Din cînd în cînd, pentru că mi se adună multe articole necitite din timpul survolului pe internet sau din link-urile trimise de prieteni, voi completa o rubrică intitulată survolul de luni dimineața.
Lunea îmi este cea mai liberă zi. Este ziua în care stau și pun lucrurile cap la cap după o duminică solicitantă, este ziua în care stau de vorbă cu Natalia și ziua de lectură și de scris pe blog, mai ales spre seară.
Un articol de Tony Lane, teolog pe care l-am cunoscut în anii 90, despre teologia lui Calvin, că tot am vorbit despre cunoaștere înainte de dezbatere. De observat modul în care dînsul recurge la sursele primare. Despre aceasta discutam înainte de sesiune cu studenții mei la patristică, obligativitatea de a merge la sursele primare. Dacă discutăm despre Atanasie, atunci îi citim opera. Direct, apoi comentariile.
Un alt articol de Paul Helm. Tot despre Calvin.
Many have taken it for granted that the Calvinistic theology which spread across the western world in he seventeenth century was substantially the Theology of John Calvin himself. It was a considerable surprise therefore when Dr. R. T. Kendall attempted to show, in his Calvin and English Calvinism to 1649, published in 1981, that later Calvinism was in fact a departure from the theology of the Reformer.
In this pioneering study Paul Helm shows that the substantial claims that Dr. Kendall makes over the alleged theological departures from Calvin, about the relation between the death and intercession of Christ and the character of saving faith and conversion, cannot be supported from Calvin, but rest on distortions and misunderstandings. With the onset of the Counter-Reformation and the rise of Arminianism questions had to be faced which Calvin himself did not address. However, the Reformed theologians who tackled these issues did in ways that were entirely consistent with the thought of Calvin himself.
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Un articol excelent al lui Carl Trueman despre ultimele scandaluri din lumea evanghelică americană. Să ascundem adevărul în numele dragostei sau să vorbim liber despre mizerie? Liber, dar în adevăr!
As John Milton said regarding truth: “Let her and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter? Her confuting is the best and surest suppressing.” I am with Milton here: The freer the press, the less the innocent have to fear and the more the guilty need to be worried.
Și ceva relaxant despre familie. Cîți copii? Cîți dă Domnul? De ce mai puțini, de ce mai mulți? Doi! Ajunge! Mama mea vine dintr-o familie de 12 copii dintre care au supraviețuit 9, soția mea vine dintr-o familie de 10 copii, toți urmînd pe Domnul. N-am întîlnit familie numeroasă cu încredere în Dumnezeu și nefericită din pricina numărului mare de copii. Am întîlnit familii cu un copil sau doi și care se plîng de starea economică, de cît de dificil și greu sînt de crescut aceștia, dar nu am văzut același fel de plîngere la familiile cu mai mulți copii.
I write to encourage young and older mothers to keep going. One more life. One more soul. A whole new person. The possibilities in one person are breathtaking. I meet so many women who wished they would have had more children, but I’ve never met a woman who wished they didn’t have so many. God gave women the gift of fertility really for a few short years in the perspective of a lifetime. I pray that I treasure this gift and use it wisely.
My brother Dominic was born seventh in our family. Little did my parents know that a few 18 years later, he would be caring for my father during his last days on this earth. The scenes I saw with Dominic and my dad still make me cry. To see a young, strapping 18-year-old lift his crippled father into his wheel chair all the while giving him such beautiful dignity. I would see Dominic turn and cry so often. It was so moving. What a gift and privilege Dominic had to take care of him. John’s uncle Fran is the third youngest of twelve children. He is a physician and has spent many years doing mission work in Australia for the poorest of poor. He has repaired peoples lives with his gift of medicine. He has restored vision and hearing to hundreds. One life, his life, has changed many lives. I believe all work is important, but nothing is more important than bringing souls to this earth with the possibility of eternal existence with God forever.
I beg you to realize how privileged you are as a woman to even have children. Let us give God our whole beings without reserve and let Him write the story of our lives and the lives he chooses to bring. For some reason, God does not let us know the end of the story of our lives. So we must trust. As Mother Teresa said, „I want to be a pencil in his hand.”