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OnCallinCultureBlogContest Winner:JamesBerry

There can be nothing in the universe that fails to express, to incarnate, the revela on of the thought of God. AbrahamKuyper IrstheardofAbrahamKuyperovertwentyyearsago,shortlya erIdiscoveredReformedtheology.I learnedofhimthroughmystudyoftheapologe csofCorneliusVanTil.Mydenomina onsheritage goesbacktotheSco shCovenanters,butIhavereadandappreciatedmanyDutchReformedauthors. Iwaspar cularlyimpressedbyAbrahamKuyper.Hislegacyiss llamajorinuenceinChris antheologyandphilosophy,especiallyinReformedcircles. WhatoriginallydrewmetoReformedtheologywasitsemphasisontheSovereigntyofGod.Notonly isHetheCreator,Heac velysustainstheuniversefrommomenttomoment.(Col1:16,17;Heb1:3,4) Andwhileallcrea onwasaectedbytheFall(Rom8:18-23),Godswillandeternalpurposescannot bethwarted.JustasmanwasredeemedbyChrist,allcrea onwillberestoredbyHissacrice.While thisrestora onwillnotbefullyaccomplishedun lthereturnofourLord,justasChristreignsnow,His workofhealinghasalreadybegunthroughtheHolySpirit. OneofthewayswereecttheImago Dei isthroughourcrea veac vi es.Fromcookingadinneror wri ngale ertoinven nganewproductorpain ngapicture,wheneverwemakesomethingwearereec ngourCreator.A primarywaywecanbeseenisinthehome.Whenwepurchaseahome,wemaychangethecurtainsorthecarpets,bringinnew furnitureorpaintthewallsinordertoreectourtastes.Wecanespeciallyseeourselvesascreatorsinthehomeinourroleas parents.Morethananywhereelse,ourchildrencanbeseenasinourownimage. Whenweleaveourhomes,perhapstherstplacewethinkofwhenweconsiderourrolesasfollowersofChrististhechurch.We gotheretoworshipandstudyGodsWord,tofellowshipandpray.WecaneasilyseehowwecanconformtotheimageofChrist inthisse ng.Butwhatofourotherac vi esoutsidethehome?Ourculturewouldtellusthatsocietycanbedividedintotwo parts,thesacred(church)andthesecular(therestoftheworld),inwhichnomen onofthefaithisproper. AbrahamKuypersaweachofourac vi esasaseparatesphere,eachunderthesovereigntyofGod.Inaddi ontothefamilyand thechurch,wemayseeworkorbusiness,school,art,science,journalism,poli cs,etc.EachofthesespheresisundertheauthorityofGod-asKuypersaid,InthetotalexpanseofhumanlifethereisnotasinglesquareinchofwhichtheChrist,whoaloneis sovereign,doesnotdeclare,Thatismine!ItisourdutyasmembersofthebodyofChristtogointoeachofthesespheresto renewthemasChristisrenewingallcrea on.Perhapsthebestwaytoachievethisistorecall1Corinthians10:31,So,whether youeatordrink,orwhateveryoudo,doalltothegloryofGod.

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