Cyprian: Epistle 51.24 and Church Unity

But I hear that some infect your number, and destroy the praise of a distinguished name by their corrupt conversation; whom you yourselves, even as being lovers and guardians of your own praise, should rebuke and check and correct.” Cyprian, Epistle 6.4 I’ve been spending time in Cyprian’s letters, and there is no lack ofContinue reading “Cyprian: Epistle 51.24 and Church Unity”

A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 4)

Often the things that are most painful cause the most growth. Calvin was unceremoniously kicked out of Geneva in 1538, and honestly, he deserved it. He had been harsh and unwilling to work with others. Calvin wasn’t a good pastor when he was booted out of Geneva. But this humbling time in exile would beContinue reading “A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 4)”

Augustine’s Philosophy of History in the City of God

When lists of the most influential theologians are imagined, Augustine usually sits near the pinnacle. He was among the tallest of theological giants and his influence cannot be denied. His life story is well known due to his Confession. He excelled as a teacher of rhetoric and bounced between heretical sects and various philosophical schools.Continue reading “Augustine’s Philosophy of History in the City of God”

A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 3)

When Calvin arrived in Geneva the Reformation had just penetrated her walls. Farel was a gifted speaker who could move a crowd, however, his tone was harsh and his personality abrasive. This combination caused him to bounce around from city to city. He would start strong and establish a movement against the Roman Catholic Church,Continue reading “A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 3)”

A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 2)

John Calvin’s life never went as he expected. When he went to school in Paris and Orleans, he believed he would study to enter the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. But as would be the formula of Calvin’s life, God had other plans. During his education, Calvin came into contact with the Lord ofContinue reading “A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 2)”

A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 1)

Asking people about John Calvin elicits a variety of responses. Some idolize him to the point of near infallibility, while others think giving him the moniker dictator is too generous. Some consider him to be among the greatest minds in church history, while others believe him to be the orchestrator of the worst forms ofContinue reading “A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 1)”

Athenagoras of Athens on The Resurrection

If the resurrection of Jesus Christ wasn’t a literal, historical, bodily reality the Christian faith would be beyond worthless.  Paul is clear in 1st Corinthians 15 that to deny the resurrection is to deny the Gospel.  There is no proverbial fence to sit on, either you hold to the truth of the resurrection or youContinue reading “Athenagoras of Athens on The Resurrection”

Jeremiah Burroughs and the Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) was thought of highly by his Puritan contemporaries. He was well known for his powerful preaching, deep theological insight, and kind disposition to his congregants and fellow ministers of the Gospel. His resume is noteworthy; he was a member of the Westminster Assembly, a leader among the Puritan Independents, a friend toContinue reading “Jeremiah Burroughs and the Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”

The Difference Between King David and Ravi Zacharias

As more developments arise from the revelation of Ravi Zacharias’ predatory sexual behavior we see the destructive nature of sin and evil. I tend to not write about current controversies, anyone who follows this blog knows that I prefer to discuss controversies that were settled via Ecumenical Councils in the early church, but I digress.Continue reading “The Difference Between King David and Ravi Zacharias”

What is God’s Will For Your Life?

What is God’s will for my life?  That question will inevitably enter the mind of a Christian at some point.  It may manifest after a traumatic event, after the end of a relationship, in the process of making a weighty decision, or during an ordinary day.  Whatever the context behind the question the universal reasonContinue reading “What is God’s Will For Your Life?”