Tim Challies on the influence of Christianity

There is a pervasive tendency to ignore our Christian heritage and how Christianity introduced a respect for life and liberty that was completely unknown before the coming of Jesus Christ. In the ancient world, the teachings of Jesus Christ halted infanticide, emancipated women, abolished slavery, inspired the first charities and relief organisations, created hospitals, established orphanages and founded schools. In the medieval times, Christianity built libraries, invented colleges and universities, dignified labour and converted the barbarians. In the modern era, Christian teaching has advanced science, elevated political, social and economic freedom, promoted justice and provided the greatest inspiration for the most magnificent achievements in art, architecture, music and literature.

Christianity has been the most powerful agent in transforming society for the better across 2000 years. No other religion, philosophy, teaching, nation or movement has so changed the world for the better as Christianity has done.

Tim Challies, The Original Olympics

Graduated from Seminary

Some of you may know that I was a graduate student at Calvin Theological Seminary. From 2000 to 2002, I was a student in residence for the Master of Theology degree, in the field of philosophical theology under the supervision of Professor John Cooper. My time at the Seminary was a great time. John Suk, […]

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Happy Easter!

The Lord is risen! I hope everyone has a great Easter.

As a token of celebration, let me share with you this magnificent piece of music: the Ouverture from the Orchestral Suite No. 3, by Johann Sebastian Bach, in one of its best renderings, by Karl Richter. Enjoy!

Holy Week

We are beginning the Holy Week holiday. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are full holidays, and many also worked the previous Wednesday only until noon. Maundy Thursday is the day where we commemorate Christ’s institution of the Lord’s Supper. Thus, in our country is a day of karu guasu (Guarani: “eat a lot”). Families gather […]

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Something to think about.

THE EMPEROR CÆSAR FLAVIUS JUSTINIANUS
PIOUS, FORTUNATE, RENOWNED, CONQUERER AND TRIUMPHER, EVER AUGUSTUS,
TO TRIBONIANUS HIS QUÆSTOR:

GREETINGS.

Governing with the aid of God the Creator our Empire which was delivered to Us by His Heavenly Majesty, we have ended the war successfully, glorified peace and sustained the Republic, and in such a way we lift our spirit to implore the protection of God the Almighty that we do not trust upon arms, nor upon our soldiers, nor upon those who conduct our wars, or upon our own genius, but we place all our hope solely upon the providence of the Most High Trinity, from which are derived the elements of the entire world and their disposition throughout the globe.

— The emperor Justinian, constitution Deo auctore, at the beginning of the Digest, part of the corpus of Roman civil law. This is the English translation of the text that appears on the header photo of this blog.

The Day I Was Laid Off

Off I went, an unemployed man, on Workers’ Day Eve. And I was thankful for it. April 30th, 2011 seemed to be just another day at the office, compounded with the expectation that we would have the usual Worker’s Day holiday of May 1st, and then, perhaps, an outing at a local restaurant paid by […]

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Merry Christmas!

This year is coming to an end. It has been hectic as usual, unusually challenging, but very enriching. Recollections and thoughts are set for another post. Now, I just want to wish all of you a merry Christmas and an excellent 2013. I usually use a picture to go with a post, but today we […]

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New Job

Phew! It’s been a while. As usual, life has been nothing short of hectic. A full half-year has passed now; and the changes it brought were significant. I’m beginning now a series of posts that hopefully will bring you up to speed about the recent changes and also serve as a kickstart for new updates and […]

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Merry Christmas

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 ESV [show]John 1:14 [14]And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son […]

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Merry Christmas!

for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel. (Luke 2:30-32, ESV [show]Luke 2:30-32 [30]for my eyes have seen your salvation [31]that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, [32]a light […]

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Law School

Some of you may have seen scattered references to law school in my previous posts and therefore wondered about it. The gist of the story is that I am, in fact, in law school. How I got there is quite a story. Back to Monday, 10 March 2009. I was busily doing my work in […]

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Happy Easter!

We are about to finish an exhausting Holy Week. For those of you who live up North, Holy Week in Paraguay is almost entirely a holiday week, thus providing a much needed break from the daily stresses, in a climate of reflection and contemplation of the Passion of our Lord. I thought I would mostly […]

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Life goes on

After Dad’s passing, everything went to normal. All my daily chores, school, work, errands, reading, study, and so on, were exactly the same as usual… but I realized that they were more and more difficult to perform. Thankfully, we are arriving at the end of the year. Believe me, 2008 was quite an experience so […]

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On Porn: A side note

First, a disgression. I know it’s been a long time since I posted something substantial here. This is because of my busy life, and in part… because of the success of the forum. You see, I come here with the best intention of writing something, and then I have to face with something like 2000+ […]

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Thirty Eight Years

Thanks to the Lord’s grace and mercy, I turned 38 years old last Thursday. I didn’t want any celebrations; however, I had a nice noon dinner with the family. The year that just passed was hectic, full of changes, difficulties, and opportunities. My work with Rev. S. is about to end when he ends his […]

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Law and Testimony

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. (Isaiah 8:20, NASB) Once I read in an online forum a post by a fellow Christian who mentioned that a common argument against having the Bible as our rule of faith and […]

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Back to preaching

After a long hiatus, I was invited to preach at my church’s youth group at their weekly Saturday evening meeting. I preached on the “falls of the just person” as stated in Proverbs 24:16 [show]Proverbs 24:16 [16]for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.. So far, […]

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Today’s Collect

From today’s Daily Office: Lord God, King of the Universe, you show the bright glory of your reign in acts of mercy and enduring love: raise the spirits of the downcast and restore those who have fallen away, that your Church may continually sing of your saving help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Amen, […]

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