November 11, 2005

John Calvin and Michael Servetus

If you've ever done a search online on John Calvin's doctrines, you will most likely have run into the Dan Coroner's His Ashes Cry Out Against John Calvin. Coroner, in contrast to Calvin, holds that salvation is conditional. The article itself deals with Calvin's complicity in the burning-at-the-stake death of one Michael Servetus, a scientist and theologian with anti-Trinitarian and anti-pedobaptism views. It is rather sensational but certainly thought-provoking. William Wileman has an article [Calvin and Servetus] in defense of Calvin. It carries a balanced tone and is a worthy read.

There has recently been a renewal in interest in the theology of Servetus.

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January 8, 2005

Second time is the charm - Mark 8:22-25

Mark 8:22-25 gives an intriguing account of Jesus healing a blind man...

And they came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?" And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around." Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. And He sent him to his home, saying, "Do not even enter the village." (NASB)
What does this mean? What are we to extract from this event?

Similar healings occur prior to this. So, that Jesus restored the man's sight is not surprising. Neither is the locale, outside the village, nor the instruction not to enter the village. Previous miracles had resulted in Jesus being unable to teach as people were more interested in miracles than learning about God's kingdom. What is surprising is that it takes two attempts. Kenneth Barker's Zondervan NIV Study Bible notes that "this second laying of hands is unique in Jesus' healing ministry."

Many observations can be made here - but, it is 1:00 am and time for bed. Followup post in a few days. In the meantime, an assignment, think about the passage and try not to cheat by looking it up on Google like I did...

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