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Defending the covenant of redemption (part three)

The present post is the third in a three part series addressing contemporary objections to the doctrine of the covenant of redemption (for parts one and two, see here and here). What follows is adapted from Michael Allen and Scott...
Posted November 27, 2015 @ 9:52 AM by Scott Swain

Books For Which I Am Thankful

This is the time of year to express thanks, and it occurs to me that of the many things for which I am grateful to God, great Christian books are high among them.  This fall marks the 25th anniversary of...
Posted November 26, 2015 @ 9:22 AM by Rick Phillips

Katherine Sonderegger and the Divine Oneness as Foundational Perfection

Last time, I proposed to share with you my 'reading notes' on Katherine Sonderegger's new Systematic Theology, Volume 1: The Doctrine of God. There are plenty of big books in the world to which one could commit cash and time. Why...
Posted November 25, 2015 @ 9:50 AM by Michael P Jensen

Proverbs: Written to Christ, for Christ

Connecting Christ and the Proverbs isn't so easy. How do we read the book of Proverbs as Christians in a way that would distinguish us from how a Jew might read the same book? Also, why then was the book...
Posted November 24, 2015 @ 8:52 AM by Mark Jones

Martin Luther: Fat Reformer?

By his own admission, Luther put on a few extra pounds in his later years. During a business trip (of sorts) to Eisleben (his place of birth) several days before his death, he joked to friends that he would shortly...
Posted November 23, 2015 @ 12:01 PM by Aaron Denlinger
TOPICS: Luther, obesity

Christ's Body and Affections In Heaven

One of the most common errors I encounter among students of theology concerns what happened to Christ after he ascended. A surprising amount of Christians seem to think that Jesus no longer needs his humanity now in heaven. The most...
Posted November 19, 2015 @ 10:00 AM by Mark Jones

What Can Your Gifts Do?

This Friday, November 20, 2015 you can send a pastor to a regional conference so he can be renewed and encouraged to faithfully minister to his congregation. You can ensure that the Gospel message is delivered to thousands through our...
Posted November 18, 2015 @ 5:25 PM by Robert Brady

Defending the covenant of redemption (part two)

The present post is the second in a three part series addressing contemporary objections to the doctrine of the covenant of redemption (for part one, see here). What follows is adapted from Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain, ed., Christian...
Posted November 17, 2015 @ 6:36 AM by Scott Swain

Watch the Quakertown Conference on Reformed Theology this weekend on the all new AllianceLive!

"In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit." Ephesians 1:13This weekend, November 13 and 14, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and Grace...
Posted November 12, 2015 @ 11:36 PM by Robert Brady

Christian Supernaturalism: 1896 and Today

In September 1896, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield opened the academic year at Princeton Theological Seminary with an address titled "Christian Supernaturalism." [1] His intent was to place his finger on the decisive issue of his generation with respect to Christianity and the...
Posted November 11, 2015 @ 3:52 PM by Rick Phillips

Defending the covenant of redemption (part one)

The doctrine of the covenant of redemption (also known as "the pactum salutis" and "the counsel of peace") is a beautiful doctrine. It concerns the eternal purpose of the blessed Trinity to communicate the bliss of his triune life to...
Posted November 11, 2015 @ 12:19 PM by Scott Swain

Luther: Rebel with a (Woman's) Cause

Ever the reformer, Luther couldn't resist using his last will and testament to take a final stab at perceived corruption and advance his vision for a better way. The final target of his reforming efforts, however, was not the contemporary...
Posted November 10, 2015 @ 2:53 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Truly Reformed (TR) & Reformed Catholics

A class of churchmen is emerging in Reformed circles that excites me. They are called Reformed catholics (or Reformed irenics), the term preferred by many of the great Protestant scholastics who didn't care much for the term "Calvinist". Reformed catholics...
Posted November 9, 2015 @ 10:10 AM by Mark Jones

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 7)

This is the seventh post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community  (see part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and 6).Third Statement: Incarnation as the Assumption of a Body (Alone?)Despite his apparent anthropological dualism, our brother does not...
Posted November 7, 2015 @ 9:04 AM by Bruce Baugus

Thank You for Providing a Place to Stand

We all need a place to stand. The Christian's firm foundation is laid upon the inerrancy of Scripture. As the hymn writer said, How firm a foundation,      Ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith      In His excellent...
Posted November 6, 2015 @ 7:36 AM by Robert Brady
TOPICS: Inerrancy

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