Marguerite d’Angoulême, an Influential Reformer
Marguerite’s influence was not limited to women. Robinson, for example, believes that she had a great impact on young Calvin, since some of the themes in his writings were originally found in hers.
Her most famous work, however, is Miroir de l’âme pécheresse (The Mirror of the Sinful Soul), a 1,434-line poem first published anonymously in 1531. In this, the sinful soul offers to the readers the mirror in which they can see their own souls. Most of this work describes the soul’s astonishment and frustration at the awareness of... Continue Reading
Hero in an Unmarked Grave
Why did Calvin command that he be buried, contrary to common practice, in an unmarked grave?
We may rightly regard Calvin as a hero of the faith, but he didn’t ultimately see himself that way. Humility had taught him to walk modestly before God and others—and, in the end, the freedom to lie down in a forgotten grave. On May 27, 1564, just after eight o’clock in the evening, a... Continue Reading
The Death of Emily So￼
Death will not have the last say; the Messiah will.
We prayed for a miracle, we sought the best medical care, we listened to experts and would-be experts, and it could easily have become frantic. But underneath are the everlasting arms (Deut.33:27). God’s determining of our days did not make for fatalism – we wish His will were very different – but did provide comfort... Continue Reading
Marie Durand (1711–1776), the Famous Prisoner of Faith—Introduction
Refusing to convert she remained in a dungeon for thirty-eight years.
Many have held up Marie Durand as an inspiring heroine for their own causes. Few, however, have examined her life. Fewer again have examined her remarkable forty-eight surviving letters, forty-one of which were written from her dungeon. My life was a tissue of tribulations. —Marie Durand, 1772 In 1730, French authorities arrested nineteen-year-old Marie... Continue Reading
The Missing Piece
Shortly after she was born, our daughter was transported to a children’s hospital and diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder caused by missing her 15th chromosome, medically speaking, “missing a piece.”
God has already taught our family much. Our daughter’s rare condition does not make her enigmatic, but precious (Genesis 41:38; Proverbs 31:10). Her missing segments don’t make her incomplete, but our family would be incomplete without her. She is and ever will be, as her middle name Dorothy suggests, a gift from God. A... Continue Reading
A Commencement Address for The Class of 2022
Top Ten thoughts I hope you will consider as you move forward with your life..
Don’t go looking for the painful stuff – trust me, I know this is true – it will find you sure enough in this broken and fallen world. But remember that God redeems pain, suffering, hardship, loss – and the most precious lessons are learned in the midst of the most difficult circumstance. Board... Continue Reading
Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren to Retire in September, Names Andy Wood as His Successor
Andy Wood, 40, is currently Echo’s lead pastor, while Stacie Wood is a teaching pastor. They will have the same roles at Saddleback.
Founded in 2008 as South Bay Church, Echo now has four campuses and draws about 3,000 people to weekly services. Like Saddleback, Echo has ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, though neither church uses the word Baptist in its name. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Andy Wood has also worked with church planters... Continue Reading
There is a common idea in the contemporary Presbyterian Church in America that our people should be winsome, particularly in their polemics and intra-denominational disagreements.
God did not build his church upon suave, charming, likeable men. He built it upon a man of sorrows who was rejected by men and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3), and upon irascible fishermen who lopped off someone’s ear (Jn. 18:10), and upon other men who were not wise or attractive by worldly standards (Acts... Continue Reading
William Francis Joseph Jr., Former PCA Moderator, Called Home to Glory
In 1979 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Mr. Joseph has been a life-long member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and has served first as a deacon from 1955 to 1962, then as an Elder from 1962 to 2014. In 1979 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Church’s highest court, and served during the... Continue Reading
Murder Or Miracle In The Cathedral: Two Augustines!
Whenever anyone is “born again” or “born from above,” a miracle takes place, whether in a cathedral, a church, or anywhere else!
While enrapt in the progress of this mystery, I was suddenly jolted by a common misunderstanding of many relating to the need for conversion and what it means to be a Christian. Augustine of Canterbury may have been born an Anglican, but he could not be born a Christian. One may be born a Muslim,... Continue Reading