Calvin borrows the idea of a just war from Augustine. Everything is to be tried in order to preserve the peace before war is declared, though waging war obviously means that reparations must be made, if necessary. A consideration of such reparations naturally leads Calvin to the question of taxation. Rulers are not to be extravagant. The people have not to be tax dodgers. Nothing much has changed, has it?
Calvin here shows two things - his concern about the dangers of tyrannical government, and also his apparently relaxed attitude regarding forms of political government. You may say that he derives the possible forms from the ancient world, but in fact as a matter of logic there are only thee - rule by a king, by a few, or by all. Calvin rules out rule by everyone.
Elizabeth Prentiss . . . That name sounds familiar. Where have you seen it before? Who was Elizabeth Prentiss? You may have read her best-seller Stepping Heavenward or The Little Preacher. You have certainly seen her name in our hymnbooks (Trinity, No. 649). Remember now? Yes, she wrote the hymn "More Love to Thee, O Christ."
No, Mark hasn't changed his view on Baptism!
Instead, he's written an eloquent, important and provocative post over at the T4G blog about the Southern Baptist Convention's vote this summer to decline a resolution encouraging Baptist churches to bring their church rolls into line with their theology of church membership.
Read it here.
Rosa Young – Committed to Serve
A Bright Child
Ayako Miura – From Disillusioned Nihilist to Christian Author
“Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23b).