The reason for this blog is simple in origin. I'm going to attempt to blog through Calvin's Institutes in 2012. I'm not sure if one needs a reason to blog, but it seems like it might be a good idea for the audience (both of you) to know what to expect. Of course, the blog will expand in areas of discussion, but we'll talk about that later.
The hard part of blogging comes when you get to the page where they ask you for a name for this monster you might be creating. It's not an eternal choice, but it can make you feel like you are naming a baby. (I was thinking about FRED the Blog - I'll let you work through anacronyms)
The largest problem in selecting a blog name is that it cannot already be taken. All the best brainstorming in the world goes to waste as soon as you find out that every variation of your beloved name has already been claimed. So, obviously my first choice, "Taking Root" from Hosea 14:5, was going to be taken. Here is a sample of why I might have chosen that name (where John Gill refers to the translation of 'taking root' as 'cast forth his roots':
On Hosea 14:5, from John Gill’s “Exposition of the Bible” -
"and cast forth his roots as Lebanon;" as the tree, or trees, of Lebanon, as the Targum; and so Kimchi, who adds, which are large, and their roots many; or as the roots of the trees of Lebanon, so Jarchi; like the cedars there, which, as the word here used signifies, "struck" their roots firm in that mountain, and stood strong and stable, let what winds and tempests soever blow: thus, as in the following, what one metaphor is deficient in, another makes up. The lily has but a weak root, and is easily up; but the cedars in Lebanon had roots firm and strong, to which the saints are sometimes compared, as here; see ( Psalms 92:12 ) ; and this denotes their permanency and final perseverance; who are rooted in the love of God, which is like a root underground from all eternity, and sprouts forth in regeneration, and is the source of all grace; is itself immovable, and in it the people of God are secured, and can never be rooted out; and they may be said to "strike" their roots in it, as the phrase here, when they exercise: a strong faith in it, and are firmly persuaded of their interest in it; see ( Ephesians 3:17 Ephesians 3:18 ) ( Romans 8:38 Romans 8:39 ) ; they are also rooted in Christ, who is the root of Jesse, of David, and of all the saints; from whom they have their life, their nourishment and fruitfulness, and where they remain unmoved, and strike their roots in him, by renewed acts of faith on him, claiming their interest in him; and are herein so strongly rooted and grounded, that all the winds and storms of sin, Satan, and the world, cannot eradicate them; nay, as trees are more firmly rooted by being shaken, so are they; see ( Colossians 2:7 ) ( Isaiah 37:31 ) . The Targum is, 'they shall dwell in the strength of their land, as a tree of Lebanon, which sends forth its branch.'''
So, I flipped through some of the references, was most impressed with Colossians 2:6-7, and have chosen "Rooted and Built." Hopefully at some point I will be able to expound upon that. But let's stick with trying to work through Calvin for now.