13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luke 19:13

We live between the 1st and 2nd Comings of Christ. Our calling is to follow Jesus’ commandments. That is, to love.

J.C.Ryle wrote a nice piece on this.










5 Solas (Solae)

[Disclaimer: I am not a theologian. This is just my take.]

The 5 Solae of Protestantism are five foundational Biblical principles upon which our (Protestant) beliefs are based. (While Luther and Calvin taught, wrote, and preached on these, I believe that, as a listing of five, the Five Solae were not articulated until the 20th Century.)

I like the way they can be logically lined up.

Here are 3 orderings.  I think each provides it’s own logical flow for the Five Solae.

1. Basic: We are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, according to scripture alone, for the Glory of God alone.

2. Scripture & Christ Foundation (5 complete sentences): Scripture alone is the standard; by Christ alone we are saved; salvation is by grace alone; justification is by faith alone; it is all for the glory of God alone.

3. Scripture and God’s Glory foundation (with our faith being last): The scripture alone is the standard; it is all for the glory of God alone; by Christ’s work alone are we saved; salvation is by grace alone; justification comes by faith alone.

OK, I can’t resist…There are 5! (which is 120) ways to arrange 5 things. It might be interesting to ponder some of the other 117 orderings of the Five Solae.



Metonymy & antinomy – words

I learned two words today.

Metonymy is a literary device.

It is a figure of speech that replaces the name of a thing with the name of something else with which it is closely associated.


Antinomy \an-ˈti-nə-mē\

1:  a contradiction between two apparently equally valid principles or between inferences correctly drawn from such principles

2:  a fundamental and apparently unresolvable conflict or contradiction
For example, it is hard to resolve the concept of ‘election’ (from Reformed theology that some are predestined to be saved and some are not) and ‘Christ died, that all who believe will be saved.’
*Not to be confused with ‘antimony,’ which is a brittle silvery-white metalloid.