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No Continuing City by bob

August 17th, 2009

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Let’s call this column “Farewell to Calvin.”  I’ll make a reference to him in at least one more sermon and reading and writing about him has given me a far greater appreciation for the sixteenth century reformer in Geneva.  But it’s time to move on.     And moving on is the lesson I will […]

Calvin’s Blind Spots by bob

August 5th, 2009

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Much of what I have written or said in the last few weeks about John Calvin may have led you to believe that I agree with Charles Spurgeon, the nineteenth century Baptist preacher of London, who said, “The longer I live the clearer does it appear that John Calvin’s system is the nearest to perfection.” […]

John Calvin and You by bob

July 28th, 2009

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Question: “Who invented dancing?” Answer:  “The devil.” The question was asked by the Rick Heil, lead singer in the band “SonicFlood.”  He told the story at the concert that followed the Crawdads game last Sunday night.  (Linda and I attended the game and the concert with her Sunday School class.) Rick was introducing a song, […]

The Most Important Word by bob

July 27th, 2009

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It was rather bold, I suppose, to say yesterday that I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s one word I hope the members of Corinth will remember from my ministry of preaching.  Maybe I’ll change my mind – I don’t know.  What word would you choose?  Grace would be a superb choice.  Or faith.  Or […]

Calvin on Preaching by bob

July 21st, 2009

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I’ve been reading John Calvin’s new biography by Herman J. Selderhuis.  It’s terrific – reads like a novel, and I can hardly wait to get back to it whenever I lay it down. The chapter on Calvin as “preacher” caught my attention, of course.