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Lest it be ignored

Dispo Dan has a fine post today over at Pyromaniacs.  I remain amazed at the number of people (including academics, bloggers, and writers for whom disagreement is surely an occupational hazard), who can only read criticism and disagreement through the...
Posted September 2, 2014 @ 11:40 AM by Carl Trueman
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McKnight on Bonhoeffer

Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight yesterday offered a thoughtful and provocative review of the new biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh.   Scot has kindly given me permission to post an extended extract here.  All I would say...
Posted September 2, 2014 @ 10:12 AM by Carl Trueman
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Buried in the back catalogue

Christian Focus Publications have often been the butt of my jokes and this post was originally going to be called '15 Books CFP Don't Want You to Know About' but, having thought about it, even I realise that would be...
Posted September 2, 2014 @ 7:07 AM by Paul Levy
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Preaching & Piety: Are we Donatists?

What does the holiness of the minister have to do with the efficacy of the preached Word? Are we falling into a Donatist error (from Donatus who re-baptized clergy who had lapsed in the Great Persecution, A.D. 303-305) by insisting...
Posted September 2, 2014 @ 12:17 AM by Mark Jones

Mr Contrarian (CRT) does the Ice Bucket Challenge

A council member from - ahem - The Gospel Coalition sent me this today. We here at Reformation21 nominate the entire Gospel Coalition, all 1,000,000+ of you.  Carl Trueman's Ice-Bucket challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7XUU6DWSjUSome observations are in order: 1. We know Carl is against  American pastors...
Posted September 1, 2014 @ 6:41 PM by Mark Jones

"Behold the blessèd Lamb of God"

L.M. (Eden)Behold the blessèd Lamb of God,Who for the world poured out his blood;He died and suffered on the treeThat men the grace of God might see.Behold the bleeding Sacrifice -Salvation at unmeasured price.He came to this dark world below,God's...
Posted August 30, 2014 @ 9:58 AM by Jeremy Walker

Pushback on the pushback

Over at First Things Peter Leithart recently posted some comments on Gijsbert van den Brink's article in the July issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. Therein, van den Brink addresses recent lack of enthusiasm in academic theology for "social...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 5:10 PM by Scott Swain

A good reason to go to Charleston

On December 5-7 Christ Church Presbyterian in Charleston, SC will be hosting their annual Charleston Christmas Conference on Reformed Theology. The theme is "The Nativity and the Cross." This year's speakers are Drs. Carl Trueman and Harry Reeder.  God has...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 8:20 AM by Todd Pruitt
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Banner of Truth kindling

The Banner of Truth is entering the sphere of the digital reader! A first ten volumes have been released as ebooks, combining a mix of classics with more modern treatments. Among the ancients you will find Bunyan, Owen, Spurgeon and...
Posted August 28, 2014 @ 6:33 AM by Jeremy Walker

On Archie Rice (and our own Annie Oakley)

This week's Spin is up and in this episode the team tackle a number of closely related issues: the power of high profile pastors, the psychology of loyal commitment to a big name long after all credibility has really vanished,...
Posted August 27, 2014 @ 2:00 AM by Carl Trueman
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Cape Cod Reformed Conference

My friend Pastor James La Belle recently e-mailed me letting me know that the Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod is once again hosting its annual Cape Cod Reformed Conference in West Barnstable, Massachusetts on November 7-9, 2014. The keynote speaker...
Posted August 26, 2014 @ 9:52 AM by Rob Ventura
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Singing God's Words or Man's Words?

Years ago I was asked the following question by someone who holds to exclusive Psalmody: "Do you think it is better to sing God's words or man's words?" My answer: we should never sing man's words. But I say this...
Posted August 26, 2014 @ 12:12 AM by Mark Jones

Logic and Logos

NYU profs Michael Shenefelt and Heidi White open their history of logic, If A, then B: How the World Discovered Logic, with this: "The world is logical, according to some. Others call it absurd. We have never been sure who...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 11:36 PM by Bruce Baugus
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Evangelistic Unbelief

It seems that unbelief is all the rage among some who identify themselves as Christian. Specifically, asserting that the Bible is filled with errors to the extent that Christianity needs redefining is, among some, a mark of a truly mature...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 4:55 PM by Todd Pruitt

I forgive you, but please don't call it 'giving grace'

What should I do when my husband forgets to buy milk on the way home from work? When my kids leave their new bikes out in the rain? When fellow church members are curt or critical on Sunday mornings? Increasingly, I...
Posted August 25, 2014 @ 10:17 AM by Megan Hill

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