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The Pope, the Salvation of the Jews, and Calvinism, Part 9 (Further on”Harden” in Exodus)

In the last post, we observed that the Jewish worldview assumes that God is involved in everything, whether to our minds natural or supernatural, but without taking away free will. This was part of their worldview, that is, how they … Continue reading

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Apple Music

I mentioned before that I like to listen to music while I write. And it needs to be the right kind of music — meaning nothing much found on the radio. I have wide-ranging tastes, but you won’t find me … Continue reading

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Rufus Wainwright: “Live at Coventry”

I didn’t much care for this on first listen. But the second time through, it hooked me. Very different and yet not too different. Love the piano arrangements. Just brilliant. But you may have to give it more than one … Continue reading

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The Pope, the Salvation of the Jews, and Calvinism, Part 8 (“Harden” in Exodus)

The meaning of “harden” in Rom 11:7-8 should be clear by now. And I know it’s hard to imagine me — of all people — over-arguing a case. But the point is not just to define Paul’s word. It’s to … Continue reading

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Wild Wild Horses: “Ordinary Life”

A pop song that begins with a tuba (or is it trombone?) — blown so loud it distorts — is so off the beaten path, it has to be good. (Reminds me of Imagine Dragons.)

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The Pope, the Salvation of the Jews, and Calvinism, Part 7 (“the rest were hardened”; Romans 11:7-8)

Rom 11:7-8 (Rom. 11:7-8 ESV)  7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,  8 as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would … Continue reading

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The Pope, the Salvation of the Jews, and Calvinism, Part 6 (Has God rejected his people? Romans 11:1-6)

REMINDER: We’re considering the Vatican’s argument that the Jews are saved without faith in Jesus as Messiah because “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,” a declaration of Paul found in Rom 11:29. Romans 11:28-29 (Rom. 11:28-29 ESV) 28 … Continue reading

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Joel Levi: “Rangeline”

Set My Body Free Find love. If only for a moment. Your eyes are finally open, if only for a time. Take me into that sanctuary, where no one dares to tarry. Barely even God. Set my body free. Dive … Continue reading

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Free Books from Logos

There’s a Facebook group dedicated to letting you know about free books from Logos and its affiliated FaithLife companies. Some of the books are old, out-of-copyright books by long-forgotten authors. But plenty are books on my wishlist. So pay attention and … Continue reading

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The Pope, the Salvation of the Jews, and Calvinism, Part 5 (further on “calling”)

“Call” in Romans 1 Paul begins Romans speaking of God’s calling. (Rom. 1:1-7 ESV)  Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,  2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets … Continue reading

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