Book Review: Who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit, and the theological loci pneumatology, is easily the most neglected member of the Trinity. Most Christians are aware that there is a Holy Spirit, but their knowledge goes little further than that. Other Christians have an unhealthy imbalance that leads them to over-emphasize the third Person of the Trinity. In Who is the Holy Spirit? by R.C. Sproul this sometimes enigmatic Person is explained in another short entry in the Crucial Questions series.

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Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies – How Ought Christians Respond?

On Wednesday, March 19th 2014, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church died of natural causes at the age of 84. For those of you who are not familiar, Westboro Baptist Church (Which is neither Baptist, nor a church) is the group that is most widely known for their website (I won’t link to it or actually say what it is called… it shouldn’t be hard to find if you really want to check it out) and for picketing the funerals of slain soldiers. Fred Phelps was the patriarch and founder, and it is not too much to say that he was an enemy of Christ and of the Gospel. However, as I’ve observed the reactions of Christians to the news I see mixed reactions. Some are celebratory, some are using this as an excuse to defend some of his less radical statements, some are using it as an excuse to beat on each other (Phelps was a proponent of the unfortunately labeled Hyper-Calvinism, so he is often touted out as an example of why Calvinism is wrong…)

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Hypothetical Situation

Every year dozens of people end their lives by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Lets use this tragic fact as the foundation for a hypothetical situation.

Lets pretend that I am walking across the bridge one morning, and I see a young woman who is distraught and about to throw herself from the bridge. I rush over to the ledge just as she throws herself from the edge, and I catch her by whatever I can get a hold of. I manage to get a handful of her hair, and as she screams in pain I pull her back up and over the edge. As both of us collapse on the side of the road, she begins to scream at me and tells me that I ought of let her kill herself, because that is what she wants. She tells me she hates me, and she rushes back to the edge. I spring up and grab her and drag her back to the ground. I hold her down to the ground as I call the police. When they arrive they take her to a hospital where she receives treatment. Some time later she contacts me. She has come to her senses and wants to thank me. I saved her life, and she is eternally thankful for it.

Now, does anyone believe that I acted unjustly by violating her will? Does anyone try to hold the pain of her hair being pulled, or the scrapes on her body from being pulled to the ground against me? Does anyone say that I am a an evil person because my violation of her will eventually brought her to a state where she recognized how wrong she was? Of course not.

Why then do people say this about God? Why the accusations of “Cosmic Rapist” against God when he rescues us from something far worse than the first death?

I for one am thankful that God violated my will, that he dragged me kicking and screaming when I was still his enemy.

Visual Timeline of New Calvinism

Yes, I know it is too small. That is so you have to go to the author’s website

Ok… I don’t normally repost things. But this is probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

Tim Challies put together a comprehensive history of the New Calvinism movement, going back to 1986… I was three. There aren’t even words to describe this…