Reformed Theology Praise the Lord and Give Thanks to Him here!  Calvinism

Praise the Lord and Give Thanks to Him here!

Reformed Theology Praise the Lord and Give Thanks to Him here!  Calvinism
Praise the Lord and Give Thanks to Him here!

Please share your praises and thanks to God. It's really important to be grateful as Christians especially because of God's such amazing love for us.

Please share your praises and thanks to God. It’s really important to be grateful as Christians especially because of God’s such amazing love for us.
Link: Praise the Lord and Give Thanks to Him here!
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Reformed Theology Why do we stray? Why do we backslide?  Calvinism

Why do we stray? Why do we backslide?

Reformed Theology Why do we stray? Why do we backslide?  Calvinism
Why do we stray? Why do we backslide?

I understand grace. I believe. But here lately I feel so distant from God. As if I’m more open to sinning. Not that I want to or try to but that I catch myself sinning more often. Nothing like drinking again (I get urges but more so to smoke weed..) or porn. Just the hateful thought. Or the occasional f bomb. Or just neglecting the Word, not wanting to go to church anymore (we left our old church…it was borderline heresy when it came down to it).

I just don’t have that desire anymore. I don’t have that Faith and fervor any longer. I catch myself listening to more secular music, not being Holy in my speech or thoughts. I think about Hell a lot. Suicide a lot. I just don’t know why I’ve lost faith or Love for pleasing God. What gives with me?

I understand grace. I believe. But here lately I feel so distant from God. As if I’m more open to sinning. Not that I want to or try to but that I catch myself sinning more often. Nothing like drinking again (I get urges but more so to smoke weed..) or porn. Just the hateful thought. Or the occasional f bomb. Or just neglecting the Word, not wanting to go to church anymore (we left our old church…it was borderline heresy when it came down to it).I just don’t have that desire anymore. I don’t have that Faith and fervor any longer. I catch myself listening to more secular music, not being Holy in my speech or thoughts. I think about Hell a lot. Suicide a lot. I just don’t know why I’ve lost faith or Love for pleasing God. What gives with me?
Link: Why do we stray? Why do we backslide?
Submitted by SaintMatty

Reformed Theology For Parents of Early Readers  Calvinism

For Parents of Early Readers

Reformed Theology For Parents of Early Readers  Calvinism
For Parents of Early Readers

If you have early readers, I recommend a combo of the NIrV Adventure Bible and Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. Just got them for my 7 year old and he loves it.

NIrV is a readable full translation (maybe a paraphrase) that presents kids with more than just snippets of stories, but still in language they can grasp. The Adventure Bible has a ton of great full color features throughout the Bible (in my 2 minute perusal I only found one page without some sort of special feature).

Exploring the Bible gives the kids a manageable chunk of text to read and one question to answer from the text. It's based on a weekly plan, but my son got his yesterday and insisted on getting caught up for this week because he loved it so much. Getting out of the shower this morning and seeing him laying on the floor reading his Bible without being told was definitely a parenting high point!

If you have early readers, I recommend a combo of the NIrV Adventure Bible and Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. Just got them for my 7 year old and he loves it.NIrV is a readable full translation (maybe a paraphrase) that presents kids with more than just snippets of stories, but still in language they can grasp. The Adventure Bible has a ton of great full color features throughout the Bible (in my 2 minute perusal I only found one page without some sort of special feature).Exploring the Bible gives the kids a manageable chunk of text to read and one question to answer from the text. It’s based on a weekly plan, but my son got his yesterday and insisted on getting caught up for this week because he loved it so much. Getting out of the shower this morning and seeing him laying on the floor reading his Bible without being told was definitely a parenting high point!
Link: For Parents of Early Readers
Submitted by superlewis

Reformed Theology The Problem with Apologetics (According to T. F. Torrance)  Calvinism

The Problem with Apologetics (According to T. F. Torrance)

Reformed Theology The Problem with Apologetics (According to T. F. Torrance)  Calvinism
The Problem with Apologetics (According to T. F. Torrance)
http://www.sdmorrison.org/the-problem-with-apologetics-t-f-torrance/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=reddit&utm_source=news
http://www.sdmorrison.org/the-problem-with-apologetics-t-f-torrance/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=reddit&utm_source=news
Link: The Problem with Apologetics (According to T. F. Torrance)
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Reformed Theology Free For All Friday - post on any topic in this thread - (2018-01-19)  Calvinism

Free For All Friday – post on any topic in this thread – (2018-01-19)

Reformed Theology Free For All Friday - post on any topic in this thread - (2018-01-19)  Calvinism
Free For All Friday – post on any topic in this thread – (2018-01-19)

It's Free For All Friday! Post on any topic you wish in this thread (not the whole sub). Our rules of conduct still apply, so please continue to post and comment respectfully.

It’s Free For All Friday! Post on any topic you wish in this thread (not the whole sub). Our rules of conduct still apply, so please continue to post and comment respectfully.
Link: Free For All Friday – post on any topic in this thread – (2018-01-19)
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Reformed Theology Calvinism within Anglicanism  Calvinism

Calvinism within Anglicanism

Reformed Theology Calvinism within Anglicanism  Calvinism
Calvinism within Anglicanism

Hello all, I currently attend an EPC. I consider myself to be pretty orthodox, and likely could faithfully attend a PCA or OPC. A dear friend of mine is perusing the priesthood in the Anglican communion (which church specifically, he is still praying for) He has told me a lot about anglicanism, and the diversity found within the communion. He has even introduced me to a friend of his who grew up OPC but has moved to the Anglican Church, and seeks the priesthood as well (who claims to remain tightly convicted to his Calvinist heritage)

What say any of you who may have insight to this matter? Can one hold onto Reformed views faithfully in certain expressions of the Anglican faith? What would be your hesitations to Anglican Church (given you understand the diversity, including its orthodox side and its progressive side). Are there any Anglicans in this subreddit? (Of course when I speak of “Reformed theology” within the Anglican communion I take into consideration the continental reformation as well as the English reformation, and their respective differences.) ((I apologize for the long list of questions and jumbled thoughts, answer as you see fit))

Hello all, I currently attend an EPC. I consider myself to be pretty orthodox, and likely could faithfully attend a PCA or OPC. A dear friend of mine is perusing the priesthood in the Anglican communion (which church specifically, he is still praying for) He has told me a lot about anglicanism, and the diversity found within the communion. He has even introduced me to a friend of his who grew up OPC but has moved to the Anglican Church, and seeks the priesthood as well (who claims to remain tightly convicted to his Calvinist heritage)What say any of you who may have insight to this matter? Can one hold onto Reformed views faithfully in certain expressions of the Anglican faith? What would be your hesitations to Anglican Church (given you understand the diversity, including its orthodox side and its progressive side). Are there any Anglicans in this subreddit? (Of course when I speak of “Reformed theology” within the Anglican communion I take into consideration the continental reformation as well as the English reformation, and their respective differences.) ((I apologize for the long list of questions and jumbled thoughts, answer as you see fit))
Link: Calvinism within Anglicanism
Submitted by jbm_pieguy

Reformed Theology Reformed deconversion on being born again  Calvinism

Reformed deconversion on being born again

Reformed Theology Reformed deconversion on being born again  Calvinism
Reformed deconversion on being born again

They were talking about being "born again" and asked me specifically about my beliefs.

I mumbled something about there being a lot of different theological ideas about what it means to be born again, and then said that some theologies teach that the whole world needs to be born again.

I knew that was insufficient, so I tried to be as honest as possible, and I went on to say that being born again is when we see things the right way—not the way we typically see them—seeing that there is true meaning to everything we do in life, so that we no longer need to do what we always do, no longer need to pursue sex all the time, no longer need to live from gratification to gratification to distract us from the fact that we are going exactly nowhere in this life.

That's all I can say of the Gospel. I have so many conflicted thoughts, so much stuttering and stammering. I'm not a pastor and I would never want to be. I'm learning not to be afraid that God will judge me for not telling people that they need to repent and receive Jesus as their Savior in order to escape hell. For once, I didn't totally break down for the rest of the day, after that incident. But I still believe that God might condemn me for confusing myself to the point where I can't explain a practical Gospel in clear terms, for being unable to invite people to participate in the blessings of Christ. I'm trying not to be afraid, because my own grip on my faith feels out of my control, as is my natural social phobia. I sense that it couldn't have gone down any other way. That doesn't make me right—I can only acknowledge that I am not right, that I do not posses the right perspective. But a sovereign God must be in control even of my tangled paths. Even if I am deliberately wrong to the point of being a reprobate, those sins are accounted for in the pattern of what unfolds, so that the beautiful souls I've interacted with will not necessarily be lead astray by me.

And those souls are beautiful. Though it's all subjective, I think I see the mysterious afterimage of election in some people, those to whom I would be responsible for converting, had I not disowned that responsibility. We can't connect with each other and glorify God together because sin is the most obvious fact of all. Sin is in the way, making it so that grace in all our lives is subjective and undefinable. My inability to tell people about Jesus is one way that sin blocks me from connecting with others to glorify God. There are many other ways that sin prevents the subjective glory of a soul's journey toward grace from being manifested externally. I'm almost certain that many people outside of the church are on that journey. I don't know whether or not they'll ever end up in church. I've disowned the responsibility for trying to bring them there. But I hope that God will destroy me long before He will pronounce judgment on them. Because I see how useless and hypocritical I am. I realize that all my spirituality and all my Christian worldview is a tremendous privilege that says nothing positive about my own personal virtue. Those who are privileged should use their privilege to elevate others. But I can't, because my Christian worldview that I am so privileged to hold has a gaping hole in it, and I can't find a way around the hole. Putting it back together is absolutely out of the question. If it's ever going to be put back together, it will take a miracle.

I don't experience those kinds of transforming miracles anymore. They are withheld from me. The only miracles that I am still allowed to experience are slow, subtle, and subjective. They are enough to let me see that there is still transcendent meaning above this life, a hope above this world. I need to stop screaming for the kinds of miracles that I haven't been granted permission to witness. It's hard to let go of the longing for more objective affirmation of my personal salvation and of Christian meaning.

So, I try to pray for the beautiful souls that may be elect. And I try not to condemn myself, because the right to condemn me belongs to God, and whether or not He chooses to condemn me, His glory—the only true Good—will prevail in the end.

They were talking about being “born again” and asked me specifically about my beliefs.I mumbled something about there being a lot of different theological ideas about what it means to be born again, and then said that some theologies teach that the whole world needs to be born again.I knew that was insufficient, so I tried to be as honest as possible, and I went on to say that being born again is when we see things the right way—not the way we typically see them—seeing that there is true meaning to everything we do in life, so that we no longer need to do what we always do, no longer need to pursue sex all the time, no longer need to live from gratification to gratification to distract us from the fact that we are going exactly nowhere in this life.That’s all I can say of the Gospel. I have so many conflicted thoughts, so much stuttering and stammering. I’m not a pastor and I would never want to be. I’m learning not to be afraid that God will judge me for not telling people that they need to repent and receive Jesus as their Savior in order to escape hell. For once, I didn’t totally break down for the rest of the day, after that incident. But I still believe that God might condemn me for confusing myself to the point where I can’t explain a practical Gospel in clear terms, for being unable to invite people to participate in the blessings of Christ. I’m trying not to be afraid, because my own grip on my faith feels out of my control, as is my natural social phobia. I sense that it couldn’t have gone down any other way. That doesn’t make me right—I can only acknowledge that I am not right, that I do not posses the right perspective. But a sovereign God must be in control even of my tangled paths. Even if I am deliberately wrong to the point of being a reprobate, those sins are accounted for in the pattern of what unfolds, so that the beautiful souls I’ve interacted with will not necessarily be lead astray by me.And those souls are beautiful. Though it’s all subjective, I think I see the mysterious afterimage of election in some people, those to whom I would be responsible for converting, had I not disowned that responsibility. We can’t connect with each other and glorify God together because sin is the most obvious fact of all. Sin is in the way, making it so that grace in all our lives is subjective and undefinable. My inability to tell people about Jesus is one way that sin blocks me from connecting with others to glorify God. There are many other ways that sin prevents the subjective glory of a soul’s journey toward grace from being manifested externally. I’m almost certain that many people outside of the church are on that journey. I don’t know whether or not they’ll ever end up in church. I’ve disowned the responsibility for trying to bring them there. But I hope that God will destroy me long before He will pronounce judgment on them. Because I see how useless and hypocritical I am. I realize that all my spirituality and all my Christian worldview is a tremendous privilege that says nothing positive about my own personal virtue. Those who are privileged should use their privilege to elevate others. But I can’t, because my Christian worldview that I am so privileged to hold has a gaping hole in it, and I can’t find a way around the hole. Putting it back together is absolutely out of the question. If it’s ever going to be put back together, it will take a miracle.I don’t experience those kinds of transforming miracles anymore. They are withheld from me. The only miracles that I am still allowed to experience are slow, subtle, and subjective. They are enough to let me see that there is still transcendent meaning above this life, a hope above this world. I need to stop screaming for the kinds of miracles that I haven’t been granted permission to witness. It’s hard to let go of the longing for more objective affirmation of my personal salvation and of Christian meaning.So, I try to pray for the beautiful souls that may be elect. And I try not to condemn myself, because the right to condemn me belongs to God, and whether or not He chooses to condemn me, His glory—the only true Good—will prevail in the end.
Link: Reformed deconversion on being born again
Submitted by Logosian

Reformed Theology I think I just had a witnessing opportunity fall right into my lap. /r/Reformed, your prayers are greatly desired.  Calvinism

I think I just had a witnessing opportunity fall right into my lap. /r/Reformed, your prayers are greatly desired.

Reformed Theology I think I just had a witnessing opportunity fall right into my lap. /r/Reformed, your prayers are greatly desired.  Calvinism
I think I just had a witnessing opportunity fall right into my lap. /r/Reformed, your prayers are greatly desired.

(I would have posted this in the prayer request thread, but I think I would like to reach as many people as I can with this one)

So there is this guy who has been staying at the hotel that I work at for about a week or so. Just this morning, towards the last few hours of my shift, he struck up a conversation about life and being purposeful in living and understanding our lives in this world. After my shift I sat down with him and spent some more time letting him do most of the talking so I could hear where he was coming from. To describe his current worldview, he could be best understood as very New Age, sprinkled with a little bit of Jewish tradition. This guy is basically the text book definition of the whole "We create our own personal world/universe with our minds, our troubles and circumstances are all in our minds, we probably reincarnate and relive this world again, all religions teach us be excellent to each other, we are responsible to create the world we want to live in, everything has a little bit of truth that we need to believe" type of New Age thinking but with some traditional Jewish principles brought in to fit the way he thinks about things, but only when convenient.

The guy is a bit of a rambler, seeing as how whenever I would try to present my view of things, he'd always interrupt and piggy back off of my unfinished idea. I don't think he was being rude or anything, rather I think he just wants to talk to someone about these kinds of things and he seems very excited to share his ideas. He does want to hear more from me tomorrow, so it might be my turn to do most of the talking. Please be praying that not only would God open his mind and heart to the truth about Himself, Christ, and the bible, but that I would not be intimidated to share what I believe in a confident fashion. Please also pray that I would not overthink things and try to make them "make sense", but that I would just present biblical truth clearly and trust the Holy Spirit to do the work.

(I would have posted this in the prayer request thread, but I think I would like to reach as many people as I can with this one)So there is this guy who has been staying at the hotel that I work at for about a week or so. Just this morning, towards the last few hours of my shift, he struck up a conversation about life and being purposeful in living and understanding our lives in this world. After my shift I sat down with him and spent some more time letting him do most of the talking so I could hear where he was coming from. To describe his current worldview, he could be best understood as very New Age, sprinkled with a little bit of Jewish tradition. This guy is basically the text book definition of the whole “We create our own personal world/universe with our minds, our troubles and circumstances are all in our minds, we probably reincarnate and relive this world again, all religions teach us be excellent to each other, we are responsible to create the world we want to live in, everything has a little bit of truth that we need to believe” type of New Age thinking but with some traditional Jewish principles brought in to fit the way he thinks about things, but only when convenient.The guy is a bit of a rambler, seeing as how whenever I would try to present my view of things, he’d always interrupt and piggy back off of my unfinished idea. I don’t think he was being rude or anything, rather I think he just wants to talk to someone about these kinds of things and he seems very excited to share his ideas. He does want to hear more from me tomorrow, so it might be my turn to do most of the talking. Please be praying that not only would God open his mind and heart to the truth about Himself, Christ, and the bible, but that I would not be intimidated to share what I believe in a confident fashion. Please also pray that I would not overthink things and try to make them “make sense”, but that I would just present biblical truth clearly and trust the Holy Spirit to do the work.
Link: I think I just had a witnessing opportunity fall right into my lap. /r/Reformed, your prayers are greatly desired.
Submitted by DoritoBeast420