Institutes of the Christian Religion.
The first edition debuted in March of 1536…Continue Reading
De Clementia, Conversion, and Cop: Life of Calvin, Part 3
Calvin was growing disillusioned with humanism while studying law in Bourges in 1531 when his father died. Freed from dad’s expectations of making law his profession, Calvin packed his bags for Paris to resume his theological pursuits.
It was 1532,…Continue Reading
The Sorrows of Fathers and Sons
Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island, was born in 1850 and raised in a Christian home in Scotland. His father was a civil engineer and brought up his only child to know and believe the Bible and…Continue Reading