I'm going to take a leap here, and make a statement that some already know, some may be frightened by, and hopefully some will gain a better understanding of a much-feared term by knowing it applies to me.
I was thinking about this today when I was reading for my morning quiet time. I usually like to read a little dose of Spurgeon in Morning and Evening, and this was what I found in today's evening reading:
And when you feel the blood applied to your conscience, and know that he has blotted out your sins, you are not a man unless you start from your knees and cry, “Let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.” Can you bow before the Crucified in loving homage, and not wish to see your Monarch master of the world? Out on you if you can pretend to love your Prince, and desire not to see him the universal ruler. Your piety is worthless unless it leads you to wish that the same mercy which has been extended to you may bless the whole world. Lord, it is harvest-time, put in thy sickle and reap.
I love this realization about missions and evangelization. It says so much so well. So now I'll add to that by outing myself. I am a Calvinist. I don't use that word very often because of the fear it strikes in those who may not completely understand it or who have only heard bad things (most of which are unfounded) about those who hold to the 5 Points used to explain Calvin's beliefs. There is so much fear in our denomination because of the return to these beliefs by many, and I just want to do what I can to relieve some of the fears that those who know me personally might have about Calvinists or "Reformed" believers.
Those of you who have taken time to stop by Justin's blog have probably seen more in depth what we believe about specific things, but mostly I wanted to share the statement from Spurgeon my agreement with it to illustrate what motivates my heart to share the Word of God with others.
We've had some technical difficulties with our mouse, but I'll be posting many photos of our mountain trip when I get them edited.