Stigma and the Gospel

Social services is my day job.  In social services and health care circles, I hear a lot of talk about reducing stigma.  There are a multitude of issues that bring up the topic of stigma.  The common theme is that society has been judgmental toward a certain condition or behavior; people living with those conditions…

Limping Along

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His Son…

To Judge or Not to Judge (Part 3)

In part one we found that judging is appropriate when the source of a judgment is God and not self.  Part two suggested ways we might know whether a judgment is from God.  Knowing whether a judgment is from God or not is a good start but it isn’t the whole picture.  We can know…

Predestined Controversy

I have been reading John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion…for about a year.  It’s an enormous, exhaustive work of theology.  Ironically, Calvin laments that he has a love of brevity and is unable to expound on religious matters as thoroughly as his forebears.  If Calvin hadn’t loved brevity, I shudder to think of how much…