Monthly Archives: November 2016

False teachers and sexual deviants

In 2 Peter, one of the repeated motives is a connection between false teachers, on the one hand, and sexual deviance, on the other. False teaching goes hand in hand with sexual immorality — this is the implicit suggestion in … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the episode with the Golden Calf, II

After the creation of the golden calf, the Exodus text relates to us the following:  “On seeing this, Aaron built an altar in front of the calf and proclaimed, ‘Tomorrow is a feast of the LORD.’ Early the next day … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the episode with the Golden Calf, I

When the Hebrews were freed from slavery in Egypt and led by God through Moses through the desert on their way to the Promised Land, they sinned in various ways and showed themselves unworthy of the gift of God. The … Continue reading

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Confirm your call and election

Peter says this to his audience: Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election (2 Pet 1:10).  Karl Barth was right to say that the doctrine of election is the substance of the gospel. Because salvation … Continue reading

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Everything that makes for life and devotion

Catholic theology distinguishes between mortal and venial sin. The former is such that when it is committed, friendship with God has been ruptured and damnation is merited. The latter is such that when it is committed, though it is a … Continue reading

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A faith of equal value

Peter opens his second letter in the following way: Symeon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of equal value to ours through the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ … Continue reading

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Everything that makes for life and devotion

Catholic theology distinguishes between mortal and venial sin. The former is such that when it is committed, friendship with God has been ruptured and damnation is merited. The latter is such that when it is committed, though it is a … Continue reading

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