Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.4 | Definition of Providence

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  Definition of Providence Let's remember what providence is. It does not mean that God just sits idle…

Blogging the Institutes | 1.16.3 | God Controls Everything

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  God Controls Everything God is omnipotent–all powerful. He wants us to acknowledge his power too. It…

Blogging the Institutes | 1.15.7-8 | The Soul and Free Will

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  The Soul and Free Will Philosophers don't take into account corrupted human nature when they talk…

Blogging the Institutes | 1.15.6 | Philosophers on the Soul

"Blogging the Institutes" is my on-going attempt to paraphrase John Calvin's work, the Institutes of the Christian Religion. You can find out more about the series in the Introduction. For all the posts in this series, check out the Master List.  Philosophers on the Soul Many ancient philosophers did not believe in the immortality of the soul.…

Planting Missional Churches

Ed Stetzer is the Southern Baptist church planting guru. Planting Missional Churches functions like a textbook for a seminary class on church planting. By missional, Stetzer means "doing mission right where you are" (19). For Stetzer, it means thinking like a missionary to our own American culture. A missional church then has a culture whereby it…