Simul Justus et Peccator: A Reformation Day Meditation By God’s grace I became a teacher this year. This past week, in one day, I taught on the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee to a 7th grade class, the book of Leviticus to my 9th grade class, and the doctrine of salvation (Soteriology) to my 11th grade class. I was yet again amazed at the thematic and doctrinal unity of the Bible, particularly in it’s presentation of the great doctrine of our salvation: we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone – the great truths we celebrate on Reformation day. The particular focus of the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee is God’s disposition toward the contrasted attitudes of the two men in question. The Pharisee is proud, self-satisfied, and looks down upon the Tax Collector. The Tax Collector, by contrast, is humbled, contrite, and looking to God for mercy. Though the
In a time of pandemic and cultural disgust, I find myself returning (repenting) amidst current dialogues by looking to old
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“I do not know You God because I am in the way. Please help me to push myself aside .
As I reflect back on this time of quarantine in preparation for my return to the real world, or as