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Blog Archives: June 2017

Divine Beauty

June 29, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Have you ever looked upon the enchanting  sunbeams of the morning, observed its splendor, and wondered why God made it so? Now that the warmth, colorful flowers, and blue sky of summer have once again greeted Chicagoland, I find myself asking reflecting on the beauty of God’s creation. It raises the question: is there a relationship between God and the beauty that we encounter in this life? The grandson of Jonathan Edwards and a minister in his own right, Timothy Dwight (1752-1817) served as president of Yale from 1795 until his death in ...

A Colorful Life

June 22, 2017
Chris Castaldo
The author of some 90 books, G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a British writer of unsurpassed popularity in his day. Born into a nominally Anglican family, he slid into agnosticism by the age of 16, but by the turn of the century, he was beginning to speak favorably of the Christian faith. His wife led him back into the Anglican church, and by 1908, he was professing faith in Christ. In 1922, he converted to Catholicism. The following passage from “A Piece of Chalk,” written for the Daily News, November 4, 1905,1reveals his budding ...

The Heart of Idolatry

June 12, 2017
Chris Castaldo
Protestant Reformer John Calvin (1509 – 1564) was convinced that the human mind is a veritable “factory of idols.” This sinful impulse is alive and well within the Church, which is why we must be about the business of always reforming (semper reformanda) according to God’s Word. In the following quotation from his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559),1 Calvin alerts God’s people to their fascination with and weakness for idols. Christians must continually scrutinize their hearts and minds, checking against God’s Word what they find ...

Preaching The Five Solas

June 08, 2017
Chris Castaldo
In observance of 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, many pastors will dedicate October to preaching The Five Solas (there are five Sundays in October). Yesterday I had the privilege of gathering with a group of such pastors to discuss the series. Following is my contribution: the historical background of the Solas, their particular meaning, and a few suggestions for preachers. Simply put, The Five Solas constitute the gospel legacy of the Reformation. With the primacy of Scripture as God’s supreme authority, and the early church as a ...

Relishing God, The Good Shepherd

June 01, 2017
Chris Castaldo
In the opening of his classic book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer declared the memorable line: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” In other words, our thoughts about God inform every level of our being–our hopes, dreams, fears, aspirations, what we despise and what we celebrate. “For as [a person] thinks within himself, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7, NASB). In this post, I would like to consider a pernicious misconception about God. It is the view that sees God as a perpetually ...