Since I haven’t been blogging much lately, I was thinking that I should remind you of the area in the right column where you can subscribe to this blog via e-mail. However, it disappeared. ! So I put it back. I hope that none of you are coming to the site itself to see if there are any posts and then not seeing any for a long time. Please either use an RSS feed reader if you read other blogs, or sign up for the e-mail notification if you aren’t seeing them on Facebook or Twitter (@aplectic). If it shows the post in the e-mail, I would still click on over here. There are things like block quotes which will look better, Scripture references can be moused over or touched (John 1:1), and there are cool tooltips with a dotted underline to give you a definition of big words that might be used, like ontology.
If you have a sharp eye, you may notice that I increased the line space, which is the space between lines, so it may be a little easier to read. Somehow I all of a sudden noticed that it’s a little squished compared to most books or other web sites. The type size of the post should also scale better.
I’m going to try to do some reposts and possibly finish some partially written posts in the near future. I’m not quite sure the best way to do reposts, so let me know if you like to copy an old one, or just change the date of an old one, leaving the comments intact.
I will leave you with and a quote that I really like from Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith and related Scripture:
Out of the lavishness displayed in the marvelous variety and richness of creation itself, God continues to pour out his common blessings on all people. Therefore we neither hoard possessions as if God’s gifts were scarce nor deny ourselves pleasures as if God were stingy. Believers and unbelievers alike share in the common joys of childbirth and childhood, friendship and romance, marriage and family. Unlike life under the old covenant theocracy, there is no guarantee in this time between Christ’s two advents that the lives of Christians will go better than those of non-Christians. The promise, rather, is that even calamities cannot frustrate God’s salvation of his elect, but, on the contrary, are turned to our ultimate good.
It is always dangerous to interpret one’s temporal circumstances as a sign either of God’s favor or of his displeasure. […] However, believers have no right to God’s common grace any more than they do to his saving grace. God remains free to show compassion on whomever he will, even to give breath, health, prosperity, and friends to those who breathe threats against him. The psalmist never resolves this paradox philosophically, but eschatologically—that is, by entering God’s sanctuary and recognizing that the temporal pleasures of the ungodly conceal their ultimate doom, while the saints’ temporal struggles conceal their ultimate glory.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!