Archive for September, 2016

A theology of glory or a theology of the cross?

“Theologians of glory” are those who build their theology in the light of what they expect God to be like—and, surprise, surprise, they make God to look something like themselves. The “theologians of the cross,” however, are those who build their theology in the light of God’s own revelation of himself in Christ hanging on the cross…
Luther does not restrict the theology of the cross to an objective revelation of God. He also sees it as the key to understanding Christian ethics and experience. Foundational to both is the role of faith: to the eyes of unbelief, the cross is nonsense; it is what it seems to be—the crushing, filthy death of a man cursed by God…. This argument is explosive, giving a whole new understanding of Christian authority. Elders, for example, are not to be those renowned for throwing their weight around, for badgering others, and for using their position or wealth or credentials to enforce their own opinions. No, the truly Christian elder is the one who devotes his whole life to the painful, inconvenient, and humiliating service of others, for in so doing he demonstrates Christ-like authority, the kind of authority that Christ himself demonstrated throughout his incarnate life and supremely on the cross at Calvary.”
-Carl Trueman, New Horizons: Luther’s Theology of the Cross

The “light” of Christianity

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen – not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

“In Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9)

-C.S. Lewis

The “light” of Christianity

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen – not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

“In Your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9)

-C.S. Lewis

Are you a “Shorter Catechism boy or girl?”

“What is “the indelible mark of the Westminster Shorter Catechism”? We have the following bit of personal experience from a general officer of the United States army. He was in a great western city at a time of intense excitement and violent rioting (Note: One person has noted that it is possible that the Army officer in this story was Warfield’s brother, who was stationed in San Francisco at the time of the great earthquake in 1906). The streets were over-run daily by a dangerous crowd. One day he observed approaching him a man of singularly combined calmness and firmness of mien, whose very demeanor inspired confidence. So impressed was he with his bearing amid the surrounding uproar that when he had passed he turned to look back at him, only to find that the stranger had done the same.
On observing his turning the stranger at once came back to him, and touching his chest with his forefinger, demanded without preface: “What is the chief end of man?” On receiving the countersign, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever” – “Ah!” said he, “I knew you were a Shorter Catechism boy by your looks!” “Why, that was just what I was thinking of you,” was the rejoinder.
It is worthwhile to be a Shorter Catechism boy. They grow to be men. And better than that, they are exceedingly apt to grow to be men of God. So apt, that we cannot afford to have them miss the chance of it. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
-B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)

Our hearts are…

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
― Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

“That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me, that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready henceforth to live unto Him.”
-Heidelberg Catechism, question and answer #1 (1563)