The release of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey has caused quite a stir. Porn is now masqueraded as the sexual empowerment of women. Has the world finally gone crazy? A recent TIME magazine article reminded readers that while this movie ventures into the realms of bondage, sadomasochism and female degradation, more and more newspaper headlines concern sexual violence directed towards young women. “The Hunting Game”, a documentary about campus rape is soon to be released. There is an ever-growing list of accusations against rich older men who take sexual advantage of women who are subordinates1. Just watch the news.
When I was a teenager (many, many years ago), I was often told in our youth group how important and essential a regular “Quiet Time” was. A QT was a time when you were quiet, by yourself and with a Bible. You read the Bible, you thought about what you read and then you prayed. You did that often. It was a Christian habit, whether you felt like it or not. Our youth leader often asked us, “How’s your QT going?”
Very seldom today do I hear the same note of urgency, value and importance of regular devotion times.
The terror attacks in France, like the Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, have disgusted us all. Radical Muslims, who believe that Allah is the one true God and that Muhammad is his prophet, have done terrible things in Allah’s name. Masked gunmen methodically killed twelve people, including a newspaper’s editor, as they shouted “Allahu akbar!” Are Muslims correct in their view of Allah that he is the one true God and Mohammed is his supreme Prophet? Or are Christians correct when they assert that the God of the Bible is the one true God and he has revealed himself through Jesus?
The name John Calvin is a bad word to many people, but I hope to show you that Calvin’s theology should be our theology because it was Jesus’ theology and the Bible’s theology.
John Calvin lived in the 1500’s in Geneva, Switzerland.
He was and is one of the hero’s of the Christian faith. He was one the greatest Christian thinkers, theologians and reformers who guided the church back to the Bible after it was immersed in superstition.
Calvin is still massively influential today, and either loved or hated. Depending on your worldview, you will either gratefully read Calvin’s writings and benefit from them or you will despise them.
King Manasseh is a conundrum. He was the most evil king Judah ever had and yet he was the longest reigning king. (cf. 2 Chronicles 33) In the Old Testament books of Kings and Chronicles every king’s life is summed up either by, “he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” or “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.” No matter what the king’s military gains, political accomplishments, feats of bravery or economic successes, in the end it boiled down to this one thing.