What is Predestination?

Yesterday I started a several day long mini-series on the Calvinist version of predestination. Today I want to tackle the question – “According to John Calvin what is predestination?” What is Predestination? Calvin acknowledges that this doctrine has some difficulties, he says that the notion that God out of his own pleasure offers salvation toContinue reading “What is Predestination?”

Book Review: The Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism by Lyle D. Bierma

The churches I have been a part of my whole life were not confessional by any stretch of the word; neither did they ever use a catechism. Most people in those churches probably didn’t even know what “catechism” meant. My first exposure to the word was in college. I picked up a Roman Catholic CatechismContinue reading “Book Review: The Theology of the Heidelberg Catechism by Lyle D. Bierma”

In Awe of Jesus (Pt. 2)

Yesterday I shared a short excerpt from T.F. Torrance’s book Preaching Christ Today: The Gospel and Scientific Thinking. Today I want to share another excerpt where he shares why he is in awe of Jesus. Again I want to point out the fact that we are witnessing real gospel-preaching in the midst of an academicContinue reading “In Awe of Jesus (Pt. 2)”

Christ, Culture, and College Students – A Reformed Perspective (Pt. 1)

A while ago I took a class at Fuller Seminary called “Perspectives on Christ and Culture.” In that class we examined various aspects of the relationship between Christ or Christianity and culture. We looked at and assessed various traditions ranging from Anabaptists to those belonging to the Reformed Tradition, we also examined various topics likeContinue reading “Christ, Culture, and College Students – A Reformed Perspective (Pt. 1)”

Calvin, College Students, and the Arts

I work with college students so a discussion regarding Christianity and the arts is a typical occurrence. About a month ago it came up in a different way that I was used to. I was used to being asked, what should Christian involvement in the arts look like? However this time I was asked aContinue reading “Calvin, College Students, and the Arts”

Cool Christian Beards (pt. 2): John Calvin

This week’s beard is a good one, perhaps even my favorite one. Not because of how cool the beard is, although it is quite cool, but because of how cool the man behind the beard is. I’m not going to lie, I have reformed leanings so this dude holds a special place in my heartContinue reading “Cool Christian Beards (pt. 2): John Calvin”