God the Author of Sin/Evil?? (Witsius)

Followers of Christ know and believe that God is not the author of sin or evil. We strongly affirm that God is just, perfect, and fair. We confess that everything he does is righteous and upright (e.g. Dt. 32:4, Rev. 15:3, etc.). Christians also know from Scripture that God does not tempt people to sin… Continue reading God the Author of Sin/Evil?? (Witsius)

Injustice, Revenge, Violence …and Forgiveness! (Volf)

(This post was originally published August 2017) Miroslav Volf's Exclusion and Embrace is a very thoughtful and interesting book on identity, reconciliation, oppression, justice, and so forth.  I don't agree with everything Volf says, but I am enjoying the book.  This morning I ran across his section on forgiveness, which was very helpful.  Here are… Continue reading Injustice, Revenge, Violence …and Forgiveness! (Volf)

God’s Mercy, God’s Judgment (Augustine)

This morning I found a wonderful exposition about God's mercy and judgment based on Psalm 33:5. In these comments, the North African theologian Augustine (d. 430) was reflecting on the truth that God is just and merciful at the same time. (Note: Augustine was using the Septuagint/Vulgate so the wording and chapter/verse numbers are different… Continue reading God’s Mercy, God’s Judgment (Augustine)

…His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

In his commentary on Romans 9:21-26 Martin Luther began explaining these verses with a great quote from Augustine. But before I share that quote, here are some of the verses Luther was commenting on: Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes… Continue reading …His Undeserved Mercy Intervened (Augustine)

Justice Pursued with Hatred? (Guinness)

Many people today have a skewed view of justice. Some think justice has to do with violence and revenge. Others think that justice allows people to say and do terrible things. Still others believe that justice means they can disobey laws and ignore order. Speaking of justice, true justice does not have hatred for its… Continue reading Justice Pursued with Hatred? (Guinness)