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What I Read Online – 03/09/2013 (a.m.)

09 Mar
    • Taken as a whole, the narrative presents tremendous acts of providence, blessing, covenant-faithfulness, loving-kindness and loyalty as displayed through the lives of God’s people, and by the LORD Himself. However, the story of Ruth is not one purely of success and joy, as it bears its beautiful fruits out of the disheartening and woeful realities of famine, death, barren wombs, and widowhood; the hard realities of the hard world in which we live. But this is the world in which the LORD is at work, and the bleak beginnings recorded at the outset of Ruth gave way to a hope and a future as God made good on His covenant promises, which ultimately benefit both the house of Israel and all who under His wings come to take refuge (2:12).

    • And yet, that’s not at all what Calvinism teaches. At least, that’s not what we should be teaching. It’s true that Calvin, like Augustine before him, believed the will of God to be the necessity of all things. But the Church’s leading theologians have always carefully distinguished between different kinds of necessity. Calvin, for example, though he held to the highest view of God’s sovereignty vehemently rejected any notion of necessity which entailed external coercion or compulsion. In this matter he was simply following Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and the entire tradition of Christian orthodoxy.
    • However, just as by the fall man did not cease to be man, endowed with intellect and will, and just as sin, which has spread through the whole human race, did not abolish the nature of the human race but distorted and spiritually killed it, so also this divine grace of regeneration does not act in people as if they were blocks and stones; nor does it abolish the will by force, but spiritually revives, heals, reforms, and—in a manner at once pleasing and powerful—bends it back. (Third/Fourth Head, Article 16; emphasis added)
    • You cannot follow the news these days, and especially technological news, without reading about the perils of sitting. Yes, sitting. In a recent TED talk Nilofer Merchant explained “People spend 9.3 hours per day on their derrieres, eclipsing even the 7.7 hours they spend sleeping. Their sedentary lifestyles contribute 10 percent of the risk of breast and colon cancer, 6 percent of the risk of heart disease, and 7 percent of the risk of type 2 diabetes.” 

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