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Review: Living for God’s Glory

Living for God's Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism

Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism by Joel R. Beeke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calvinism, you say?  What is that exactly?

People have varying reactions to hearing the term Calvinism.  There are many strong opinions for and against the Calvinist perspective on the teaching of the Bible.  Yet with the strength of opinion, and perhaps because of it, Calvinism is often misunderstood and misrepresented.

Whether or not you identify as a Calvinist, Joel Beeke does a terrific job in presenting the tenants of this Reformation era theology.  In the first section he takes us chapter by chapter through TULIP, an easy way to remember the basics.

What I found most helpful was the second half, which is a real life perspective of people who lived as the first Calvinists: Puritans.  These 15th century Christians are often regarded to see how the teachings of John Calvin impacted how people lived everyday life.  Beeke takes us through the family structure of a typical Puritan household along with how the faith was taught and practiced.

Do not be intimidated.  At first glance this book with its more than 400 pages looks too large to tackle.  However, Beeke uses accessible language and strong biblical support to present a basic look at what Calvinism is and the assurance of living in light of God’s sovereignty and for God’s glory.

[LEGAL: copy of the book was provided as compensation for this review by the publisher]


Scarlet ‘A’ for a Day

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… or Creation Among the Atheists

Several weeks ago it came to my attention that the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), a group of people who would be considered atheist and agnostic, were planning a trip to the Creation Museum as a preface to a conference that would occur in the same area.  What started out as a mild curiosity became fascination and eventually action.  What would it be like to be a Christian and a fly on the wall as a group of atheists peered at exhibits that attempted to prove them wrong?  How would the creationist lecturer react to challenges and would he gloat when he wins a point?

mike.logo.no.shadow.2I did not decide until the week before to take the day off to go.  So it was that I rode with my wife to the Creation Museum for what may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  I can honestly say that I was not prepared for what we experienced.

My wife had been there before, and as we pulled into the parking lot her first reaction was to how many extra security were visible.  She said that she did not remember  more than one or two officers on her last trip, but even before we left the car there were at least 6 clearly visible in front of the facility.

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