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Blog Archives: October 2018

The Marks of a True Disciple

October 25, 2018
Chris Castaldo
Amy Carmichael (1867 – 1951) served in India as a missionary from Northern Ireland. Shocked to discover that poor girls were “donated” to Hindu temples to be trained as cult prostitutes, she devoted herself to saving children from religious prostitution and infanticide. Founding the Dohnavur Fellowship1 in 1901, her work became well-known through her many books, poems, and letters. In the poem below, Amy Carmichael writes about the scars of the cross that mark a true disciple of Christ. No Scar? Hast thou no scar? No hidden scar on ...

Marks of Gospel Renewal

October 18, 2018
Chris Castaldo
J. I. Packer, writing in God in our Midst (Ann Arbor, 1987, 24-35), proposes that, among the variety of God’s ways, five constants appear in all biblical revivals: 1. Awareness of God’s presence: “The first and fundamental feature in renewal is the sense that God has drawn awesomely near in his holiness, mercy and might.” 2. Responsiveness to God’s Word: “The message of Scripture which previously was making only a superficial impact, if that, now searches its hearers and readers to the depth of their being.” 3. Sensitiveness to sin: ...

Scripture and Faith

October 11, 2018
Chris Castaldo
I recently grabbed coffee with a friend in which conversation turned toward the relationship of Scripture and faith. After listening to numerous questions and some objections to biblical authority, my basic point was the same as Paul’s in Romans 10:17: “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Scripture is the God-appointed means of faith. In this vein, here is a helpful statement by Bavinck. Herman Bavinck taught theology at Kampen in Holland, and subsequently at the Free University of Amsterdam. He is highly ...

Divine Compassion

October 04, 2018
Chris Castaldo
Augustine’s first literary work as bishop was a two-book reply to certain questions about biblical interpretation. The questions were sent to him by the successor of Ambrose in Milan, Simplician, who had previously mentored Augustine during a season of spiritual distress. This following selection from Augustine’s work is part of his answer to Simplician’s question concerning the relation of grace and free will in Romans 9:10-29 . In it, Augustine explains that any compassion a believer might exercise is traced back to God’s calling. A ...