Tag Archives: John Calvin

Is God to Blame?

Is God to blame when we suffer? Does God cause our Suffering? Did God give my mom the cancer that killed her? Those are hard questions. We need to ask them. More importantly we need to answer them. For ourselves and others. These are questions that plague our faith and life. The first two are …

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Joy Is…

Joy is the fruit of a right relation with God. It is not something people can create by their own efforts. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. (Henri J.M. Nouwen) We must deliberately extend joy to others each day. Smile at people, greet …

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By Faith Alone

Sola fide is the teaching that justification is received by faith only, without any mixture of or need for good works, saving faith is always evidenced, but not determined, by good works. Saving faith leads to good works. Doing good is not the cause of but the fruit of our faith in Jesus. Christians are …

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Sin Enters In

I don’t think I am alone in not liking this section of Genesis. I don’t want to affirm sin; I want exclaim blessing. The bible begins not with sin, but with God creating a good universe full of blessing making man in his image. Man wrecks havoc, the eating the fruit of the tree is …

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Why Do Good?

We have all met people who say one thing, but do another. We are big on talk, not on the walk. We claim that their on a diet, but don’t change our food habits. We say we are loving, but don’t act in loving ways. We say we are open-minded until they hear an idea …

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Eucharist And The New Year

As we enter a new year, I would like to share some thoughts on The Eucharist and how this common liturgical act can shape how we embrace 2012.  Rob Bell: Jesus is God’s good gift to the world. On the cross, Jesus’ body is broken and blood pours out for the healing of the world. …

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