The Five Points of Calvinism (Part 1)

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Theology

I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no Savior. (Isaiah 43:11) This article was originally written to answer a question at Belhaven University: What are The Five Points of Calvinism? Are they biblical? I love the Lord (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) because He first loved me. And I love His Scriptures because God the …

Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost?

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Theology

This article was originally written to answer a question at Belhaven University. God the Holy Spirit The Spirit is the third person in the Holy Trinity, equal to God the Father and God the Son in power, glory, and eternity. The Spirit, together with Father and Son, is to be believed in, loved, obeyed, and worshiped. In Jesus’ Great Commission, …

The Lord is Kind (Part 3)

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Service, Theology, Wise living

You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in loving-kindness. Therefore you did not desert your people, even when they made an image of a calf….Show me the wonders of your great loving-kindness you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. (Nehemiah 9:17-18; Psalm 17:7) God (Father, …

The Lord is Kind (Part 2)

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Service, Theology, Wise living

How priceless is your loving-kindness, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings….Answer me, O LORD, for Your loving-kindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me. (Psalm 36:7; 69:16) Let’s never forget that God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is love, kindness, and goodness in Himself and in His dealings with human …

The Lord is Kind (Part 1)

Bob Roane Loving and Trusting God, Service, Theology, Wise living

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His loving-kindness endures forever.  (Psalm 136:1) God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is love, kindness, and goodness in Himself and in His dealings with human beings. Evangelist John Blanchard remind us: The Lord loved us when there was nothing good to be seen in us and nothing good to be said …

Thanksgiving: Give Me That Book!

Bob Roane Bible Study, Church History, Theology, Wise living

(Excerpt from teaching  and training classes, used also in pastoral counseling and prison ministry. I used this first at Windsor Village Methodist Campus, then at other places. It is adapted and expanded from Wesley’s Preface to Standard Sermons.) Christ said: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, …

Celebrating God’s Reformation

Bob Roane Church History, Repentance, Confession, Forgiveness, Theology, Wise living

Used at Belhaven University and other places to answer the question: “What do Protestants believe?” It’s not the whole answer, but it’s a start. In Old Testament times the Lord used King Josiah to launch a great spiritual reformation near 622 BC.1 This reformation was sparked by discovering the book of God’s Law (all or part of the Pentateuch, the …

Gold from Giants of the Faith (Part 2)

Bob Roane Theology, Wise living

Last time, we featured quotations from Charles Hodge (CH) and his son, A. A. Hodge (AAH). Here we complete that listing. If you missed it, you can go back and read Gold from Giants of the Faith (Part 1). While Charles Hodge was a deep theologian with a first class intellect, he was not a cold rationalist. He believed that …

Gold from Giants of the Faith (Part 1)

Bob Roane Theology, Wise living

Frank (not his real name) is a man in our class at Jester III prison. He discovered the writings of Charles Hodge (“CH,” 1797-1878) and his son, A. A. Hodge (“AAH,” 1823-1886), and is being blessed by reading them. Frank said, “These men had such a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. I want to be on fire for the …