Calvins Corner

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  1. Jean says:

    This is very good Michael. Especially nice to have a voice to go with your prose.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Jean.
    It’ll take us a bit to figure out how we want to format the show, but it is fun to work with Phil…we’ll see how it goes.

  3. AA says:

    Looking forward to listening to it as I do some chores this morning. Do you envision a podcast that would be able to be played on the podcast app?

  4. Michael says:


    Yes…we’ll get it on iTunes.
    When I get back in the swing of things we’ll set up a separate site and see what we can do.

  5. Dude says:

    Podcast……sound truth that many need to hear.Bless you.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dude…blessings to you as well.

  7. I won’t be able to listen as it comes on at the same time as Jawing with Jacobus.

  8. Michael says:


    You’re making the right choice… 🙂

  9. Pastor Brian David Laurie says:

    Calvin? Oh no! Some of the fellas won’t like this. I recently was told never to read any of these Calvinist guys. But one of my peers posted on facebook a picture of books he was reading by three different Reformed authors in preparation for his sermon. He then attempted to refute their doctrine during his sermon. He didn’t do a good a job, but I doubt many in his congregation knew the difference.

    Is there a podcast link for this as well?

  10. Michael says:

    Not yet…we’re efforting.

  11. Next to Paula White…OMG, I almost spit out my coffee!!!

  12. The online version of The Lamb’s Book of Life. A hilarious, yet scary idea.

  13. Michael and Phil, well done! Looking forward to more.

  14. Larry Miller says:

    Nice to read and hear from your site here in a very large country in the Far East. I guess I checked in too many times the past two weeks because your site is now blocked. And not by those pesky hackers that have hounded you for so long. Good news v p n opens up your siite again. Will be nice to return home next week and have the ability to speak frankly about our father with putting like minded people in risk. Thanks for the podcast. Hope for more.

  15. Larry Miller says:

    Without putting

  16. covered says:

    Hey Michael, great job! I look forward to hearing more.

  17. Linda Pappas says:


    Was wondering . . . . are you familiar with the process it takes to grieve? Was thinking about this and the process it takes for a person to come face to face with their own wrong doing, either by their own recognition of such or through another or others, the initial reactions, responses, that includes the mental and emotional ups and downs, including that of anger, outrage, denial, minimizing, rationalizing, and many other degrees of utilizing various defense mechanism by the wrong-doer, those who would protect, and those who have been offended, hurt, abused, etc. Then from here, each will camp out, so to speak and wait for something to break loose — most hoping something will change for this person, the world about them, and that which have affected those more directly.

    It is this window of time, that decides if they will or not. It really is contingent upon if that person is willing to repent and then does so, but then the flip side of this will there be people who are too willing to embrace this person again, too soon or if there has been adequate time spent to enable the offender and the offended to work out their own respective roles in enabling a process to take place, to then redefine the boundaries of respect, integrity, and accountability.

    It would seem to me that the Grief process very much mirrors that which we see in the dynamics that develops, unfolds, then is or is not resolved when some situation comes about that places the community at odds with that which we find unacceptable, abusive, and or corruptible in the sight of the Lord, and according to His Word. Emotions, thoughts, and behavior hinge upon that which each person thinks they will lose or gain, and in this, the stages it takes to resolve this is very much like that found in the Grief Process. If not resolved, then it will repeat itself. And people will go on to the next situation, and the next, and the next——-nothing changes and the growing frustrations inherent in this will take seed and evolve into a heart that may be full of passion, yet remains passive, angry, and look for ways that would enable it to vent in vicarious ways that would not place one at risk. but enable them to vent, even in the face of knowing—-unless something is done, the status quo remains the same.

    Just what is repentance and what does it look like and how soon is it safe to allow a person back into the life of the person (s) is the question. And who gets to decide this, if not the victim (s). And what boundaries are put into place and what restitution needs to be paid to help restore those harmed, abused, and victimized. Is saying one is repentant the same as having repented. Much like the Grief Process, it doesn’t happen over night, and it doesn’t take place in a specific order, but rather it comes in degrees, and it takes time. Unlike the Grief Process, however, it needs to be far more intentional, purposeful, and able to be observed, monitored, and measurable. For the sake and safety of others.

    Just a thought or two in thinking about your broadcast.

  18. Linda Pappas says:

    One other comment: Many more people who have been abused do not, in fact abuse, beat, or use the excuse of having been abusively disciplined. They will instead do one of the following: 1) become more lax and hands-off, 2) they will seek to control by shame and guilt, or 3) will seek to educate themselves in developing other options that do not replicate, nor regenerate the harm done to them.

    Someone stated to, in effect, either on this blog or another, that a person who disciplines their child, whereas, bruises, cuts, welts, or worse are the outcome are such, do so because it is their way of communicating to the child that they will not be challenged, disrespected, disobeyed, or embarrassed, humiliated, shamed, dishonored, or numerous others things the disciplinarian might feel that “is being or has been done to them” (not the child)— and to do so provokes their anger and when their anger is provoked, it is out of a sense of self righteousness that these lines will be exacted or carved into the minds and upon the bodies of those who would dare to cross these lines within that which they are the authority and have control over. It is a form of bullying, terrorizing, and tormenting one who is not able to defend themselves.

    In other words, it has nothing to do with the welfare of the child—-it is done solely to quell and to appease the emotions of the one who is in reality placing that child vicariously to play out the role of the parent who is now in the place of the parent who abused them: it is, in fact about power, control, and unresolved anger and grief towards one’s own lost childhood and trauma instead.

  19. Phil N says:

    Hey Everyone,

    Thanks for all the kind words and thanks for listening!

  20. Kevin H says:

    Great show guys! Continuing on with the them of this show, I’ve got a suggestion for the next one. How about the condemnation of Phil’s New York Mets fandom and then the biblical response of restoration onto his taking on a new team to cheer for. Of course, the new team being the Phillies would be the perfect restoration. But I’d settle for others. How about the Indians? Just anybody but the Mets!

  21. Unless I am reading the standings incorrectly, it seems that the next show should be on purgatory … the home of the Phillies. 🙂

  22. Kevin H says:

    MLD, you don’t want me to start posting highlight reels of the ’08 & ’09 NLCS’s, now do you?

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