All of Christ for All of Us

Andy is across the pond, reading Calvin, drinking coffee and writing about it. I’ve enjoyed his posts immensely because I really like hearing Calvin from Calvin (which is often different than a macho, hearsay kind of Calvinism that floats around American evangelicalism, by the way…). I remember being told that Calvin’s Institutes can be some…

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Calvin & Coffee: Word — Spirit

[This is part of an ongoing series of posts I am calling “Calvin & Coffee”]   I just finished ch. IX in Book I of Calvin’s Institutes.  Here we see the insistence that Word and Spirit are conjoined in “an inviolable bond” [1].  Calvin has in his sights what we might would call “charismania,” an…

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When Theological Work is Dangerous

[from my new series of posts entitled, “Calvin & Coffee”…] Hazardous occupations: firefighting, police work, soldiering, espionage, high-rise construction, mining… …Theology? When we think of dangerous job profiles, “theologian” usually does not come to mind.  The stereotypical theologian wears tweed, smokes an occasional pipe, avoids manual labor, and haunts locally-owned coffee shops when not holed…

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Calvin & Coffee… a New Daily Discipline

I am trying to get settled back into what I call my “daily disciplines.”  At this moment for me, these include prayer, the somewhat slow reading of a Psalm, Greek translation of one chapter in John’s Gospel, German translation of Bultmann’s commentary on John (at a very slow pace, I might add), an hour of…

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