"Systematic theology is nothing less than remembering what you read in other passages while you are reading this passage. The kind of thing that gives systematic theology a bad name is remembering what you thought other passages said, privileging them in some form of special pleading, and making the verse in front of you do little poodle tricks."
Doug Wilson, Blog and Mablog

Only Jesus

In his resurrection Jesus did what was impossible for humanity and in his death he did what was impossible for divinity. Only in Jesus could two impossible things be accomplished.

"men are undoubtedly more in danger from prosperity than from adversity, for when matters go smoothly, they flatter themselves, and are intoxicated by their success."
John Calvin (via notyourgramma)
"@XIANITY If God is all powerful can He make an elder board so inflexible that He himself cannot move it?"
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Old ≠ Correct

I’m just going to quote this entire Piper post without further comment:

Beware of imputing advantage to antiquity. Seventy years after the death of Jesus the churches had neither the collected New Testament nor a living apostle. It was a precarious and embattled time.

Neither the experiences nor the teachers of the first 300 years of the church are as reliable as the finished New Testament. The church did not rescue the New Testament from neglect and abuse. The New Testament rescued the early church from instability and error.

We are in a better position today to know Jesus Christ than anyone who lived from AD 100 to 300. They had only parts of the New Testament rather than the collected whole. That’s how valuable the fullness of revelation is in the finished Bible. Beware of idealizing the early church. She did not have your advantages!

Almost no comment.

Amen.

My Theology Can Beat Up Your Theology

"God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger - according to the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way."
CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, 38 (via lifeinthestory)

Fogcutter

Yes, if we turn pure eyes and upright senses toward it, the majesty of God will immediately come to view, subdue our bold rejection, and compel us to obey. - John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

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“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).


I had always thought of the last part of the verse as a good description of what it must be for God to be outside of time. But this time the first part hit me: “One day is as a thousand years.” God, in His eternity, lavishes attention on every moment. Just think how much is going on in a day. Not just in your life–maybe it seems like not much has happened on some days–but in all of the lives of millions of people, all of whom have their own stories. God lingers.

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Cranach: The Blog of Veith

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