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King David & John Owen on Covenant Security

In a remarkable scene at the end of David's life, the sweet singer of Israel reflects on his life and his hope for the future.  We can well understand that David would be concerned for the future well-being of his...
Posted February 10, 2016 @ 12:40 AM by Rick Phillips

"Our God is a consuming fire" (part one)

In his book, The God We Worship, Nicholas Wolterstorff defines worship as the "Godward acknowledgement of God's unsurpassable greatness . . . whose attitudinal stance toward God is awed, reverential, and grateful adoration." According to Wolterstorff, worship is "Godward" in its...
Posted February 9, 2016 @ 11:06 AM by Scott Swain

What exactly is Puritan Theology?

'Puritan' has been co-opted by many Reformed evangelicals to mean 'whatever I think is good, noble, and true'. So, Edwards becomes a Puritan because of his Reformed piety and maybe Ryle also. Definitely Piper. And obviously Packer. And, well, if...
Posted February 8, 2016 @ 10:02 AM by Jonathan Tomes

The Biblical Basis for the Spirituality of the Church

Last week I posted a piece suggesting three principles by which the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) may respond to the call to confess racist tendencies in the years leading up to its founding.  One of these principles was to...
Posted February 4, 2016 @ 9:54 AM by Rick Phillips

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 12)

This is the final post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 10 and 11).ConclusionThere may be ways to construe the supposed pre-existent humanity of Christ without transgressing Chalcedonian orthodoxy--Klaas...
Posted February 3, 2016 @ 9:41 AM by Bruce Baugus

Meet the Puritans, where the dead still speak (Heb. 11:4)

Meet the Puritans, a partnership between the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and Rev. Daniel Hyde, pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad, California, is now launched! We have assembled a great lineup of pastors and scholars whose passion is...
Posted February 2, 2016 @ 7:45 PM by Robert Brady

Spoiled for Riches

I'm off to South Africa to give a series of lectures in Cape Town at a new seminary that has been started in Hout Bay. This "township" (Imizamo Yethu) is literally next door to our new campus, which is an...
Posted February 2, 2016 @ 10:11 AM by Mark Jones

Transfigured Hermeneutics 4 - Jesus as God's Glory Face in John's Gospel

This is the fourth part of a multipart discussion of the importance of the event of the Transfiguration for Christian theology and biblical reflection. In my first three posts, I argued for the significance accorded to the Transfiguration by its...
Posted February 1, 2016 @ 9:06 AM by Alastair Roberts

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 11)

This is the eleventh post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 10).Seventh Statement: The "Unknown Humanity of God in Christ""Until recent times," Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen observes, "the idea...
Posted January 29, 2016 @ 9:06 AM by Bruce Baugus

John Owen was an Anglican

Having previously proved without any shadow of a doubt that the great John Owen was not a Baptist, no, definitely not a Baptist, and certainly not a Presbyterian, it is important that we now go one step further. In this...
Posted January 28, 2016 @ 8:46 AM by Lee Gatiss

Ressourcement: retrieving our past for present faithfulness

Ressourcement: retrieving our past for present faithfulness--true history in The Letter to DiognetusImperial Rome, especially in the first two hundred years of its existence, was "obsessed with time" and its place in the flow of history.[1] This obsession with time...
Posted January 27, 2016 @ 1:51 PM by Michael Haykin

A Name or a No-name?

I'm currently editing a book with Michael Haykin on intra-Reformed debates in the Long Eighteenth Century (1688 to 1815). It is a sort of companion to this book, and part of a life-long project of mine where I want to...
Posted January 26, 2016 @ 10:34 AM by Mark Jones

Buckets and Burning Churches: Luther, the Church, and Catholicity

In his Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation of 1520, Luther takes aim at the Roman Church's "flimsy and worthless" claim to possess the exclusive authority and ability (by virtue of some unique spiritual gift) to interpret...
Posted January 25, 2016 @ 9:22 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Three Proposals for Racial Reconciliation Overtures in the PCA

Perhaps the biggest issue going into this year's Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) General Assembly will be the racial reconciliation overtures that are starting to come in from the presbyteries.  This process was prompted by the personal resolution submitted last...
Posted January 22, 2016 @ 9:05 AM by Rick Phillips

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 10)

This is the tenth 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, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9).Sixth Statement: An Uncreated BodyThe Belgic Confession insists the eternal Son became fully human and that...
Posted January 21, 2016 @ 10:32 AM by Bruce Baugus

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