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The Theology of Calvin . . . and Hobbes (Sinful Nature)

What an imagination Calvin has! But it also gives reign to his darker side. Which we all have. And our sins make US, in some sense, a sordid story.

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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in Calvin & Hobbes


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My Workshop “Five Certainties in the Light of Tragic Events” (for “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference) Part 1

Friends:  I will be presenting three workshops at the upcoming conference at Emmaus Bible College.  Registration for the conference can be found here.

Workshop #1: “Five Certainties in the Light of Tragic Events”

How is the believer to respond to the evil in our world, such as occurred in Parkland, Florida, Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas? What can we Christian leaders say with conviction to God’s people without fear of contradiction that will help them in our broken, violent, destructive world?

Let’s talk about certainty #1 this morning. The first certainty is this: Man is fallen and capable of great evil. This is an obvious point to believers, but many in our world have been duped into thinking that man is basically good (the myth of secular humanism).

The Bible clearly teaches man’s depravity (see Titus 3:3-8 and Isaiah 59:7). Every aspect of who man is has been tainted by sin. We, all of us, are capable of enormous evil.

Not at all what the devil looks like!

The Bible also teaches the reality of a supernatural enemy, the devil. We read in John 10 that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (v. 10). Jesus also teaches us in John 8 that “the devil . . . was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Please pray for me as I prepare for these three workshops!



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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in evil


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