God@School - History - John Van Sloten

October 20, 2013

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryChristianity holds that God created and spoke all of history. Imagine hearing God's voice in behind all that has happened (and is happening).

“Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it…”
Psalm 109:27, NIV

“God reveals, “not merely in history or through history, but as history.”
Theologian Gordon Spykman commenting on theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg’s theology

History is the record of our response to God’s revelation.

Historian Modris Eksteins once wrote that, “Individuals and events achieve symbolic power not just because of their own inherent features, but because they intersect with broader historical forces.”
J’accuse encore, Globe and Mail, Oct 10th 2009, Why the Drefus Affair Matters, by Louis Begley

“History is [God’s] way of directing the unfolding potentialities of his creation toward the final coming of his kingdom.”
Spykman, page 278

“I am a historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.”
Historian H.G. Wells

“Time and history, in their essential confluence, are creatures of God… his servants, called into existence and continuously upheld by his Word.”
Spykman, Reformational Theology, page 268

“[God] brought up against them the king of the Babylonians…”
2 Chronicles 36:17, NIV

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago…”
Jesus in Matthew 5:21, NIV

Big History Project

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


Down to the River to Pray

Come Thou Font

You Tell Me So

Great is thy Faithfulness

The Maker

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Psalm 109:27,2Chronicles 36:17,Matthew 5:21

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