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TULIP: An Allegory

Once there was a great, dark building guarded by a tall, dark creature. A man dressed in white strode to the door and handed the dark creature a bag of gold coins. “That is the exact amount for the ones I come for,” the man in white said as he pushed inside with barely a […]

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The Five Points of Calvinism

The Five Points of Calvinism by Herman Hanko and David J. Englesma. Published by the British Reformed Fellowship, 2008. www.britishreformedfellowship.org.uk. TULIP is once again in full bloom, thanks to the British Reformed Fellowship publication of The Five Points of Calvinism by Herman Hanko and David J. Englesma. Some may only see a dry, ugly tulip bulb buried beneath […]

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Tulip (7)

Mother gathered up the empty lemonade glasses. It had been a refreshing afternoon break for the whole family. “I think I’ve had enough,” Jamie said with a grin as he patted his tummy. “Thanks, Mom.” “You’re welcome,” said Mother. “What about you, Krystal?” “Oh yes! Thank you, I’ve had plenty.” “Same here,” Father added. “But,” […]

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Tulip (6)

“More ice-cold lemonade, Jamie?” Mother asked. “Yes, please!” he said as he held his empty glass out for more. It was a warm afternoon. “I’ll pour it for you,” Krystal volunteered, “besides, I’d like some my-self.” She liked to practice being hostess, too. “Would you like some more lemonade, Dad?” “Yes, tha—.” But that was […]

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Tulip (5)

The pleasant clink of ice cubes in glasses of lemonade added to the refreshing break that Krystal and her family enjoyed together. Much work around the house and yard had been done, but much work was still left to do. “Another letter?” Father asked. “Yes,” said Mother, “we’re up to the I in TULIP—irresistible grace.” […]

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Tulip (4)

“What does the ‘L’ stand for again?” Krystal asked her mother. “Limited atonement,” Mother answered. “It means that Christ died only for a limited amount of people, His chosen elect. He did not die for everyone.” Krystal nodded, but before she could say any more, she and her mother heard a sound and paused to […]

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Tulip (3)

Krystal apologized for breaking the vase and making a mess. She helped her mother clean it up. “Well, I know you didn’t break it on purpose,” Mother comforted Krystal. “And there is one more consolation. At least the tulips weren’t in our good heirloom vase. The vase that broke can easily be replaced.” They went […]

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Tulip (2)

“What do the tulips remind you of?” Krystal asked her parents. “The five—” they said the words in unison and laughed. Mother feigned a curtsy and then let Father speak. “The five points of Calvinism,” Father completed the answer. “You remember: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints. It […]

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Tulip (1)

Krystal hummed along with a familiar hymn on the radio as she put a bunch of tulips in a vase. Mother had picked the late bloomers that morning, but hadn’t had time to arrange them. Everyone was busy with special jobs to do on this beautiful Saturday afternoon! Even Krystal’s little brother, Jamie, was sweeping […]

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Perseverance: Patti’s Problem

“Here I go again.  Looks like another Monday night with no sleep.  Why is this happening to me?  If I could just get out of going to catechism.  I’m sure everything would be alright. “Everything was going just fine earlier in the year.  It almost seemed too good to be true.  Being totally depraved by […]

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