The Tragic Path of James Baldwin
James Baldwin, novelist, essayist, poet, was born August 2, 1924 and died November 30, 1987. From child evangelist in a store-front church in Harlem, to the front of TIME magazine as a dominant prophetic voice of the sixties, to a…Continue Reading
Return to Geneva: Life of Calvin, Part 7
After a golden three-year exile, Calvin returned to the city that expelled him. He didn’t jump at the opportunity but went reluctantly, feeling constrained by God’s will to resume the work.
It was September, 1541 when he stepped back into…Continue Reading
I Wrote a Poem to Put My Heart Right
On vacation I was meditating on Luke 10:17-20 where Jesus tells us not to be overly excited about our ability to do feats of triumph in defeating the devil. Rather he says, fix the root of your joy in this:…Continue Reading
Resource for Preaching OT Narrative
Biopsy Blows and the Helmet of Hope
The helmets referred to in the Bible are for protection in mortal battle. A blow to the head with a mace or a bludgeon would crush your skull and kill you.
So when Paul says that we should put on…Continue Reading
The Golden Years: Life of Calvin, Part 6
Calvin spent the happiest years of his life outside Geneva. It started in April of 1538 when Calvin and fellow reformer William Farel were expelled from Geneva.
Their eager reforms were moving quicker than the city council was ready for.…Continue Reading
Liberalism 1 and Liberalism 2
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