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The Importance of EasterBy Conor Culverhouse   Easter was always a fun time of year growing up. As young children we painted eggs in school, ate a lot of chocolate and it always came with a two-week holiday. We would sing Easter-based hymns which contained some vague acknowledgement of the resurrection but were enjoyed mostly for their
Originally posted on April 30, 2009: In chapter 6 of The Doctrine of God, Frame discusses God's intimate presence with his people which he calls God's 'covenant presence'. He defines the covenant presence of God: "Covenant presence, then, means that God commits himself to us, to be our God and to make us his people. He delivers us by his grace
Originally posted on April 29, 2009: In chapter 4 of book 2 in The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, John Owen summarizes the purpose or 'end' for which Christ died as well as the products of the event: "God, out of his infinite love to his elect, sent his dear Son in the fulness of time, whom he had promised in the beginning of the world,
Originally posted on April 28, 2009: Here are some quotes that I found helpful, interesting, challenging, or all of the above. And when he yells us to believe in the truth of his word, we must do so, both because his word can never prove false and because we have a moral obligation to believe it. God is the supreme interpreter of both himself
Romans 13 and Civil Disobedienceby Conor Culverhouse and Jake WorradTheory/Translations Language has and always will be, an integral part of communication.  However, language inevitably entails ambiguities and uncertainties which can lead to different interpretations of the same text.  This is exacerbated when translating words from
Originally posted April 25, 2009:Owen repeats a definition of the what the end of Christ's death is: The end of the death of Christ we asserted, in the beginning of our discourse, to be our approximation or drawing nigh unto God; that being a general expression for the whole reduction and recovery of sinners from the state of alienation, misery,
Originally posted on April 24, 2009: In his summary of the chapter entitled God's Control: Its Efficacy and Universality, Frame delivers 4 passages of Scripture which he feels encapsulate both the doctrine of God's universal sovereignty and his arguments towards that end. Here are the four passages from the ESV: Lamentations 3:37-38 - Who has
Originally posted on April 23, 2009: Foreordination of Sinful Decisions Well, the topics don't get any easier in the fourth chapter of The Doctrine of God. After discussing such topics as the efficacy of God's control in the natural world, human history, and human decisions, Frame goes on to discuss God's sovereignty over our sinful decisions
This year, as I summarize my reading from 2020, I could write exactly what I did last year. And so I will. Almost. Below I have essentially cut-and-pasted my post from last year with a few small changes in some paragraphs as well as significant new material where it is obviously pertaining to 2020. This is the second year I have read fewer books