Before our church had air conditioning, the pew racks held handheld fans with pictures of Jesus looking over Jerusalem. And we also had His original picture hanging on the sanctuary wall. Rumor said it was passed down from John the Baptist.
This is not the kind of article you will want to read. It’s not about the Calvinism debate. It’s not about social-political issues (mostly) and it’s not about how terrible atheists are. Every time I broach this subject, church people get a glazed over look in their eyes.
Is my election unconditional? Does it in any way depend on an action on my part? What if I don’t want to apply this election to my calendar? Do I have the freedom to choose to refuse this election? Can I resist?
They fell, but o’er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
–Francis Marion Crawford
The other day, I was trying to think of what might be the happiest place on earth. I know Disneyland is sometimes referred to that way, but I’m not sure if it’s the happiest of the happiest. I’ve noticed there is no sadness in ice cream stores. You don’t see kids crying and screaming, “I don’t want any!” there.