What’s a Mayor to Think?

This doesn’t sound transformationalizational:

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. (2 Cor 5)

So is the mayor, or any elected or appointed official, supposed to turn to Abraham (Kuyper) rather than Paul?

3 thoughts on “What’s a Mayor to Think?

  1. Gaffin–Vos’s description of Paul as a specifically ‘theological’ thinker and his repeated references to the Apostle’s ‘theological system’ are modes of expression which are forbidden to Kuyper in principle

    Vos—While Dr. Bavinck’s standpoint is that of a thorough Calvinist, yet in reading him one is conscious of listening not so much to a defense of Calvinism as to a scientific vindication of the Christian world-view in its most catholic sense and spirit. This is far from saying that the world is not also a vindication of Calvinistic theology. But it is so in the indirect and for that reason all the more telling way of showing how perfectly easy and natural it is to build upon the foundations of the Reformed principles a system of Christian thought which by its very largeness of grasp and freedom from theological one-sidedness becomes the eloquent witness to the soundness and depth of the principles underlying it.


    Romans 13: 8 Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another.

    I Corinthians 15: 19 If we have put our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone. 20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; afterward, AT HIS COMING, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power.


  2. I have acquired a copy of Hendrickson Christian Classics “Lectures on Calvinism.” Will ignore Vos and Bavinck for now. 182 pages of text with no outlines! It will take time to digest. (At least Hodges “Princeton Sermons” had the later without the former.) For me this will be more of a challenge. Will I find myself thoroughly Stone(d)? The idea of neo Calvinism is new to me. I have only sampled at the Institutes and Ephesians. Well here goes.


  3. I read Kuyper’s stone lectures. By way of recommendation, I plan on outlining it, then in another 1/2 to 1 year read it again more carefully. Next up, perhaps, Gaffin’s book on Paul’s Soteriology. (Or maybe Marsden’s book on Mere Christianity or his book on Fundamentalism and American Culture.) What a blessing it was to have cataracts removed from both eyes a few years back, so I can take up reading again!


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