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“The great God, our common maker, has never given one man’s understanding a legal and rightful sovereignty to determine truths for others, at least, after they are past the state of childhood.” That’s what Isaac Watts wrote almost 300 years ago in Logic, The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry After Truth. That means […]
Our world is confused about women. It’s confused about men, too, but I’ve only got so many words here, so forgive me for narrowing my focus. Our world believes that being a woman is so flexible, so all-encompassing, so completely unbounded that even a man can do it. And while that may sound liberating at […]
The cry of my generation seems to be, “Who am I?” We are lost, and we are desperately trying to find out who we are. This generation is one of identity confusion. But my generation is not unique. Adolescence and young adulthood, now and historically, have been characterized by identity crisis. We long to know […]
I spent last semester with John Calvin. That is, during the Spring semester, I had the privilege of reading Calvin’s Institutes and teaching a course on the book to twenty-two Bethlehem College & Seminary undergraduates. It was wonderful. Teaching a course on Calvin is no small task. The Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, after teaching just […]
But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2b In an era of ever-increasing contentiousness and divisiveness—even among Christians—this amazing verse from the book of Isaiah is clear, straight-forward, and true. Feelings and attitudes of self- righteousness abound in […]
The beginning of a new school year is always exciting and energizing. The school year that started last week at Bethlehem College & Seminary is no exception. We begin the year with our largest enrollment in school history (about 245 students). We are grateful to the Lord for bringing us students from 26 states and […]
Perhaps no theologian worked harder than Augustine to help his fellow believers grasp the truth that we live as pilgrims in this world “for here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city to come.” Reflecting on Augustine’s tome The City of God this summer recalibrated my own sense of viewing this life […]