1. When you see the year ending, thank the Lord, because he had led you into this cycle of years.
  2. What might Christians of the Reformation tradition think of claims like these about the nature of salvation?
  3. Take courage, you who were lost: Jesus comes to seek and save that which is lost. Ye sick, return to health: Christ comes to heal the contrite of heart with the balm of his mercy. Rejoice, all you who desire great things: the Son of God comes down to you that he may make you the co-heirs of his kingdom.
  4. For with God we look not for the order of nature, but rest our faith in the power of him who works.
  5. Good, we tend to think, is the absence of evil. But this reversal of the formula can only have disastrous consequences.
  6. We cannot overstate that no person outside the Bible has been as influential to Christian theology as Augustine.
  7. Origen is wrong about stuff, but he had the foresight to say that if he was wrong, he was open to correction.
  8. In writing City of God, Augustine sought to demonstrate that the events of 410 were but a glimpse of all history.
  9. This spiritual giant of the Middle Ages is worth considering on this anniversary of his death.

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