I have just been conversing with a person over what appeals to me about Calvinism – I guess for me it explains the world well and pictures God in a way that makes sense of Pauls and the gospel writer interpretation of the Incarnation, life, death and resurrection.
I think also I've found it really helpful in ministry, the assurance that God is sovereign and therefore somehow in control of the mess helps me,
Pastorally – "shit happens"
Missiologically - "shit happens, but here is shovels to clean up even though I know that shit will still happen"
Discipleship – "shit happens – please learn to use a toilet"
I should make this a footer for my emails… a new image of youth ministry – potty training.