Calvinism – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 On the excommunication of a child http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/05/18/on-the-excommunication-of-a-child/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/05/18/on-the-excommunication-of-a-child/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 03:39:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2407 I remember, the day they told us our three year-old daughter would die, sitting on her hospital bed, Celeste and I together, holding her and weeping. We never really knew despair, I don’t think, until that day. We held Caroline and we cried, and the doctors stood there, because this is all they were good …

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Deeper than we know http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/21/deeper-than-we-know/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/03/21/deeper-than-we-know/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 02:23:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2264 “The Father turns His face away. . .”, goes the song. How comforting, then, to read in the 21st Psalm (22nd in the Protestant Bible): Nor has He turned away His face from me; And when I cried out to Him, He heard me. Which reminds us that Christ on the cross, while fully man and …

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Heresy, thy name is Legion http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/24/heresy-thy-name-is-legion/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/24/heresy-thy-name-is-legion/#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:45:23 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2022 Perhaps you’ve seen commercials for the movie Legion, which appears to be two very different movies, depending on whether you’ve seen it advertised in the theater or on your television. On television, the premise appears to be that a host of demons has possessed townspeople, who must now be fended off by the inevitable rag-tag …

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The myth of the myth http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/09/the-myth-of-the-myth/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/01/09/the-myth-of-the-myth/#comments Sat, 09 Jan 2010 16:25:39 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1949 Leslie Fields muddles about in Calvinism and Darwinism before arriving at good advice for every Christian parent, which is to pray your child toward Heaven. I think “the perfect parent myth,” however, is itself a myth. None of us envisions he can be a perfect parent. But we ache for our children to know God, …

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Because circles, for the love of God, aren’t square http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/07/15/because-circles-for-the-love-of-god-arent-square/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/07/15/because-circles-for-the-love-of-god-arent-square/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2009 15:51:42 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1606 My family and I were on vacation, and so I missed the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. I mean, July 10th happened where we were, it’s just that he wasn’t on my mind. I used to be a Calvinist. Many people I love are Calvinists. Others worship in churches that subtly advocate Calvin’s stern predestinationism, though …

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Because I haven’t enough to read http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/02/09/because-i-havent-enough-to-read/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/02/09/because-i-havent-enough-to-read/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2009 14:08:59 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1435 I need a recommendation. Specifically, a decent biography of John Calvin. By “decent biography,” I mean something that is neither a hagiography nor a celebration of Reformation doctrine, which rules out anything, so far as I can tell, by Reformed scholars. This year is the 500th anniversary of the old boy’s birth. I figure I ought …

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The light burden http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/01/15/the-light-burden/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2009/01/15/the-light-burden/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2009 18:45:59 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1358 This past Sunday I took a couple of my sons to St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Wichita. If you’re not familiar with the Orthodox services, a good portion of them are conducted while the congregation stands. After a particularly long stretch of standing, Caleb leans in to me and whispers, “Dad, do we stand …

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Eloquence vs Utilitarianism http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/10/10/eloquence-vs-utilitarianism/ Fri, 10 Oct 2008 18:45:26 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=1109 After reading John Wilson’s delightful review of Denis Donoghue’s On Eloquence, I made a note to eventually read the book. Listening to John Piper’s recent muddle-headed misinterpretation of Wilson makes me wish I had time to read the book right away. In a nutshell, whereas Wilson celebrates the beauty of words (and newborns, and well-made churches, …

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A Father’s Creed http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/06/19/a-fathers-creed/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2008/06/19/a-fathers-creed/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2008 14:20:34 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=812 “Dad,” Eli asks me in a whisper, “why did Abraham kill Isaac?” We are in his bed, looking out at the darkening sky and listening to crickets. In his bed across the room, our Isaac is already asleep, a lamb clutched to his chest, his mouth agape. “He didn’t kill Isaac, remember?” I kiss Eli …

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