Blog Posts by Derek Thomas

Calvin500 (3)

Article by   July 2009
(Ligon Duncan preaching in St. Pierre Cathedral, Geneva)   Three more sermons today: Steve Lawson on Galatians 1:6-10, an uncompromising call to defend the gospel against all detractors after the fashion of the Reformer, Iain D. Campbell on Romans... continue

Calvin500 (2)

Article by   July 2009
Another day of lectures and sermons: Evidently, Calvinists (the ones present at the Calvin500 celebrations) are prepared to hear three sermons in succession from 7-10 pm! Tonight, Phil Ryken gave an outstanding sermon in 1 Corinthians 16:5-11, illustrating Paul's constraint... continue

Calvin500 -(1)

Article by   July 2009
Day 1 of the Calvin 500.  Sinclair Ferguson opened the proceedings preaching from Calvin's pulpit (not really; that one fell to pieces and the present one is nineteenth century but in the same spot). His text was Philippians 3:8-12 in... continue

Whither Church of Scotalnd? Another viewpoint

Article by   July 2009
David Robertson, editor of the Free Church Monthly Record and minister of St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee, has written an editorial (to be published in the July edition) in which he has expressed some opinions regarding recent developments in the... continue

Women and the Deaconate: the Duncan-Keller PCA GA Debate

Article by   July 2009
Tim Keller and Ligon Duncan debated the issue of women and the deaconate at this year's PCA General Assembly in Orlando. Speaking as someone who was there amd heard it, this was the finest debate I have heard on a... continue

And more books...

Article by   June 2009
Our friend Martin Downes, has written a fascinating volume comprised of interviews with (among others) several members of the Ref21 blog team (Ligon Duncan, Sean Lucas, Carl Trueman, Iain D. Campbell and myself). Risking the Truth is published by CFP... continue

Marriage and the UK

Article by   June 2009
Ref21 readers might be interested to read (obviously well edited) reports of a speech made by a member of Duke Street Church ( in South West London), a high court judge on the family issue. He had taken part in a BBC... continue

Rejected

Article by   June 2009
Apparently, in my distress tear-laden state I applied an incorrect hyperlink to the sermon preached by Dr Bill Barcley at Rev Carl's ordination. This is, I am told, the correct link.... continue

PCA General Assembly

Article by   June 2009
Many of the Ref21 bloggers are at Disneyworld where this year's PCA General Assembly is meeting,  Phil Ryken has been spied wearing Mickey Mouse ears. Sean Lucas was heard making a terrific Goofy impersonation and Ligon has not been seen;... continue

Summer Reading

Article by   June 2009
More on Summer reading... My summer reading began with the publication of Calvin's Sermons on Genesis 1-11 (trans. Rob Roy McGregor, Banner of Truth). Preached in 1559-60 they prepresent particularly important evidence of the heart of the reformer's preaching. Stunning... continue
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