God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are often too full to receive them.
John Calvin, the Genevan Reformer is a great source when we consider the questions posed in Psalm 44. How do we wed the awful miseries of our lives with the greatness of our God?
John Calvin applies his rich theology to this text. Here are ten statements from his commentary for our instruction and comfort.
Last night, October 17, 2016, I had the privilege of hearing the noted historian, George Marsden, lecture at Palm Beach Atlantic University on the topic titled, “The Genius of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.”
The lecture was based on part of Marsden’s book, C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: a Biography which was published earlier this year. Doing a biography of a book is an interesting approach. But books like Mere Christianity have had a life all to themselves. So it was a very appropriate approach.
On Friday Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74.
Billy Graham is now 97 years old.
What connects these two opening sentences? For one thing, each man is probably the best known person of their respective faiths. Billy Graham has been the most famous Christian for all of my lifetime. Likewise Muhammad Ali has long been the most famous adherent of Islam.
But another connection exists. It is one that I was able to facilitate. Here’s my story.
As you read these quotes, treat them not like you would something “inspirational” that has no basis in God or his Word. These have been chosen so that we might hear from godly folks who drank deeply from God.
When we speak of a person being converted to faith in Christ Jesus or when we speak of a prodigal coming to his senses and returning to the Father, we must understand that it is God at work in converting and restoring the wayward person. God typically does this work by speaking through his word. This is the reason that preaching and teaching the Bible is a necessary activity.
Yet we must also understand that the unconverted person or the wayward person lacks the ability to hear the word of God in the depths of his soul. It matters not how loudly the preacher preaches. Conversion and restoration are dependent upon God opening the eyes, unstopping the ears, and quickening the heart.
At the 2016 National Conference of Ligonier Ministries, Michael Reeves presented The English Reformers as part of the overall theme on The Gospel. His theological and historical presentation deeply stirred my mind and heart. Below you find a written overview and the video of the 23 minutes presentation.