Blogging the Institutes | 1.13.14 | The Spirit is God

"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 Spirit is God When attempting to prove that the Holy Spirit is God, the proof…

The Case of Female Deacons: Wisdom from the Past (Church History)

Having look at the Scriptural evidence for female deacons, let's explore this question: What has been the role of women throughout church history? Although the practices and traditions of previous eras aren't formally binding on present churches, we must remember that many Christians have preceded us and though deeply about these issues. Church tradition is…

The Case for Female Deacons, Part One

How much can a woman do in church? For some Christians the answer is obvious: everything. Most Mainline (i.e. liberal) churches do not believe there are any restrictions on a woman serving in church and now ordain women into the pastorate. Even more theologically conservative denominations are becoming more open to female pastors. The historic position…

Lead Better: Get Organized

Trying to lead while being disorganized is like running a marathon with bricks strapped to your feet. Doable, but unnecessarily difficult. Get organized to lead better. Most definitions of “organization” focus of things being orderly. That’s a good start. But I look at being organized this way: having easy access to what you need to get the…

Unchanging and Changing

Just as my assurance of salvation rests in the fact that God cannot change, my hope of sanctification rests in the fact that I can. What a greater disavowal of the gospel of grace than to claim it is capable of changing every sinner's heart but mine? Jen Wilkin, None Like Him