book in hand: John Gill, Body of Divinity, vol 2, printed in 1769
on shelves: old Hebrew and Greek grammars and lexicons
painting: S. Giacomo Maggiore by Pompeo Batoni (copy, Saint James the Greater)
small portrait: my sweet bride
“Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.”
– G. K. Chesterton.–
Indeed, happy is the man who by some means of grace finds his way back to a childish delight in what God has given him. In younger days I had the impression that our human quest is to find ourselves and then follow that. But time and truth have taught me that we are not lost from ourselves that we may discover the true Self. We are lost, but only because we have wandered from Eden. The problem is more severe than “find ourselves.” Here then is wisdom – not in “knowing thyself,” but knowing thy God. That is the essence of faith – to see God through childish eyes. –
So the journey back to childhood has gone by way of the ruined sinner, the sight of the abyss of holiness, then through the Gospel – the news that “Christ Jesus saves sinners” – followed by detours in the path of the legalist, a crisis of faith and then at last into the beautiful wreckage of the self subdued by unmixed graces of God in Christ.
This grace he makes ours by his Cross, his resurrection and his throne. Christ, the LORD, the priestly King, having passed through our cosmos sits now ‘above’ it as one of us animating us with the love of Father, Son and Spirit. In Christ, humanity is restored. In Christ, identity is all that it should be and far better than it can be by itself. His love and holiness makes all things new. In Christ my manhood is more manly than any striving of my own.
“It follows that every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone…This is what we should in short seek in the whole of Scripture: truly to know Jesus Christ, and the infinite riches that are comprised in him and are offered to us by him from God the Father.”
excerpt from John Calvin’s preface to
The New Testament (Pierre Robert Olivétan’s translation in French)
TheologyDelish.com is a place to record and share thoughts on faith, grace, daily life as it converges with theology and to ponder the persistent questions of our culture. These thoughts on these matters, no doubt, are flavored by my experiences as well as by the Scripture and various sources in classic Christian Theism and Reformed theology.
My wife and I have two children. I am the janitor at my church. We are members of Trinity Bible Church were I serve as an elder. In the 1990s I studied and completed an M. Div. degree from BJU Seminary. This has given me a good background for teaching Sunday School, leading Bible studies and writing on topics in theology. Finally, I collect old books, paint on canvas, carve wooden signs, do not let a day pass without a good cup of coffee and think that most every meal could use a little hot sauce.
Theology is anchored in who God is and in His Word faithfully preserved in the Church and thus we affirm…
- God is YAHWEH, the LORD, Deut 6:4-5, also called The Shema
- God is triune, eternally Father, Son, Spirit, Matt 28:18-20
- Iesous Christou – “Jesus is Lord,” the first creed of the Church, Rom 10:9
- The Apostle’s Creed
- The Nicene Creed
- The Creed of Chalcedon
- The Athanasian Creed
- The Three Forms of Unity:
- Belgic Confession
- Heidelberg Confession
- Canons of Dort
Therefore, to study about God in order to know God is at the joyous core of what it means to be human, especially as God makes himself know to man in Christ. If you care not to study God’s Word and who God is you will have at best a superficial and mannered sense of the Christian faith. Theology Delish invites you to enjoy more. Christ stands at the door knocking.
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Theology is connected to all areas of learning and social understanding. This fact used to be widely received, but now not so much. Theology used to be called “the queen of the sciences.” At Theology Delish we aim to renew or speak about connections theology has to many aspects of special interest.
- Political theory
- Books and Literature
“The task of the modern educator is not
to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”
C. S. Lewis, “The Abolition of Man” (1943)