The CCEL Times 6.1 (January 3, 2011)
In This Issue:
From the Director
Can prayer really change things?
In an article originally published in the Calvin Seminary Forum, John Cooper reflects on issues of the efficacy of prayer and God's sovereign will. He asks, "Does talking to God have any effect whatsoever on what happens? If we are sick, does asking God to heal us make a difference in whether we get better? If a friend has rejected the Lord, is there any point in pleading for his salvation? These are not just theological questions. Our trust in God is at stake. On one hand, the Bible assures us that the Lord answers prayer. On the other, it teaches that God is the sovereign Lord who knows and rules all things according to his perfect will. . . ."
What's NewYou Can Do Greater Things Than Christ
by Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920)
This selection from Kuyper's Pro Rege was translated primarily for Nigerian Christians. They are squeezed between their old Animistic worldview and the new Christian one. The new worldview itself has a rift between Western traditional Christians and Charismatics. Kuyper’s treatment of miracles plays a holistic mediating role between these three perspectives. His holistic perspective on miracles, demons and science has turned out to be of great interest for Western readers as well.
Fun with the Text Comparison Feature
Did you know that Hymnary.org allows you to compare a number of instances of the same text side by side? For example, if you go to the text authority page for the hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" you'll find 19 instances (unique appearances in particular hymnals) of the text. Of these, 15 include full text in their Hymnary.org record. Above the list of instances, you'll notice something that says "Instances of this text - compare...<" Click on the word "compare" and a column of checkboxes appear. Here's where it gets fun: check any boxes of hymn versions you'd like to compare, then click "compare selected" below. Voila! Now you have different versions of the text lined up side by side for comparison.
Chrysostom on the arrival of the wise men:
But what was it that induced them to worship? For neither was the Virgin conspicuous, nor the house distinguished, nor was any other of the things which they saw apt to amaze or attract them. Yet they not only worship, but also "open their treasures," and "offer gifts;" and gifts, not as to a man, but as to God. For the frankincense and the myrrh were a symbol of this. What then was their inducement? That which wrought upon them to set out from home and to come so long a journey; and this was both the star, and the illumination wrought of God in their mind, guiding them by little and little to the more perfect knowledge.
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