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Two Kingdoms Politics [part 4]

This is the fourth part of Brad Littlejohn's series exploring 'two kingdoms' theology. The introductory post can be found here, the second dealing with ecumenism here, and the third treating pastoring is found here. - EditorWhen the subject of the...
Posted April 27, 2015 @ 3:53 PM by Brad Littlejohn

Thoughts on Christian controversy and the God of peace

I have been generally impressed by the way the brethren have conducted themselves over the past several days at Ref21 in debating vital issues regarding the presence of grace and merit in the covenant of works. I do not offer...
Posted April 24, 2015 @ 3:09 PM by Scott Swain

Covenant Squabbles and Christian Concord

I've enjoyed the recent interaction between Mark Jones and Rick Phillips on the question of whether divine grace informed the covenant of works. I've also appreciated the generally cordial spirit of their interaction. As both Mark and Rick know (and...
Posted April 23, 2015 @ 4:55 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Watch Live - Holiness and Honor: A Biblical View of Sex and Marriage

Watch Live Friday, April 24th starting at 9:00 amWant to be a part of PCRT but can't make it to Philadelphia? Well at, you can watch the conference LIVE in the comfort of your home! Don't miss out on...
Posted April 23, 2015 @ 4:39 PM by Robert Brady

Why is a central Prayer Gathering in a church so important?

I expect in your church family your leaders implore you quite often to come to the Central  Prayer Gathering.  It may be that you wonder why they make such a big deal about it. Here are some reasons why it is...
Posted April 23, 2015 @ 9:45 AM by Paul Levy

Regarding Context and Confession

Let me express my appreciation to Mark Jones for his gracious reply to my concerns regarding his previous two posts.  Mark and I are covering ground that is familiar to us both and to others who have read more than...
Posted April 22, 2015 @ 5:13 PM by Rick Phillips

A Gracious Response to Concerns About Grace

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Posted April 22, 2015 @ 2:55 PM by Mark Jones

Grace, the Two Covenants, and Merit

Mark Jones' posts (here and here) regarding grace as pertains to the covenants of works and grace raise some perennial questions in covenant theology.  As I read Mark, a number of concerns come to my mind, which I offer in...
Posted April 22, 2015 @ 12:23 AM by Rick Phillips

Calvin contra Thomas (and most Reformed folk) on the merit of Christ

Shamelessly stealing Aaron's "Calvin contra . . ." title form while trying to slip into Mark's stream of interest in merit, I thought this might be a good time to indulge a little excursion in Reformed diversity by noting Calvin's...
Posted April 21, 2015 @ 8:00 PM by Bruce Baugus

Can Humans Merit Before God? (2 of 2)

Part 1 here.Westminster Seminary California Professor, David VanDrunen, critiques Norman Shepherd for rejecting Adamic merit:"It is not difficult to see how such a view, if taken seriously, makes belief in Christ's active, imputed obedience impossible. If image bearers do not...
Posted April 21, 2015 @ 7:56 PM by Mark Jones

What's the function of unction?

One of my favourite philosophers, Inigo Montoya, said to Vizzini ''You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means''I expect with the upcoming release of the Lloyd Jones documentary there will again be...
Posted April 21, 2015 @ 9:52 AM by Paul Levy

Visit the all new!

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals has a long history. Much of its recent history has been on the Internet. The first AllianceNet was built in 1997, in 2005 and,, and just last year.Go now to visit - Not...
Posted April 21, 2015 @ 8:22 AM by Robert Brady

Can Humans Merit Before God? (1 of 2)

Some recent defenders of justification by faith have appealed to the concept of Adamic merit because of what they perceive to be the obvious parallels between Adam and Christ. Christ merited as the second Adam, ergo...How do we understand the...
Posted April 20, 2015 @ 10:17 PM by Mark Jones

As I was saying about myself...

I profited from Paul Levy's review of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp (Carl Trueman today called it a "penetrating review"). In the review Levy makes the following point:"The memorable if somewhat ironic statement 'The bottom line is this: proud people...
Posted April 17, 2015 @ 10:25 PM by Mark Jones

Calvin contra Caterpillars

"Many things which are now seen in the world are rather corruptions of it than any part of its proper furniture. For ever since man declined from his high original, it became necessary that the world should gradually degenerate from...
Posted April 17, 2015 @ 3:26 PM by Aaron Denlinger

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