All tagged Augustine

Peace and Distraction

It is always an arresting thing to read the Bible and realize how many times the Lord promises ‘peace’ to his people. I was reminded of this again this last week as I listened to the sermon at Christ Church. David Court, preached on John 20:19-23. What was striking was David’s point that the first words Jesus says when he comes into this locked upper room is, “Peace be with you.” This is a group of his disciples. They are beleaguered, fearful, and unsure about the future. Jesus shows up and he blesses them with peace.

Indescribable

"The perfection of learning is to know God in such a way that, though you realize he is not unknowable, yet you know him as indescribable." - Hilary of Poitiers

How do you know?

Guido de Bres is one of those guys that has been lost to history. Fortunately, however, his impact is still felt. He was a student of both John Calvin and Theodore Beza, and in 1561 he authored the Belgic Confession. This Confession was meant for the Spanish government. It was both to defend the Calvinist (showing that they were not like the radicals reforms) and to call for reformation in Spain. Instead it got him killed. In 1565 de Bres was arrested and tried before the Spanish Inquisition. He would die just a few days later.

Running from the Past

So, we moved to Edinburgh about a week ago now. The city is amazing. I have loved the fact that I can walk pretty much anywhere. Great coffee shops abound (even though right now I find myself in a Starbucks... free internet is free internet). Taryn and I have explored the city a little bit as we search for a place to live.

The Reigning Sin of the Time

The seventh commandment reminds us that God is pure and holy. That purity and holiness is completely opposed to uncleanness. Thus, we are called in this commandment to mirror God in our bodily actions. In this commandment something is both tacitly implied and expressly forbidden.

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I am tired. We are inching closer to our move date, and I am tired. My whole family is tired really. There is a lot on our schedule, and it seems like every time we turn around we find more that needs to get done. I often think to myself that this is just a phase and it will pass. However, I have found that in reality life just gets busier. I know this to be true for me, and just from the anecdotal evidence I have of friends, I know that I am not alone in feeling overwhelmed with busyness.

The First and the Last

The very first thing the Law says is the Gospel, reminding who God is and that he has saved us from a hopeless situation. Now we get to Exodus 20:3 and the implications of the Gospel come. Because of who the Lord is and what he has done, he calls us to is to have no other god before him. In this command the Lord demands that we honor and adore him alone.