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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Preaching the Scriptures. An Interview (Part 1)

Crossroads Worldwide Ministries sponsors a one-year internship for discipleship and ministry training they call Community Discipleship House (CDH).  I am good friends with the guys who lead this ministry—their work is top-notch. One of the CDH-ers (as they are called), contacted me for an interview about my preaching experience.  Replying to the questions turned out…

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My Last Sermon in America

This blog title sounds a bit “epic,” huh? Preaching at Mountain Brook Community Church on July 17, 2011, however, was actually quite monumental for me (even though it was probably not very epic for anyone else… and that is okay). The text I was assigned (The first part of Philippians 3) was providential.  The preceding…

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