In the 7th and 8th century BC, God used the invading Assyrians and then Babylonians to kill Israel's idols - especially her idol of nationalistic pride. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has read their Bible that we still struggle with idols today, for our hearts, says Calvin, are a virtue idol … Continue reading Idols dying by Covid-19
Book Nine was short, but fairly tedious. In these thirty pages Augustine debates the nature of demons, who are believed to serve as intermediaries between men and the gods. Most in Augustine's day believed there were good and bad demons, and Augustine explores, then refutes, this notion, along with the belief that demons can serve … Continue reading City of God, Book 9: Demon Go-Betweens
I have only begun reading the book Beyond Colorblind by Sarah Shin (IVP). It was part of InterVarsity Press' free ebook giveaway a few weeks ago. I just finished chapter one and two things struck me...one I knew but didn't have words for, one a completely new insight. First, the brand new insight. I'm ethnic. … Continue reading Don’t be Colorblind. Be Better.
During my Romans Bible study last week, I stepped up on my soapbox and waxed eloquently about the importance of the visible church. It is a much overlooked and yet incredibly important aspect of Christian theology. It was Paul’s imagery of the church as the Body of Christ in Romans 12 that got me going … Continue reading The Precious Gift of the Church
In Book Eight Augustine leaves behind his discussion of the religion of the theatre and the temple, of the people on the street, and focuses his attention on "they who profess to be 'lovers of wisdom'". If wisdom is identified with God, then these men are lovers of God, but, contends Augustine, not everything that … Continue reading City of God, Book 8: Close, but no Cigar