John Bolt was born in the Netherlands; immigrated to Canada at the age of three; grew up in a sleeping village south of Vancouver, British Columbia. He is retired professor of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan; his favorite movie is The Sting; favorite smells are food smells, especially bakery (cinnamon rolls!!); favorite color is green; his first (paid) job was delivering a morning newspaper, The Vancouver Province (up at 5:00 AM); non-academic passions: watching sports, especially my grandkids, reading novels, especially good mystery novels.
Interviewer Jason (in so many words) poses a problem: “I don’t have enough of gratitude or *whatever it is* that actually motivates a saved person to do what they (or I) know is right”. Well, I don’t know what Bavinck says or might say to that; and I don’t think Bolt had much time to adequately consider the issue… but, I think the very clear and (if you will) obvious ‘answer’ is the fact of God’s sanctifying work in those he has regenerated. Jason implicitly recognizes that a saved person can only have what is efficient for (or constitutive of)… Read more »