Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Commonplace Wednesday 3

From Religion and Theology by Herman Bavinck
To profess theology is to do holy work. It is a priestly ministration in the house of the Lord. It is itself a service of worship, a consecration of mind and heart to the honor of His name.

From Our Reasonable Faith by Herman Bavinck
 Among the heathen there is a great difference between the ways in which they react to the calling of nature. Socrates and Plato are not to be named in the same breath with Caligula and Nero.
 That many, called by the gospel, do not come and do not repent is not the fault of the gospel, nor of the Christ offered them in the gospel, nor of God who calls them by the gospel, and who Himself also grants many gifts to those when He calls. The fault, rather, lies in those who are called, of whom some, being indifferent, do not accept the word of life.
The moment we have eyes to see the richness of the spiritual life, we do away with the practice of judging others according to our puny measure. There are people who know of only one method, and who regard no one as having repented unless he can speak of the same spiritual experiences which they have had or claim to have had. But Scripture is much richer and broader than the narrowness of such confines.
The believer who is justified by Christ is the freest creature in the world. At least so it ought to be. 
Sin is not merely guilt, but also pollution; we are delivered from the first by justification, from the second by sanctification.
But this sanctification of the believers must then be properly understood. It must not become a legal sanctification, but is and must remain an evangelical sanctification.
It is by no means in justification only, but quite as much in sanctification, that by faith exclusively we are saved.
Christ in heaven and the Holy Spirit on earth are surety for the salvation of the elect, and seal this in the hearts of the believers.
With an eye to the glorious virtues which the apostles ascribe to the church, some observers have wanted to make a distinction between the empirical and the ideal church. But such a Western distinction is foreign to the New Testament.
These two parts of the church belong together. They are the vanguard and the rearguard of the great army of Christ. Those who have preceded now form round about us a great cloud of witnesses…
In that resurrection the unity of the person, both according to soul and body, is preserved.
The body is not a prison of the spirit, but belongs to the essence of man. That is why it is redeemed just a s well as the soul by Christ, the perfect Savior.