Friday Findings—June 17

What Is Self-Discipline? “If we are to exercise self-control, we must relinquish the control of our lives to Jesus Christ. Here is a paradox of the Christian life: We must give up the control of self if we would gain self-control. May God enable us to exercise self-discipline, an absolute necessity for victory over sin.”…

1536

Still only 27 years old, John Calvin publishes the first edition of the Institutes of the Christian Religion. This first edition was quite compact. Over the next 23 years Calvin would repeatedly enlarge and restructure this work, culminating in the massive edition of 1559. Despite its immense influence on theological thought, it would be a…

Bug Bites

I once arrived home from a camping trip covered with mosquito bites. I had tried to protect myself from getting bitten, for I react pretty severely to bug bites. My skin gets all red, swollen, itchy, and hot, and I sometimes feel feverish and fatigued. I mixed up a blend of oils—citronella, peppermint, lemon balm,…

And I Quote… June 13

Though argument does not create conviction, the lack of it destroys belief. What seems to be proved may not be embraced; but what no one shows the ability to defend is quickly abandoned. Rational argument does not create belief, but it maintains a climate in which belief may flourish. Austin Farrer, “The Christian Apologist,” in…

Friday Findings—June 10

The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This “The gospel was not given to a world without sin, without confusion, without difficulty and persecution—that world needs no gospel. The gospel was given to a world like this one, a world marked by every kind of pain and perversity. This world needs a gospel and,…

William Cowper… Yet Speaking

I God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform; he plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. II Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill he treasures up his bright designs, and works his sovereign will. III Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread…

June 25, 1530

Augsburg Confession of Faith presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Written by Philip Melanchthon and representing the views of the early Lutheran reformation, it took a strong stand on the necessity of justification by faith alone. Hopes that the emperor would sign the confession were dashed when he commissioned traditionalists to respond and then…

A Promise Unfulfilled

There are few people who don’t love to read or watch a good mystery story. There is an allure to that which is mysterious, a thrill in the search of the valiant detective for the truth that draws us to (vicariously) join in the quest. Conspiracy theories take this allure to a whole new level.…