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Will We Mourn for the Harlot Or Rejoice with Heaven?

Henri-Marcel Magne / CC BY-SA I want to suggest that the pandemic may serve to shock us out of our unrecognized reliance on luxury and ease. As Canadians, we enjoy unprecedented wealth when compared with most of the world and especially when compared with earlier periods of history.  We need to hear the words that Jesus spoke to the Laodiceans in Revelation. He told them: “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev 3:17).  Discerning the harlot The Laodiceans believed that they had...

The Ten Commandments of Grace

Do the Ten Commandments excite you? I’m guessing that your answer might be a quick and flat “No.” For many of us, the commandments are ancient regulations that make us feel guilty. Their impossible clarity commands us how to live, showcase our failure, and prove our need for rescue. We may question their modern relevance since Jesus’ life and work has delivered us from their consequence. …they have rejected the law of the Lord, and have not kept his statutes — Amos 2:4 Do they offer more than assuring our guilt? Even today, the ten commands reveal more than just our...

Episode 2: The Knowledge of God and Ourselves (Institutes 1.1–5)

In this episode, we discuss the first five chapters of Calvin’s institutes. We focus on how we know God and ourselves. According to Calvin, God has implanted within us a seed of religion. All people can know God by looking outward and inward. When they do, we see God clearly. But men refuse to believe. That does not mean that un-regenerate persons cannot say anything true about the world and of God. Rather, it means they cannot tie religion to piety, which means true worship of God. For some further reading, consider this article by Paul Helm. Edward Dowey also...

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