On Calvinists, Conflict, and Controversy (Newton)

There are some areas of the Christian faith that are not matters of chief importance.  They are important, but not essentially or fundamentally important.  For example, there are different views of Christian schooling, different views of the elements of the Lord’s Supper (grape juice or wine), different views of how deacons should function in a… Continue reading On Calvinists, Conflict, and Controversy (Newton)

Heretics and Humility (Bede)

In some ways, the second epistle of Peter is an extended warning against false teachers who will come in the last days, the time period between Christ's ascension and return. The entire second chapter is about false teachers. Chapter three also makes some references to false teachers. Even in the conclusion of this letter there… Continue reading Heretics and Humility (Bede)

Spiritual Pride (Edwards)

One of the best discussions of spiritual pride that I've found is in Jonathan Edwards' treatise called "Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England [etc.]". I'm not a huge admirer of Edwards, but I do appreciate parts of his writing. Speaking of, Edwards' notes about pride are found in a section… Continue reading Spiritual Pride (Edwards)

The Great Benefits of Election (Boice)

The doctrine of election that Scripture teaches is not a dry, meaningless dogma that has no bearing on our Christian life. Yes, the Bible does teach unconditional election (cf. Eph 1, Rom. 9-11). And once we really think about election from a biblical perspective, we see it is very important, meaningful, and influential for us… Continue reading The Great Benefits of Election (Boice)

Diversion, Misery, Humility (Pascal)

I never get sick of reading Blaise Pascal's Pensees. Even though I've read them before, when I come back to them they still challenge me, grip me, and make me think! Today I was re-reading around #160-#190 of the Pensees. Here are a few quotes that I underlined several times. They have to do with… Continue reading Diversion, Misery, Humility (Pascal)