Blog Posts by Bruce Baugus

ECT and Ref21 (a personal counterpoint)

Article by   March 2015
On this blog, fellow contributor Jeremy Walker has offered a "rapid response" protest of the first installment, by Timothy George, of a three-part series on the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Evangelicals and Catholics Together. In doing so, Walker... continue

Deuteronomy and the Decalogue

Article by   February 2015
It's a common observation, beloved by Reformed folk, that Deuteronomy reflects ancient near eastern suzerainty treaties--international covenants enacted between a superior suzerain power and inferior vassal state. Such treaties follow what we now think of as standard covenant formulary: a... continue

Enduring Ignorance for Us and Our Salvation

Article by   February 2015
Without a hint of shame or embarrassment or any sort of profound internal conflict, Jesus openly admits he is--or at least was, while living under the conditions of the fall and fulfilling all righteousness for us--ignorant of at least one... continue

Angst About Religious Liberty in America

Article by   January 2015
The litigious assault on bakers, florists, and photographers who have convictions against serving same-sex wedding planners is a sad cause of much angst these days. Noticing this, Frank Bruni of the New York Times devoted his Jan 10 column to... continue

Scandal Rocks Ref21 Book List!

Article by   December 2014
December 19, 2014Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaAlthough originally unavailable for comment, Bruce Baugus (pictured here), editor of China's Reforming Churches, explained in an exclusive interview with Ref21 News that he was "honored" to be included on Mark Jones's highly anticipated year-end book list,... continue

2014: The Year of Atheist Spirituality?

Article by   December 2014
Several years ago, while on vacation, I bought a quirky little book by the French philosopher André Comte-Sponville entitled The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. Though I knew no work quite like it, the idea the author developed, that atheists... continue

Apologetics & the Power of God's Word (including a little more from Origen)

Article by   December 2014
The primary apologetic value of the efficacy of God's word is obvious: the gospel is the power of God to save everyone who believes and the instrument the Spirit ordinarily uses to bring people to faith and keep and grow... continue

Local, Gritty, and Enduring?

Article by   December 2014
The home of Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine, the history of the early church in North Africa is formative and rich, and continues to teach many lessons. One lesson is the necessity of the indigenization of the faith everywhere the gospel... continue

Origen on Scripture

Article by   November 2014
I've been doing a little reading in Origen's On First Principles today (written sometime before 225). It's a scandalous work on several counts, but is likely the first attempt at a systematic exposition of the faith in the post-apostolic era and... continue

Bavinck on Speech Acts and the Power of God's Word

Article by   November 2014
It seems as though some version of speech act theory--the rather simple but significant observation that we use words to do things--pokes out from under every stone in evangelical discussions of Scripture these days. This has been the case at... continue
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