One Cannot Truly Know Self without Truly Knowing God (Calvin)

As many of our readers might know, John Calvin began his Institutes by explaining that true and sound wisdom has two parts: knowing God and knowing ourselves. Calvin then noted that without a true knowledge of God, a person cannot truly know himself. As Scripture says, in God we live and move and have our… Continue reading One Cannot Truly Know Self without Truly Knowing God (Calvin)

What Is “News” and How to Think about It (Postman/Powers)

 I'm one of the few people who mostly avoid the news, whether online, in print, or on TV.  I'll skim the headlines of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sundays and Thursdays and I do see a few headlines online every now and then.  And of course, my friends mention current events.  But for the… Continue reading What Is “News” and How to Think about It (Postman/Powers)

The Aim of God’s Wisdom (VanMastricht)

 Paul's well-known doxology in Romans 11 mentions the deep (βάθος) wisdom of God (σοφίας...θεοῦ).  In his excellent discussion of God's wisdom, Peter Van Mastricht (d. 1706) listed eight "aims" of God's wisdom that Scripture teaches. Van Mastricth wrote that the wisdom of God is chiefly occupied and concerned... With the counsels, decrees, predestination, election, and reprobation… Continue reading The Aim of God’s Wisdom (VanMastricht)

Knowledge, Love, and Wisdom (Huss)

  John Huss (b. 1369) was one of the forerunners of the Reformation.  Well before Luther's day Huss called out many of the abuses and errors in the church: hypocrisy, corruption, the sale of indulgences, and so forth.  Huss was a very powerful preacher and a bright student of the Word, but he wasn't the… Continue reading Knowledge, Love, and Wisdom (Huss)

Wisdom and Worldview (Goldsworthy)

Here's a nice section from Graeme Goldsworthy's book Gospel and Wisdom: "The Christian rejects this [naturalistic] assumption of a universe which is shut up against the God of the Bible.  He accepts rather that God is self-sufficient, personal, and in complete control.  While the atheist view of reality is a closed system of cause and… Continue reading Wisdom and Worldview (Goldsworthy)