Blog Posts by Aaron Denlinger

Irenaeus on Reading and Understanding Scripture

Article by   July 2015
The second-century Church Father Irenaeus's most famous work, Against Heresies, was principally directed at the contemporary heresy of Gnosticism, especially as that movement found expression in the thought of a teacher named Valentinus in Rome. One can discern in Valentinus's... continue

True Freedom vs. Unrestrained Choices (to Marry)

Article by   July 2015
According to President Barack Obama, "we are all more free" as a result of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage last month -- a claim that disturbed me slightly more than images of the White House bathed in... continue

Doubt vs. Incredulity: Calvin on Gen. 15.1-21

Article by   July 2015
Given the controversies surrounding justification in his day, it's no surprise that Calvin camps out on Gen. 15.6 ("[Abraham] believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness") for a significant space of time in his commentary on... continue

The Origins of Children's Church (Or Not)

Article by   July 2015
The fine team of scholars working around the clock at Lutheran Satire have unearthed footage detailing the late Victorian era origins of Children's Church.  If you're not already familiar with Lutheran Satire, you probably should stop whatever you're doing and... continue

The Best Medicine for Fear: Calvin on Gen. 14.1-15.1

Article by   June 2015
"Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, and your exceedingly great reward." So says God to Abraham in the opening verse of Genesis 15. Upon first glance, Calvin admits, God's encouragement to Abraham "to be of good courage"... continue

The Best Medicine for Sadness: Calvin on Gen. 13.5-18

Article by   June 2015
Calvin assumes that Abraham's divorce from his nephew Lot (Gen. 13.8-9) caused the eminent patriarch considerable pain. "There is no doubt," the Reformer writes, "that the wound inflicted by that separation was very severe, since he was obliged to send... continue

Slavery, Expatriation, and Prosperity: Calvin on Gen. 11.31 - 13.4

Article by   June 2015
Scripture's account of Abraham's trip from Ur to Canaan via Haran, subsequent ramble through the Promised Land, and short but eventful stay in Egypt before rewinding his course through Canaan, provides Calvin with ample opportunity to reflect upon the nature... continue

Father Abraham's Father and First True Son: Calvin on Terah (Gen. 11.31-12.9)

Article by   May 2015
Scripture's account of Terah and Abraham's departure from Ur of the Chaldeans for Canaan (via Haran) presents Calvin with a difficulty. In Genesis 11.31 it appears that Terah takes the initiative in quitting Chaldea for the greener pastures of some... continue

Gratitude for Government: Calvin contra Contempt for Civil Authority

Article by   May 2015
In Calvin's estimation, the Christian life is properly one of constant gratitude. Gratitude bears fruit in holiness -- we can and should say "thank you" to God with our lives as well as our lips. The root of gratitude is... continue

On Roman Rioting, Lutheran Graffiti, and Popish Beards

Article by   May 2015
On May 6th, 1527 -- 488 years ago today -- military troops of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, sacked the ecclesiastical capital of Western Christendom, la città eterna, Rome. Sacking Rome was the "thing to do" (as they say) for much... continue
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