September 2012 Archives

Dripping Like A Leaky Faucet

Article by   September 2012
A question has come from a reader in Austria concerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the relationship of that guidance to the Reformed doctrine of Sola Scriptura (1). This question is a good and relevant one, and it is one that seems to be more and more common these days. The issue itself is complex, but it relates to (at least) two aspects of a Reformed view of Scripture that should be highlighted. It has deep theological and apologetic implications. continue

Just Disconnect

Article by   September 2012
It was said of John Henry Newman that he was never less alone than when alone. Newman liked the peace and quiet of isolation: it allowed him to read, to think and to write. I confess to some sympathy for Newman on this. I do not like the hyperconnectivity of the current world. As an administrator at Westminster, I had a seminary cell phone. I had to upgrade it to a smartphone last year because Verizon indicated they would no longer support the vintage model I then possessed. I remember that, when I went in to exchange it, the man behind the counter looked at the phone, looked at me and then, choking back the laughter, declared "You're that guy!" Shamed into silence, I nodded mutely and mumbled my mandated request for a smartphone. continue

7 Reasons Why Reformed and Presbyterian Churches Should Send Missionaries to Poland

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Reaching Poland is critical to mission work in both western and eastern Europe. Yet Reformed Christians have ignored this reality for years and have neglected to send missionaries to this large European country. My goal here is to make the case for Poland's importance to confessional Reformed/Presbyterian mission work and provoke a discussion concerning the issue. continue

Vatican Files no.14

Article by   September 2012
The recent death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (1927-2012) provides an opportunity to reflect on wider Roman Catholic trends. He has been one of the most attractive and yet polarizing figures of the last thirty years. Jesuit, scholar, archbishop, popular writer, sought-after opinion maker, he has unwittingly created tensions between his numerous fans both inside and outside of religious circles. In addition to this, he has more than his share of vocal critics within the more conservatives sectors of the Roman Catholic Church. Even his death has seen the two parties commenting on it very differently. Martini's biography in itself is a trajectory which epitomizes some of the key features of post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism, e.g. Biblical renewal, the openness to the modern world, and the alleged inner conflicts within high-ranking Roman Catholic hierarchy. continue

The Two Kingdoms Doctrine: What's The Fuss All About? Part One

Article by   September 2012
When Jesus came to Jerusalem for the last time before his crucifixion, his arrival was marked by a triumphant entry into the city and the crowds proclaiming Jesus as the messianic king. When the Pharisees failed to persuade the crowds from proclaiming such things, they changed strategies and tried to force Jesus to say something that would place him and his kingdom in conflict with the authority of Rome. In a series of three public interrogations the religious leaders of the Jews asked Jesus about his authority, the relation of his kingdom to civil government, and the relation of his kingdom to the family continue
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