A Peculiar Pilgrim Turns Four

This is the anniversary that almost wasn’t.  Earlier this year, some of my loyal readers may recall, I posted a farewell post with the full intention of shutting A Peculiar Pilgrim down for good.  That cast-iron resolve lasted all of three months.  I missed writing, and blogging in particular.  I so enjoy the dialogue I’m able to have with all kinds of people that I just can’t reproduce in the non-binary world.  So, in an act of subtlety I simply deleted that final post and pretended it never existed.  I resumed business as usual and my readers (according to the stats) haven’t missed a beat.  So my blogging career rolls on for at least one more season, God willing.

As tradition dictates I’m offering up my favorite posts from 2010 for your reading pleasure:

The Necessity of Theology – This post sprang from the outline to my opening class on the doctrine of Redemption.  And I endorse every word of it.

I’m Not Good Enough… – Another angle on the inner turmoil that lead to my personal reformation experience five years ago that once and for all freed me from the aberrant doctrines that had ensnared me for over a decade.

The Ugly Truth About Mirrors – A post about the not-so-popular duty of the faithful minister to his congregation.

The Cornerstone Commandment: Can we Keep it? – Can any single person on this earth muster up within his fallen nature an earnest love for the Lord God with all the heart, soul, mind and strength?

Calvin on the Purpose of the Law

When, under the guidance of the Law, we have advanced thus far, we must, under the same guidance, proceed to descend into ourselves. In this way, we at length arrive at two results: First, contrasting our conduct with the righteousness of the Law, we see how very far it is from being in accordance with the will of God, and, therefore, how unworthy we are of holding our place among his creatures, far less of being accounted his sons; and, secondly, taking a survey of our powers, we see that they are not only unequal to fulfill the Law, but are altogether null. The necessary consequence must be, to produce distrust of our own ability, and also anxiety and trepidation of mind. Conscience cannot feel the burden of its guilt, without forthwith turning to the judgment of God, while the view of this judgment cannot fail to excite a dread of death. In like manner, the proofs of our utter powerlessness must instantly beget despair of our own strength. Both feelings are productive of humility and abasement, and hence the sinner, terrified at the prospect of eternal death (which he sees justly impending over him for his iniquities), turns to the mercy of God as the only haven of safety. Feeling his utter inability to pay what he owes to the Law, and thus despairing of himself, he rethinks him of applying and looking to some other quarter for help.


– From The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 2 – Chapter 8.