The Pilgrim Church in the World (Augustine)

In book 19 chapter 17 of The City of God, Augustine talked about heavenly peace, true religion, harmony between the church and the world, and also discord between the two. It's a great section to read and study; it's not too difficult to understand. I'll put the whole chapter below. This is worth reading twice… Continue reading The Pilgrim Church in the World (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)

God the Peacemaker: A Review

The apostle Paul said that God, through Christ, was pleased "to reconcile to himself all things... by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross" (Col. 1:20 NIV).  God is the great peacemaker who brings peace through Jesus' death on the cross.  What exactly does this mean?  Graham Cole explores this theme in his… Continue reading God the Peacemaker: A Review

The Practical Benefits of Peace

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ….” (Rom. 5.1a; NIV).  Concerning this peace, we might ask a question: “What does this peace do for us?”  Or, in other words, “What are the benefits of this ‘peace-with-God-through-Jesus’?”  Horatius Bonar answers the question well: 1) It… Continue reading The Practical Benefits of Peace

The Beauty of the Infinite

 A friend (thanks Alex!) recommended David Bently Hart's The Beauty of the Infinite (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003) for my reading pleasure.  Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian and teacher who has taught at several different American universities and schools.  This book is thick and dense; in fact, it is probably the most difficult book I've ever read. … Continue reading The Beauty of the Infinite