Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Opus 2020-033: The Calvinistic Toddler

It became clear this morning that my granddaughter was not worried about falling out of grace with her grandfather.  She can cry and poop in her pants.  She drops food on the floor and refuses to give me a hug.  She kisses the cat, her doll, her toys and anything else except for me.  In spite of all that there is no chance of her falling from grace.

She is a natural born Calvinist.

Her security is not just based on my love.  It is also based on her immaturity and lack of ability.  It is rooted in a knowledge that I have that certain steps need to be taken and they won’t happen until it is the right time.  I remember that my son didn’t start reading until he was eight.  When he was ready he started and we have not been stupid enough to try to stop him.  When he was young and the world of the internet was developing he ran up some horrible phone bills on the dial-up modem.  If he did something like that today he would be banned from the house.

There will come a day when my granddaughter will no longer be allowed to act like she is eternally secure.  It came for my son.  It came for my daughter.  They know we will love them forever.  They also know that if their lives go in certain directions there will be no inheritance.

You might say that they have become Arminians.  They are very secure.  They trust us.  They also know there are limits.  You can read about those limits on God’s love in just about every book of the Bible.  I am not worried about you if you are a mature Calvinist.  You have no intention of exercising license in your liberty.  You know I John 1:9.  It is the immature Calvinist I worry about.

Isn’t it good that we are saved by grace and not my opinions?

homo unius libri


  1. lol - I notice that you've found a new cause. Enjoy yourself.

    1. So many causes, so little time.

      Grace and peace


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